Andrew is a specialist defence criminal advocate. He is instructed by leading law firms and is keen to provide advice from the earliest stage of cases.
He has been consistently recognised as a leading white-collar defence junior outside London in Chambers and Partners since 2013.
2016/2017 – R v Cumiskey (& Others)
The case involved a fraud on two banks with losses totalling £159m, only £17m of which was recovered. The case involved the fraudulent assignment of a large number of contracts to the banks on the basis of which the banks lent out the £159m.The defendant we represented was the Finance Director of one of the two companies which assigned the contracts. He was said to be at the heart of the fraud.
2015/2017 – Operation Tungsten
This case involved the importation of Class A, B and C drugs into the UK. The defendant was involved in organising the transport route for approximately £50m worth of cannabis and ketamine. He was convicted after trial in 2015. Since then the Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings have been on-going. Those proceedings recently concluded after defence written submissions with the Prosecution agreeing to reduce the criminal benefit figure from £50.5m to £200k, a reduction of over 99.6%.
2016 – Operation Lunar
representing former HMRC officer alleged to be involved in tax evasion schemes (so called Section 132 Schemes) based around films, videogames, digital software and pharmaceutical products for high net-worth individuals causing a loss to HMRC of approximately £150m. This case is funded through a D&O insurance policy. The case is due for trial at Birmingham Crown Court in early 2018.
2015/2016 – R v C
successfully defended client accused of £2m money laundering
2015/2016 – Operation Affleck
representing Defendant in £3.5m Land Banking fraud
2015/2016 – Operation Alveras
representing Defendant in £11m money laundering scheme
2013/2014 – Operation Cactus Hent
represented main Defendant in multi-million pound alleged pension fraud – all defendants acquitted at the close of the Crown’s case – ruling upheld after unsuccessful appeal by the Prosecution – now reported at R v Quillan  EWCA Crim 538
2012/2013 – Operation Valgus
represented Defendant in £30m mortgage fraud
2012/2013 – Operation Kalo
represented Defendant in nail-bombing conspiracy
2012 – Operation Dumpcart – represented Defendant in £3m VAT repayment fraud
2011/2012 – Operation Nacho – represented Defendant in multi-million pound ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud
2011/2012 – Operation Chaplin
represented lead Defendant in large-scale international conspiracy to import up to 40 tonnes of cocaine from South America
2011 – Operation Quicksand – represented acquitted Defendant accused of multi- million pound procurement corruption involving Network Rail
2009/2010 – Operation Tankard
prosecuted multi-million pound Financial Advisor fraud. Thought to be the first ever prosecution for the practices of churning and bond-stripping.
2010/2012 – Operation Raiment
represented Defendant in multi-million pound payroll fraud
2009/2010 – R v Goodison
represented acquitted Defendant accused of participation in €90 million fraud on HSBC
2009 – Operation Seahog
represented Defendant in large-scale Security Industry fraud
2008 – R v Brumskill
represented acquitted main Defendant accused of multi- million pound ILA fraud
R v Ornstein
represented acquitted Defendant accused of attempting to defraud Irish banks of $35m as part of a Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud