Robert Lilley

RJL Profile pictureBSc/LLB (Otago)


I joined Douglas Cheveralls in February 2016 and practice in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution.

After graduating from law school in my native New Zealand in 2005, I joined the Kiwi exodus to Western Australia and joined the WA Police to tick that off my bucket list. Almost six years later (including close to three years as a Detective), I left the Police, got married, and spent the better part of a year backpacking around Europe with my wife.

I came back to WA in 2012 and decided that it was time to put my law degree to use, joining a mid-sized law firm in East Perth. I spent the next 4 years practicing in a wide range of litigious matters, including contract disputes, property law, administrative law, trade practices, intellectual property, insolvency, and even a few criminal cases—including occasionally as a pro bono solicitor for the RSPCA.

I have experience as an advocate in most Western Australian State Courts, the Federal Court, and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. I have appeared as counsel in two civil trials in the Magistrates Court and numerous contentious interlocutory matters in other Courts.

My aim is to provide cost effective and commercially sensible advice to clients, at the same time as guiding them around the pitfalls of litigation. I have a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution and am working to build my practice in this important area of law.

Away from the office, I am a volunteer on the board of management of a not-for-profit senior citizens centre, and am the current chairman of the RugbyWA Juniors judiciary panel. On winter weekends you will most likely find me loping around a rugby field with a whistle in my hand, dreaming of the day I will referee the Rugby World Cup final.