Robert has a diverse practice, spanning all areas of commercial law.
He is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading barristers in competition law matters, but his practice extends to equity, trusts and property matters, regulatory proceedings, corporations matters and general commercial disputes. He also practices in the areas of public and administrative law.
In competition law, Robert is regularly briefed to appear in some of the most significant cases and investigations in that area (for example, appearing for Google in proceedings brought against it in the Federal Court by Epic Games alleging misuse of market power). Robert has acted for and against the ACCC in a range of competition matters, including in connection with regulatory investigations and merger approvals. He also has experience in the emerging field of criminal cartel law.
Robert has extensive experience in class actions, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has appeared in class action matters in both the Federal Court and State courts. He appeared for the plaintiff in the long-running Queensland Floods proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, one of the largest ever class actions to go to trial in Australia.
The Legal 500 Guide 2023 - Tier 1 Leading Junior in Competition
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2023 - Band 1 for Competition and Antitrust law, Band 3 Dispute Resolution - Robert is described as being "a fantastic competition lawyer," with one source observing he "writes extremely well and takes a very pragmatic approach." "I found him to be very adaptable and able to pick up on critical concepts quickly."
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2022 - Band 3 Dispute Resolution Counsel and Spotlight Table for Competition and Antitrust law - "Robert maintains a broad commercial practice within which competition and consumer law issues feature particularly prominently, and also offers notable experience in the handling of class actions and criminal cartel cases. Interviewees variously describe him as 'a fantastic competition junior,' 'an elite strategic thinker and one of the very best juniors at the New South Wales Bar' and 'good on his feet and one of the juniors I would most want in a commercial case.'"
Doyles Guide 2023 (NSW) – Preeminent Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel
Doyles Guide 2023 (NSW) – Recommended Insolvency & Restructuring Junior Counsel
Doyles Guide 2023 (Australia) – Leading Class Action Junior Counsel
Doyles Guide 2022 – Preeminent Competition Law Junior Counsel