About Andrew

Andrew joined the family team at Lupton Fawcett as a Partner in June 2019. Prior to this he was an Associate Solicitor in Leeds for 8 years following his qualification in the North Lincolnshire area in 2007.

Andrew is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law panel and specialises in the financial implications of relationship breakdown including divorce, separation of cohabitees, same sex families and the dissolution of civil partnerships. He is also an expert in private children matters regarding child arrangements orders, removal of children from the jurisdiction and Schedule 1 Children Act applications.

Andrew is an active member of Resolution and sits on the committee of North and West Yorkshire Resolution. He has featured on BBC Radio Leeds and regularly produces articles for blogs and publications such as the Family Law Journal.

Andrew is praised for his calm, unflappable approach and his easy nature with clients. He is named as an Associate of Note in the 2018/19 edition of the Legal 500.

Professional Societies

  • Resolution
  • West and North Yorkshire Resolution commitee member
  • Law Society
  • Law Society Family Law Panel Member

Specialisms

  • Divorce
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
  • Financial Settlements
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitee claims including TOLATA and Schedule 1 Children Act
  • Disputed Children Arrangements

When not at work

Andrew is a member of York Knavesmire Harriers running club and when not spending time with his two young children he enjoys attending races across Yorkshire and beyond. He has completed the London, York and Edinburgh marathons and many fell races including the Yorkshire Three Peaks race.

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Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Does poor conduct in divorce or dissolution of Civil Partnership affect the financial order?

The issue of Conduct reared its head once again recently in the reported case of OG v AG [2020] EWFC 52.

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 25th September 2020

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

“Prising open the shuttered door of finality” – Can I change my divorce settlement because of the Coronavirus pandemic?

LB (former husband) and DB (former wife) [2020] EWFC B34 (OJ)

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 17th September 2020

Understanding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards 1

Treatment of Farms on Divorce

Farming divorces can, in the words of family law judge Wilson J in R v R [2004] FLR 98 be “notoriously difficult to resolve”.

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 12th August 2020

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Pensions on Divorce and The PAG report

W V H (divorce: financial remedies) [2020] EWFC B10

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 10th June 2020

Can I move house during the Covid-19 restrictions? Coronavirus (Covid-19) and residential conveyancing transactions.

If you get the toilet roll, I want the pasta – dividing personal items on divorce or dissolution

Who gets to keep what in the house is a common question we are faced with as family lawyers, when advising separating couples.

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 23rd March 2020

Should you consider online divorce?

Should you consider online divorce?

In 2018 HMCTS launched its online divorce service, seemingly streamlining the process required for couples to begin a divorce petition.

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 18th February 2020

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Civil Partnerships now available to all couples

This New Year’s Eve a York couple will become the first in York to register an opposite-sex Civil Partnership.

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 18th December 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Child-friendly judgements in family law cases

How Judges deal with children in family law cases

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 13th December 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Spousal Maintenance across the UK borders – England v Scotland

The appeal in the case of Villiers v Villers [2018] EWCA Civ 1120 is to be heard by The Supreme Court in the second week of December 2019.

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 27th September 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Child surrogacy: Consultation on proposed reforms launched by the Law Commission

There might be relief on the horizon for those caught in the complex issues surrounding surrogacy, after a consultation on proposed reforms around the practice

Pencil iconBy Andrew Smith on 26th June 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

For Richer For Poorer: Secret Bank Accounts

“…for better for worse, for richer for poorer"…These instantly recognisable vows from the Church of England wedding ceremony reflect the promises that a bride

Pencil iconBy Richard Buckley on 19th June 2019

Protecting Inheritance from the pitfalls of Divorce

Can the media report on my divorce?

Family matters are incredibly private subject, so how would you feel if the media had the ability to publish private family legal proceedings to the

Pencil iconBy Richard Buckley on 14th May 2019

‘Andy Smith is a fantastic professional and takes pride in his work. He has helped provide guidance on numerous occasions on legal issues to clients of mine and has not engaged in work where it was not needed.‘

Legal 500 2021
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