Rob has over 30 years’ experience in general litigation at all levels in New South Wales, interstate and
in the Federal jurisdiction. His litigation practice covers a wide range of matters including commercial
litigation of various types:
contract disputes, both seeking to enforce and overturn contracts
defamation, for plaintiffs and defendants
insolvency and debt recovery, for creditors and debtors
directors’ duties and corporate governance disputes
disputes involving competing property interests
banking and finance
enforcement and avoidance of guarantees, including for unconscionable conduct and under the
Contracts Review Act
administrative law, including challenging government decisions on the grounds of lack of procedural
Rob became an Accredited Specialist – Commercial Litigation in 1998 and continues to retain that
qualification and practice in that area.
He commenced his first legal job with the then Verekers Solicitors & Attorneys in July 1989, was made
partner in January 2001 and has stayed with that firm through its merger with Pikes Lawyers to the
formation of Pikes & Verekers Lawyers in 2012.
Through this continuity, Rob has benefited from, and partly formed, the culture of Verekers Lawyers and
subsequently Pikes & Verekers Lawyers. The firm has a collegiate and co-operative approach in which the
partners and solicitors frequently consult with and assist each other for the benefit of their clients
but at no extra cost to them.
Rob retains a “hands on” approach to litigation and works closely with other members of the firm on
larger matters to ensure that there is a clear strategy of thought which is carried through to get the
best possible result for the client in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Rob’s team approach
extends to working closely with counsel, with whom Rob has developed close working relationships over
the course of his practice.
He regularly appears in Court in the preparatory and interlocutory stages of cases and has appeared
without counsel in a number of hearings in the Local, District and Supreme Courts where circumstances
have made that necessary.