Profile


Andrew has established his
reputation as a specialist practitioner and mediator 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 disputes and deals with covenants in restraint of trade.

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

Andrew acts in professional
negligence claims.

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QUALIFICATIONS:


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:


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.


OUTSIDE INTERESTS:


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:


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

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:


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

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