Robin Powell came to the Bar after a successful career in local authority social services where he worked in child protection and mental health law. With this experience, he has built a practice in public law proceedings representing both local authorities and parents and specialising in cases where there are issues of learning disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and allegations of serious sexual abuse and physical injury.
Robin has broadened his family practice to include divorce and family finance, in particular financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act. His family finance work increasingly concerns international aspects of family law and he has represented clients from throughout the European Union, the United States of America, Russia, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Somalia, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. He has particular experience in the meaning and effect of Nikah Nama in Islamic law and its impact in domestic proceedings.
Robin’s experience in private law children matters now focuses on the international movement of children, including child abduction and relocation. Robin is familiar with proceedings involving the 1980 and 1996 Hague Convention and Brussels II revised. He also has experience in forced marriage cases.
Robin’s practice in the Court of Protection includes deprivation of liberty, appointment and removal of deputies, statutory wills and provision of funding and accommodation.
His experience in medical law has led him to accept invitations to join the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Management Council of the Lincoln Clinic of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
He has combined his expertise in employment and medical law to represent medical professionals at the General Medical Council (GMC), in disciplinary hearings and on appeal to the High Court. Robyn is a member of the Ethics and Conduct Screening Committee of the British Psychotherapy Council.
Robin has extensive experience of litigation funding with the major organisations and is able to guide and assist his clients through this complicated process.
Robin also has expertise in judicial review.
Robin recently obtained judgment for the successful party in a claim where he represented the applicant/claimant mother of a child in an application under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 to hold the family home in trust for the 16 year old daughter of the parties and a claim for a beneficial interest in the same property under s.14 of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
On the Schedule 1 application the court ordered the former family home to be held in trust for the child until aged 18 or she finishes her full time education plus a gap year.
On the ToLATA application the judge granted the mother a life interest in the property.