Robert Johnston > Johnson Winter & Slattery > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Johnson Winter & Slattery

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Dispute Resolution, Projects & Construction




Robert is one of Australia’s leading commercial litigation lawyers specialising in large scale, complex disputes and class actions.

Robert has been involved in some of Australia’s leading commercial disputes including shareholder class actions, directors’ and officers’ liability, auditor and other professional indemnity claims, regulatory proceedings and insolvency matters.

Robert is also a recognised insurance expert advising on policy wordings and recoveries.

With over 25 years’ experience, Robert has dealt extensively with regulators including ASIC, APRA, the ACCC and the ASX and has represented clients in Royal Commissions and other major inquiries.

Robert has regularly been recognised as a leading expert in the areas of dispute resolution, class actions, insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence by, Chambers Global, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Legal Who’s Who, Euromoney’s Expert Guides, Doyle’s and Best Lawyers. He is regarded as “strategic and approachable”, a lawyer who “really looks after his clients” with an “outstanding level of personal service” and is known for providing early, practical assessments in cases and for his strategic and commercial advice.


Law Council of Australia – Class Action Executive Committee
International Bar Association – Vice Chair Consumer Litigation Committee
Australian Insurance Law Association
Australian Professional Indemnity Insurance Association
NSW Supreme Court Commercial List Users Group
Federal Court Class Action Users Group


Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney 
Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions

The class actions team at Johnson Winter & Slattery acts for both defendants and plaintiffs, with particular expertise in advising litigation funders. Paul Buitendag and Paul Reidy co-lead the team from Melbourne and Sydney, respectively. Reidy acts for large corporates and board members, having recently acted for Allianz in a class action case, and Robert Johnston is adept at handling litigation in the Supreme and Federal Courts. Frances Dreyer and Andreas Piesiewicz are also key contacts. All named lawyers are based in Sydney unless noted otherwise.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation

Paul Buitendag in Melbourne and Paul Reidy in Sydney co-head the dispute resolution practice at Johnson Winter & Slattery. The team acts for both defendants and plaintiffs in corporate and commercial disputes, class actions, regulatory prosecutions and competition cases. Areas of expertise includes the construction, infrastructure, energy and resources,  technology and logistics sectors. Sydney-based Robert Johnston is active in handling cases in the Supreme and Federal courts, as well as high-value class actions, whilst Tom Jarvis in Melbourne acts for large corporations, government bodies and regulators.