Andrew is a well-established practitioner in criminal law. He has been ranked consistently in Band 1 of Chambers & Partners. He is an “across the board” advocate: if the case involves an infringement of the criminal law, then he will undertake it to the best of his ability. His experience ranges from so-called “simple” cases of dishonesty to sophisticated fraud involving Bills of Exchange; from factually uncomplicated assaults to child homicide involving complex medical evidence.
He has regularly been instructed to defend and to prosecute in all types of sexual offences, frequently involving child witnesses. He has defended and prosecuted police officers and public body officials charged with misconduct in public office. Drugs cases frequently come his way. He prosecuted successfully a six-handed conspiracy to import cocaine and cannabis worth in excess of £40 million; he has defended in comparable cases.
He is a Grade 4 Prosecutor.
Andrew regards the existence of a duel practice as essential: this allows objectivity to be preserved and a calm approach to the evidence to flourish.
Andrew has a keen eye for developments in the law and appeared in the recent case of R v Ibrahim  2 Cr App R 32, where the law relating to hearsay and the right to a fair trial was extensively reviewed
What the Directories Say:
- “He is a formidable opponent with a wealth of experience.” – Chambers UK 2019
- “He is good with all areas of criminal defence work.” – Chambers UK
Qualifications and Appointments:
- BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History: University of Mancherster
- Diploma in Law: City University
- Bar Finals
- Criminal Bar Association
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Fraud, Business and Financial Crime
Andrew has extensive experience acquired in all forms of financial crime: swindling vulnerable victims, phone frauds on financial institutions, mortgage frauds, thefts from employers, raiding of the client account in solicitor's office, frauds involving representations based on revolving Bills of Exchange, involving national and international banks, representation of baler of metal in long-enduring alleged theft of ferrous and non-ferrous metal; prosecution of case extending the concept of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice ( where financial enrichment was the objective).
R v Lewis & Others  EWCA Crim 776 ( case involving substantial theft of metal and jury problems involving use of internet)
R v Cotter & Others  2 Cr App R, 29+ Add to Brochure