Andrew Spearman


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  • 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 2016-2019 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.


Leading A City Law Firm’s practice in surrogacy law (Recommended Lawyer, 2016-2019 Legal 500 & Leading Individual 2018/19), 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

  • Appointed Member of the Surrogacy UK Ethics Committee
  • 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

Ending a marriage is already a big decision – does having kids make it even harder?
To much fanfare, Apple has just released the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. However a matter of hours before
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The Goverment’s LGBT action plan: Banning conversion therapy
THE GOVERNMENT'S LGBT ACTION PLAN: BANNING CONVERSION THERAPY Following the UK government revealing its LGBT Action plan, lawyer Andrew Spearman
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Surrogacy Reform
It shouldn't take a car crash for us to react. It shouldn't take sensationalist journalism and broadcasting to prick up
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6 game-changing laws that have transformed the LGBTQ community
It has been over 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality started – and since then we have made some
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Covertly Recorded Conversations: Family and Child Cases
Separation and custody battles are extremely distressing. Allegations made between the parents can be easily made yet difficult to refute.
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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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Transgender Judgment: Woman denied access to 5 children
A transgender woman has been refused direct access to her children due to the discriminatory and trans-phobic practice of Ultra-Orthodox
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Divorce: What happens to your pension?!
  A pension feels very personal and the thought of your ex-spouse acquiring a share now and/or in the future
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On Divorce Day: is your business protected?
The first working Monday of the year is dubbed Divorce Day by family lawyers, but if you’re in business with
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How damaging divorce can be for a businesses and what owners can do to safeguard their venture!
Have you secured your ‘business pre-nup’? Read here how to protect your business should the worse happen when you are
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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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Protecting your assets: Start-up to Divorce
You work hard to start your own company and invest time and effort into making it work, only to have
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Divorce & Dissolution:Hide/undervalue your assets?
You meet a man, you fall in love. You decide to commit, you do not wish to be un-romantic and
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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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Co-Parenting: Alternative but Effective
Every family is different; every child’s upbringing unique. However, having more than two adults in a child’s life is not
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Surrogacy & Employment Rights
Do Intended Parents have the right to receive maternity or paternity leave where a surrogate mother has given birth to a
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Grandparents’ rights
The legal recognition of a Grandparent, within Child Proceedings, has not sadly altered to reflect the change in society. More
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Difference between Separation & Divorce?
A divorce legally puts an end to your marriage and enables you to separate and legally divide your assets and
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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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Divorce Solicitors
It is a difficult time for all concerned when a relationship breaks down and it is essential that you receive
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