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Unity Street Chambers - Bristol: A leading set of Barristers serving the South West and beyond

Bristol_lawyers

5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
robert.welch@unitystreetchambers.com

Year of Call and Inn

2007 Middle Temple

Professional Details

Robert joined chambers after successful completion of his pupillage in 2008. He works predominantly in the West Country and Wales but often travels further in connection with his practice. Prior to joining the Bar Robert lived and worked in Japan and America.

Robert has established a busy practice and is relied upon by instructing solicitors for his clear and pragmatic advice. He is particularly praised for his thorough preparation and sound advocacy.

Family Law

Robert has significant experience in dealing with matrimonial finance matters. His experience includes cases involving substantial assets including business assets, pensions and trusts. He has an eye for detail and a pro-active approach to negotiating settlement.

Robert has a thorough understanding of disputes involving unmarried couples and claims made under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

In private law children matters Robert is known for having excellent client care skills. He recognises that proceedings are often emotionally traumatic for clients. He regularly appears in contested contact and domestic violence disputes.

Landlord and Tenant

Robert acts for both landlords and tenants in a wide range of disputes arising out of residential and business tenancies.

He has a particular expertise in and understanding of possession claims and those claims where an injunction is sought for anti-social behaviour. He regularly represents charities and social landlords seeking such injunctions both with and without notice. He often advises on and drafts the detail to be included with such applications.

Robert has been involved in numerous committal proceedings for breach of anti-social behaviour injunctions. Such cases have included the complex issue of capacity and consideration of the custody threshold. He is further regularly instructed in applications to suspend warrants for eviction stemming from rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and breach of tenancy agreement.

Public Access

Robert accepts work under the Public Access scheme.

Notable Cases

F v D – successful claim for elderly lady who had vacated home that was in joint names and former partner was refusing to sell.
F v G – Case involving declaration of trust on former property. Settlement successfully negotiated.
O v W – Successful application for Order for Sale of property in which both cohabitees and their children remained but the purpose of the Trust had come to an end.
S v S – Representation of parent seeking shared residence order in case where there was parental alienation and intractable hostility.
W v W – Representation of Husband in 2 day final hearing. Judgment ordering sale of property (rather than Mesher order) and that H’s loan from his mother was not a ‘soft’ loan and needed to be repaid.
W v D – Representation of Wife – Successful argument that Wife had not dissipated assets since separation.

Formal Education

2005–2006: Bar Vocational Course, University of the West of England
2004–2005: Graduate Diploma in Law, University of the West of England
1997–2000: BA. Hons. Philosophy (2:1), University of Nottingham

Prizes

Awarded the Baron Dr Ver Heyden De Lancey Prize by Middle Temple for his performance on the Bar Vocational Course.
Winner of the Faculty of Law Prize for achieving the highest mark on the Bar Vocational Course.

Appointments

Deputy District Judge (county court)

Professional Memberships

Western Circuit, Social Housing Law Association (SHLA), Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA).

Interests/Hobbies

Outside of chambers Robert is married with three children. He plays and coaches football and cricket.