He qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia in 1982, and as an English solicitor in 1999. He was educated at the University of British Columbia, earning a BA in Chinese and an LLB in Law, and at the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where he earned a DEA in African Law.
Upon qualification he practiced at the Bar in Vancouver, first as a Crown Counsel, and subsequently in private practice, including serving as counsel on a number of Geneva Convention refugee cases. In 1989 he joined the Canadian diplomatic service. After a posting to Beijing, he left the foreign service and remained for an additional four years in the Chinese capital, where he opened and led the Beijing office of a major Canadian law firm. After seven years in Beijing he moved to London in 1998, and worked as a corporate partner at London-based international law firms for 15 years. In 2012 he established a consultancy specialising in advising UK and European law firms and corporate clients on their China-related matters, and advising Chinese corporates doing business outside of the PRC.
Whilst practicing full-time, Andrew also served as a visiting lecturer in Chinese law at, successively, SOAS, Cambridge University and Oxford University, and as a guest lecturer at the London Business School. He edited Oxford University Press’ Financial Services Regulation in Asia Pacific (2nd edition), and has been a frequent media interviewee on China-related issues. Andrew served for nine years as a member of City University London’s governing Council. For ten years he was a Board member with the China Britain Business Council and was also a Board member of the Great Britain China Centre. He is a member of the Board of the UK Foundation for the University of British Columbia, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.