Andrew specialises in commercial disputes including complex claims for breach of contract and negligence particularly in the manufacturing and engineering industries, shareholder disputes and other claims arising out of corporate transactions and partnership disputes for solicitors, doctors, surveyors, accountants and farmers. 

He also advises on claims involving directors duties including various claims against directors and senior employees for breach of confidentiality, injunctions and applications for and supervising search and seizure orders.  He defends proceedings by regulatory bodies including the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards and the Environment Agency. 

Andrew sits as a Deputy District Judge on the Midland circuit hearing a variety of civil claims. He is a trained mediator and uses mediation wherever appropriate as a method of resolving cases for clients.

Andrew is immediate past President of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and Chairman of SDTAL (2012 - 2016).

Experience

  • Acted for a company against a former director and senior employee who had taken confidential information belonging to the Company.  Andrew successfully obtained a search and seize order which was executed at two sites in the Midlands and the North.  Subsequently springboard relief and judgment was secured in the High Court in London after a speedy trial.
  • Acted in a partnership dispute for an individual who was expelled from a professional partnership for alleged immoral behaviour, The claim was settled by mediation.
  • Acted for a multi-national group of companies in a variety of arbitrations and High Court actions concerning plant and technical equipment, one of which lasted 6 weeks and involved four subsequent appeals.  We were successful in each appeal.
  • Advising a company in a claim for breach of contract.  There is a substantial dispute between the parties about the duration of the contract, which will have a major impact on the level of damages to be awarded.  Disclosure of documents by the parties (including electronic disclosure) will be important in determining which party is successful at trial.  This underlines how important it is for parties who are or maybe involved in a dispute to maintain and preserve all written records and documents both during the course of the transaction and after it has been concluded

Reported cases

  • PHI Group Ltd v Robert West Consulting Ltd. [2012] EWCA Civ 588.

Andrew Spooner is known as being "one of the best" in the market. Sources praise his skill in managing cases and getting the best out of clients and counsel.

Chambers UK 2015

Career

Andrew was formerly a partner and Head of Commercial Litigation at Martineau in Birmingham.

Memberships

  • Immediate past President of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and Chairman of SDTAL (2012 - 2016)

Interests

Andrew enjoys golf, fell walking, cinema, reading and watching cricket.