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Rocco leads Cooper Grace Ward’s litigation and dispute resolution group, with more than 15 years of experience in business litigation and commercial dispute resolution.

Rocco has handled cases throughout Australia involving a diverse range of clients across many different industries and areas of law. Specific areas of expertise include corporate, construction, property, debt recovery, mining services and intellectual property disputes as well as representing clients in corporate investigations and commissions of inquiry. Rocco has experience in complex, high value, corporate critical disputes, and has led large multi-disciplinary project teams in significant and high profile cases.

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Rocco was ranked as a leading individual in Australia in the area of Dispute Resolution by prestigious international legal guides Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 noted Rocco as ‘a partner with a real client focus’ with client needs ‘firmly in the forefront of his mind at all times’, and also acknowledged his ‘ability to provide quality advice on complex matters in very short timeframes’.

Chambers Global 2015 acknowledged Rocco’s ‘very strong technical expertise and customer service skills’, and his ‘terrific ability to explain the legal facts of a case in plain English’.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 acknowledged Rocco as ‘a very deep thinker who understands the wider contexts and subtleties in a strategic sense and has the skill to distil and simplify complex issues’.

Rocco is also on the Queensland Law Society Court Practice and Procedure Committee, which monitors and advises on new developments in litigation and dispute resolution.

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  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of Queensland
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor – High Court of Australia
  • Member – Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
  • Member – Queensland Law Society Litigation and Rules Section
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2012 – Recommended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution (Australia)
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global – Recognised as a leading lawyer in Australia for Dispute Resolution in 2014, 2015 and 2016

 

Litigation and dispute resolution

  • Acting for and advising a major insurer on its response to the Queensland floods disaster in 2010/2011, including representing it in the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.
  • Acting in complex Supreme Court litigation involving number of multi-national financial institutions and various claims in the order of $44 million.
  • Acting for a foreign state and government representatives in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal litigation involving the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 (Cth).
  • Acting for the owners of a luxury resort at Noosa in multi-million dollar construction litigation in the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for a large Queensland based property developer in multi-million dollar negligence case against a professional adviser arising from a failed property development in Rockhampton.
  • Acting in many complex construction disputes including cases involving the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) including adjudication matters and judicial review proceedings.
  • Acting for a major Australian financial institution in a $2.2 million employee fraud, successfully resolving the matter without the need for litigation.
  • Acting in litigation in the Supreme Court involving the founding shareholders of large Queensland electricity retailer.
  • Acting for a large construction company during its involvement in the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry.
  • Acting for an executor of a high value estate in Supreme Court litigation to defend a multi-million dollar claim against the estate’s interests in a $26 million Queensland farming operation.
  • Acting for a corporate client in a $10 million excise duty investigation by the Australian Custom Service and Australian Federal Police.
  • Acting for the Australian subsidiary of a multi-national carpet manufacturer to defend Federal Court proceedings involving allegations of copyright and design infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Handling the Queensland debt recovery portfolio for a wholly owned subsidiary of one of Australia’s largest companies.

  • ‘Adjudicator’s partial mistake voids entire BCIPA adjudication decision’, BuildLaw, September 2013
  • ‘Managing the joint role of a company secretary and corporate counsel’, Keeping Good Companies, December 2013
  • ‘Court considers whether latent defects claim against building consultants out of time’, Australian Construction Law Newsletter, May 2015
  • ‘The next chapter in the class action litigation challenge to ANZ bank fees’, Consumer Credit Law Newsletter, June 2015
  • ‘BCIPA decision keeps the cash flowing-non-compliance with Space statutory decoration condition not found to prohibit payment claim’, Australian Construction Law Newsletter, September 2015
  • ‘Statutory declaration preconditions to payment claims under construction contracts held to be invalid – New South Wales follows Queensland’s approach’, Australian Construction Law Newsletter, April 2016