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Robert Dillarstone

Managing Partner

With a client once saying of Rob “he is not an employment lawyer, he is a businessman who knows employment law”, it was probably little surprise when Rob moved in 2009 from being the Head of the firm’s employment practice to becoming the firm’s Managing Partner – a role which for Rob continues to be as enjoyable as it is a privilege.

Rob is inspired and humbled every day by his colleagues and their approach to their work and the growth of the firm.  Rob feels that his role is one of service to the wider firm – a firm where there is no place for egos, but lots of room for individuality.


“…managing partner Robert Dillarstone (Hall of Fame) is ‘brilliant’.”

(The Legal 500)

“Perfect client management, being always available, with a complete knowledge of legislation, case and team management.”

(The Legal 500)

A UCL law graduate, Rob is a Greenwood’s ‘lifer’ joining the firm as a Trainee in 1984, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1986 and becoming a Partner in 1989.  Rob spent his career at the coalface growing the firm’s employment team and has been acknowledged by the legal directories as a leader in his field for over 30 years.

Rob has acted in cases before the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. His strengths lie in his commercial, practical and personable approach to delivering solutions to clients.

The current edition of The Legal 500 places Rob in its ‘Hall of Fame’ amongst its list of East Anglia’s leading individuals for employment law, a position Rob has occupied for several years.

Not for the first time, the current edition of Chambers and Partners’ UK legal directory ranks Robert alone as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’ in the field of employment law in East Anglia.  A previous edition stated that Rob is “praised by sources for his employment litigation practice, with one interviewee noting: “Robert is fantastic; he is a serious litigator”.”

Rob has been the Managing Partner of Greenwoods Legal LLP since 2009. He is passionate about leadership and the firm’s values of respect, excellence, freedom and fun. He works hard to empower and develop colleagues in their roles and to seek for simplicity and clarity in all the firm does.

Since 2019, Rob has been a Trustee of international disability charity, CBM UK, where he Chairs the Finance and Audit Committee.

Since the beginning of 2022, Rob has been an NED of Stratagem IPM Limited, a Cambridge-based company which delivers a total intellectual property management solution for its clients.

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