Practice area

Crime

Year of call: 2003


Andrew is an experienced, specialist criminal defence advocate. Whilst representing defendants charged with the most serious of offences and in related confiscation proceedings, he also has a particular interest in clients suffering from mental illness, juvenile crime, immigration-related offending and human rights.

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Experience

Prior to joining the Bar he practised as a criminal defence solicitor, having qualified in 1991. He has worked as a criminal advocate and duty solicitor at large, well-recognised firms in Manchester and London as well as having set up and managed a criminal department in the East End. Before embarking on his career as a barrister Andrew also completed a Masters degree in law and taught criminal law.

Particular Areas Of Interest

Andrew’s particular areas of interest are mentally disordered defendants and immigration related offences, he wrote his Masters’ dissertation on the impact of the Human Rights Act on the detention of persons suffering from a mental illness in the Criminal Justice System.

In addition to representing defendants charged with immigration related offences, he also drafted a series of proposed changes to the immigration rules on behalf of the Immigration Legal Practitioners’ Association. He has also recently completed a 6-month secondment at the Asset Forfeiture Division of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. This involved restraining assets and enforcing a large number of high value Confiscation Orders in both the High and Crown Court.

Andrew is a Grade 3 prosecutor.

Recent Cases

  • Rape – The judge directed a not guilty verdict in a week-long trial in respect of a 14 year old complainant.
  • Money laundering – Husband found not guilty of laundering the proceeds of his wife’s benefit fraud following a two week trial.
  • Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder – Defendant found not guilty in a case where the judge admitted hearsay evidence of the complainant’s allegation.
  • Theft by an employee – The Crown offered no evidence following a legal argument in relation to disclosure at the trial of the theft of £90,000 by a store manager.
  • Sexual activity with a child – Defendant found not guilty at Sheffield Crown Court in his absence after he had absconded.
  • Violent disorder – Leading junior in a 5-week trial at the Old Bailey (one co-defendant charged with Murder).
  • S.18 GBH – Defendant found not guilty in a 9-handed 8 week trial.
  • Evasion of Duty – Crown offer no evidence in response to a legal argument based on the admissibility of the defendant’s interview (accuracy of the interpreting) following an adjourned trial of a Polish lorry driver charged with evasion of £500,000 of duty.
  • Murder – Junior counsel at the Old Bailey representing a defendant suffering from paranoid schizophrenia whose plea to manslaughter based on diminished responsibility was accepted by the Crown.
  • Conspiracy to defraud – Leading junior in a large scale Revenue & Customs fraud in which the Crown offered no evidence following an Abuse of Process argument at trial.
  • Murder – Junior counsel alone at the Old Bailey representing a defendant who was discharged following a successful dismissal application.
  • Assisting an offender (Murder) – Junior counsel in a 2-month 4-handed VHCC trial at Ipswich Crown Court in which the defendant was acquitted.
  • Murder – Junior counsel in a 10-week five – handed trial at the Old Bailey in which the defendant was acquitted.