Our response to COVID-19

Consistent with State Government directions to close all non-essential businesses in Metropolitan Melbourne during the declared State of Disaster, Rigby Cooke will be closing its physical office for six weeks from close of business today, Wednesday 5 August 2020. During this time we will continue to be able to meet all of your legal requirements remotely and our teams are fully mobilised to do so, as they have been since 1 April 2020 when we converted to a full work from home model.

Business support

Whilst our physical office will be closed, our team is contactable via phone, video conference or email. Our reception will continue to operate remotely on our usual number 03 9321 7888.
Where possible, please submit all documents to us electronically as we may not be able to check and deal with documents received by post in a timely manner.

It is likely that some clients may be facing additional challenges as a result of the ongoing disruption presented by COVID-19. We aim to ensure we are doing everything possible to assist our clients through this challenging time and invite you to contact us should you have any legal questions or concerns.

We have also developed a digital resource of COVID-19 guidance for business that may assist you and your business during this time.

In the meantime, we wish you and your families all the best during these testing times and we thank you for your continued support.


Bill Karvela
Managing Partner

About us

With origins that can be traced back to the 1840s, we have earned our reputation of achieving success for – and with – our clients, by remaining adaptive to change. We do this by understanding each of our clients’ businesses and industry, and by staying at the forefront of changes in technology and legislation.

This is because, above all else, we remain true to our mission, Our People: Your Success.

Our lawyers are technically excellent in their areas of expertise; but more importantly for our clients, they are genuinely concerned with the application of the law in the ‘real world’ to get results. We are outcome-focused and commercially-minded – helping you achieve your goals in the most effective and efficient manner is our key objective.

Our clients range from some of the largest and best known Australian and overseas companies to mid-market, privately owned or publicly listed companies, government entities and private clients with a mix of commercial and family assets and investments.

We can work with you by providing full-service ongoing support for all your commercial and private needs or by offering specialty expertise when required.

A key part of our way of operating is to get to know you and your business. We visit your sites; we work with your people. We like to work with clients on an on-going basis so we can be involved from the beginning of a project, providing the external perspective that can make a difference.

Learn more about our people + expertise.

International alliances

If you are a local client with global interests, or an international client with Australian interests, we can provide you with access to international legal support through our Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW) alliance.

Through LAW, we have access to more than 4000 lawyers globally through a network of independent law firms in nearly 50 countries.

Industry associations

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