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Robert Heathcote

About Robert

Robert Heathcote is a highly experienced litigation and dispute resolution lawyer who is and has, for many years, been recognised as one of Australia’s leading commercial litigators. He has been involved in many of the country’s largest and most complex commercial litigation matters as well as numerous regulatory and government inquiries and Royal Commissions.

A ‘real strategist’ with ‘a very high profile in litigation’.

Client quote, Chambers Global

As Senior Litigation Counsel, he provides strategic and risk management advice in superior court litigation and appellate matters.

Robert is recognised internationally for his unrivalled expertise and has been identified in several leading international legal guides, including Chambers World’s Leading Lawyers, Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, IFLR1000, Who's Who Legal and a nomination in The Best of the Best — World’s Leading Lawyers, a publication that identifies the top 20 lawyers worldwide in particular areas of specialisation. Most recently, he was listed in the Australian edition of Best Lawyers International for alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

Robert joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 1976 as the partner in charge of the firm’s commercial litigation practice and has played a crucial role in building and developing the reputation of the firm in general, and its litigation practice in particular. Under his leadership it has attracted a wide range of clients seeking assistance in highly complex and sensitive matters.

Practice focus

Robert counsels clients on a variety of corporate, litigation and strategic matters, including  corporate governance, directors’ duties, disclosure obligations, corporate compliance matters and internal investigations.

Clients speak of his skill in specifically identifying risk levels, likely outcomes, options and the ‘best courses of action’. Where necessary, Robert manages large, complex, often sensitive and long-term litigation, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance-related issues.

He has defended leading corporate identities against allegations of white-collar crime, particularly in the areas of tax, securities fraud, insider trading and breaches of the Corporations Act. He has also represented numerous individuals and companies at Royal Commissions and Government Commissions of Inquiry, and in class actions and other civil suits.


Robert has provided strategic and risk management advice to corporations and numerous directors of both publicly listed and privately owned Australian and international companies including:

  • ANZ Banking Corporation Limited;
  • AustralianSuper Limited;
  • Australian Wheat Board Limited;
  • BHP Billiton Limited;
  • Fosters Group Limited;
  • James Hardie Industries NV;
  • National Australia Bank Limited;
  • NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Limited;
  • Nufarm Limited;
  • Phosphagenics Limited;
  • Primelife Corporation Limited;
  • Rail America Inc;
  • Southcorp Limited;
  • Visy Industries; and
  • Norcros plc.

Recognition & publications

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