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About Robert

Robert heads the Commercial Real Estate 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 and electric vehicle charging. Robert has also written on cannabis law and the recent popularity of Cannabidiol (CBD).

He was Sainsbury’s Legal Community Lawyer of the Year for 2009 and was nominated for the same award in 2010 and again in 2017.


  • 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 restaurants, 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.
  • Drafting template agreements for the installation of electric vehicle charging apparatus.

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member Institute of Licensing
  • Membership of the Retail Motor Industry Petrol Retailers Association

Career Experience

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

Robert Botkai ‘is praised as having ‘great industry insight’. 

Legal 500 2015

Robert Botkai is “highly respected for his expertise”.

Chambers and Partners UK

Robert Botkai is “the perfect choice for the hospitality industry.”

Chambers and Partners UK, 2016