Robert Twell was born and brought up in Peterborough and educated at the Universities of Hull, Glamorgan and Hertfordshire. Outside of work he enjoys walking, reading, listening to music, going to the cinema and the gym.
He was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 and practised initially in north London undertaking all aspects of criminal law before moving to the Isle of Wight in 2002. On the Isle of Wight he also started working in prison law and combined both this and crime. He has represented criminal clients on matters ranging from shoplifting and drink driving to rape and murder, and has regularly seen cases through from the police station to their conclusion at court. Robert finds the working through the papers and taking instructions from clients and discussing the evidence and the law in the light of their instructions the most stimulating part of my work.
In 2004 he set up my own practice on the Isle of Wight which he ran until joining Wells Burcombe in 2013.
His prison law practice in the past included re-categorisation, release on home Detention Curfew as well as parole, sentence calculation and independent adjudications. Today only the latter three areas are covered by legal aid (although other matters can be done on a privately-funded basis) and the bulk of his prison law work is in dealing with applications for parole.
He has very extensive experience of advocacy both in court and at Parole Board hearings and Prison adjudications.
- Criminal duty solicitor
- Association of Prison Lawyers
- Mark Gulliver (R(Gulliver) v Parole Board (2007) EWCA civ 1386 ), being one of the leading cases in relation to determining the appropriateness of a prisoner being recalled to prison.