Robbie is an innovator who relishes the challenge of difficult cases, and combines creativity with strong legal and economic analysis. He was counsel on Google v Equustek, 2017 SCC 34, the leading case in the world on the control of global content on the internet.
Robbie was the first counsel in British Columbia to obtain a ‘hydrogen bomb’ order combining Mareva, Anton Piller, Norwich Pharamcal, and other relief in a single application: Global Chinese Press v Zhang, 2014 BCSC 2344, which led to the firm’s clients obtaining full control of the target businesses before trial. When other counsel obtained a similar order in another case, Robbie was retained by one of the defendants and the result appears to have been a devastating defeat for the plaintiffs: Northwestpharmacy.com v Yates 2018 BCSC 41.
Robbie was also the first counsel in British Columbia to take an ex parte appeal to the BC Court of Appeal, on a Mareva injunction application with parallel asset freezing proceedings in France: Equustek v Jack, 2016 BCCA 190.
Robbie began his career as a prosecutor in northern British Columbia. He left practice in 2004 to do an MBA at Cambridge and spent four years in Europe on a wide range of projects, including a proposal to seed a new Irish venture capital fund. He returned to Vancouver in 2008 to found Robert Fleming Lawyers.
In addition to doing good work, Robbie has always sought to do some good in the world. He has volunteered on a palliative care ward, done many pro bono cases, and been an active advocate for environmental causes.