Drawing on 33 years of Family Law experience, Andrew provides expert legal advice on all aspects of family disputes from private child issues such as contact, through divorce, to breakdown of civil partnerships.
Andrew has particular expertise in dealing with financial disputes and his clients value his pragmatic approach, aimed at achieving a resolution with minimum expense: “Wherever possible I encourage and assist my clients in finding ways to resolve their disputes between themselves, without having to incur substantial costs.”
As a long-standing member of Resolution, Andrew promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. “I find Resolution lawyers easy to work with and more often than not we resolve disputes well before the matter has to take the expensive Court route".
Andrew offers the benefits of collaborative training, which allows his clients to achieve more flexible and creative solutions, adapted to their particular family circumstances. At the same time he is known for his frank, no nonsense, approach to identifying and solving the areas of dispute and, when necessary, has the ability to be tough: “If the other side will not play ball, I will be firm but fair and support my client throughout to achieve the right outcome”.
"My solicitor at Downs helped me to keep a perspective on all the personal issues I was having. He was objective but sympathetic and got to the important areas quickly and without fuss."