Robert WhiteCONTACT DETAILS
Phone: (+61)(02) 8029 6342
Fax: (+61)(02) 9221 7183
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CLERK: Bob Rymer
Phone: (+61)(02) 9232 4016
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Barrister (NSW): 2010
Solicitor (NSW): 2005
LLB (Hons) (LSE; London School of Economics and Political Science: 2:1)
- Commercial and Equity
- Consumer law, including class actions
- Land and Environment, including mining
- Family law
Prior to moving to Australia in 2009, Robert practised as a barrister in England for over 10 years.
At the NSW Bar Robert practises in the fields of commercial law (including corporations & equity), consumer actions, land and environment, and family law.
Robert is one of the leading class action barristers in Australia. He has been instructed in a number of class actions in the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court. He has appeared for the shareholders in the ION, Babcock & Brown, and Sons of Gwalia class actions. He appeared for over 2000 plaintiffs in the successful HIH shareholder action in the NSW Supreme Court. This culminated in the landmark judgment of Brereton J in which his Honour determined that there was no requirement for the shareholders to show reliance in order to recover their losses.
He is currently appearing for the applicants in the Volkswagen and Audi class actions in the Federal Court, and the consumer actions against Reckitt & Bensicker Pty Ltd (misleading packaging of Nurofen products) and Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd (defective PowerShift transmissions in Ford Focus & Fiesta).
Robert is also currently instructed by the ACCC in Federal Court proceedings against a number of educational colleges which have allegedly engaged in unconscionable conduct across Australia.
Robert is also an experienced practitioner in all aspects of land and environment, and mining law. In 2013 Robert acted for the successful Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association in the landmark Warkworth case, in which the Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court, following a 3 week merits appeal, refused development consent for an extension to the open cut coal mine at Warkworth-Mount Thorley. Robert acted for the Association again when the decision was appealed to the NSW Court of appeal by the mine's operator. The appeal was dismissed on 7 April 2014. Since then Robert has appeared at first instance (Hunter Environment Lobby Inc v Minister for Planning and Infrastructure (No 2)  NSWLEC 129; 200) and in the Court of Appeal in the Ashton Coal proceedings (Ashton Coal Operations Pty Ltd v Hunter Environment Lobby Inc  NSWCA 358).
Robert acts for landowners opposing access agreements under the Mining Act. He appeared for the Southern Highlands landowners in the seminal decision of Preston CJ in Martin v Hume Coal Pty Ltd  NSWLEC 51, in which his Honour held that improved pastures, agricultural land and driveways and tracks were all capable of coming within the definition of “significant improvement” for the purposes of s. 31 of the Mining Act.
Robert also regularly undertakes work in the Land and Environment Court's class 3 jurisdiction. He undertakes both statutory land valuation appeals and resumption appeals, and regularly appears for the Valuer-General and Government departments.
Robert acts in family law disputes involving children and property disputes, particularly disputes involving trusts, and wills. He appears in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court and Supreme Court of NSW.