Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 1977, having served his articles with Woodham Smith & Greenwood in Gray’s Inn. He joined the firm in 1977, initially as a general practitioner, and became a partner in the following year.
Andrew has specialised in litigation since 1987, focusing heavily on property related litigation, principally, party walls and rights of light, easements and construction disputes. Andrew is frequently invited to give lectures to surveyors, architects and other solicitors and has written several articles on neighbouring land issues. He is widely considered to be the first port of call for specialist advice relating to party walls, rights of light, access to neighbouring land, oversailing licences, rights of way, easements, construction disputes and boundary disputes. He is also the co-author of Party Walls Law and Practice, Fourth Edition, published by Lexis Nexis. This is considered to be the leading legal reference work on the law relating to party walls. Andrew frequently deals with heavy and complex cases involving property development and, in particular, basement excavations. He also handles a large number of conventional residential disputes.
Andrew is renowned for his negotiating skills and his ability to grasp the essential features of complex disputes. He is an effective communicator and a recognised authority in his field.
Andrew has dealt over the years with a large number of notable cases, both in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He represents private individuals and corporate clients (some of whom are high profile), lending institutions, trusts and offshore companies.
Chambers & Partners 2014 say:
"The "very efficient, very informative" Andrew Smith of Child & Child is highly regarded by sources… and is considered "a fighter for his client's corner." Clients appreciate his strong communication skills and enthuse that they would "recommend" him to others…"