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Andrew Hood, Partner, Competition, Regulatory & Trade

Andrew Hood, Partner, Competition, Regulatory & Trade, Fieldfisher

I have almost 20 years experience as an EU, trade, regulatory and public international lawyer working in both the public and private sectors.

I specialise in UK and EU regulatory and trade matters across a wide-range of sectors.   I spent over 13 years as a lawyer and negotiator for the UK Government, including as a lawyer at the Foreign Office and as Head of International and EU Law at the Attorney General’s Office. Prior to leaving the Government I was the General Counsel in 10 Downing Street, advising the UK Prime Minister (David Cameron) and the Number 10 Policy Unit on the developments and application of a broad range of domestic and international policies.

I also acquired extensive insight into the machinery of the EU whilst based in Brussels as a senior negotiator for the UK’s representation to the EU, including through negotiating sanctions, advising on the development of key internal market and financial services legislation.

I have a first class honours degree in Law and European Study from the University of Exeter (and Maastricht) and a Masters degree in law from the University of McGill (distinction equivalent).

I have a proven track record in leading large and diverse teams to deliver complex and politically sensitive projects, such as the Government-wide review of the EU and its impact on the UK which I led from the Cabinet Office and which provided an insight into the effect of EU law across key sectors of the UK economy.

When advising clients I have always sought to combine my public policy insight with practical and commercially-sound advice that seeks to identify and mitigate real world-risks.  I have been recognised by the Legal 500 UK as ‘technically excellent, well connected and very personable’.

Drawing on my experience at the heart of UK and EU policy-making, I have advised businesses and trade bodies in the automotive, aerospace, clothing, financial services, food and drink, publishing and travel sectors as well as Government and NGOs to navigate, shape and prepare for the Brexit process and negotiations.

I am regularly quoted in the press, radio and television on the Brexit negotiations and provided expert evidence to the UK Parliamentary Committee on International Trade examining the impact of Brexit on the UK’s wider international trading relationships.

I have also spoken extensively at conferences and lectured at universities on international trade and regulatory issues.

In my spare time I enjoy doing many sports, often badly, and am a keen scuba diver.