Andrew is an associate in the trust and estate disputes team, advising on a range of succession, probate and trust disputes. 

His work spans claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, domicile disputes, will challenges, will construction and rectification claims, property trust disputes and trust, estate and administration issues.

Andrew qualified as a solicitor with Russell-Cooke in September 2016. 

  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim: acted for a minor child to defend a claim for financial provision brought against their parent’s estate. The matter involved eligibility and paternity issues as well as an administration dispute. The dispute settled following mediation and an application for Court approval. 
  • Will Challenges: acted for an adult daughter in circumstances where her late father had made a will several years following a diagnosis of dementia. The will challenge focused on issues of testamentary capacity and knowledge and approval. A settlement was negotiated through correspondence.
  • Will Constructions and Rectification: acted for the executors and trustees in a claim concerning the interpretation and rectification of the deceased's will, where an error concerning preparation of the will had come to light after the deceased’s passed away and had implications for the extent of the class of discretionary beneficiaries. The matter was determined at trial.
  • Disputed lifetime transaction: acted for a child of the deceased, who challenged a lifetime transfer of the majority interest in her mother’s property to her siblings. The matter settled during proceedings.
  • Property trust disputes: acted for a sibling in a long-standing family dispute concerning the ownership of a mixed commercial and residential property. The matter settled at mediation.
  • Domicile Disputes: acted for the long term partner of a deceased, who had links to France, Greece and the UK. The deceased left a will, but it made no provision for his partner. The partner sought reasonable financial provision from the deceased’s substantial estate. As part of that claim, the partner argued that the deceased had a permanent intention to remain in the UK. The matter settled at mediation.
  • Andrew is a member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).
  • Andrew studied law at the University of Durham.
  • Prior to joining Russell-Cooke, Andrew worked as an English language teacher in a Middle School in Hunan province, China.