Full Name: Robin M 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).

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

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. In 2020/2021, he was an Assistant Honorary Secretary to the Victorian Bar Council. In 2021/2022, he is a member of the Victorian Bar Council.


Notable Cases

Norris & Matthews [2022] FedCFamC1A 30

Moy & Pao [2022] FedCFamC1A 17; (2022) FLC 94-073

Sterling & Sterling [2022] FedCFamC1A 3; (2022) FLC 94-070

Roverati & Roverati [2021] FamCAFC 89; (2021) FLC 94-027

Benson & Drury [2020] FamCAFC 303; (2020) FLC 93-998; (2020) 62 Fam LR 1

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

Fitzmaurice & Woolridge [2020] FamCAFC 64; (2020) FLC 93-951

Christou & Christou [2020] FamCA 568

Toscani & Toscani [2020] FamCA 5 (as junior)

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

  • (Member) Category B: Six counsel who are not of Queen's Counsel or Senior Counsel and are of not more than fifteen nor less than six years standing
  • (Member) Counsel Committee
  • (Treasurer) Family Law Bar Association
  • (Bar Council Rep) International Advocacy Training Committee
  • (Secretary) Military Bar Association

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