Rob Walton


Health & Social Care Sector | Health and Social Care | Real Estate

About Rob

Rob is a Real Estate partner with particular specialisms in healthcare, energy (mainly renewables), charity and education sectors.

Rob is experienced at working with all types of clients from individual investors, companies, schools and charities to large PLC retailers. He is a qualified mediator and, having worked as a litigator prior to transferring to real estate, he has an excellent understanding of risk assessment and management in property transactions.

Rob has worked at well-known South West firms prior to joining RWK Goodman and has excellent knowledge and contacts within the local market.

Rob's work highlights include:

  • working with a charitable trust on a redevelopment of an old school site to assisted living and residential development
  • leading on a refinancing deal for a large charitable care operator
  • sale of an independent school for residential development, jointly with construction and corporate lawyers
  • option agreement for construction of a multi-use service area with a number of retail outlets and EV charging
  • acting for a multi-academy trust for the provisions of PV solar on the roofs of a number of their schools
  • representing various corporate occupiers in connection with HQ relocations and general tenant matters

What Rob's clients say about him

"Rob Walton struck me immediately as someone who listened with acuity to our members, sought to build effective relationships with schools and Trusts, and offered insight and advice without prejudice. He took part pro bono in a number of Zoom surgeries, at which special school headteachers, Trustees and governors were in attendance. He unfailingly provided perspicacious insight and support, understood the landscape of special schools with fluency and, when warranted, was always prepared to other further support to individual schools.

“He completed land and asset transfers for a number of special schools inside our membership community, on their joining of Cooperative Foundation Trusts and becoming Foundation schools. Headteachers and governors always commented on his efficiency, warmth and professionalism. He was ever available to relevant staff and governors, and was always open to exploring concerns and ideas generated by his clients. Land and assets transfers can be tedious and complex, especially when sites are multi-use, or have limitations placed upon them. He was impressively diligent at pursuing transfers, including chasing local authorities, dealing with existing leases and their transfer and so on. He managed to negotiate even the most labyrinthine of transfers with impressive speed.

“Coop Schools is built on the values of the Cooperative movement: democracy, self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity, solidarity. Rob has always been in alignment with these values, and is particularly astute about equity. He understands the challenges so many young people face in our unequal world, and clearly wishes to play his part in removing barriers and opening access.

"I wholeheartedly recommend him."

Lee Phillips
National Director Coop Schools