Full Name: Robin Smith
Phone: +61 3 9225 6444
Fax: 9225 6464
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers East
Room: 0715
Date of Admission: 14 Aug 2007
Called to the Bar: 19 Nov 2009
Qualifications: BA LLB SJD


Robin accepts briefs to appear or provide written advice in matters relating to family law (including child support), administrative law and criminal 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 completed an internship at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he conducted internal review of management decisions to ensure adherence to international administrative law.

Robin appears in relation to administrative law matters in court and at various administrative tribunals, including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Robin has also provided advice to the Commonwealth in relation to the delegated powers. Robin appears and provides advice in relation to appeals from the Australian Administrative Tribunal. 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.


Notable Cases

Polec & Staker & Anor (SSAT Appeal) [2011] FMCAfam 959

Carrick [2013] FamCA 1118

Mordon & Paul [2014] FamCAFC 222

Claughton & Northey [2015] FamCAFC 213

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

Webster & Downer and Anor [2016] FamCA 822

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

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

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

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

Graham & Squibb [2019] FamCAFC 33 (as junior)

Arbitration Qualifications

  • AIFLAM (Member)

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Mediation


Criminal Law

Family Law

  • Parenting Orders
  • Property Disputes

International Law

  • Public International Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Review

Committee Memberships

  • (Treasurer) Family Law Bar Association

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