Robert, was first admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1989 before moving to the Northern Territory in 1990. Robert worked in the Northern Territory for nearly 10 years as a lawyer for the then Australian Legal Aid Office, NT Legal Aid Commission, Aboriginal Legal Service (Darwin) and in private practice. While in the Northern Territory, Robert regularly appeared as a solicitor advocate in the Magistrates Court, Coroners Court, Supreme Court of the NT and the Family Court. Shortly after moving to Melbourne, Robert joined the Victorian Bar. Robert has appeared as Counsel in the Magistrates Court, County Court, Court of Appeal, High Court (Special Leave Application), Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and VCAT.