Andrew Sperling is a Solicitor-Advocate, who was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996 and granted Higher Courts Civil Advocacy rights in 2010.
Andrew specialises in Judicial Review, Parole Board advocacy and human rights.
He has extensive practical experience of the criminal justice and penal systems and significant experience of conducting difficult, high profile judicial review challenges , test cases and appeals.
He was a Finalist in the national Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards in 2013.
He was a founder member of the Association of Prison Lawyers (APL) which was established in 2008 by a small number of practitioners and has grown to a membership of almost 400 members. He was instrumental in developing the organisation in size and profile.
He was Chairman of APL between 2011 and 2013.
In April 2014 Andrew was commissioned to work on stakeholder engagement and governance projects for the Parole Board of England & Wales.He changed the structure of the existing Management Board and helped set up a new Members’ Representative Group. Additionally he drafted a Constitution for the Parole Board, wrote a Code of Conduct for Parole Board Members and drafted new complaints policies. He also produced EasyRead guides to parole designed to help people with learning and communication disabilities.
He has provided training for APL, the Parole Board, the National Autistic Society, the Bar Council and members of a new Conditional Release Board in the Cayman Islands.
During 2013 and 2014 he was closely involved in campaigning work relating to planned cuts to legal aid.
He is a member of the Management Committee of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour.