Andrew Commins

Year of Call: 2004

Inn: Middle Temple

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A determined advocate with a laser-like focus on the heart of a case.”

LEGAL 500,  2022

Andrew is the contributing author to The Red Book (Family Law Practice) in all matters of financial remedies and cohabitation disputes (TLATA 1996).

Andrew accepts instructions as a mediator in all family finance and TLATA 1996 disputes and has over 6 years of experience in the role. He offers solicitors a bespoke form of represented mediation for their clients as an alternative to court proceedings.

Finally, Andrew also accepts instructions to provide indications to parties within Private Financial Dispute Resolution Meetings.

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.