Robert is briefed regularly to give advice (in conference and in writing).  He also takes appointments as a mediator and as an arbitrator.

In recent years, Robert has obtained significant experience in different areas including infrastructure disputes, class actions and professional negligence matters.   For example, he has:

  • substantial domestic arbitrations arising from the failure of the Basslink electricity cable which failed in December 2015 (for Hydro Tasmania, led by John Rowland QC and with B. Petrie);
  • acted for the Project Company in different proceedings relating to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, a building project in South Australia;
  • acted for the Linking Melbourne Authority in proceedings relating to the East West Link project, a road project in Victoria;
  • provided advice to governments and statutory bodies;
  • acted in professional negligence disputes;
  • acted as junior counsel in a number of class actions – including the Vioxx class action, the Thalidomide class action and the Timbercorp class action;
  • conducted investigations for a national sporting body; and
  • appeared in disciplinary proceedings.

Robert has experience acting in Corporations Act matters in which ASIC has pursued companies or company directors.  For example, he has:

  • acted for a company director in a substantial insolvent trading claim;
  • acted for the promoters and managers of managed investment schemes; and
  • acted for a listed company the subject of a misleading and deceptive conduct claim.

Robert has appeared in a wide variety of other matters, including AAT proceedings, equity proceedings, contempt proceedings, coronial inquests, asset confiscation proceedings and insolvency proceedings.

Robert is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a Grade 2 Arbitrator at the Resolution Institute, and a member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).  Robert is also a nationally accredited mediator. 

Robert is the Chair of the Football Victoria Appeal Tribunal; and he is the honorary lawyer to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc.

Robert’s CV, including a selection of cases in which he has been involved, may be viewed here .

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Castan Chambers
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

DX 86, Melbourne

Telephone: +61 3 9225 6726
Facsimile: +61 3 9225 6355
Clerk: +61 3 9225 6777

Clerk: Young’s List
Owen Dixon Chambers West
Grd Flr, 525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Admitted to Practice: 07 May 1997
Signed Bar Roll: 27 May 1999
Appointed Silk: 23 November 2017
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 20 December 2012
Also Admitted in: Entitled to practice in all Australian jurisdictions

Field of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Commercial
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Inquests/Inquiries