Melanie Andrews

Melanie is an experienced barrister with a busy practice in family and civil law.

The focus of her family practice is on the law relating to children, in particular care proceedings. She has the benefit of having been instructed by a broad range of parties, and has acted for mothers, fathers, grandparents, the Public Guardian, and local authorities.
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Melanie is an experienced barrister with a busy practice in family law.

The focus of her family practice is on the law relating to children in both private and public law.

Melanie is the Head of the private law family team at Becket Chambers and regularly is instructed for mothers, fathers, grandparents and the children themselves within private family law proceedings. She is known for her ability to develop rapport and make her clients feel comfortable and supported through the court process. She has a reputation for strong advocacy and making sure her client’s voice is heard.

Melanie also has a busy care practice. She has the benefit of having been instructed by a broad range of parties, and has acted for mothers, fathers, grandparents, the Public Guardian, and local authorities. She is good at quickly building a relationship with a client and dealing sensitively with the many issues care proceedings bring.

She appears for clients at hearings as well as advising and preparing pleadings, and is an experienced and confident advocate who has benefited from a background working in the advocacy department of a large national solicitors firm, and appearing in the criminal and family courts as well as in the civil arena.

Client care is at the forefront of Melanie’s practice. She prides herself on giving clear, practical and timely advice to lay and professional clients alike, and is consistently professional and approachable and is particularly good with vulnerable clients.

In her spare time Melanie enjoys travel, sky diving and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Public Law Children

The focus of Melanie’s family practice is on public law proceedings in which she represents parents, local authorities, extended family members, prospective adopters and children via their guardians.

She is regularly instructed in cases concerning serious non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and complex mental health issues, as well as general neglect cases. She has experience dealing with the official solicitor and is particularly good with vulnerable clients. Through her work Melanie has developed a keen understanding of the challenges of representing young and vulnerable clients, many of whom are victims of historic abuse.

Melanie Andrews' Public Law Children Cases

Representing a child in Care Proceedings

Melanie acted for a 15 year old with subtle but far-reaching speech and language difficulties. The child had very poor impulse control, low inhibitions, repeatedly self-harmed and absconded from both home and foster care placements. In an extreme decision the child was placed into a Detention Centre for her own safety for 6 months overall, Continue reading

Melanie Andrews' Testimonials for Public Law Children

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Melanie is the Head of the private law family team at Becket Chambers and is regularly instructed for mothers, fathers, grandparents, extended family members, and children via their guardians. She deals with the full range of child-related applications and also deals with injunctions and occupation orders under the family law act.

She is known for her ability to work with people and often manages to negotiate solutions between parties which can considerably reduce the length and expense of proceedings. She had a reputation for strong advocacy and making sure her client’s voice is heard. She is particularly good with vulnerable clients.

She is frequently instructed in cases with parental alienation, long running intractable disputes, , child relocation, domestic abuse and allegations of sexual and/or physical abuse.

Melanie Andrews' Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Achieving increased contact for a Father

Melanie represented a Father who was experiencing a blank refusal by the Mother to extend his time with his children. There were no difficulties with the current contact but the Mother felt that it was enough. At trial, Melanie successfully argued that the Father should see the children every other weekend, plus one overnight every Continue reading

Supporting a family with an alcoholic Mother

Melanie represented a Father who was concerned about the Mother’s alcoholism. At court it was agreed that the children would live with the Father, and that the Mother would wear an alcohol testing bracelet for the next three months to monitor her alcohol intake.

Articles by Melanie Andrews