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Barrister (NSW): 2010
Solicitor (NSW): 2005
LLB (Hons) (LSE; London School of Economics and Political Science: 2:1)
- Consumer law, including class actions
- Land and Environment, including mining
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 land and environment, compulsory acquisition and consumer law (including class actions).
Robert is an experienced environmental law barrister. 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: (2014) 86 NSWLR 527. 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) and in 2018 he acted for Groundswell Gloucester in a Class 1 merits appeal before Preston CJ opposing an open cut coal mine. In a first in Australia, Groundswell Gloucester argued that the mine should be refused development consent because of its contribution to climate change impacts.
He regularly acts in coastal erosion litigation. In 2018 he acted for landowners at Belongil Beach, Byron Shire, in a Class 1 appeal before Preston CJ seeking development consent for the maintenance and repair of sea walls. Also in 2018 he acts for landowners at Blueys and Boomerang beaches in judicial review proceedings seeking to quash the Mid Coast Council Coastal Zone Management Plan. Robert acts in environmental law prosecutions, both in the Land and Environment Court and Local Court. He acts in town planning litigation including Class 1 appeals.
Robert acts in litigation in Class 8 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction, arising out of disputes concerning rights under the Mining Act.
He is also experienced in compulsory acquisition and land valuation law. Robert regularly appears in Class 3 of the Court’s jurisdiction, and in the Court of Appeal in land valuation cases.
Robert is an experienced consumer law (and class action) barrister. 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 appeared for the applicants in the Volkswagen and Audi ‘Dieselgate’ class actions in the Federal Court. He is acting for the franchisees in the 7-11 class action in Melbourne.
Robert is also instructed by the ACCC in Federal Court proceedings against a number of educational colleges which have allegedly engaged in unconscionable conduct across Australia.