Andrew Commins > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, United Kingdom: England and Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers
United Kingdom: England and Wales

Work Department



Andrew is a family law barrister specialising in all matters of family finance including financial remedies on divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships, cohabitation disputes, Schedule 1 applications and related professional negligence claims. Andrew has experience of cases involving farming partnerships, discretionary and constructive trusts, bankruptcy, company interests, nuptial agreements, inherited wealth, allegations of conduct and the variation of complex nuptial settlements.

He also accepts instructions in related matters under the Children Act 1989 involving allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, parental alienation, grandparent applications and expert evidence.

Andrew is a contributor to the The Family Court Practice (Red Book), recently published by Jordan Publishing. His remit covers all law and procedure governing financial remedy on divorce, Schedule 1 application and claims pursuant to TLATA 1996.

Alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’)

Andrew offers solicitors of represented clients two bespoke forms of ADR in family finance disputes: the Represented Mediation and the Private Financial Dispute Resolution Meeting. These forms of ADR offer cost-effective, quality and responsive alternatives to lengthy and costly court proceedings.


Called 2004; pupillage St John’s Chambers 2005; has given seminars on the following topics in recent months: domestic violence and children, ancillary relief, maintenance and capital provision, The Civil Partnership Act 2004, cohabitation, public law children issues.


Fluent German.


Exeter University (Law); Universität des Saarlandes, Germany (second degree in German Law); UWE, Bristol (Bar exams).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew ComminsSt John’s ChambersAn impressive advocate who has the ear of the court and provides sound advice.’