Practice Profile

With over 25 years experience as a family law barrister, Andrew Bagchi QC has a broadly based practice encompassing a range of difficult and high conflict litigation. He is able to advise and provide representation in a range of matters involving children, divorce and separation, matrimonial finance as well as in cases in the Court of Protection.

In the area of private law disputes in relation to children he often acts in cases with an international dimension, for example applications for the relocation of children to another jurisdiction, or cases involving the status of foreign marriages or foreign divorce proceedings. He is highly experienced in cases concerning the implacable hostility of parents in relation to parental contact and residence.

Andrew is also instructed in complex financial disputes between separated spouses and partners and to settle pre-nuptial and separation agreements.

Andrew also regularly appears in the Court of Protection in cases involving the personal welfare, health and financial arrangements of persons lacking mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Andrew has been ranked in the legal directory 'Chambers UK' since 2008, and in 2013 was placed in Band 1, the highest rated band for junior counsel in relation to in the category of proceedings concerning children and proceedings in the Court of Protection. The publication reported that "Top-rated junior Andrew Bagchi handles a broad spectrum of children law cases, including those involving abuse and international relocation. Sources agree that he is "a great advocate" with a "very open and friendly style," and "a good feel for how cases should run’ and  "One peer described him as being "so brilliant and easy to get on with. He has the right manner and the right approach."

In 2014 Andrew was assessed by the Chambers and Partners Guide as one of only 5 family law barristers who are in the Top 100 junior barristers nationally. His entry in the directory of Top 100 barristers describes him as "very approachable, very clever and very disarming," he brings a "highly collaborative approach to proceedings."

He was appointed as Queens Counsel in 2015. The recent directories comment as follows:

Queens Counsel Directories Comment

"Well thought of by his peers and by the Bench, he has excellent client care skills and is an effective, organised and decisive advocate who always gets to the root of the problem." 

Queens Counsel Directories Comment

"His approach has been described as particularly suited to direct access work".

Queens Counsel Directories Comment

"He's extremely effective, likeable, intelligent and sensible." "He's got the depth of knowledge to ensure he's going to be known as one of the best silks in this area