Robert holds degrees in accounting and law. His research interests are in company law, corporate governance, financial regulation and taxation; he is also interested in the law of the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). His principal publications are in company law and he has published in the leading English and Scottish law journals. He is a contributor to the leading work on companies legislation in the United Kingdom (OUP’s Annotated Companies Legislation) and is known internationally for his blog – Corporate Law and Governance – that is used by practitioners, policy makers and academics across the world to keep up to date with UK and international governance developments. His work has been cited in the English High Court: see Fulham Football Club (1987) Ltd v Richards  EWHC 3111 (Ch).
At Aston, Robert is currently the Learning and Teaching Convenor for the Law Group, having previously been Head of Group and the Programme Director for the LLB Law and with Management degree. During his time at Aston, he has served on a large number of Business School and University Committees, including Senate. In July 2005, Robert received a HEFCE funded teaching awarded for his contribution to teaching and learning within the Business School and has been regularly nominated in the annual Students’ Union My ASTONishing Academic awards.
Robert has taught on a wide variety of courses at Aston (including Employment Law, European Law and Business Law) but currently teaches on four courses: the undergraduate Taxation module; the postgraduate, distance learning module Law for Managers; the postgraduate, on campus, Corporate Governance module; and a postgraduate, distance learning Corporate Governance module. He also contributes to the postgraduate Business Ethics module on the MBA programme and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, particularly in the field of financial regulation and corporate governance.