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Robert Botkai

Position: Partner

Core Areas: Leisure and Hospitality, Real Estate & Telecoms and Utilities

Robert heads the property and licensing team. Robert's particular interest has always been in the retail and leisure industries and has expanded his expertise into the field of telecommunications. He was Sainsbury's Legal Community Lawyer of the Year for 2009 and was nominated for the same award in 2010.


  Ranked in Chambers UK 2014  Legal 500 2013 - Recommended Lawyer


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Recent experience

  • The acquisition, disposal and other management work for commercial premises including retail, office and licensed premises
  • Leading project teams for property management work relating to telecommunications cell sites
  • Handling and supervising premises licence applications for public houses, supermarkets, petrol forecourt stores, hotels, cinemas, nightclubs and sports stadia.
  • Representing clients at licence hearings all over England and Wales.
  • Creating online instruction extranet and reporting activities for property and licensing clientele

Professional memberships

Law Society of England and Wales

Business In Sport and Leisure (BISL)

Membership of the Retail Motor Industry Petrol Retailers Association

Work history

1996 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
1994 to 1996, Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood
1992 to 1994, Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya London
1989 to 1992, Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell
1987 to 1989, Articled Clerk, Irwin Mitchell

Personal interests

Robert fits in sport where he can, football (watching and playing), running and skiing. Robert's other interests include music (playing and listening).

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Upcoming Events :

Practical Training Sessions for Finance Professionals: Loan Covenants - compliance and defaults

Thu 04 Sep 2014

Minerva House, 5 Montague Close, London, SE1 9BB

Read more

Winckworth Sherwood is acting on Wandsworth Borough Council’s £1bn Nine Elms regeneration, which includes Battersea Power Station; the scheme plans to provide up to 16,000 homes and extend the London Underground’s Northern Line to the site. It also assisted Durham County Council with a wide-reaching service delivery review, and is advising Bridgend Council on a £50m leisure outsourcing project.

Legal 500, 2012