Robert Povall

Call 2019

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Robert was called to the Bar in 2019. He joined Exchange Chambers in November 2020 from Chavasse Court Chambers where he was a tenant after completing pupillage. He specialises in family law.

During pupillage, Robert gained experience in all areas of family law including cases involving non-accidental injury, expert evidence, capacity of parties and jurisdictional issues. Notably, Robert also shadowed Kathryn Dale in the reported case of Re C [2020] EWCA Civ 257 at the RCJ, where the Court of Appeal clarified the test for removal of a child.

Robert regularly represents clients in private law children and domestic violence proceedings, including applications for child arrangements orders, prohibited steps orders, enforcement applications, non-molestation orders and occupation orders. Robert has represented clients at all stages of a case up to and including at contested final hearings.

Robert is also confident appearing in cases that involve the local authority, including those on the cusp of care proceedings and where children appear through their Rule 16.4 Guardian. Robert is now beginning to appear in public law children cases in his own right, something he is enthusiastic to continue doing as his practice develops.

Robert is a quick and thorough drafter of documents such as skeleton arguments, written advices and court orders; likewise, he has a notable aptitude for robust cross-examination of witnesses.

Diligent and down-to-earth, Robert’s top priority is achieving the best outcome for his clients and ensuring they understand what is happening every step of the way.