Mr Robert D Williams

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Robert practises in general commercial, competition/trade practices, class action, construction and intellectual property litigation in the Federal and State Courts, as well as in commercial arbitration matters.

Before coming to the Bar, Robert was a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution group at King & Wood Mallesons (previously Mallesons Stephen Jaques).  Prior to that, he was an Associate in the Litigation/Arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in London.  He was previously also an Associate to Justice Mansfield in the Federal Court of Australia.

Robert has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes in the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of England and Wales.  Robert has also acted in a significant number of arbitrations, including ICSID, ICC, LCIA and IAMA arbitrations, and is a member of ACICA.

Robert holds a first class Master of Law degree from the University of Cambridge (with a commercial law specialisation) and a Bachelor of Law degree with first class honours from Bond University. 

Robert is also a member of Hanson Chambers in Adelaide and is available to appear in, and/or advise in relation to, proceedings in South Australia.  To see Robert's Hanson Chambers profile, please click here

Robert's recent matters include:

  • ICC arbitration concerning a major Australian infrastructure project (led by N Pane QC);
  • Halikos Hospitality Pty Ltd & Ors v INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd [2016] NTSC - contract, estoppel, misleading or deceptive conduct (led by R Whitington QC);
  • Flinders Operating Services Pty Ltd & Anor v Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd & Anor [2015] SASC - contract, negligence (unled);
  • Huntley Management Ltd v Koonara Management Pty Ltd & Anor [2015] SASC - debt, contract, misleading or deceptive conduct (unled);
  • MIS Funding No 1 Pty Ltd v Symington [2014] VSC - debt, contract, misleading or deceptive conduct (unled)
  • Westpac Banking Corporation v Preston & Anor [2014] VSC - debt, contract, unconscionable conduct (unled)
  • Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd & Anor v Pacific Equity Partners Pty Ltd & Ors [2014] FCA 481 - legal professional privilege (led by Dr S McNicol QC);
  • Love v Roads Corporation & Anor [2014] VSCA 56 - damages (led by J Delany QC);
  • Perfection Fresh Australia Pty Ltd & Ors v Melbourne Market Authority [2013] VSC - representative proceeding, unconscionable conduct, breach of contract (led by J Karkar QC and M Wyles QC);
  • Trility Pty Ltd v Ancon Drilling Pty Ltd [2013] VSC 577 and related IAMA arbitration before M Shand QC - security for costs, breach of contract (led by Dr M Collins QC); and
  • Westpac Banking Corporation v Aitken [2013] NTSC (pro bono) - debt, contract, unconscionable conduct, National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009, National Credit Code (with A Rodbard-Bean).

To see Robert's List A profile, please click here

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    14 February 2006
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    16 May 2013
  • Qualifications
    BA, LLB (Hons) (Bond); LLM (Cantab)

Areas of Speciality

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Banking & Finance
  • Building & Construction
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • Public Law
  • Sports