Robert Colwell


Robert Colwell

Rob is a Director and Head of Family Services at Hayes + Storr. He qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Hayes + Storr in 2013.

Rob helps clients in all aspects of family law including divorce, child arrangements, pre & post nuptial agreements, separation agreements and change of name deeds. Clients often comment that they are impressed with the level of service which they would normally expect from a large city firm, benefitting from lower hourly rates and saved time. He manages the family services team and provides training to junior lawyers and peers.

Rob has been a member of Resolution throughout his entire career and is committed to resolving disputes in a constructive and non-inflammatory manner. He follows the “Code of Practice”  and prides himself on expert file management and clear, concise and open billing. He has trained as a Mediation Champion with The Family Mediation Trust and promotes the use of mediation as a constructive method for resolving family disputes.

His known professionalism and attention to detail have earned him numerous personal referrals from the Norfolk business community and he has considerable experience in mid to high value asset divorce cases.

Rob has his roots firmly in Norfolk having lived here since he was five years old. He is actively involved in local and national politics and campaigned for legal aid provision and more recently “No Fault Divorce”.

Outside of work, Rob is an active member of both Rotary and Round Table. He has helped organise significant fundraising events for Norfolk charities. His hobbies include tennis and gardening, together with a love of Europe and travel.


Ms F

“Rob had previously dealt with a divorce matter for me back in 2020 and in 2022 I had a child matter that I needed legal advice. I got back in contact with Rob having been so happy with the support/advice given before and he’s also highly recommended via word of mouth too.

Communication from Rob is top notch and at no point have I ever needed to chase for a response, his advice has been second to none even reaching out to a colleague for opinion to ensure the best options have been advised. Rob has managed keep stress to a minimum given what has been a very stressful situation and although I hope I never will need it again I would not hesitate from using Rob in the future.”

Miss B

“My need for a Solicitor was to resolve a very complex Matrimonial matter. I was fortunate to use the services of Hayes + Storr. Mr R. Colwell was the Solicitor who was appointed to my case. My situation was listened to. I was guided correctly. I was made aware of complications that could arise with honesty.

I was never made to feel uncomfortable for the situation I was in. I was kept updated either by letter or telephone by Mr Colwell or one of the staff. The result was I was able to free myself of my partner. Also even coming into reception area I was always greeted with a smile. I find the services professional courteous reliable and yet friendly. Thank you goes to Mr R Colwell for his knowledge and handling of difficult situations.”

Mrs S

“Thank you SO much for all you have done for me this year. I am so appreciative of your gentle, yet firm steering of the whole process. You have calmly and efficiently handled the whole situation from start to finish. Throughout you have explained clearly what was happening, so that I felt reassured that in the end the situation would be resolved, and a year on – it is!”


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