Andrew Mountain

Partner

Biography

Andrew is a ‘powerful advocate with enormous experience’ (Legal 500, 2018).

As a partner in one of the largest family law departments, not only in the North West but throughout England and Wales Andrew has a key role in delivering and supporting other members of the family law team to deliver a first class service to family law clients.

Andrew has been involved in family law and the law relating to children for forty years. He is one of the most experienced family and children law practitioners in the country. He is a member of the Law Society's Children Panel Accreditation Scheme and Child Concern. His expertise includes complex and high profile cases involving child death and serious physical and sexual abuse.

Andrew advises and represents parents, children and wider family members including grandparents often in the most complex disputes. Andrew is a specialist family law advocate representing on occasion, local authorities as well as children and parents.

Andrew qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1980 and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of family law and the law relating to children.

In addition, Andrew regularly leads court room skills workshops for charity staff and volunteers and has previously supported Barnardo’s and post-graduate trainee GPs on domestic violence issues. Andrew very recently provided training in relation to court room skills and expert report preparation to child psychiatrists.

Andrew has been involved in a pioneering virtual reality project in association with The Judicial Studies Board, Salford University and The Manchester Civil Justice Centre, to help demystify court processes using VR headsets to recreate the court experience. It is the first time VR has been used within courts in the UK and it has won the backing of government and the judiciary. The project is initially for children involved in vulnerable care proceedings who can watch the video to reduce anxiety with regards to the court process. Andrew featured in a 360 degree, interactive video recording of a fictional child care case playing the advocate representing the child in a fully scripted case, featuring a well respected circuit judge. In 2018, the simulation won an award at the HMCTS Regional Awards and is now intended to be rolled out nationally.

What do others say

"I am truly grateful to Stephensons for all they did for me and my family. I couldn’t have asked for a better firm. In particular Andrew Mountain who represented me, helped me through the most difficult time of my life.  After any conversation with Andrew, I felt the weight lift off my shoulders and I felt reassured that my case was in good hands. Andrew went above and beyond my expectations and I will be forever grateful for everything he did for us. He is such an ethical, understanding, hardworking and outstanding solicitor and friend.

Also Andrew Mountain’s secretary, Sharon Charters was amazing. Very efficient, reliable and friendly. Both Andrew and Sharon make an excellent team and are a credit to the firm.

I understand how daunting it is when you are trying to find a solicitor who you can rely on and put your trust in, but I can honestly say you cannot go wrong with Stephensons." - View from a satisfied client   

"There isn't enough that I could do or say to fully express how thankful I am for all you did for me. Thank you for all your advice and support. You always made me feel at ease every time I spoke to you. Thank you so much for your kindness. I will never forget what you've done for me. Again, thank you truly from the bottom of my heart." - View from a satisfied client

"Andrew Mountain  is a ‘powerful advocate with enormous experience'." - Legal 500 2018

"Andrew Mountain is ‘very reliable and efficient and can diffuse tensions in difficult situations; he has the confidence to challenge without ever being confrontational’" - UK Legal 500, 2017

“Andrew provides a first class and child focused approach to even the most complex cases”.

In relation to training to outside agencies

“Very clear, relevant and extremely useful, much appreciated”