Clerking team

Paul Laverty
Paul Laverty

Senior Clerk - Family and Court of Protection

Mark Williams

Senior Clerk

Ryan Barker

Assistant Senior Clerk (Matrimonial Finance)

Emma Manning

Matrimonial Finance Clerk

Andrew’s practice focuses on all aspects of family finance and private children law. Andrew represents clients across the North East and North West of England. He joined St John’s Buildings as a tenant in June 2024, having practised from his previous set since 2022.

Andrew prides himself on his preparation and client care. He takes a pragmatic approach to negotiations and is adept at reaching settlements at court, although where that is not possible, he is always willing to fight for his clients.

Andrew is developing a specialist finance practice and is experienced representing clients at all stages of financial remedy proceedings, as well as interim applications, applications for enforcement, variation of periodical payments order, and applications for costs. He also receives instructions to prepare written advices. Andrew looks forward to building his finance practice with the mentorship of Sally Harrison KC.

Andrew regularly acts for parents at all stages of private children proceedings, including fact-finding hearings and final hearings. He has experience with issues such as parental alienation, implacable hostility, domestic abuse, relocation, and travel abroad to non-Hague Convention jurisdictions.

Quotes from instructing solicitors:

  • In a matrimonial finances case involving a very difficult LIP and QLR, due to Andrew’s attention to detail, thorough preparation and exemplary advocacy skills my client not only obtained an excellent order in his favour but also received over half of his costs from the other side. I am sure that if it had not been for Andrew’s dedication the result would not have been as nearly as good.
  • My client was very impressed with Andrew. My paralegal who was also present at court said Andrew was extremely good with our client (who is highly anxious) and reassured her well. She reports him being confident in his technical knowledge of the law in the area and in telling the other side that their approach was wrong. All in all, we are impressed.

Family finance

Andrew is experienced representing clients at all stages of financial remedy proceedings. He takes pride in the level of client care he offers, particularly for vulnerable and anxious clients.

Andrew has experience dealing with a wide range of issues arising in financial remedy proceedings, including:

  • Nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements
  • Cases with multi-million £ assets
  • Joinder of third parties (including companies)
  • Enforcement
  • Variation of periodical payments order
  • Applications to set aside the transfer of property
  • Conduct
  • Material non-disclosure

Children (Private Law)

Andrew receives instructions across all stages of private children proceedings. He has acted in fact-finding hearings, for clients making and defending allegations of significant domestic abuse and child sexual abuse. He takes pride in the level of client care he offers when discussing highly sensitive issues.

Andrew regularly acts for parents who have been excluded from their children’s lives, taking a robust approach and advocating fiercely for his clients. He has successfully represented clients at interim contested hearings to establish a routine of contact pending professional recommendations.

Awards

  • 1 Hare Court Mini Pupillage Award, Durham University (highest mark in the Family Law Summative Essay)
  • Sir Andrew McFarlane Marshalling Award, Durham University (finishing top three overall in the Family Law module)
  • Quartercentenary Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Excellence Scholarship, BPP University

Mock trials and moots:

  • Dunelm Mock Trial Final (judged by Lady Hale)
  • Winner of the 1 Hare Court Moot (an FDR judged by Sir Andrew McFarlane, Mrs Justice Parker, and Ann Hussey KC)

Education

  • Durham University, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – First Class Honours (2018)
  • Durham University, Master of Jurisprudence (MJur) (2019)
  • BPP University, BPTC (2020)