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Sir Andrew Smith QC was called to the Bar in 1974 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.
He retired in October 2016 from being a full-time Judge of the High Court. Sir Andrew will continue as a Deputy High Court Judge, and will sit as an arbitrator. He has been appointed as a Judge to Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts (ADGM Courts), he sits as a Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel of the London Metal Exchange and he is also a member of the Investment Committee at Vannin Capital.
Sir Andrew Smith was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of England and Wales in July 2000, and a knighthood was conferred on him. Shortly after his appointment he was nominated by the Lord Chancellor to sit in the Admiralty Court and in the Commercial Court. He has sat in those two courts, in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, the Crown Courts and in the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal. Between 2003 and 2006 he was Presiding Judge of the North Eastern Circuit, with responsibilities for all the courts in the Yorkshire, Humberside and the Tyne and Weir areas of England. His skills and experience as a commercial judge were recognised when in 2008 he was appointed to be the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court for an extended period, in order that he should supervise reforms to the Court’s new procedures that were introduced following the Report on Procedures for Long Trials. He retired in 2016 after service in the full-time judiciary of over 16 years.
He joined the Middle Temple, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1974. He was elected a Master of the Bench in 1999. The focus of his practice was commercial work, but more generally his practice comprised common law and chancery litigation and advisory work, and work at the Parliamentary Bar. In 1990 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. While practising at the Bar, he served in a judicial capacity as a Recorder and as an Assistant Electoral Commissioner, and also sat as an arbitrator over commercial and other business disputes.