Robert Douglas was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2004.
He initially practised in commercial litigation and debt recovery but shortly thereafter made the decision to practise principally in family law. He regularly appears in the Family Court of Australia and in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia in respect of children’s matters and matrimonial and de facto property disputes. He has considerable experience in location and recovery proceedings and difficult family law matters involving domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse He also has a wealth of experience in family law mediation and negotiating positive outcomes for his clients.
His experience includes acting for an estate in a family provision application involving all eight children of the deceased some of whom were included in the will and some who were not and having to deal with the Public Trustee who was acting for the guardian of a claimant who was one of the children.
We also acted for executors of deceased estates living as far away as the UK and Italy where language was an issue and for which an interpreter was required.
He was also involved in difficult and sensitive family law matter placed on the Family Court’s Magellan list, involving serious allegations of sexual abuse of children.
He has acted in complex multi-million dollar matrimonial matters involving family trusts, proprietary companies, family businesses and, self managed super funds.
Prior to practising in law Robert was a secondary teacher of English, History and the social sciences, with 16 years experience in the private and public education systems. He is known to drive the other solicitors in the firm to distraction with his fastidious attention to the English language and will not accept any deviation from the Queens English. He is also a keen Gilbert and Sullivan fan, having acted in many of their plays. As a relief from the rigours from his day to day work, he can often be found prancing around the office singing “a policemans’s lot is not a happy one” which can be particularly distracting for our criminal law practitioner