W-J (Children)  EWCA Civ 788
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. Robin has deep experience in all aspects of family law and his practice increasingly encompasses cases with an international dimension. Robin accepts instructions by way of the Public Access scheme and is licensed to conduct litigation. He is able to guide and assist in securing litigation finance.
Robin’s experience in private law children matters now focuses on the international movement of children, child abduction and relocation. Robin is experienced with proceedings involving the 1980 and 1996 Hague Convention and Brussels II. He has experience in forced marriage cases.
Robin came to the Bar after a successful career in local authority social services where he worked in child protection and mental health. With this experience, he built a practice specialising in cases of learning disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and allegations of serious sexual abuse and physical injury.
Royal Borough of Greenwich v O  2 FLR 1449
Re D (Nigerian Fertility Clinic: Fact-Finding)  2 FLR 1417
Re GR (Children) & Others  EWCA Civ 871
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 and the Ethics Committee of the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Robin has extensive experience in trusts of land and claims brought under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. He recently successfully represented the mother of a child in an application under Schedule 1 and ToLATA to hold the family home in trust for the 16-year-old daughter of the parties until the conclusion of the child’s university education and thereafter as a life interest to the mother.
Robin’s practice increasingly concerns the international jurisdiction 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 Sharia law and its impact in domestic proceedings.
M (A child)  EWCA Civ 1131
AppointmentsEthics Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Safeguarding Board of the Institute of Psychoanalysis
Family Law Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, TECBar
Member, APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
Member, ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers)