He takes the view that family law does not have to be about litigation in the courts, stuffy procedures and language only lawyers understand. If court proceedings are necessary he takes a robust approach without losing the overall picture, including the legal costs of the litigation.
Andrea regularly writes and lectures on family law in England as well as in Germany. He is an authority on civil partnership, registered partnership in the UK for same-sex couples.
He is the author of Civil Partnership, one of the leading text books on this subject. He is also a co-author of Model Letters for Family Lawyers, in which he shows how legal concepts can be expressed in clear language that everyone can understand, as well as “International Aspects of Family Law” published by Resolution.
Andrea is a member of the family lawyers association Resolution, and was for many years a member, and for a period chairman, of the Resolution International Committee. He is also a member of the German Bar Association and former Chairman of LAGLA, the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association. Andrea is fluent in German and speaks several other languages. Many of his cases have a German or other international aspect.
Andrea is a member of Q’Pod, a group of lesbian and gay collaborative lawyers. Q’Pod specifically focuses on issues arising from same-sex relationships. Members of Q’Pod are gay and lesbian family lawyers who deal with issues like separation, child contact and residence and financial issues resulting from separation. At the same time all members of Q’Pod deal with divorces and the breakdown of other opposite-sex relationships.
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11 May 2016 by Andrea Woelke