Year of Call: 2012
Clerk: Michael Lieberman
Robert Goodwin is currently on sabbatical and is unavailable to accept instructions until January 2019.
Robert joined Chambers in September 2015 following the successful completion of his pupillage. He accepts instructions in all Chambers’ practice areas.
Robert is originally from Porthcawl and was educated at Hawarden High School after his family relocated to North Wales. He returned to South Wales to study law at Cardiff University before undertaking an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford. He obtained a Major Benefactors Scholarship from The Middle Temple, which assisted him in undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course (‘BPTC’) at Cardiff Law School, where he obtained the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’.
Prior to coming to the Bar, he worked as a paralegal for the ABMU Health Board as well as a large commercial law firm. He undertook a prestigious three month internship with the United Nations in The Hague, working within the Office of the Prosecutor in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Robert regularly prosecutes and defends in criminal proceedings, often appearing in the Magistrates and Crown Court. He has been appointed to the CPS Advocate Panel Level 2. He also has experience of dealing with Prison Law matters, notably representing IPP and life-sentence prisoners in complex Parole Board Hearings. His history prior to coming to the Bar detailed above has also given him a detailed knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Robert regularly advises on a broad range of civil matters including Road Traffic Accidents, Personal Injury, Contractual Disputes, Boundary Disputes and Probate. He has conducted fast track hearings, small claims hearings, costs hearings and injunction applications amongst others. His experience prior to coming to the Bar detailed above has also furthered his knowledge in many of these areas.
Robert has developed a wide-ranging immigration law practice, frequently appearing in the Immigration Tribunal for Appeal Hearings and Bail Applications, for both the Appellant and the Home Office. He has conducted hearings involving vulnerable witnesses and realises the particular skill-set required for an advocate when working within the immigration setting.
Other legal areas
Beyond the areas cited above, Robert has conducted numerous family and employment law matters. In family law, he has been instructed in divorce and care proceedings. In employment matters, he has been instructed by large trade unions as well as employers.