Robert has been involved in all aspects of commercial litigation for over 25 years.
A Partner in the banking and finance litigation / insolvency area, Robert's specific expertise lies in acting for administrators, deed administrators, liquidators, receivers, creditors and company directors, and various banking clients. His work takes him to all jurisdictions, from the Magistrates’ Court to the High Court, as well as VCAT.
Litigation experience includes applications to the Court for directions on various insolvency administrations, preference actions, proof of debt adjudications and more generally, large commercial contractual disputes and Corporations Law proceedings. He has been involved in various committees of the Law Institute of Victoria in the insolvency and reconstruction area for many years. Robert also lectures the Advanced Insolvency course run by the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia and is often asked to lecture at industry functions and seminars.
Robert has been nominated as a "Best Lawyer"
in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and Reconstruction
by Best Lawyers for five years consecutively.Specific assignments
- Insolvency administrations – Pyramid Building Society, Comcorp Group, Sheen Panels Group, the Water Wheel Group, Ansett Group, the Stockford Group, the Newmont Group, the Primelife Group, the Computer Power liquidation, the DFO group and advising Banks and other Financial Institutions in relation to recovery and realisation strategies and legal obligations and rights including in relation to the appointment of Voluntary Administrators, Receivers and Managers and Mortgagees in Possession.
- Advising a group of directors of the Ansett Group of Companies in all aspects of this large administration.
- Acting for banks in debt disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct litigation, guarantee cases and documentation disputes.