Andrew Smith QC Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

Call: 1997 | Silk: 2012

Head of Chambers


Andrew prosecutes and defends in cases of gravity and complexity and is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of homicide, organised crime and serious fraud. Chambers UK Guide describes him as “an impressive top class advocate who prosecutes and defends in serious criminal cases”.

Andrew attracts repeat instructions from both major firms of solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service, including the Complex Casework Unit. The cases in which he is instructed frequently attract media interest. His cases often raise novel and/ or complex matters of evidence and procedure.

He has significant experience of homicide cases ranging from the deaths of babies and young children through to gang related murders. Andrew has been instructed in many cases involving organised criminal activity at both a national and regional level. In fraud cases Andrew has represented company directors and other professionals.

Andrew is renowned for his technical excellence and extensive and meticulous preparation. He is said by Chambers UK Guide to be “incredibly intelligent”. The Legal 500 describes Andrew as being noted for his “superior intellect”, “good client manner” and his “ability to grasp facts and issues instantly”.

What the Directories Say:

  • “He is at the zenith of criminal practice and is extremely intelligent and extremely personable.” – Chambers UK 2019
  • “He’s exceptionally bright and has a massive attention to detail.” – Chambers UK
  • “Recommended for both prosecution and defence in serious criminal cases.” – Legal 500
  • “He handles complex cases, and is experienced in homicide, organised crime and serious fraud disputes.” – Legal 500
  • “He is very clever and will find something that no one else picks up. His knowledge, skill and analytical ability are exceptional.” – Chambers UK

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • MA Oxford (Jurisprudence)
  • Queen Mother’s Scholarship from the Middle Temple
  • Recorder on the Midland Circuit since 2009

Other Information:

  • Andrew is a tutor judge for the Judicial College.
  • Andrew is a National Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness advocacy training.
  • Andrew is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.

Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

Andrew is regularly instructed in cases involving the deaths of babies or young children. He has wide experience of calling and challenging the very detailed expert medical evidence often adduced in these types of cases.

Andrew is currently instructed to prosecute a father over the death of very young baby where there are significant issues over the causation of death. Andrew appeared on behalf of the defendant in R v Roberts a case in which the uncle of a young baby was found to have inflicted fatal head injuries. Andrew was instructed for the prosecution in R v Abuhamza and Gordon (the Khyra Ishaq case) where a girl was starved to death. This case attracted national media attention.

Andrew has recently prosecuted a former police officer who sought to solicit the murder of his wife,
R v Harrison.

Andrew also has long experience of homicide cases where the defendant suffered from a mental disorder at the time of the killing. This includes a number of cases where the defendant was diagnosed as suffering from Alcohol Dependency Syndrome.

Reported Cases:

  • R v T and another - Andrew is currently instructed to prosecute 2 individuals following the death of a young child in which there are significant issues of causation
  • R v Delves - a prosecution of a father for manslaughter in which his 9 week old child was shaken causing fatal injuries
  • R v Abdulrahman - the prosecution of a mother for causing very serious injuries to her baby daughter involving substantial psychiatric issues
  • R v Hall - a murder in which the defence of Diminished Responsibility caused by Alcohol Dependence Syndrome was raised
  • R v Ayres - a murder in which the prosecution accepted a plea to Manslaughter by reason of Diminished Responsibility
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