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 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.

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 regularly instructed to represent parents, grandparents, extended family members, and children via their guardians. She also deals with injunctions and occupation orders under the family law act. She is particularly good with vulnerable clients.

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

Melanie Andrews' Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Representing grandparents in Residence Proceedings

Melanie acted for grandparents seeking to look after their grandchildren when the parents attempted to leave the grandparents’ home. She successfully argued that the children should remain with the grandparents owing to the inappropriate lifestyles of the parents.

Parental alienation

Melanie acted for a father who had been denied access to his child by the mother for over one year, successfully re-establishing contact, and went on to achieve a shared residence order.