Rob Newbould

Rob Newbould

partner and police misconduct and discipline lead
  • London
  • regulatory, crime and professional discipline
  • 020 7484 7504 / 07545 062482
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Rob joined Hempsons in November 2020 as a leading lawyer and as part of the expansion of our police law team.

Rob previously worked for national firm, Slater and Gordon, where he was a principal lawyer in the criminal and police misconduct team.

Rob has considerable experience in representing those concerned in all aspects of criminal and disciplinary proceedings, from investigation and interview stage through to advocacy in the criminal courts and at misconduct hearings. He deals with a wide array of criminal cases, from road traffic to murder and is known for its consistently high standard of representation and success rates. 

Rob regularly receives instructions from the Police Federation of England and Wales and is experienced in representing police officers, special constables and police staff who face criminal, regulatory and misconduct allegations. Rob often represents officers and staff in relation to post incident procedures (following police firearms incidents, death in police custody and high speed driving pursuits) and within inquest proceedings.

As a leader in the field, Rob is regularly instructed to provide legal advice and training to the Police Federation of England and Wales and its members at both a national and local level.

Many of the cases Rob deals with are highly complex and sensitive in nature and profile and include matters of corruption and white collar fraud. Several of the cases that Rob is currently instructed in have attracted significant press interest and Rob has successfully represented individuals concerned in the infamous ‘Plebgate’ and Operation Elveden enquiries. More recently, Rob has been instructed to represent officers and members of the Police Federation of England and Wales in relation to the inquests into the murder victims of Stephen Port and the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel Inquiry.

Rob is also instructed to represent professionals subject to investigation such as barristers, doctors, nurses, paramedics and accountants and within regulatory proceedings brought by the BSB, GMC, NMC, HCPC and the ACCA.

“Robert Newbould regularly advises police officers facing criminal, regulatory and disciplinary allegations. He is well regarded for his advisory work on behalf of the Police Federation of England and Wales” (Chambers and Partners)

“Rob is one of the most capable and knowledgeable lawyers in his field.” (Chambers and Partners)

“He is extremely conscientious, efficient and a pleasure to work with.” (Chambers and Partners)

“Rob is always thinking steps ahead for the most tactical decisions – he is a fantastic choice for an officer in trouble” (Chambers and Partners)

Rob has been recognised in the Legal 500 Directory (2021 Edition) and with the following testimonials:

‘Rob Newbould is knowledgeable, dedicated and conscientious‘.

‘Robert Newbould has a wealth of knowledge about police matters and disciplinary procedures. My experiences of working with him have been entirely positive’.

Main areas of expertise

  • criminal and disciplinary investigations and proceedings
  • post incident procedures
  • inquests
  • public Inquiries 

Qualifications

  • Higher Rights of Audience (2012)
  • Roll of Solicitors Admission (2007)
  • LPC – College of Law, London (2005)
  • LLB (Hons) – City University London (2004)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Legal 500 2023
    “Robert Newbould is recommended for his experience in police law and in the representation of clients at all stages of criminal investigations and disciplinary procedures.”
  • Legal 500 2023
    “Rob Newbould has impeccable demeanour, great communication, and incredible industry knowledge and conscientiousness.”
  • Chambers UK 2023
    “Robert Newbould regularly advises police officers facing criminal, regulatory and disciplinary allegations. He is well regarded for his advisory work on behalf of the Police Federation of England and Wales.”
  • Chambers UK 2023
    “Rob is one of the most capable and knowledgeable lawyers in his field.”
  • Chambers UK 2023
    “He is extremely conscientious, efficient and a pleasure to work with.”
  • Chambers UK 2023
    “Rob is always thinking steps ahead for the most tactical decisions - he is a fantastic choice for an officer in trouble.”