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Robert Avis, Partner

Robert is a barrister who advises and represents international and domestic clients in relation to private wealth and commercial matters and disputes.



Robert is an English barrister who advises and represents clients worldwide in relation to private wealth and commercial matters and disputes. Based in Geneva, he works closely with colleagues across the firm’s teams and locations, often on cases involving contentious trusts and estates issues with cross-border and foreign law elements. Robert also advises individuals and trustees in relation to trust planning and administration.

He appears as an advocate before the English courts and arbitral tribunals and provides expert advice on English law issues to the Swiss courts and those of other jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Charles Russell Speechlys, Robert was a self-employed barrister at a leading London chambers, specialising in trust, estate and business disputes.

Robert is admitted to practise as a barrister in England and Wales and is a registered foreign lawyer in the canton of Geneva. He is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Commercial Bar Association, the  Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Ordre des avocats de Genève.


  • Advising on the court-supervised restructuring of a very large family trust structure with assets in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acting for the victim of the promotors of a highly complex “pension liberation” scheme to recover assets from offshore entities for the benefit of an English pension scheme.
  • Representing a charitable donor in relation to a dispute over the terms of a deed of gift.
  • Working with representative beneficiaries of a large employee share trust in Public Trustee v Cooper proceedings relating to the sale of the business.
  • As a self-employed barrister, Robert appeared in a number of high-profile cases including The Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International [2016] EWHC 2530 (Ch) and Sabbagh v Khoury [2019] EWHC 3004 (Comm).

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