Robert Schneider

Robert has extensive experience acting and advising in commercial disputes and specialises in retail and commercial lease disputes and other property related litigation.

Robert assists a broad range of clients in the property industry, including owners of shopping centres, owners of other retail properties, owners of commercial properties, large retail and commercial tenants and property developers and investors.

Robert regularly chairs and presents at external seminars on commercial and retail leases and other property related seminars.

Robert has been listed in Best LawyersTM Australia for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the 2020 and 2021 editions.


Robert’s recent experience includes:

  • Commercial property developer: Acting for large commercial property developer in complex NSW Supreme Court proceedings concerning the development of a large parcel of land in the Sydney Metropolitan Area for commercial and retail use and involving multiple parties and various issues, including the proper interpretation of contractual terms, statutory interpretation, whether conduct of various parties gave rise to an estoppel so as to prevent one party to transactions asserting relevant agreements at an end and whether relief against forfeiture of leasehold interests available to an under-lessee;
  • Property developer: Acted for property developer and investor, as landlord, in NSW Supreme Court proceedings against large corporate tenant for trespass and damages for use by tenant of area of building not included as part of leased area;
  • Corporate purchaser: Advised corporate purchaser on whether binding and enforceable contract for sale of CBD residential property and acted for purchaser in NSW Supreme Court proceedings for order that contract be specifically performed by vendor;
  • Council: Acted for a Council in complex proceedings in NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal in which the issues for determination included whether the dispute between Council and the other party was a retail lease dispute to which the Retail Leases Act 1994 (NSW) applied (which involved, amongst other things, a determination of whether the land occupied by the other party to the proceedings was a public road), and if it was, whether the Council, as landlord, engaged in conduct which interfered with the tenant’s use and occupation of the premises, constituted misleading or deceptive conduct and/or was misleading; and
  • NSW Government Department: Advising and acting for a NSW Government Department in related NSW Local Court proceedings for recovery of rent and other monies payable by holders of licences and permissive occupancies of Crown land.

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