Robert French

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Year of election to the Bar:


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Areas of practice


Arbitration and mediation
International commercial arbitration

Contractual disputes
Corporate insolvency
Corporations law
International commercial arbitration
Professional liability
Restraint of trade
Securities and investments

Industrial and employment
Employment contracts and restraint of trade
Industrial disputes and statutory employment rights
Workplace health and safety

Intentional torts
Professional negligence


Commonwealth offences
White collar and corporate crime

Regulatory offences
Workplace health and safety


Public and administrative
Disciplinary proceedings
Judicial review and administrative law



Robert French is a dispute resolution lawyer with experience in Hong Kong, Victoria and Western Australia. His practice primarily comprises commercial, administrative and employment law.

Robert joined the Bar in 2013 and has appeared in all courts since that time. He has appeared unled in appeals to the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia and to the High Court (special leave only) in proceedings where he appeared on behalf of the Minister for Immigration & Border Protection.

In the employment law context, he has appeared unled for employers and employees in Fair Work Australia, the Federal Court of Australia (including the Full Court of the Federal Court) and the Federal Magistrates Court in a range of employment related disputes.

Prior to joining the Bar, Robert was a managing associate in the dispute resolution team at an international firm in Hong Kong. Here, he gained experience acting for and against regulators in large contentious regulatory matters – including acting for large financial institutions in matters involving the Securities & Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He also worked for two national firms in Victoria – in both Commercial Litigation and Employment Relations teams – acting for a company director in insider trading proceedings brought by ASIC and for the Australian Building & Construction Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman in industrial relations disputes.



Date of admission: March 2005


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