Andrew Bowmer

Email: andrew.bowmer@steelandshamash.co.uk

Andrew has been a Solicitor since December 2008. He works predominantly in the Housing and Community Care Departments.

Since qualification Andrew has developed a strong practice in Public Law and Mental capacity law, often involving Judicial review applications. His work draws on his previous career working in Central government, including on Local authority government policy, with direct experience of decision making in the public sector. As a result he often assists clients seeking access to local council and NHS services and challenging housing decisions.

Andrew is frequently instructed by both family members, and by the Official Solicitor on behalf of incapacitated adults in the Court of Protection, in proceedings concerning the best interests of vulnerable adults, and on challenges brought under Section 21(A) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 concerning the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty safeguards.

In doing this work Andrew is also able to provide advice in parallel on entitlement to community care services which means that Andrew is well placed to offer holistic advice to his clients.

Andrew is ranked in Chambers and Partners as an "associate to watch";

Andrew Bowmer ...is fabulous. He is industrious and keeps the barrister updated all the time. He also knows his way around public services and resources (2014)

Andrew Bowmer is described as "very sensible and thorough. He also prepares very well". Although his practice is a broad Public Law one, he does have a significant amount of experience on Mental Capacity issues" (2013)

Andrew's Public Law experience includes:-

  • Advising young adults who have previously been "looked after" by local authorities under the Children Act 1989 as to the continuing duties owed by local authorities after they turn 18.
  • Challenging age assessments by local councils of young unaccompanied asylum seeking minors.
  • Advising on funding decisions made by public bodies such as local authorities and NHS Trusts about the level of care provided to people with disabilities in the community.
  • Advising homeless clients and those threatened with homelessness on their applications for assistance from local authorities. Andrew has particular experience in cases where there is a dispute as to the extent of a person's vulnerability or immigration status.
  • Advising clients on challenging decisions by local authorities about their priority on the Housing Register.
  • Acting for Claimant's in disrepair matters and for Defendants in possession proceedings.

Skills/Memberships:-

  • Housing Law Practitioners Association.
  • Mental Capacity Lawyers Association.