Full Name: Robin Smith
Phone: +61 3 9225 6444
Fax: 9225 6464
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0722
Date of Admission: 14 Aug 2007
Called to the Bar: 19 Nov 2009
Qualifications: BA LLB SJD


Robin accepts briefs to appear and provide written advice in matters relating to family law (including child support), and administrative law.

Robin regularly appears in court for pre-trial hearings, final hearings, and appeals. He specialises in family law matters with complex questions of law, including matters with issues related to bankruptcy, equity, trusts, and third party disputes. Robin also appears and provides advice with respect to child support. 

Robin has a particular interest in international law and holds a doctoral degree from Monash University specialising in this area. Robin has appeared and provided advice in relation to both the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention on Parental Responsibility and Protection of Children. He has also appeared and provided advice in relation to conflict of laws matters with issues related to multiple jurisdictions and concurrent proceedings. Robin has worked for the United Nations at a war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Robin appears in relation to administrative law matters in court and at various administrative tribunals, including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Robin has provided advice to the Commonwealth and the State of Victoria. He has also appeared at the Victorian Patient Review Panel in relation to surrogacy arrangements.

Prior to coming to the bar, Robin was an associate at the Federal Magistrates Court and a solicitor in a boutique commercial and construction law firm, practicing in both litigious and non-litigious matters. Robin has been a sessional teaching associate at the Faculty of Law at Monash University teaching administrative law and evidence.

Robin is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is a member of the Family Law, Commercial, and Military Law bar associations.


Notable Cases

Scriven & Scriven [2020] FamCAFC 236; (2020) FLC ¶93-988

Christou & Christou [2020] FamCA 568

State Central Authority & Macnevin [2019] FamCA 961

Graham & Squibb [2019] FamCAFC 33; (2019) FLC 93-892 (as junior)

Eames & Eames [2018] FamCAFC 204;  (2018) FLC 93-866; (2018) 340 FLR 148

Neville and Coach (Child support) [2018] AATA 3292

Pencious & Searle [2017] FamCAFC 210; (2017) FLC 93-805

Bernieres and Anor & Dhopal and Anor [2017] FamCAFC 180; (2017) FLC 93-793; (2017) 57 Fam LR 149 - media coverage can be found here and here

Webster & Downer and Anor [2016] FamCA 822

Ledarn & Ledarn [2015] FamCAFC 220 (as junior)

Claughton & Northey [2015] FamCAFC 213

Mordon & Paul [2014] FamCAFC 222

Carrick [2013] FamCA 1118

Polec & Staker & Anor (SSAT Appeal) [2011] FMCAfam 959; (2011) 253 FLR 339

Arbitration Qualifications

  • AIFLAM (Member)

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation


Family Law

  • Parenting Orders
  • Property Disputes

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Royal Commissions

International Law

  • Private International Law
  • Public International Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Constitutional Law
  • Extradition
  • Judicial Review

Committee Memberships

  • (Policy Officer) Family Law Bar Association
  • (Assistant Honorary Secretary) Honorary Secretaries appointed by the Victorian Bar Council
  • (Secretary) Military Bar Association

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