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 is widely recognised for his expertise in cases concerning children. His practice focuses on parental disputes about arrangements for children after separation, international children law including child abduction, and applications to relocate children to another country. He is also in demand in cases where the local authority is involved, including those with complex medical evidence and allegations of sexual abuse. He is currently being led by Alex Verdan QC representing a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Andrew brings a calm but knowledgeable approach to his work with parents engaged in disputes about their children. Clients find him approachable and empathetic. He has represented clients in all levels of court, and adopts a courteous but no-nonsense approach to advocacy. His case load is both domestic and international, and he is experienced in dealing with cross-jurisdictional issues. Andrew is also instructed in cases concerning vulnerable adults in forced marriage, stranded spouse and FGM cases.
In addition to his practice focusing on arrangements for children, Andrew has developed a specialist practice advising and representing clients on the law relating to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (surrogacy, parental order applications and fertility treatment) and disputes arising from LGBT parenting arrangements. Andrew was led by Teertha Gupta QC to represent the child in Re Z (A Child) (No 2)  EWHC 1191 (Fam) where in a landmark ruling, the President of the Family Division granted a declaration of incompatibility in a case where a single father was unable to apply for a parental order. In 2014, he worked in Los Angeles in a law firm specialising in surrogacy and fertility law and since his return has been acknowledged as one of the leading barristers in this area, writing surrogacy articles for Family Law Week . Andrew has experience representing, intended parents, surrogates and fertility clinics in declaration of parentage cases.
Andrew has experience representing parties in cases concerning deprivation of liberty and best interests in the Court of Protection.
Outside work, Andrew enjoys running and cycling and is a volunteer at the Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre in East London.
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)
Child Abduction Lawyers Association