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Degree: BPP LAW SCHOOL
Bar Professional Training Course (VC)
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
LL.M International Law
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
LL.B (Hons) Law
Call: 28th July 2011
Inn of Court: The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Practice areas: Family
Profile: Andrew has developed a specialist Family Law practice, including public, private law and matrimonial finance proceedings.
Andrew has established a practice far beyond his year of call and has achieved a particularly strong reputation for his work in public law cases.
Andrew is an approachable and down to earth barrister. He is also a straight talker, who will quickly put clients at ease. Recognised as a team player, Andrew is valued by his professional clients as someone who will always go the extra mile.
Andrew has developed a successful direct access practice for private children work and receives many referrals from his clients. Andrew is a resolute advocate and members of the judiciary have often commented on his ability to forensically cross-examine to great effect.
Andrew is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.
Re RJ (2018)
Andrew represented a father in a “parental alienation case” who faced twelve allegations of physical abuse against his child made by the mother. The court found none of those allegations proven and went on to find that the mother had alienated the child from the father and that the child was at risk of significant harm in the care of the mother.
Re PD (2018)
Andrew successfully sought an order for no direct contact to father after cross examining a consultant psychiatrist, community psychiatric nurse, and CAFCASS officer who had all recommended that there be direct contact between the father and the child.
Re EE (2017)
Andrew represented two children in a “parental alienation case” where the mother had unsuccessfully sought findings of sexual abuse against the father. The court had to the contrary made findings of implacable hostility and alienation against the mother. Andrew successfully sought the transfer of the children’s living arrangements to the father and a “no contact order” for the mother.
Re HW (2017)
On behalf of a father, Andrew successfully appealed the decision of the lower court to make care and placement orders following a final hearing. The appeal consisted of two days of legal argument and was opposed by both the Local Authority and the children’s guardian. The appeal was allowed and the matter listed for re-hearing.
Re EW (2016)
Andrew, acting for the Local Authority, successfully appealed the decision of a District Judge to adjourn care and placement order applications for a further six months to allow time for the mother to engage in further therapy. This was following a fully contested seven-day trial. The appeal consisted of two days of legal argument and was opposed by legal teams for both the mother and the father.
Re JB (2016)
Andrew successfully opposed three interim removal hearings sought by the Local Authority. At the conclusion of the proceedings, two of the three children remained in the care of Andrew’s client.
Re P (2016)
Andrew successfully sought multiple findings on behalf of a mother who had been subjected to coercive and controlling behaviour by the father, who used the interpretation of religious scripture as a defence.
Re BK (2015)
Andrew successfully sought the return of three children made subject to police protection orders during on-going proceedings. The children were returned to the interim care of the parents that day, before the 72 hour PPO time limit expired.
Re K (2015)
Andrew, on behalf of a child in private law proceedings, successfully sought a transfer of residence to the father and the imposition of supervised contact to the mother. This was following the mother originally making allegations of child sexual abuse against the father that were not proven. On the contrary, findings regarding the mother’s harmful psychological state were made against her.
Re C (2015)
Andrew successfully sought findings of enduring, systemic and compulsive lying against a prima facie credible father. It was found that these lies were likely to effect the long term emotional welfare of the child concerned and the case concluded with a ‘no contact’ order.
During his years as a student, Andrew won the first year Mooting Competition at the University of Sussex. During the same year, he won the University Negotiating Competition, was placed first in the South Region finals and went on to the UK National Finals.
During his second year Andrew mooted at Lewes Crown Court, competed in the ESU Mooting competition, and at the National Finals of the Telder International Moot Court competition. In the same year he was elected as President of the University’s Student Law Society, managing a committee of 25 and a membership body of 600 students. Andrew scored the highest mark for Civil Advocacy in his year, whilst studying the BPTC at the BPP Law School, London.
A passion for the countryside, you will find him engaged in most country pursuits, from skiing and scuba diving to fly fishing for salmon.
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