Andrew Spearman





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Director

  • Head of Family Law
  • Cases in the High Court
  • Publications
  • Radio & TV

Andrew is a founder of A City Law Firm, starting work with the firm in 2009.  He has since worked with both our Family Law Department (ranked in the 2016 Legal 500) and Private Client department to gain tremendous experience of multifaceted family finance and children matters, but having worked with the founding partner since 2007, he has both practical and legal experience in a wide array of fields.

Surrogacy

Leading A City Law Firm’s practice in surrogacy law (Recommended Lawyer, 2016 Legal 500), Andrew is distinguished best for his work in helping couples complete their journey through surrogacy.  He is a firm advocate of LGBT rights in this field and engages government bodies and fertility organisations to advance their understanding of surrogacy procedure and practice, domestically and overseas.

Much of Andrew’s work has an international element, addressing difficulties of domicile and expenses paid to foreign surrogates.  His work provides him the opportunity to give advice on a variety of matters and clients, whilst maintaining standards of the highest quality and providing client-focused solutions.

Andrew is the exclusive expert published in a wide range of international magazines that cover these complex and specialist areas. He is commonly asked to provide quotes and interviews to the press and TV news channels.

Financial Separation

Andrew deals with the department's High Net Worth (HNW) individuals in complex financial proceedings resulting from the breakdown of a family.  Andrew is highly regarded by his clients for quickly understanding intricate capital ventures schemes, international assets or income and company structures whilst still providing clear, pragmatic options to fit the circumstances.

Andrew is widely known for his exceptional grasp of financial remedy law and procedure and his imaginative approach to ensuring the best solution for his clients. His clients frequently comment on his friendly and approachable nature on sensitive issues.

  • Representing a Jewish LGBT Charity in a landmark Court of Appeal case on transgender parenting and the Jewish Orthodox Community: Re M [2017] EWCA Civ 2164
  • Separation of financial assets worth £8m - £10m, including three family company structures with subsidiaries and international income regimes.
  • Contesting international relocation of a child from the UK to Canada on short notice with vexatious litigants in person.
  • Indian surrogacy case involving the detailed expenses of the Intended Parents and the surrogate and problems of return to England.
  • US surrogacy involving the disappearance of the surrogate and a challenge by the High Court on issues of consent.
  • Representation of a member of a foreign royal family involving children’s visits and rights, child abduction advice, port alerts and international diplomatic issues.
  • Reported International Surrogacy case: JV & Anor v AR [2014] EWHC 4756 (Fam)
  • Reported case on LGBT rights and travel to Iran: M v F (Travel to Non-Convention Country) [2017] EWFC 7

Appointments & Memberships

  • Director of a Multi-Academy Trust in Kent
  • Harris Federation Governor for two Primary Schools
  • Appointment by the Secretary of State for Education in 2014 as the Chairman of an Interim Executive Board
  • Member of Resolution
  • Member of the UK & Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust award in 2014 to A City Law Firm for the hard work of Andrew and his team in supporting and advising the LGBT community

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Articles by Andrew Spearman

Surrogacy Law in more detail…
Our surrogacy lawyers provide advice below on the current surrogacy laws: From 6th April 2010 the surrogacy rules were revolutionized
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A “nonsensical” time-bar: broken or bent a little?
In 2014, the President of the Family Division had a case before him where he updated the more literal statutory
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Surrogacy: Becoming recognised parents
Having a child is both an exciting and daunting prospect for any parent, but choosing to have a surrogacy arrangement
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A Guide to Divorce
How long do you have to be married in order to apply for a divorce? You cannot start a divorce
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Family Law Changes – Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill 2017 – is this necessary ?
On 27 January 2017, the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords. It has
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Used a US Surrogate & returning to the UK?
The law in the UK in relation to Surrogacy Arrangements is complicated and can lack the certainty that most couples
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Civil Partnership Act 2004
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 has changed the law to allow couples who were in a same sex relationship to
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Same-sex relationship: Acquiring parental rights
There are many ways for same sex couples to have children and fulfill their dreams of having a family.  The
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The Human Rights Act & Surrogacy
A Single Father’s Journey: The Trilogy The Family Courts have recently had to grapple with the particularly thorny issue of
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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act
This Act is already in force and has had a substantial impact upon the LGBT community for lesbian or gay
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