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Andrew joined Dere Street Barristers in 2016 and has already proved himself to be a dynamic and tenacious advocate who impresses clients, solicitors, and judges alike. His practice encompasses Public and Private Family, Personal Injury/ Occupational Disease, and Coronial/Regulatory Law.
Personal Injury/Occupational Disease
Andrew acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury matters and accepts instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Juniors Scheme.
Before joining Chambers, Andrew spent 12 months as the legal assistant to a leading personal injury Silk on the Midland Circuit. His work included fatal accidents, catastrophic injuries, acquired brain injuries, mesothelioma, and noise induced hearing loss. Andrew also worked as a paralegal for Plexus Law (EL/PL) and Slater & Gordon (Clinical Negligence).
Andrew is acknowledged a rising star in Chambers’ occupational disease team, and although junior is already regularly instructed in multi-track cases.
- Acted for a claimant who sustained an injury to his foot in a motorcycle accident, achieving a settlement of £100k (on the basis of 50/50 liability).
- Advised adoptive parents seeking compensation from a local authority for negligently failing to inform them that the child they were adopting had been diagnosed as a pre-mutation carrier of an inherited genetic disorder.
Andrew is regularly instructed to act on behalf of local authorities, family members, and children’s guardians in care proceedings; from urgent applications through to finding of fact hearings, final hearings, and appeals.
Alongside his public law practice, Andrew also represents clients in a wide range of private law matters relating to children, domestic violence, and financial remedies.
- Instructed to represent a mother accused of inflicting skull and rib fractures to her baby, where the medical opinion was that the injuries were likely to be non-accidental. Secured the return of the child to the mother’s care, with no adverse findings being made.
- Acted for a local authority, where the issue was whether the parents’ abstinence from drug misuse over a 14-month period could be maintained, or whether they demonstrated disguised compliance. Obtained Care and Placement Orders, against the recommendation of the Children’s Guardian, who had supported a plan of rehabilitation.
Andrew is the most junior member of Chambers’ Regulatory Group and is keen to expand his practice in the areas of coronial and regulatory law.
Andrew previously worked as the assistant to HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull during the month-long Inquest touching the deaths of Edward Maher, Craig Roberts, and James Dunsby. The Deceased were Army reservists who died as the result of heat injuries sustained during a selection exercise in the Brecon Beacons, which the Coroner found was contributed to by neglect on the part of the MOD.
Bar Professional Training Course, Nottingham Law School
Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School
MA (hons), Philosophy, University of St Andrews
Middle Temple Campbell Foster Prize (top 5% on the BPTC)
Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship
Nottingham Law School BPTC Scholarship
Warwick School Academic Scholarship
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
North Eastern Circuit
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Attorney General’s Junior Juniors Scheme