Robert Quirk

Admitted to practice: NSW- 1994; Queensland – 1995.

Also admitted to ACT and High Court of Australia.

Other chambers: Bay Street Chambers, Southport.

Robert Quirk graduated BCom LLB (Hons) Bond University 1991/1992. He is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland and a committee member of the Gold Coast Bar Association.

Robert has experience across many areas of law, advising and representing clients of all types and sizes. He has over 25 years’ experience in environmental, commercial and contract, administrative, appellate, planning, building and construction, body corporate and family. Robert also have experience in criminal/ enforcement matters in the above areas. Robert Quirk has also been an officer in the RAAF Specialist Reserve since 1998. He was one of the counsel assisting the F111 Deseal Reseal Board of Inquiry, and has been a prosecuting and defending officer. From 2009 to 2017 Robert was a member of the Joint Regional Planning Panel Northern – Tweed Shire Council (dev’t > $20M).

Some of Robert Quirk’s recent cases include:  

Contract/ property: BGM Projects Pty Ltd v Durmaz [2020] QCA 146. Appeal struck out.

BGM Projects Pty Ltd v Durmaz Corporation Pty Ltd [2020] QSC 87 and BGM Projects Pty Ltd v Durmaz Corporation Pty Ltd [2020] QSC 88. Applications for permanent mandatory injunction (applications granted).

Contract/ property/ environmental: Tyler v Bettson [2020] HCASL 11; [2019] QCA 176 and [2019] QCA 230. Re restrictive covenants in a land contract (successfully opposed application for special leave).

Admin/ environmental: WMI Pty Ltd v Chief Executive, Department of Environment and Science (2019) (on behalf of the Respondent – 2 proceedings): resolved – orders made for environmental evaluation and direction notice pt EP Act.


Areas of practice:

Commercial and contract



Environment and planning

Building and construction

Body corporate



Robert Quirk has a strong commitment to pro bono work. Some of that work has included:

My Community Legal – community legal service (2020)

Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc v Minister for Environment (QUD 8 of 2015) (application granted).

BPW16 v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2017] FCCA 1395 – re jurisdictional error

Mount Coot-tha Protection Alliance Inc v Brisbane City Council (Mount Coot-tha Zipline)(886/2019) (appeal allowed).

New Acland Coal Pty Ltd v Ashman [2017] QLC 25 (QLC re coal mine)(restrictive conditions imposed).

Rusken & Jenner [2017] FamCAFC 187: Successful application for leave and appeal to the Full Court of the Family Court (appeal allowed).

Outside of the law Robert appeared in Pins and Needles (Oliver) produced by the Tugun Theatre Company in 2018 and was a member of the Australian Age Group Triathlon Team for the World Championships in 2011. 

Contact details:


Telephone: (07) 3221 2182

Mobile: 0414 938841