Year of call 1995
Robert Bowker has over 20 years’ experience in property-related work.
Robert was called to the Bar in 1995 and completed pupillage in Chambers in 1997. From 1997 to 2007, he practised in Chambers exclusively in property litigation. Between 2007 and 2012, he practised as a solicitor and barrister in Australia primarily in construction litigation (he qualified in England/Wales and Australia). In 2012 he returned to Chambers and resumed his practice exclusively in property litigation.
A significant aspect of Robert’s practice is dilapidations and major works (residential and commercial). He has worked with a wide range of expert witnesses including surveyors, structural engineers and M&E and fire safety experts. He works mainly for developers, investors and private and local authority landlords, but also for individuals including leaseholders.
His experience in recent years has included a substantial amount of work in relation to fire safety including liability for and the cost of replacing ACM and other forms of cladding. He is currently advising in relation to a significant number of buildings that have fire safety and cladding issues. A large amount of his current workload involves the Building Safety Act 2022 – leaseholder protections, landlord’s and leaseholder deeds of certificates, remediation contribution orders, and the effect of PAS 9980 and EWS1. etc. He acts for developers, landlords and leaseholders. He has been instructed in over 70 fire safety related cases, many since the Building Safety Act 2022 came into force.
He regularly speaks at conferences, more recently on issues relating to fire safety and replacement cladding.
Robert’s practice combines commercial property, residential property, including service charges and enfranchisement, and real property.
A significant proportion of Robert’s work involves dilapidations, major contracts and the recovery of costs through service charge. He has worked with a wide range of experts including surveyors, structural engineers, M&E consultants and valuers.