Rob has over 25 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 fairness; and
Rob became an Accredited Specialist – Commercial Litigation in 1998 and continues to retain that qualification and practise 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 works in particular with Jennifer Hold in defamation and professional negligence matters and with Mark Green in commercial and corporate litigation and dispute resolution matters.
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.