1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Andrew undertakes work in all areas of family law, with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance, cohabitation and cases involving the international movement of children. Andrew is praised for his attention to detail, his ability to analyse complex issues from multiple angles and his rigorous analysis of the legal issues.

Andrew has experience of appellate advocacy and running novel legal arguments. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal without a leader on two occasions and with a leader on another, and he has appeared before High Court judges to argue novel issues. In 2015, Andrew spent six months as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal and developed an in-depth knowledge of procedure and practice in the Court of Appeal.

  • Family finance & property

    Andrew has acted in a wide range of financial remedy proceedings, including cases with allegations of non-disclosure of assets, misconduct by company directors, misappropriation of funds held on trust, and enforcement. He is skilled at combining a rigorous legal analysis of any contractual, company or insolvency law issues with a pragmatic family law approach. Andrew has acted on behalf of intervenors asserting a beneficial interest in property and on behalf of trustees of assets, and he is frequently instructed to draft statements of case in proceedings with intervenors.

    Andrew is regularly instructed in cases proceeding under TOLATA, whether as between cohabitees or between members of the broader family. He has acted on behalf of claimants and defendants in joint-names and sole-name cases, and in both constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims. Andrew is regularly instructed all stages from pre-action advice, settling letters before action, drafting statements of case and witness statements, and advocacy through to trial. Prior to specialising in Family law, Andrew was a tenant at a large civil and family set on the North-Eastern Circuit, where he developed significant experience of the tactics and practice of civil litigation.

    Andrew accepts instructions in contentious probate and Inheritance Act (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, and he also advises on unusual non-contentious probate matters. He has an interest in the cross-over between the Court of Protection and chancery jurisdictions.

  • Children (private law)

    Andrew is regularly instructed in a wide range of private law disputes about children. He regularly deals with international issues (see below), cases of alleged parental alienation, allegations domestic violence and fact-finding hearings, drug and alcohol misuse. Andrew is praised for his ability to put nervous parents at ease and for being able handle vulnerable litigants sensitively.

    Andrew appeared for one of the parents in one of the very first arbitrations under the IFLA Children Scheme. He is an advocate for greater use of arbitration in family law cases and is always happy to discuss whether he thinks a case is suitable for arbitration.

  • International family law

    A significant number of Andrew’s cases have an international element. He is regularly instructed in applications for summary return under the Hague Convention 1980, applications in wardship, and applications for recognition and enforcement under Brussels II revised. Andrew has appeared in a number of international relocation cases.

    Andrew also has experience of forum disputes upon petition for divorce and applications for recognition of a foreign divorce. He has appeared in applications for financial remedies after a foreign divorce (under Part III of the Matrimonial & Family Proceedings Act 1984).

    Prior to joining Hind Court in November 2015, Andrew was the Judicial Assistant to Lady Justice Black (as she then was). During his time in the Court of Appeal Andrew worked on a number of cases involving questions of international family law and developed a detailed knowledge of the various legal frameworks.

  • Notable Cases

    SA v FA [2017] EWHC 1731: Appeared on behalf of a mother applying to set aside a consent order in child abduction proceedings on the grounds of duress.

    B v A & C (2017, unreported): Acted for the co-defendants in a proprietary estoppel claim brought by a member of the defendants’ extended family.

    Re Y [2016] EWCA Civ 971: Permission to appeal and successful appeal hearing in care proceedings concerning a mother with learning disabilities.

    Re G [2016] EWCA Civ 297: Appeal arising out of Hague Convention 1980 proceedings. Cited in Family Court Practice as authority that a party cannot invite the Court of Appeal to introduce undertakings after an appeal has been withdrawn.

    Re X [2016] EWFC B31: Acted for the mother in a local authority’s application in the inherent jurisdiction for authorisation of a deprivation of liberty of a child in care. The key issue was the duration of the declaratory and how reviews ought to be conducted.