Andrew Comaish M.A (Cantab), BSc (Hons) Psych (Open), Call 1989

Professional Reputation

  • Andrew Comaish is a highly recommended family law specialist and member of the Family Law Bar Association.
  • He regularly appears in courts at all levels covering every aspect of family law. Outside of formal proceedings he is happy to provide written advice or in conference whether in chambers, solicitors offices or other venue.
  • Andrew studied science and law at Cambridge University before being called to the Bar. More recently to enhance his practice he pursued a degree in psychology.  This strong academic background reassures those who instruct Andrew that his approach to case preparation, client care and appreciation of evidential and legal issues is always undertaken in an analytical, methodical and insightful way.

Areas of practice

  • Andrew has extensive experience of applications for financial remedies including urgent applications for freezing injunctions. He has appeared in cases involving persons of high net worth, farmers, complex business and pension arrangements, those in the armed forces and police, and substantial foreign assets in diverse jurisdictions. Such proceedings include trusts and trusts of land and financial disputes between unmarried partners and for children.
  • Andrew regularly appears in cases involving domestic abuse whether for the Applicant or the Respondent.
  • Andrew enjoys an extensive practice of care cases appearing for Local Authorities, parents, other family members and Children's Guardian. These include the most serious allegations of child abuse cases involving child fatality, head injury, poisoning, sexual abuse, factitious illness, and neglect. He has acted for vulnerable clients such as those diagnosed with mental health difficulties. He has appeared on behalf of children themselves accused of sexual abuse. He has broad experience of trials requiring interpreters and which raise jurisdictional issues under Brussels II.
  • Other Public Law cases have included applications to discharge care orders,  Special Guardianship Orders and adoption.
  • Andrew frequently acts in Private Law disputes between parents, acting for either and on behalf of the Children's Guardian. These include the most serious of allegations requiring trials to decide factual issues of behaviour and/or injury, and the murder of one parent by the other. On several occasions this has led to findings of serious sexual abuse. These cases include issues such as implacable hostility. He also conducts cases involving removal from jurisdiction whether by application or for return under the Hague Convention.
  • Andrew is an accredited Public Access Scheme Barrister and able to accept instructions directly from members of the public.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • Robinson College, Cambridge 1984 -1988 (Entrance Exhibitioner)
  • Inn of Court - Middle Temple
  • Pupillage with Pupil master, H. Carr QC, M Silverleaf QC,
    C. Floyd QC, R Hacon, Grays Inn 1989 - 1990 and P. Miller at Wilberforce Chambers 1991 - 1992
  • BSc (Hons) Psych (Open)

Memberships

  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association