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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

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"During the last financial year (2013/14), Sovereign had its most successful year of development – building or purchasing from developers more than 1,100 new homes across the south and south west. I’d like to thank Winckworth Sherwood for their contribution to this outcome; their team works very hard on behalf of Sovereign and it’s greatly appreciated."

Sovereign Housing Association