Andrew Carswell

Partner & Head of Commercial Litigation Team Poole

Andrew is a Partner and Team Leader for Commercial Litigation based in Poole.  Andrew joined Dickinson Manser in 1992 and qualified as a solicitor in 1994.  Andrew spent a two year period with another firm but returned  and became a partner in 2002. 

Andrew undertakes a broad range of work for business and individuals including contractual disputes and claims of professional negligence.  He deals with a full range of property work (acting for landlords and tenants of business and residential premises dealing with forfeiture, dilapidations, restrictive covenants, and easements and claims of rectification, co-ownership and constructive trust). 

Andrew has a particular interest and specialism in contentious probate and inheritance claims and is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). 

Since qualifying, Andrew has held various positions including Asst Hon secretary to Bournemouth & District Law Society and for 10 years was joint Under Sheriff of Dorset.  Within the firm, Andrew has held roles as training partner and client care, which is a role he now undertakes for Trethowans as a whole. 

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Examples of how Andrew has helped clients:

Over the years Andrew has been involved in a number of significant and complicated commercial claims a number of which have involved claims of professional negligence.  Andrew has been pleased that on each occasion he has managed to resolve the matter satisfactorily and on favourable terms and at times where the outcome has been of crucial importance to the livelihood of the client. 

Although not all cases can make headlines, Andrew has had two reported cases in the Court of Appeal and the High Court  one of which involved a judicial review of a Government department that caused a change in the relevant practice. 

Since becoming a member of ACTAPS in 1997 he has dealt with a number of contentious probate and inheritance claims involving complicated and significant estates for both Applicants and Beneficiaries

Away from the office...

Andrew is kept busy with a wife and two teenage children.  Andrew likes to travel and relax as much as possible in all corners of France.  At the same time he likes to remain active and his two main sporting passions are tennis and skiing. 

Andrew Carswell
Contact details:
T: 01202 339044 (DDI)
Mobile: 0779 381 6845
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Office address:
5 Parkstone Road
BH15 2NL

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