Robert Fitt

  • Year of Call 2008

Instruct Robert

Introduction

Introduction

Robert is a well regarded criminal practitioner known for the care and attention he gives to every case. He has acted in lengthy and serious cases involving homicide, rape, kidnap and drug trafficking.

Robert specialises in large and complex fraud matters, often involving an international dimension.  He prosecutes fraud cases on behalf of the CPS, SFO, SIA, Royal Mail and a number of local authorities. He is experienced at dealing with cases of conspiracy, bribery and corruption of public officials. Robert is adept at presenting complicated evidence to juries in a way that makes the material readily understandable and appear at its most compelling.  Whilst defending, Robert has had some notable successes in fraud and tax evasion matters, often convincing judges to dismiss cases on technical grounds. 

Robert is well versed in proceeds of crime legislation and handles cases involving substantive offences of money laundering, as well as confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court and High Court.

Robert is a Grade 3 CPS prosecutor on the specialist fraud list and a Panel B advocate for the SFO.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

R v D and F (2018) Shrewsbury Crown Court
Leading counsel for the prosecution in a case of perverting the course of justice involving vulnerable complainants and witnesses. 

R v L.O. (2018) Reading Crown Court
Defending a man charged with causing death by careless driving arising from a high-speed collision on the M40.  He was also charged with causing death whilst being an unlicensed driver.  The case was highly emotional, involved complex expert evidence and gained some attention in the national press.

R v R.Y. and others (2017) Inner London Crown Court
Junior counsel for the prosecution in a case of fraud, misconduct in a public office and money laundering concerning three defendants accused of defrauding the London Borough of Southwark over several years.

R v C and others (2017) Oxford Crown Court
Defending one of five defendants charged with perverting the course of justice.  The Crown was forced into a position where it had to drop the case for reasons of non-disclosure.

R v J and others (2016) Warwick Crown Court
Junior counsel for the Crown in a constructive manslaughter and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice case brought against five defendants.

R v H and others (2015) Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square)
Defending one of five men accused of laundering money obtained by fraud from the British Heart Foundation and a school in Darlington.  During cross examination of the OIC the Crown was forced to make an application in camera that was refused.  The Crown was obliged to drop the case against all five men.

R v R.I. (2015) Aylesbury Crown Court
Defending a man charged with the historic rape of a 14-year-old girl at a bus stop.

R v M and another (2014) St Albans Crown Court
Junior counsel on behalf of a defendant charged with kidnap, using a firearm with intent, possession of a firearm with intent, possession with intent to supply £20,000 worth of cocaine and ABH. 

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bar Vocational Course
Graduate Diploma in Law 
BA (Hons) First Class 

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

Middle Temple Diplock Scholarship 
Middle Temple Colombus International Law Prize
Advocacy Prize, College of Law  – Top of year in advocacy

Appointments

Appointments

Robert sits as a clerk to the Bar Disciplinary and Tribunal Service, having first been appointed in 2013.

Memberships

Memberships

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple – Diplock Scholar
The Criminal Bar Association

Testimonials

Testimonials

Robert’s submissions in court have been delivered with great effectiveness. He is an exceptional advocate having a very formidable presence in court and commanding the respect of the Judges and clients. He is a very versatile and innovative advocate.”
-    I.F., Instructing Solicitor 

I consider Robert to be an excellent advocate. I have found that he is always properly prepared for his case, which means that he comes across as completely familiar with and in command of the case papers…Robert is eminently capable of presenting complex evidence succinctly and has always displayed an excellent grasp of relevant law and procedure…When I need to instruct trial counsel or I need to obtain counsel’s advice in relation to particular issues, Robert is invariably my first choice.”
-    J.M., Instructing Solicitor 

Mr Fitt has a reassuring presence and naturally inspires confidence.”
-    S.J., Instructing Solicitor

The judge was right when he said that you should be commended over your dogged determination over matters of law.”
-    A.S., Lay Client