Robert’s practice is in the field of public law advocacy, specializing in energy law. He has extensive experience before provincial and federal regulatory agencies, and on appeals and judicial review applications from the decisions of those agencies. His experience extends to policy matters, and he has prepared briefs for private and public interest groups on pending federal and provincial legislation.
He is one of the province’s most experienced lawyers in the field of energy regulation. He has appeared as counsel in many Ontario Energy Board proceedings since 1991. In addition, he has advised clients on all facets of the restructuring of the electricity and natural gas markets in Ontario.
He has been recognized in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. He is also continuously recognized as by Best Lawyers® in Canada and Lexpert as a leading lawyer in his field.
Robert has advised municipalities on the governance arrangements with their electricity
distribution utilities, for both commercial arrangements and regulatory proceedings. He has represented municipalities in regulatory proceedings dealing with the rates and services provided by electricity distribution utilities, including utilities owned by the municipalities.
He is the author, alone or with Dan Ferguson, of a number of papers and seminar presentations on issues related to governance in the electricity sector.
Robert holds degrees from the University of Montreal (BA), the University of Oxford (BA),
which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and the University of Toronto (LLB).