Andrew Commins

Year of Call: 2004

Inn: Middle Temple

Judicial Office: Deputy District Judge

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He is so prepared and thorough, charming but also straight-talking. ‘He is a stellar advocate, strategic thinker and excellent with clients.’ “

Chambers UK,  2021
Family: Matrimonial Finance

Andrew offers solicitors of represented clients two bespoke forms of ADR in family finance and cohabitation disputes: the Represented Mediation and the Private Financial Dispute Resolution Meeting. These forms of ADR offer cost-effective, quality and responsive alternatives to lengthy and costly court proceedings.

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Appointments:

  • Deputy District Judge

Qualifications & awards:

  • LLB (European), Exeter LLM/Magister der Rechte, Saarland, Germany; Anglo-American Scholar 2004
    Diplock Scholar 2003
  • Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Award 2004 (Middle Temple)
  • Award for ‘Outstanding’ grade on Bar Vocational Course Scholar of the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (2002) Germany

Additional information:

Voluntary and other work

Andrew also works in the field of human rights law, with a particular interest in cases involving the rights of families, women, girls and the LGBTI community. He has worked in Kenya as an Informal Justice Consultant for FIDA-Kenya, in London as a lawyer for Article 19 specialising in the protection of the right to freedom of expression, and he volunteers for the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre based at Middlesex University. Andrew’s work has involved drafting access to justice strategies, writing analyses of laws as against various international legal standards and advising on applications to the European Court of Human Rights.

Publications and training

Andrew is an experienced legal author. In addition to a variety of articles published on a wide range of family and human rights law topics ranging from international maintenance obligations to equal marriage rights, he is also the author of ‘Maintenance Matters’ and he is the family-finance contributor to the Family Court Practice (‘the Red Book’). Andrew regularly provides lectures and workshops for lawyers and other professionals on the South West and Wales Circuits.