“He’s able to explain complex legal concepts in an accessible way that enables clients to understand the situation. You know his papers will be beautifully prepared and that he will know absolutely everything about the case.”
Chambers & Partners 2020

Experience

Year of Call: 2008

Education

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)

Profile

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, particularly in international adoption and international surrogacy cases. 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. Most recently, Andrew appeared as junior counsel on behalf of the AIRE Centre in R (on the application of TT) v The Registrar General for England and Wales and others [2019] EWHC 2384 where in a landmark case, the President of the Family Division  was concerned with judicial review proceedings concerning the Registrar General’s decision to register a trans man who had given birth to a child as the child’s mother. 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 and surrogates in applications for parental orders as well as  parents 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.

Andrew is the author of the domestic adoption chapter of Rayden and Jackson on Relationship Breakdown, Finances and Children (2016 edition).

Outside work, Andrew enjoys running and cycling.

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)
Child Abduction Lawyers Association

Directories

A rising presence in the world of private law children work both domestically and abroad, who is proficient in child abduction cases. He has further particular expertise in surrogacy issues.

Strengths: “So obviously knowledgeable, and has a way of clearly demonstrating that knowledge and his legal prowess whilst still being really lovely and chatty with clients in a way that puts them at ease. He’s able to explain complex legal concepts in an accessible way that enables clients to understand the situation. You know his papers will be beautifully prepared and that he will know absolutely everything about the case.”
Chambers & Partners 2020

‘Is quick to assure worried or anxious clients and is a safe pair of hands when you have a complicated matter that needs a detailed solution.’
Legal 500, 2020


A rising presence in the world of private law children work both domestically and abroad, who is proficient in child abduction cases. He has further particular expertise in surrogacy and broader fertility issues.
Strengths: “A warm and persuasive advocate with a real passion and enthusiasm for his work, which shines through in all he does. He has a detailed knowledge and reassuring manner which clients warm to instantly.”
Chambers & Partners 2019

‘A natural and gifted advocate.’
Legal 500, 2019

A rising presence in the world of private law children work both domestically and abroad who is proficient in child abduction cases. He has further particular expertise in surrogacy and broader fertility issues.
Strengths: “His knowledge in surrogacy cases is really second to none. He’s just really personable, gets on really well with clients and is really persuasive with the judges. He’s just got this charm about him that you don’t see with barristers of his call, and is really classy.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

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[2016] EWFC 77 (Fam)
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[2015] EWHC 3601 (Fam)
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[2014] EWHC 369 (fam)
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[2013] EWHC 2328 (Fam)
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[2012] EWCA Civ 1281
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[2012] EWCA Civ 913