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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.

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.

Robert has a thorough understanding of disputes involving unmarried couples and claims made under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. His knowledge of such claims is complemented by his knowledge of Land Law.

Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence

Robert is instructed in relation to all manner of workplace accidents for both Claimants and the Defendant employer. He deals frequently with claims occurring on construction sites and in restaurants, shops and hospitals.

Road Traffic Accidents

He has considerable experience of road traffic accident cases. Many of his cases involve complex arguments on liability, contributory negligence and/or quantum. He is also instructed in cases involving low velocity impact and allegations of fraud.

Public Liability

Robert regularly advises and represents clients in relation to accidents occurring on the highway and in shopping centres, restaurants, schools and gyms. He is often instructed in claims relating to damage inflicted by animals under the Animals Act 1971 and has also developed a practice in cosmetic treatment claims. In particular he has advised clients in relation to claims for scarring, laser burns, hair loss and ear infections arising from the negligent performance of beauty services and cosmetic treatments.

Procedure

Advises and represents clients in relation to all manner of procedural issues. For example, he has been instructed in relation to withdrawal of admissions, substitution of parties after expiry of the limitation period and applications to strike out.

He regularly advises on liability and quantum and undertakes drafting work. His case load includes multi-track trials and claims in excess of £300,000.

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.

Land/Property Law

Robert undertakes advisory and court work in a range of areas which have included complex arguments in relation to prescriptive rights, adverse possession and proprietary estoppel. He has a detailed understanding of the law relating to easements and boundary/neighbour disputes.

Higher Education Law

Robert can advise on all aspects of internal college and university disciplinary procedures. Furthermore, he represents students at Student Disciplinary Committee hearings with regard to allegations of plagiarism, misconduct in research and Fitness to Practice.

Public Access

Robert accepts work under the Public Access scheme.

Notable Cases

Bailey v Pollard (2016) – representation of a child bitten by a dog whilst collecting for a charity. Claim successful at trial under the Animals Act 1971.
Strickland v Williams (2013) – successfully maintained at trial that the Defendant had not established a prescriptive right to use a lane with motor vehicles/caravans over the 20 years prior to issue of the claim and was in fact trespassing/causing a nuisance;
Walker v ServisAir (2013) – Multi-track trial whereby the Defendant employer was found negligent and in breach of the Work at Height Regulations; no system/training was provided for checking that ramp agents were not left in an aircraft hold without equipment to safely exit;
Clark v RW (2012) – successfully argued that the removal of the top surface of a road by contractors was negligent in circumstances where no warning had been provided of the increased depth of the step down from the pavement;

Recent Seminars

Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 – reversal of the presumption that civil liability attaches to a breach of the Health and Safety Regulations.
Sentencing for Breach of Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions – The effect of Lord Neuberger’s judgment in Amicus Horizon Ltd v Thorley 2012 EWCA Civ 817

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.

Professional Memberships

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

Interests/Hobbies

Outside of chambers Robert is married with three young children. He is a FA qualified coach and spends his free time coaching and playing football.