Andrew McSpedden

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Common Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Medical Negligence
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

Date of Admission

Admitted to the Bar (New South Wales): 1985
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales: 1980

Andrew specialises in common law.

Acting in a wide range of personal injury matters, Andrew skillfully advises and appears for clients in the Supreme and District Courts and Dust Diseases Tribunal in matters concerning work accidents, motor accidents, school injury claims, false imprisonment and assault, occupier and public liability claims, medical negligence, dust diseases claims and compensation to relative claims and estate actions. He also acts in appeals in higher courts and judicial review actions in the Supreme Court in personal injury actions.

Previously maintaining a broad practice in most areas of civil litigation, Andrew’s practice shifted focus to personal injury litigation in 1995, when the Butterworths looseleaf service Personal Injury Litigation New South Wales, of which he is the main contributing author, was published.

During his time as a barrister, he has been an examination marker in Evidence in the Bar Practice Course and tutor for those sitting the Bar exams and has also conducted sessions in the Bar Practice Course for readers coming to the Bar.


  • Glissan J (consultant editor), McSpedden and Pincus R Personal Injury Litigation New South Wales, looseleaf service, Butterworths, Sydney, 1995
  • Young P ed Court Forms, Precedents & Pleadings New South Wales, looseleaf service, Butterworths, Sydney, 1989 – three chapters: “Transfer, Removal and Consolidation”, “Nuisance” and “Trespass”

Speaking Engagements

  • “Is it a Motor Accident?” CPD Seminar NSW Bar Association 15 March 2012
  • “Is there life after the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999?” Newcastle Bar CPD Conference 29 March 2003
  • “Tortious Liability for Certain Wrongful Actions Causing Psychological Harm” APLA State Conference, 16 March 2001
  • “Outcomes in Common Law Actions” LAAMS Seminar 12 October 1999
  • “Liability for Economic Loss in Tort” NSW Young Lawyers CLE Programme, 28 May 1998

Select Cases

The cases marked with an asterisk are cases in which Andrew has represented parties in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel.