Robert Kirkness

Robert’s practice focuses on commercial, public and international law. He has represented clients in a wide-range of commercial and public law litigation before the New Zealand courts (Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and District Courts) and in disputes submitted to arbitration before international tribunals. He has particular expertise in disputes that raise issues of public or private international law and has represented commercial and sovereign clients in some of the most complex and high-profile matters submitted to arbitration in the past decade.

Robert is recommended by all major legal directories. Who’s Who Legal describes Robert as “bound to be a star” with “excellent advocacy skills”; Chambers & Partners recognises Robert as a “future star in the arbitration world” who is “smart, hard-working and always appears calm even in the most high-pressure situations” and “relentless in seeking to secure the best outcome for his clients”; Legal 500 says he is “a rising star” who is “strategic and commercial” and able to “synthesise complex ideas and materials in a clear, concrete and simple manner”.

Robert is a Registered Foreign Lawyer at the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Review Robert’s CV here.

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