Andrew Powell

Andrew Powell

Regularly appears in court on all matters relating to children in the private, public and international sphere.  Andrew is a composed, practical and dynamic advocate.


Year of Call: 2008


University of Manchester (BSocSc Social Anthropology First Class)
University of Leeds (LLM)
BPP Law School (BVC)
Pegasus Scholarship 2013
Bedingfield Scholarship (Gray's Inn) 2007
Mooting Finalist University of Leeds 2006
Consitutional Law Essay Prize (University of Leeds) 2005
The Professor Max Gluckman Prize (University of Manchester - Awarded for Highest First Class Degree)


Andrew specialises in all areas of family law, with an emphasis on children work. Andrew has appeared on his own in all levels of court including the Court of Appeal. He has been led in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal in public law and child abduction matters. Solicitors and lay clients find that he adopts an approachable and personable style.

In private law matters Andrew accepts instructions across a broad range of cases, including international and internal relocation.

Andrew has a particular interest in the law relating to surrogacy and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and disputes concerning psychological and biological parenthood. Andrew has represented a wide range of commissioning parents in their  application for parental orders following an international surrogacy arrangement.

After receiving a Pegasus Scholarship from Inner Temple, Andrew spent 3 months in 2014, working at a boutique law firm in Los Angeles specialising in fertility and surrogacy law. Since his return from Los Angeles, Andrew has been writing  the Surrogacy update for Family Law Week.

In financial remedy proceedings, Andrew represents clients at FDAs, FDRs and final hearings.

In public law matters, Andrew has experience in proceedings involving complex medical evidence. He was led by Kate Branigan QC  in the High Court in a 4 week fact finding hearing in a case concerning allegations of non-accidental injuries and fabricated or induced illness (Re IB and EB [2014] EWHC 369 (Fam)). He has appeared in the Crown Court in Public Interest Immunity applications.

Andrew also has experience appearing in the Court of Protection, and is keen to expand his practice in this area of law. In 2013 Andrew was shortlisted for the Young Family Barrister of the year award.

Outside work, Andrew enjoys running and cycling and is a volunteer at the Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre. Prior to coming to the Bar he read social anthropology at university obtaining the highest first class degree in his year.

Professional Memberships

Gray's Inn
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
South Eastern Circuit
FLBA National committee member ( 2011-2014)
Associate member of the American Bar Association (Family law section)