Heath QC

Robert is a member of the Victorian and Tasmanian Bars.  Prior to his appointment as Senior Counsel, he acted in a wide range of commercial disputes, both as sole counsel, and as a junior. He has extensive oral advocacy experience.  Robert is briefed regularly to give advice – in conference and in writing.

In recent years, Robert has obtained significant experience in different areas including infrastructure disputes, class actions and professional negligence matters.   For example, he has:

  • acted for the Project Company in different proceedings relating to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, a building project in South Australia;
  • acted for the Linking Melbourne Authority in proceedings relating to the East West Link project, a road project in Victoria;
  • provided advice to governments and statutory bodies;
  • acted in professional negligence disputes;
  • acted as junior counsel in a number of class actions – including the Vioxx class action, the Thalidomide class action and the Timbercorp class action;
  • conducted investigations for a national sporting body;
  • appeared in disciplinary proceedings;
  • acted as a mediator.

Robert is very experienced in running trials.  He has appeared in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including arbitrations, coronial inquests and disciplinary tribunal hearings. He has appeared in equity proceedings, contempt proceedings, asset confiscation proceedings and insolvency proceedings.

As a qualified arbitrator, Robert is a member of the following bodies: the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb); the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia; and the Australian Centre Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).  Robert is also an experienced and nationally accredited mediator. 

Robert is a member of the Victorian Amateur Football Association Tribunal; and he is the honorary lawyer to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc.

Robert's CV, including a selection of cases in which he has been involved, may be viewed here.

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PH +61 3 8600 1716
SEC 8600 1703
FAX +61 3 8600 1725

Chambers: Room 2503
Chancery Chambers
200 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Neutral Evaluation
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Corporate Insolvency
Commercial Law
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Property & Probate
Common Law
Intentional Torts
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Consumer Protections
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Equity & Trusts
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Coronial Inquests
Royal Commissions
Professional Negligence
Public Law & Administrative Law
Disciplinary Proceedings
Judicial Review
Merits Review


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
07 May 1997
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
27 May 1999
Appointed Silk:
23 Nov 2017


B.A. (Hons), LL.B. (Hons)