Andrew has established his reputation as a specialist practitioner in family and civil law since coming to the bar in 1997.
In family law Andrew undertakes a wide variety of financial settlements following the breakdown of marriage and civil partnership (financial relief) work including high value asset cases, domestic and international trust asset cases and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 applications.
Children Private Law
In cases involving children he advises and represents litigants in a wide range of private law applications in the High Court, County Court and Court of Appeal.
Children Public Law
He also has considerable experience representing local authorities, parents and guardians dealing with cases involving allegations of serious non-accidental injury, head trauma, sexual abuse (including Fictitious disorder/Munchhausen syndrome by proxy), subdural/retinal haemorrhages and mentally disabled adults.
Inheritance, Wills and Probate
Andrew has extensive experience in claims concerning inheritance and the vulnerable elderly. He regularly undertakes work in a number of areas of contentious probate and his current practice incorporates:-
- Claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975 (often in relation to high value estates, his experience in this area is complemented by his expertise in complex financial remedy applications);
- Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996;
- Constructive trusts;
- Proprietary and promissory estoppel;
- Testamentary capacity;
- Administration issues.
Andrew is an accredited Mediator, trained through ADR and he regularly acts in the mediation of Inheritance Act claims both as a mediator and counsel.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
In common law Andrew undertakes a wide range of work. Recent cases include big money personal injury claims (including brain injuries).
Business and Commercial
Andrew has experience of acting in contractual disputesand deals with covenants in restraint of trade.
Andrew acts in professional negligence claims.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Andrew was trained by ADR and accredited as a mediator in 2005 since when he has been involved in many mediations covering a wide variety of commercial disputes, frequently of a complex and multi-party nature. He is renowned for his thorough preparation and his ability to get to the root of a dispute. Always practical and pragmatic, he is never afraid to play devil’s advocate to engage parties in reaching a solution to their disagreement.
Andrew has mediated disputes involving banking and finance, business contracts, construction and property disputes (with a particular interest in claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996), trusts, Wills and claims made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents Act) 1975. He has further been regularly engaged as ‘mediation counsel’ and ‘Settlement Counsel’ where existing representatives have been unable to extract clients from protracted and complex litigation and a more commercial approach is required.
“ A tough, warm but straight talking mediator”.
“A mediator who has a very clear picture and full understanding of the issues in a case”. He has an “almost instinctive awareness of the distinction between alternative dispute resolution and continued litigation”.
“As mediation counsel he has an instinctive ability to predict which way the mediation will go”.
Graduated in law [LL.B(Hons)] from the University of Birmingham in1996 and was awarded the Keogh Ritson Law Prize. Barrister since 1997, Andrew has a mixed civil/family practice with a particular emphasis on claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996), Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents Act) 1975, contractual disputes, personal injury claims, financial remedy claims, public/private law children applications and cases concerning mentally disabled adults.
- Accredited Mediator (ADR) Group 2005
- Pupil Supervisor
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Child Abduction
- Children Private Law
- Children Public Law
- Family Finance
- Inheritance, Wills and Probate
- Public Access and Direct Access
- Educated at Bolton School and the University of Birmingham LLB (Hons). He was awarded the Keogh Ritson Law Prize and called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1997.
- Family Law Bar Association
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Member of the Western Circuit
- ADR accredited Mediator
- He lectures regularly for CLT on trust issues in respect of cohabitation disputes.
- Andrew lectures to solicitors throughout England and Wales in respect of Children Act 1989 Schedule 1 applications, ancillary relief, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and probate.
- During his rare moments of spare time, Andrew indulges his love of classical music, football and foreign travel. He is a patron of the Salisbury Musical Society.
- R v. R  Andrew successfully represented the Executor of a multi-million pound Estate, comprising assets in both the UK and Bangladesh, against claims of breach of duty.
- S&L v. P&P  Andrew acted on behalf of the Executors in defending claims regarding allegations of lack of testamentary capacity.
- I v. A  Andrew acted on behalf of a severely disabled child in a claim pursuant to the I(PFD) Act 1975.
- D v. D  Andrew acted on behalf of Executors in a claim pursuant to the I(PFD) Act 1975 by an adult child including allegations of very serious sexual abuse by the deceased.
- Re T  EWCA Civ 5581,  2 FLR 838 CA, The Independent 27th May 2004. Care threshold criteria, confirmed the test set out in Re H(Minors)(Sexual Abuse Standard of Proof)  AC 563 and overruled the decision of Bodey J
- Re ET (Serious Injuries: Standard of Proof)  2 FLR where the distinction between the civil and criminal standards of proof was stated to be ‘largely illusory’.
- Andrew is a regular speaker at Chambers seminars, he also provides training for external providers including CLT, ADANAC and Resolution.
- He is the author of numerous articles, the most recent being ‘Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975, Section 4 – Why it is important not to delay.’
- Recent Seminar papers include: ‘Preserving the status quo: A cautionary tale: Williams (Executrix of the Estate of Seals deceased) v. Seals & Others  EWHC 3708 (Ch)