Andrew Woods

Partner, Practice Director

Following a change in legislation in April 2009, Andrew was one of the very first non-lawyers to be appointed to a partnership of a law firm in England. He spent the first part of his career at NatWest Bank where he undertook a variety of roles including time as an Inspector of Trustee branches and a Senior Manager in charge of a team of high net worth investment advisers. Moving to Barwells in 1998, Andrew was instrumental in setting up the firm’s financial advisory arm and now splits his time between roles as the Practice Director for the Firm and his original specialism in the Private Client Department. Andrew is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and holds their Trustee Diploma. He also holds the Personal Finance Society Diploma having passed their Advanced Financial Planning examinations.

Andrew’s recent cases have included a variety of complex Wills and Estate administration. He also works frequently with high net worth Estates and Inheritance Tax.

Andy has been commended by his clients for his excellent service, helpful advice and his professional approach.


Outside the office, Andrew is a keen golfer and skier. He also plays the bass guitar quite badly.



News and media

  • Blog
    • Posted on March 22, 2019
      A significant increase to Probate fees is set to take effect in April 2019
      If you are named in someone's Will as an Executor, you may have to apply for Probate when that person dies. This is a legal document which gives you the authority to share out the Estate of the person who has died according to the instructions in the Will.
      Probate fees must be paid up front, before the Grant of Probate can be issued. The current cost of applying for Probate when using a solicitor is around £160.

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