Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

BarristerCall 2001

Andrew joined chambers in 2003. Andrew is a skilled and experienced advocate, who practices in a wide area of family law cases, including public and private law applications concerning children, and also Court of Protection and financial matters.

Andrew’s key strength is his dynamic and adaptable approach towards litigation and the court environment. Clients benefit from his straightforward manner and his frank, detailed advice, which is tailored to the individual’s needs. He has experience in conducting lengthy, serious and complex fact-finding hearings, final hearings and appeals, as well as interim hearings and interlocutory applications.

Andrew is frequently instructed in a wide range of private children law cases, including child arrangement applications, international and internal relocation, and abduction proceedings, including applications under the Hague Convention.

Andrew is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access Scheme, and regularly undertakes this work.

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

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

Andrew undertook his pupillage and first year of tenancy in a common law, mixed practice, consisting of civil (clinical and professional negligence), criminal (crown court trials) and family law. His mixed practice continued until 2005, when it narrowed to a focused specialisation in family law. Andrew’s experience in the civil and criminal arenas is of benefit to clients when such issues overlap with family law applications.

Andrew’s broad experience makes him a formidable advocate who is popular with solicitors and clients in difficult cases.

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.

Re R (Children: Control of Court Documents) [2021] EWCA Civ 162

The appeal from a decision preventing the perpetrator of sexual abuse from receiving court documents was dismissed. The appeal concerned the power of the court in family proceedings to control the distribution of its judgments and of other documents filed for the purpose of the proceedings.


X and Y and Another [2020] EWFC B66 (17 June 2020)

Fact-finding on a sexual abuse case.


Re N (A Child) [2019] EWCA Civ 1997

The Court of Appeal was concerned with the findings of fact of the family court in relation to non-accidental injuries suffered by a two-year old girl. The judge concluded that either the mother or her partner had caused the injuries and the non-perpetrating party had been aware of the other’s culpability. Following the fact finding hearing, it was confirmed during the assessment process that the mother had difficulty in terms of her ability to understand and express herself verbally and required an intermediary. The judge refused the mother’s application for a rehearing and the mother successfully appealed and the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial.


Buckinghamshire County Council -v- RT (by his guardian KT) [2018] EWCOP 12

Andrew appeared in parallel proceedings in the Court of Protection and the Family Division of the High Court on behalf of the applicant local authority. The Court was concerned with a 17 year old whose behaviour presented significant challenges to the social work team and health organisations providing his full-time care. His care required his constant supervision and occasional restraint (supervision and restraint that amounted to a deprivation of his liberty). At the conclusion of proceedings the local authority successfully presented a long-term therapeutic care plan and deprivation of liberty safeguards which the Court approved. The case is a good example of the Courts’ approach (both legally and practically) in cases which involve older teenagers and the overlap between the Court of Protection and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. The Court was assisted in this case by the appointment of a children’s guardian which is a more unusual aspect of parallel proceedings.


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.

Disclosure 2: This time it’s practical” (with Sam Prout) [2021] Fam Law 1079 (August 2021, Family Law Journal / Lexis Nexis

BA (Hons) LLB Law

Bar Vocational Course

Family Law Bar Association

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

“Andrew is very thorough, he knows his stuff and he is brilliant with the clients. He writes very detailed position statements and is always well prepared.”

“A very experienced advocate, who has a very measured style and takes an analytical, pragmatic approach to his cases.”

“Andrew is always focused and detailed in his advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“Andrew is organised, clear and realistic with his legal approach. He has excellent interpersonal and communication skills. He always works in the best interest of the client.”

Legal 500 2024

“An excellent advocate, he never fails to impress with his knowledge and preparation.”

“Andrew Shaw is very efficient, hard-working and able to build a very good working relationship with the client.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Andrew is an excellent advocate, always faultlessly prepared and so good he often notices matters even other have not previously. He often be asked to prepare documents such as orders, even when he is not the applicant, because the judges or court knows his reputation.”

Legal 500 2023

Noted for his expert representation of parents, children, and local authorities in a wide range of public and private law children cases. He is highly experienced in handling matters involving complex medical and psychological evidence, and is regularly instructed in non-accidental injury cases

“Works hard and is assiduous in his preparation.”

“He always gets to grips with his clients’ cases and puts them fully before the court.”

“He is thorough, helpful and supportive.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“He is forensic, easy to work with, robust and firm in incredibly difficult cases.”

Legal 500 2022

Noted for his expert representation of parents, children and local authorities in a wide range of public and private law children cases. He is highly regarded for his handling of matters involving complex medical and psychological evidence, and is regularly instructed in non-accidental injury cases.

“A star of the future. His case management is amazing and he has great potential.”

“His advocacy is excellent and advances the case strongly in the best interests of the children involved. He is a very talented advocate whom judges thoroughly depend on.” “Andrew has a calming attitude and is good at handling demanding and difficult clients. He is able to cut through the rubbish and deal with what needs to be dealt with.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Has an excellent grasp of complex papers, always well-prepared and gives you every confidence that he has read and understood instructions. He fights for his clients.”

Legal 500  2021

“A very confident barrister with a broad experience in complex children cases. He is a highly skilled, practical barrister and is reliable in delivering excellent outcomes.”

“A very skilled cross-examiner.”

Chambers & Partners 2020



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