Rowan Skinner

Rowan Skinner

Rowan Skinner (Accredited Family Law Specialist)

Rowan Skinner is a family man who enjoys spending this spare time painting, gardening and educating his sons in the fine art of fast bowling.  Rowan is married to his wife of 20 years and together they have two very large boys.

Rowan feeds his ability to ‘think outside the square’ through his special interests of painting and gardening.  Although he concedes that he may not be the next Van Gogh or Costa Georgiadis, Rowan’s career spans nearly 30 glorious years in various legal roles including as a trial lawyer at the Victorian Bar, which he hopes brings some perspective to difficult legal problems.

Rowan’s parents went through an unpleasant separation and divorce when he was 20 and so he has personal experience of how divorce impacts on the separating parties and their children.

Areas of Expertise

In family and divorce law:

  • Court appearances
  • Property settlements and related commercial disputes
  • Spouse and adult and child maintenance;
  • Child support
  • All parenting issues including relocation;
  • Binding financial or pre-nuptial agreements
  • Taxation implications of separations and settlements
  • Protection of third party interests
  • Injunctions and restraining orders
  • Divorce

In criminal law, Rowan was formerly a solicitor in the criminal department of Phillips Fox as a criminal advocate. He practised as a trial lawyer at the Victorian bar. Both as a prosecutor and defence lawyer, Rowan appeared in a wide range of serious criminal matters including committals, criminal trials, bail applications in the Supreme Court and OPI investigations.

Rowan says: ‘My aim is give my clients clear and honest advice, ensuring that the client fully understands the options open to them, and to deliver that advice in a prompt and responsive fashion.’


Rowan has practiced extensively in family & relationship law since 1988. He formerly practised as a barrister at the Victorian Bar and has wide experience as an advocate in the family law jurisdiction and as a trial lawyer in crime, family and other areas. As a consequence, he brings a depth of legal experience and understanding to any matter.

ARTICLES by Rowan Skinner

  • Property Settlement after Standford’s case:  Business as usual?  ESLA paper 25 2 2014
  • Advising the Suspect in the Police Station: Law Institute Journal (Vic); February 1997
  • Accrued Jurisdiction in the Family Court:Law Institute Journal: December 2002
  • Legal Pioneering in Northern Queensland: New Law Journal; June 1994
  • The Vincent Way: Criminal Law advocacy 2010
  • The Wik Debate: New Law Journal; 6 June 1998
  • The Mandatory Sentencing Debate: The Criminal Lawyer: 2000

What our clients are saying about our family law service

I regularly refer my clients to Rowan Skinner and Asc when they need representation. My clients have consistently had excellent advice and successful outcomes through Rowan’s representation at Court and when negotiating settlements. These proven results in combination with Rowan’s personal ability to engage with a diverse range of people, ensures that I will continue to refer my clients who need a family lawyer in Melbourne.


Rowan represented me in the Magistrates Court and the County Court in relation to very serious charges. Rowan was thorough, professional and diligent in his preparation and responded appropriately to my needs. I was acquitted of all charges.


I run a commercial law practice and frequently refer clients to Rowan for assistance and advice with family law. Rowan is a family law specialist: this means he is independently verified as having required skills and clients can have confidence in his ability and ethical standards.

John Whelan

I have a Mortgage Broking business with a large number of clients who having varying needs. I have referred many clients who want an excellent Family Law Specialist to look after them during what are difficult times. I have even referred family members to Rowan as I know he will look after them compassionately and professionally. I have no hesitation in recommending him and his services.

Andrew Kostanksi

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