Unrestricted Principal Legal Practitioner Practising Certificate – 2008
Master of Laws – University of Queensland – 2006
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland – 2002
Solicitor of the High Court of Australia – 2002
Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology – 2000
Bachelor of Nursing – Griffith University – 1994
Registered Nurse – Maryborough Base Hospital – 1992
Queensland Law Society – Since 2002
Robert is a civil litigator with over 20 years’ experience. His knowledge of law is extensive with particular interests in wills and estates, employment and family law (property matters), litigation and dispute resolution.
A highly credentialed and practised legal adviser, Rob has worked with Mining and Resources business owners, professionals and executives for more than 15 years and is perhaps best known for his communication skills.
Central to his role is his ability to explain the law so clients understand and can make informed decisions. Rob describes taking a strategic approach, which is legal advice designed not just to resolve matters, but to achieve identified outcomes and to have his clients achieve their goals.
Rob’s vast experience, both professionally and personally, contributes to his relatability, an important quality required to appreciate each client’s unique circumstances to develop a long and successful partnership with his clients.
As a director of Hillhouse Legal Partners for more than 12 years, Rob says that he and his firm as a whole, make a conscious effort to fully understand their clients’ needs, to ‘speak their language’ and deal with issues and questions quickly.
Working across a broad range of clients, including individuals and small and medium sized businesses to large publicly listed companies, Rob is pragmatic, organised and responsive. He recognises his clients are similar to himself with legal needs that span both business and personal matters.
Rob’s breadth of experience includes extraordinary and novel matters that require specialist skills to assist his clients traverse the legal system and its nuances.
He considers his role in the recovery of a child from overseas under the Hague Convention as well as successfully recovering compensation for a 4-year-old client, now a young adult, important and defining achievements in his career.
Other highlights include advice and representation on matters as diverse as saving a business owner from ruin by successfully recovering money embezzled by an employee; ensuring infant beneficiaries received proceeds stolen from an Estate; and successfully preventing destruction of a client’s business due to the theft of intellectual property.
These, and a raft of other often complex legal experiences over Rob’s 20-year tenure with Hillhouse Legal Partners, have contributed to his comprehensive knowledge and reputation as an accomplished and respected lawyer.
When asked what he’d like to be remembered for, Rob quickly points to his wife and family, and hopes he’ll be known as a dedicated husband and father above all else.
Raised in Hervey Bay with family roots in Warwick and the Darling Downs, he’s a former hospital trained Registered Nurse, a Karate Instructor of 20 years and a very keen traveller.
As Rob says, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or experienced, and it’s very likely that his rich and fulfilled personal life is what underpins his considerable professional success.