1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Andrew is a senior barrister and brings that experience to his practice of family law as it relates to children in both the public law (care and adoption) sphere and in private law (child arrangement) disputes.

Andrew also practises in the Court of Protection dealing primarily with capacity, deprivation of liberty and general welfare cases.

While Andrew is highly experienced in court disputes, he is passionate about Alternative Dispute Resolution as a means to conclude proceedings in the most effective way for the parties. He is a trained mediator able to work in both children cases and within the Court of Protection. He has a special interest in mediation used to resolve Elder Care disputes. He is an Arbitrator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).

Andrew accepts public access instructions.

  • Children (public law)

    Within public law proceedings, Andrew represents local authorities, parents, other family members and children.

    His expertise is in cases where serious, life threatening injures have occurred. He regularly conducts fact-finding hearings involving complex medical issues.

    Many of Andrew’s cases have an international element and he is highly skilled at advising local authorities on placement of children overseas and adoptions with international elements, often receiving instructions in cases involving child abduction, Forced Marriage and Diplomatic Immunity issues.

  • Children (private law)

    Within private law proceedings, Andrew acts for parents and other adults involved in difficult disputes relating to children either directly or acting through their court appointed Guardian. He has a special interest in alternative family structures.

  • International family law

    Many of Andrew’s cases have an international element and he is highly skilled at advising and representing parties considering planned relocation. He has particularly strong links with the United States and can provide some guidance on legal issues in that jurisdiction, signposting specialist American legal advice when required.

  • Court of Protection

    Within the Court of Protection Andrew receives instruction from the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts to represent the protected party, from local authorities seeking guidance on complex cases and from families seeking to resolve difficulties regarding a family member.

  • Arbitration

    Andrew is an Arbitrator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).

  • Mediation

    While Andrew is highly experienced in court disputes, he is passionate about Alternative Dispute Resolution as a means to conclude proceedings in the most effective way for the parties. He is a trained mediator able to work in both children cases and within the Court of Protection. He has a special interest in mediation used to resolve Elder Care disputes.

    He has undertaken training both in the UK and also through the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, drawing on the experience of that organisation in resolving significant community disputes thereby broadening his mediation skills.

  • What the directories say

    2016: "Recommended for his Hague Convention expertise."  Legal 500

    2014: "He has a persuasive and dedicated style in mediations and is an engaging advocate."  Chambers UK

    2013: "recommended as a children's public law expert who has experience of appearing in the Court of Protection."  Chambers UK

    2012: "extremely effective" advocate and a "good communicator."  Chambers UK

  • Cases

    R -v- Cornwall 1999 1FLR 1055

    A Local Authority -v- S, W and T (by his Guardian) 2004 2 FLR 129

    R (Adoption Contact) 2005 EWCA Civ/128 [2006] 1 FLR 373

    Merton London Borough Council -v- K 2005 EWHC 167 [2005] 2 FLR 422

    B (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1901

    Surrey County Council -v- AB [2014] EWHC 1115 (Fam)

    Re L [2015] EWFC 48 

    D (a child) (Habitual Residence: Consent and Acquiescence) [2015] EWHC 1562 FAM 

    A London Borough and M and F and B [2015] EWHC 2407

    Re X [2016] EWHC 1668

    F,M,A and SSHD [2017] EWHC 949 (FAM)

Chambers UK Bar

Ranked Barrister

2014