01 March 1982
Signed Bar Roll:
01 September 1982
Floor 9, Room 32
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Admitted to Practice:
Victoria, appearances in other Australian States, Federal.
Areas of Practice:
- Commercial Law
- Common Law
- Personal Injury Law
- Equity & Trusts Law
- Taxation Law
- Bankruptcy Law
- Revenue & Superannuation
- Accredited Mediator
- Wills & Estates
- Property Law
- Insurance Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Civil Appeals
- Coronial Inquests
- Trade Practices
- Professional Negligence
- Banking and Finance
Robert brings to his clients the experience of 34 years of full time practice in the conduct of cases in Courts, Tribunals and in mediation. His pre and post litigation advice and attention to detail in his written work, has resulted in many matters being resolved before and after litigation. He has a busy practice in advice work as well as in appearance work in Courts and Tribunals.
He has appeared in the State and Federal Courts both in the Trial and Appellate Divisions including in the High Court.
His wide interest in all aspects of the law and legal rights was a springboard for him to take cases in complex commercial litigation, as well as cases that involved the protection of rights, including appearing in some of the most challenging inquests into deaths in custody and in immigration detention. His involvement in correctional law led him to appearing in significant judicial review cases involving prisoners. His authorship of the text de Groots Wills, Probate and Administration Practice (Victoria) over the last 30 years and his longstanding involvement in this area of law well places him to advise and appear in deceased estate cases that are often close to the heart and minds of our community, especially in the protection of the elderly from all forms of abuse.
Robert is dedicated to his client’s cause. His approach in conference is to take the abrasion out of the client’s journey and to ensure that in a confidential environment, they are comfortable to talk about their case, are treated with respect and feel that they are heard. In Court he presents the case as it should be presented, with persuasion and appropriate balance.
- Author of de Groot’s Wills, Probate and Administration Practice (Victoria) – since 1990.
- Tutor: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 2000.
- Member of Supreme Court Probate Users Committee.
- Chairman of the Property and Probate section of the Commercial Bar Association.
- Accredited Mediator since 1995.
- Accredited Advanced Mediator 3.8.2006
Memberships and Associations
Chair of the Property and Probate Section of the Commercial Bar Association (Victoria)
Member of the Probate Users Committee of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
From 30 April 2009:
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
- The text de Groots Wills, Probate and Administration Practice (Victoria)
- Alternative claims in equity to a TFM claim when that claim is barred or limited as a result of there being a final distribution of the estate; (06/02/2017);
- Testators Family Maintenance Procedures in the Supreme Court of Victoria; (05/10/2015);
- Informal Wills. The de facto relationship provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and their impact upon claims under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act 1958; (27/05/2010);
- When may a Court Dispense with requirements for Execution or Revocation? (24/06/2008).
- Avco Financial Services Ltd v Fishman and Others  1 VR 90. Tadgell J. Mortgage priorities.
- Rich v Groningen & Ors Gillard J  VSC 35; (1997) 95 A.Crim.R. 272. Exercise of powers and duties by prison authorities. Access to legal documents in custody.
- H. G & R Nominees v Fava  2 V.R. 368. Phillips J. Mortgages, Guarantees. Whether Solicitor owed duty.
- Minogue v Williams  FCA 125. Remittal from High Court of Australia. Whether matter arising under international treaty. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
- Knight v Spadano & Ors  VSCA 228. Court of Appeal. Prisoner rights.
- Maher & Anor v Commonwealth Bank of Australia & Anor  VSCA 122 (26 June 2008). Application for stay orders, security for costs of appeal.
- Harrison & Ors v Harrison  VSC 459. Kaye J. Proprietary estoppel. Plaintiffs induced not to seek provision under Part IV of Administration and Probate Act 1958.
- Finding – Inquest into the Death of Matthew Aaron Condie. 30 January 2015. Coroner Spanos. Death in custody.
- Lam v Lam & Ors  VSC 298. Almond J. On appeal Lam v Lam  VSCA 173. Whether sham transfers of land. Whether wrongful transfers of land. Conveyancers. Duty of care to client.