Robin Powell

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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.

Reported cases
18th October 2019

A Local Authority v A Mother & Others [2019] EWCA Civ 799

Robin Powell, representing the Local Authority, successfully appealed against a finding made by the Judge at first instance that four rib fractures suffered by a baby were sustained accidentally by overlying while co-sleeping with her mother. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and remitted the case for rehearing. To read a full case summary, please click here
21st May 2015 | Family Law Week

W-J (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 788

Appeal against ICO; injunction under Human Rights Act 1998, to keep mother and child together, considered. Appeal dismissed.
14th December 2012 | Jordans

Royal Borough of Greenwich v O [2013] 2 FLR 1449

Baby exchange scam in Nigeria. DNA test confirmed the parents were not the biological parents of the baby. Parents found to be innocent of any wrongdoing. Which future placement was in the best interests of the baby?
14th December 2012 | Jordans

Re D (Nigerian Fertility Clinic: Fact-Finding) [2013] 2 FLR 1417

Fact-finding hearing regarding a baby-exchange scam in Nigeria. DNA test confirmed the parents were not the biological parents of the baby. The question was whether the parents had knowingly participated in the scam.
29th June 2010 | Bailii

Re GR (Children) & Others [2010] EWCA Civ 871

Unsuccessful appeal by Local Authority from Recorder’s order refusing interim care orders in relation to the two youngest (of four) children where the Recorder had granted interim care orders in relation to the older children.

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.

Reported cases
17th September 2013 | Bailii

M (A child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1131

Paternity testing in abduction case.


Ethics Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Safeguarding Board of the Institute of Psychoanalysis

Professional Memberships

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)