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Andrew Shaw

Barrister - Call 2001

Practice Profile

Andrew regularly represents Local Authority clients, parents and children in public law proceedings, having a particular interest in non-accidental injury cases. He has experience of conducting lengthy finding of fact hearings, final hearings and appeals, together with interim hearings and interlocutory applications.

Andrew frequently acts for a wide range of clients in private law cases (e.g matrimonial and cases involving unmarried couples at all levels of complexity).

He regularly appears in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court, representing clients from first appointment to appeal stage.

Andrew also appears in the Court of Appeal.

Andrew joined chambers in April 2003. He was educated at the University of the West of England, where he gained his Honours Degree in Law. During his Degree, Andrew also separately studied modules in computer science and as one of his electives within his law degree, he specialised in forensic science (which included biology, pharmacology and pathology). Andrew is chambers’ resident computer expert and regularly uses his skills set within complex forensic cases.

Andrew completed the Bar Vocational Course and was called to the Bar in 2001.

Before completing his pupillage, Andew worked for solicitors in an assistant capacity managing his own case files. Andrew gained experience in property, probate, and criminal law (in which he assisted on cases involving large drugs importation and carousel fraud linked to organised crime).

Andrew undertook his pupillage at New Court, and in his first six he assisted in the preparation of cases ranging from clinical and professional negligence to family law and personal injury. In his second six Andrew practiced in civil, criminal and family law. Andrew’s practice moved solely to within family law in 2005.


Areas of Work

Private and Public law Children matters

Ancillary/Financial Relief

Civil Partnerships

International Child Abduction

Proceedings relating to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996

Proceedings relating to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989

Court of Protection


Direct Public Access

Andrew accepts instructions via Direct Public Access and is willing to act for clients both at hearings and on an advice only basis.

For further details please contact the clerks.


Reported Cases

B (A Local Authority) v AM [2010] EWHC B31 (Fam)

The Court considered the issue as to whether the court on an application for a care order in respect of a young person aged 17 with lifelong disabilities should transfer the case to the Court of Protection to be dealt with under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 rather than the Children Act 1989.

Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU & Anor [2013] EWHC 2350 (Fam),  [2013] WLR (D)  319

Case concerning Forced Marriage Protection and Enforcement. The Bedfordshire Police sought to commit the Mother and Paternal Aunt to prison for the alleged breach of the FMPO. The Judge could not add in the police as a category of applicants in this situation because it would involve the police becoming “prosecutor” in all but name in civil proceedings The facts and circumstances of this case reveal / illustrate a grave weakness in the existing forced marriage protection order machinery as enacted in Part 4A of the Family Law Act 1996. Mr Justice Holman wanted to encourage the relevant Departments of State to give urgent consideration to improving the effectiveness of forced marriage protection orders and the means of enforcement.


Qualifications/Awards

BA (Hons) LLB Law

Bar Vocational Course


Professional Associations

Family Law Bar Association