With over 27 years’ experience at the Criminal Bar, Andrew is a highly regarded advocate. A financial crime and fraud specialist, he has considerable experience in cases of corporate, financial and commercial crime, and is predominantly instructed on behalf of the defence. Andrew is instructed by leading law firms and is keen to provide advice from the earliest stages of cases.
He has been consistently recognised as a leading white-collar defence junior in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 guide since 2013. He is currently one of only 5 junior barristers outside of London to be ranked Band 1 for Financial Crime in the Chambers and Partners 2020 guide. He is also ranked by Legal 500 2020 as a Band 1 Leading Junior in the practice area Crime.
Andrew has specialised in financial crime since moving to Exchange Chambers in 2008. Since then he has appeared either as a leading junior or as a led junior in some of the largest fraud trials involving pensions, mortgages and banks.
In 2018 Andrew, led by John Jones QC also from Exchange Chambers, secured a six-figure Section 19 costs award against the CPS after a very substantial investment fraud was dropped prior to trial.
Andrew has experience of defending in trials funded by D&O liability insurance.
Alongside his financial crime specialism, Andrew continues to act for individuals charged with serious and organised criminal offences.
2019/2020 – Operation Hamster
Currently representing a solicitor accused of being involved in a “property takeover fraud” in which attempts were made to sell a number of high-value houses in London to innocent victims without the knowledge of the genuine owners.
2018/2019 – Operation Rossi
Represented one of the defendants in this ticketing fraud based at a commercial bus company in North Wales which caused significant losses to the Welsh Assembly which had underwritten the ticketing scheme.
2018 – R v PD & others
Represented the main defendant facing allegations of fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering. The defendant set up and ran a publishing business which purported to publish magazines linked to the Emergency Services. Large numbers of owners of small businesses were persuaded to purchase advertising in these magazines but the magazines were never published. Approximately £1.5m was obtained by the defendants.
2016/2017 – R v Cumiskey (& Others)
This case was prosecuted by the SFO and 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. This case was partly funded through a D&O insurance policy.
2016/2018 – Operation Lunar
Represented 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 an alleged loss to HMRC of approximately £150m. This case was funded through a D&O insurance policy. The case against all defendants collapsed as a result of defence legal arguments.
2015/2016 – R v C
Successfully defended client accused of £2m money laundering
2015/2016 – Operation Affleck
Represented Defendant in £3.5m Land Banking fraud
2015/2016 – Operation Alveras
Represented Defendant in £11m money laundering scheme – confiscation proceedings were eventually abandoned against him
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 as R v Quillan  EWCA Crim 538