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Ralph Gilbert

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner, Ralph is responsible for ensuring we continue to offer the best possible service to clients, as well as playing a key role in guiding the overall direction of the firm.

With over 30 years’ experience advising clients in all aspects of dispute resolution, Ralph is one of the reasons why Rollits has maintained such an excellent reputation for our litigation services.

Clients value Ralph’s combination of good analytical detail, being able to draw together a plethora of facts and law into a coherent and understandable form, and a commercial and pragmatic approach at all times. His ability to find a solution to whatever challenges his client face, ensures they can achieve a successful outcome to their case.

As the person largely responsible for the internal management of the firm, Ralph values the interaction he has with his fellow Partners and the rest of the team, helping to make Rollits a great place to work.

  • Commercially minded and capable of getting to grips with issues and sorting them out in a timely fashion

    Chambers UK 2018 - Dispute Resolution


Ralph studied Law (LLB) at the University of Hull before starting his legal career as an Articled Clerk at Rollits in 1988. Two years later, Ralph qualified as a Solicitor and began specialising in dispute resolution matters.

As the longest serving and most experienced member of the Rollits’ Dispute Resolution team, Ralph provides essential leadership both to his team and across the firm as a whole in his role as Managing Partner, but have never given up on the “lawyering”.


Ralph specialises in all aspects of dispute resolution, but with a particular emphasis on corporate recovery litigation and property based litigation.

In corporate recovery his work includes advising insolvency practitioners, debtors and creditors in various types of matters, including retention of title claims, voluntary arrangements and claims by liquidators and receivers.

His property work includes tenancy litigation and possession proceedings, and advises extensively in all areas of landlord and tenant law for private and public sector landlords.


Ralph is very active in his local community, being a governor at Beverley Grammar School and been Chair of Trustees of his local church charity for over 25 years.

Professional memberships & accreditations

Ralph has been an Accredited Mediator since 2011.