Andrew Stone

Solicitor

  • Email: astone@dsdlaw.co.uk
  • Phone: (01634) 852700
  • Fax: (01634) 850669
  • 5 High Street
  • Gillingham
  • Kent
  • ME7 1BE
  • Graduated from London South Bank University in 2002 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Law and also won the award for the ‘Best Law Student’
  • Legal Practice Course; awarded Distinction in 2004
  • Member of Medway and Kent Law Society

Since Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 2006, he has gained valuable experience in all aspects of Civil Litigation work including Landlord and Tenant, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Co-Habitation, Property and general consumer disputes.

Andrew also advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown between husband and wife, civil partners and cohabiting couples. He has acted in numerous cases over the years which have involved complex issues regarding settlement of family finances and child/spousal maintenance.

Andrew can advise on all aspects of children disputes. He has acted in many cases where there have been allegations by one parent that the other poses a risk of sexual, physical and/or emotional harm to the child(ren). He acts for parent(s) in public children cases when Social Services have taken the child(ren) into care, as well as in cases where the parents wish to adopt children. He also advises parents on international children disputes and has represented clients in urgent cases when a child has been abducted and taken out of the UK.

It is a sad fact that many people suffer from domestic violence in their relationships. Andrew has many years’ experience in such cases and he regularly acts for victims who require urgent injunctions to protect them and their children.

Property Litigation has been Andrew’s specialist area of law for many years. Andrew has advised both landlords and tenants on all aspects of commercial and residential property disputes ranging from possession proceedings to unlawful eviction in a residential matter to forfeiture and contentious business lease renewals in a commercial case.

 

 

Recent Cases

Family Law:

Reported case of Re B (Child Evidence) 2014 EWCA Civ 1015: Andrew successfully acted for the mother who sought to produce evidence from a child, aged 13, who had witnessed the father’s domestic violence against the mother.  The Circuit Judge directed that CAFCASS interview the child to determine whether it was appropriate for her to give evidence at a trial. The father appealed citing that it would be inappropriate for the child to give evidence. The Court of Appeal rejected his appeal.

In 2014, Andrew represented a mother who was subjected to violence by the father which was witnessed by the children. The family was from India and the mother was at risk of being the victim of an honor killing by the father. Andrew successfully obtained an Injunction and Occupation Order against the father preventing him from subjecting the family to any further harm.

 

Debt:

Andrew acted for a lady who was facing the possibility of her home being reclaimed by a finance company. At trial, the court dismissed the company’s claim for a Possession Order and ordered that the debt be written off because the financial agreement the lady signed did not comply with the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The Company appealed to the Court of Appeal where Andrew represented the client. The Court dismissed the Appeal.

 

Personal Injury:

Andrew has assisted numerous clients in obtaining compensation for injuries they have suffered following an accident which was not their fault. Some of these cases are described below.

Mrs C received £110,000 for slipping in a supermarket and injuring her knee.

Mrs W, an elderly client, received £63,000 compensation for sustaining serious injuries after falling whilst disembarking from a cruise ship.

Mr S received £50,000 for sustaining a serious leg injury following a road traffic accident.

Mrs K received £6,000 compensation after sustaining damage to her teeth after falling on a residential street in Medway. Andrew also acted for her when Medway Council appealed the decision after the trial which was ultimately dismissed by the Appeal Judge.

 

 

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