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Robert Avis


Robert advises and represents clients around the world in relation to private wealth and commercial matters and disputes.


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Robert is a 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 succession issues with cross-border and foreign law elements. Robert also advises individuals and fiduciaries in relation to trust planning and administration.

He has experience 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.

Robert is admitted to practise as a barrister in England and Wales and is a registered foreign lawyer (EU list) 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.
  • Cross-border litigation between Switzerland and England on behalf of a protected party, and dealing with issues of representation of persons lacking capacity.
  • Representing a charitable donor in relation to a dispute over the terms of a deed of gift.
  • Claiming title to shares in a family business on behalf of the deceased’s children pursuant to a covenant to make a will: Colicci v Grinberg [2023] EWHC 1177 (Ch)
  • Working with representative beneficiaries of a large employee share trust in Public Trustee v Cooper proceedings relating to the sale of the business.
  • Prior to joining the firm, 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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