Profile


Andrew has established his reputation
as a specialist practitioner in family and civil law since coming to the bar in
1997.

Expertise

FAMILY FINANCE

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 a particular interest in cases
concerning trusts of land, co-ownership of land and applications pursuant to the
Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. He is regularly instructed
in cases concerning testamentary capacity and claims under the Inheritance
(Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He also undertakes contentious
probate and Wills claims.

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.

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

Andrew acts in professional
negligence claims.

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QUALIFICATIONS:



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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.

PROFESSIONAL
ASSOCIATIONS:

Family Law Bar Association,
Personal Injury Bar Association, Member of the Western Circuit, Counsel
representative on the Wiltshire Family Justice Council.

PROFESSIONAL
ACTIVITIES:



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He lectures regularly for CLT on
trust issues in respect of cohabitation disputes.



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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.

OUTSIDE
INTERESTS:



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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.

NOTABLE
CASES:



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Re T [2004] EWCA Civ 5581, [2004]
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) [1996] AC 563
and overruled the decision of Bodey J



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Re ET (Serious Injuries: Standard
of Proof) [2003] 2 FLR where the distinction between the civil and criminal
standards of proof was stated to be ‘largely illusory’.

PUBLICATIONS:



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Recent papers include ancillary
relief update, cohabitants and children finance and property and insolvency
issues on Divorce.

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