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Robert Stokell

Call 1995

“Rob [is] a go-to barrister on construction and product liability disputes. He is fiercely intelligent and highly organised.”
(Legal 500, 2023)

Product Liability and Commercial

Robert has acted in a wide range of product liability and commercial disputes dealing with issues including sale of goods, supply of services, personal injuries, insolvency, conversion, bailment, breach of directors’ duties, and agency agreements.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for a supplier of bicycles defending a claim based on an alleged defect in a bicycle frame.
  • Acting for a transport company claiming against a lorry repairer for accident damage caused by the defective repair of a lorry’s air brakes.
  • Acting in an LCIA Arbitration (IBA Rules) (before Dominic Spenser Underhill) in a case arising out of the carriage of goods by road, dealing with issues relating to the formation of the contract, the letter of credit and repudiation.
  • Acting for a major engineer in an arbitration (under the Electricity Industry Arbitration Association rules) relating to the installation and operation of commercial electricity meters.
  • Acting for the operator of retail premises in a product liability claim against the manufacturer and the supplier of a commercial refrigerator.
  • Acting for a major lorry manufacturer in a product liability case concerning fire damage allegedly caused by a component in a lorry engine.
  • Acting for a major lorry manufacturer defending a claim for personal injury allegedly caused by defects in a steering mechanism.
  • Acting for a stairlift installer in a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
  • Advising the installer of defective diesel generators in respect of a 2.5m claim by way of ICC arbitration against the genset manufacturer.
  • Advising a bicycle supplier on a claim against its former solicitors for failing to advise adequately on the effect of the ‘longstop’ under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
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  • Eastham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Boulter Exhibition (Law), Christ Church, Oxford University
  • MA (Hons), Christ Church, Oxford University


  • Technology & Construction Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


“Robert is good at the details, thoughtful and measured in his advice, and very good on paper.”

Legal 500, 2024

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