Andrew Christmas

Drawing on 35 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”.

"Dear Andrew

I am so happy to read your email and that my case is now at an end.  I never thought it would end at one point!

I am sad to say goodbye to you and thank you for everything.  You have helped me change my life for the better and given me a chance to start again."

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