Riaan Piek – Counsel

" I have 20 years' experience as a lawyer advising on risk and the prevention, minimisation, control, balance and management of its consequences "

Riaan has specialised in all forms of dispute resolution across a broad range of sectors, including the construction and infrastructure, mineral and resources, oil and gas, transport, logistics and textile industries. This has provided him with a unique and insightful knowledge of the market and both prevailing and emerging trends.

In the context of commercial litigation, he has been instrumental in successfully resolving banking and finance claims, debt and mortgage recoveries, contractual and shareholders’ disputes, enforcement of foreign awards and intellectual property claims in Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Domestically, he is engaged in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings by ASIC and the ATO, and his interest and workload increasingly involve disputes in the construction and engineering-related industry.

Riaan has a proven track record as a specialist insurance lawyer, and was recognised by Doyle’s Guide to Leading Lawyers in the preeminent category of professional indemnity lawyers in 2016 for principally defending claims arising from professional negligence against engineers, builders, architects, real estate agents, accountants, financial advisors and insurance brokers. Doyle’s also listed him in the leading category for public liability law, and his experience further includes claims against directors and officers, management liability, pursuing subrogated recovery claims for property damage, business interruption losses and those arising from product liability.

Before moving to Australia in 2007, Riaan was a partner in a global law firm in Johannesburg and has held senior partnership roles in the insurance and litigation teams of Australian and global law firms in Perth.  He is admitted in Western Australia and New South Wales, as well as South Africa.

Riaan regularly participates in expat networking initiatives. Outside of work, he enjoys reading and cycling, but above all spending time with his (now truly Aussie) family.

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Riaan Piek

26th March 2018

Introducing Riaan Piek, Litigation Counsel, who recently joined the firm to bolster Fletcher Law’s expanding litigation capacity with his 20 years’ experience as a lawyer advising on risk and the prevention, minimisation, control, balance and management of its consequences. Whilst Riaan has been a commercial litigator for most of his professional life, he has a... read more

Conducting business as a partnership

23rd March 2018

What is a partnership? A partnership is the relationship which exists between “persons” (see below) who carry on a business in common with a view to profit. In Western Australia, partnerships are governed by the Partnership Act 1895. There are two types of partnerships, “general” and “limited”. A general partnership is one in which all... read more

I just want to get paid!

20th March 2018

Fletcher Law receives a substantial number of enquiries from subcontractors, in the construction industry, about delayed or non-payment for works completed on construction projects. This is at a time when news about construction companies running into financial problems, leaving unpaid subcontractors in precarious positions, is all too common. The delayed payment or non-payment of accounts... read more