Robert is Clayton Utz's Chief Executive Partner.  In this role, he is responsible for consolidating the firm's position as Australia's leading independent law firm.

Robert has significant experience and history with Clayton Utz.  Rob joined the firm in Sydney in 1991 and became a partner in 1998. He carved out a successful career in Litigation and Dispute Resolution.  Rob served as partner in charge of the Canberra office from 2000 to 2004.

Robert is committed to the firm's vision to be the leading Australian law firm embracing diversity and inclusion.  He chairs Clayton Utz Diversity Council and promotes diversity and inclusion outside the firm through various roles, including being a BoardLinks Champion and a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Robert has also been recognised by the peer review guide "Best Lawyers" as one of Australia's best lawyers in Litigation, ADR and Public Law and is listed by Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a "Recommended Practitioner" for Dispute Resolution.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Anglo Coal: Acted for Anglo Coal in relation to a property and contractual dispute which was resolved before litigation through the utilisation of a staged mediation process.

Centennial Coal: Acted for Centennial in multiple mine subsidence proceedings in the NSW District Court.


ING Australia and ING Life:
 Acted for ING in proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia involving allegations under Parts IVA and V of the Trade Practices Act 1974.


Pacific National: 
Acted for Pacific National in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings relating to rail haulage contracts.

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Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Former Federal Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan: Representing Senator Coonan in her capacity as Ministers for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and the Commonwealth in relation to the dispute with Telstra over the Broadband Connect Infrastructure program.

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Energy and Resources

Anglo Coal: Acted for Anglo Coal in relation to a property and contractual dispute which was resolved before litigation through the utilisation of a staged mediation process.

Centennial Coal: Acted for Centennial in multiple mine subsidence proceedings in the NSW District Court.

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Government Services

Department of Defence: Advised Defence in relation to the Commonwealth's rights:

  • under its contract with Kaman International Aerospace Corporation to build and supply the Seasprite helicopters;
  • to intellectual property in the Collins Class Submarines designed by the Swedish company, Kockums AB and acting for Defence in three significant pieces of litigation with Kockums.
    Kovko Coronial Inquiry: Acting for one of the soldiers who was in the barracks at the time of Private Jacob Kovko's death in Baghdad, Iraq in the coronial proceedings before the NSW State Coroner and jury.

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Intellectual Property

Department of Defence: Advised Defence in relation to the Commonwealth's rights:

  • under its contract with Kaman International Aerospace Corporation to build and supply the Seasprite helicopters;
  • to intellectual property in the Collins Class Submarines designed by the Swedish company, Kockums AB and acting for Defence in three significant pieces of litigation with Kockums.
    Minova Australia (part of the Orica Group of companies): acted for Minova in misuse of confidential information, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of copyright proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW.

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International Arbitration

Rob acted for Peabody Coal in an international arbitration seated in Brisbane against Bhushan Power & Steel in relation to a disputed coal shipment.

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Knowledge

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