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Rob is commercial litigation solicitor, dividing his time between the London and Southampton offices. He has considerable commercial litigation experience, but has a particular focus on high value contractual, negligence, fraud, and breach of confidence disputes, often with an international perspective. Rob regularly advises on emergency injunction applications and also has expertise in contentious public procurement issues.
From a sector perspective Rob devotes a lot of time to his interest in technology and manufacturing, in particular to the food industry, on which subject he is regularly published.
"Precise, firm and unflappable" - Legal 500, 2015
Business Growth Service Gets Axed - Food Manufacture - January 2016
The closure of BGS - Process and Control Today (online) - December 2015
Rob Coleridge responds to the Debenhams 'santa tax' story - Retail Week - December 2015
Rob Coleridge comments on how retail can learn from the grocery sector to build supplier relationships - Retail-week.com - November 2015
“The combination of the GCA’s evident success since the creation of the role in 2013, and secondly, the CMA’s current investigation into the widening of the role to cover further retailers, makes for a very interesting future to benefit both retailers and suppliers.
“Following the CMA’s review, if other major retailers are added to the GCA’s remit, the regulatory playing field would be made fairer for competing retailers, and suppliers will be afforded wider protection.
“The facts that the annual survey was completed by only 911 suppliers, of whom 25% admitted either to having a poor understanding of the GCA’s role or to being unaware of it, and 45% admitted to having not been trained on GSCOP, suggests that there is more work to be done in educating and convincing suppliers about GSCOP and the beneficial impact of the GCA.
“As things are, the dramatic increase in GSCOP compliance rates among the retailers has validated the GCA’s highly effective policy of engaging with retailers and suppliers to resolve problems without formal recourse, except where absolutely necessary, i.e. the investigation of Tesco and ongoing investigation of the Co-Op. The government would do well to investigate whether that approach can be applied to other sectors.”
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