Mr. Spurling received his early education at St. George’s Grammar School in Bermuda, continuing through Grade 13 matriculation at Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He received a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Masters degree in Business Administration from College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. He obtained a B.A. degree in Law from Trinity College, Oxford University, U.K. He attained the English Bar qualification from The Council of Legal Education, London, England and was called to the English bar in 1976 and the Bermuda Bar in 1977.

Mr. Spurling retired in 2005 as the Senior Partner of a major Bermuda law firm where he specialized in the practice of Corporate and Commercial Law with an emphasis on Insurance/Reinsurance Law.

He has held many positions in church, civic, business and government organizations including election as Member of the Bermuda Parliament in which he served as the Government Whip. He is an Honorary Life Trustee of BIOS, having served as a trustee for 20 years. He is a founder and President of St David's Island Historical Society and a founder and past Chairman of the Bermuda Pilot Gig Club and a trustee and past President of the St Georges Foundation. He was awarded the Queens Badge of Honour by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for exceptional public service and charitable work as well as the Clipper Award from the Bermuda National Trust "For contributions to and unwavering support of St Georges & St David's and championing their preservation".

Mr. Spurling is a director of BF&M Limited, a public company and Chairman of their Executive Committee. He also serves as a director of a number of private companies including another substantial Class 3A insurer in Bermuda and a trustee of two substantial Bermuda family trusts.

He is currently a member of Mid-Ocean Club, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Coral Beach Club.