Stewart is the Principal of Levitt Robinson Solicitors. Arguably one of the most successful lawyers in Australia, Stewart has had wide legal experience, strategising and managing litigation in Australia, as well as internationally in the US, South Africa and Papua New Guinea.
He is known as one of Australia’s leading practitioners in securities class actions and banking/finance and insolvency litigation, having instigated and conducted the Storm Financial litigation against major banks. He is not only an industry leader but a prominent public commentator and person of influence, having effectively campaigned for policy reforms, as the author of comprehensive submissions to Federal parliamentary enquiries on institutional and regulatory failures during the GFC (2009), and on the role of ASIC (2013).
Acting for company directors and private businessmen, in board, partnership and joint venture disputes, drafting complex contracts focused on the mining industry, and frequently appearing in criminal and commercial courts, Stewart is not only a versatile lawyer but also a tenacious and skilful litigator, with exceptional tactical and advocacy skills.
He has appeared both with and without Counsel in the High Court of Australia and has acted as agent for firms in Israel and Asia and briefly, as speechwriter for a serving President of the Republic of Nauru.
Stewart has acted as legal counsel for several European consular legations in Sydney. He has also written speeches for significant Australian and foreign politicians and media releases for significant individuals and corporations.
In June 2012, he successfully completed the Harvard Law School ‘Program on Negotiation’ courses in “Mediation of Disputes” and “Advanced Negotiation – Dealing with Difficult Conversations” and is available as a mediator, as an ADR practitioner (bypassing or settling litigation) and as a collaborative lawyer. (If you want to use another lawyer to litigate, he is prepared to provide parallel representation to negotiate on your behalf with your opponents.) In 2013, he completed the LEADR Course on Mediation and in 2015, will be conferred with the degree of Master of Alternate Dispute Resolution at UTS, where he scored a distinction average.
Stewart represented indigenous leader, Lex Wotton, at his trial in connection with the 2004 Palm Island Riot and on Wotton’s challenge to the constitutionality of Queensland Corrective Services legislation in the High Court, as well as currently, in Class Action Litigation against the State of Queensland.
Stewart has successfully undertaken Land & Environment Court Appeals and Human Rights cases, and has acted in many pro bono matters, particularly for indigenous people seeking justice from the criminal law, in northern Australia.
Stewart was the instigator of, and is the chief spokesman for, the Black and White Justice Foundation Limited (formerly, the Errol Wyles Justice Foundation Limited). He has consulted to film-makers on the production of documentaries on social justice issues close to his heart.
Principal Solicitor & Advocate
January, 1976 - Present
The Principal of Levitt Robinson Solicitors.
Master of Alternative Dispute Resolution
2013 - 2015
1984 - 1986
1974 - 1976
1972 - 1976
Lv 6, 162 Goulburn Street, East Sydney NSW 2010, Australia
New South Wales, Australia
36 years held