"A star - calm, brilliant academically and a great negotiator."
Legal 500 UK Bar 2022
“International Family Lawyer of the Year” – LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2021
“Family Case of the Year” – LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2021
Rob is a leading expert on international family law, particularly in relation to relocation disputes, child abduction, jurisdiction, and international and domestic surrogacy cases. He has published numerous books and papers on these subjects, and been involved with many of the leading cases in related areas.
Rob undertakes hearings at all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court, as well as appeals to the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He brings a calm and thoughtful manner to his advocacy, developing complex arguments in an intelligible manner, and always going the extra mile with client care.
Alongside his practice at Harcourt Chambers, Rob holds the position of Associate Professor of Family Law at University College London, teaching family law and children’s rights, as well as conducting research into the family justice system. Rob’s internationally acknowledged academic expertise in family law issues allows him to bring real depth to his advice and advocacy work.
Rob is a highly regarded expert on international children law, with most of his practice involving an international element. His knowledge and experience in this area includes Hague and non-Hague child abduction, jurisdictional disputes, and international enforcement of orders. His practice in international children law often takes Rob to the Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court, and his expertise is recognised by his long-time membership of the International Family Justice Committee.
Rob has a particular specialism in relocation disputes, both international and internal. Having written his doctorate and two further books on relocation disputes, Rob is an undisputed expert in this area. He often represents parents in relocation cases at all levels of the Family Court, and is experienced in bringing and defending appeals. Rob also does frequent advice work on relocation, prior to final hearings and for appeals.
Application before Cobb J on behalf of two children to have an order rescinded under s 31F(6).
Rob undertakes a full range of private law children cases, including residence, contact, education and medical disputes, and has particular expertise in unusual and complex matters. Rob has experience in surrogacy law and cases about parentage and parental responsibility, as well as more niche and sensitive issues such as disputes about withdrawal of medical treatment and the disposal of a child’s body after death.
Supreme Court appeal about the use of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise secure accommodation for vulnerable children.
Order of Judd J authorising a local authority to proceed with an adoption favoured by the parents without first assessing the paternal grandmother as a potential carer.
Rob is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases, and welcomes enquiries about such matters at all stages of proceedings, including appeals.
"A knowledgeable, razor-sharp and talented advocate." "A walking encyclopedia of the law relating to international relocation, and brilliant on technical points of law."
Chambers UK Bar 2021
"A hugely experienced head on young shoulders, and a phenomenal advocate. A real one to watch as a future heavyweight. You can already throw him to the lions against QC's and other senior opponents, safe in the knowledge that he will rise to the challenge with passion and strength."
Legal 500 UK Bar 2021
"Although he's only a few years' call, you can throw him to the lions with a very senior opponent and he'll hold his own. He's ferociously bright, and judges appreciate his intellect, which he has in spades."
Chambers UK Bar
"Able to combine a brilliant academic approach with really hands-on advice for clients." "He's good with clients, and very bright and enthusiastic."
Chambers UK Bar 2020