Originally from Chester, Andy has been based in Manchester for the past five years and has relocated to Sussex to undertake pupillage with Westgate Chambers.
Prior to pupillage Andy balanced two part-time roles as a County Court Advocate and as a Barrister’s Assistant. As a County Court Advocate, Andy worked under the supervision of his instructing solicitor and attended over 800 civil hearings heard in chambers in County Courts throughout the North-West and beyond. Those cases involved a range of hearing types and subject matter, including small claim trials (non-PI RTAs, assigned debt, parking disputes, and other general contract disputes), applications for summary judgment or to set-aside judgment, repossessions (mortgage, rent, and orders for sale), return of goods, insolvency, MOJ stage 3 approval hearings, and many others. As a Barrister’s Assistant Andy worked closely with a CPS Crown Advocate who has a visual impairment. As such Andy was responsible for assessing and describing visual evidence, assisting with case preparation and research, and attending hearings.