Andrew Smith

Call 1996

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Andrew was called to the bar in 1996 following seven years with the CPS based in Manchester. He is a specialist criminal barrister who provides advice and advocacy for both the prosecution and defence. He is regularly instructed as both leading and led junior in the most serious cases and is a Category 4 Prosecutor. He is also certified to prosecute sexual offences cases in Greater Manchester.

Andrew is well respected for his meticulous preparation and pragmatic attitude. He has prosecuted many multi-handed conspiracies and has been led in numerous cases involving gangland murder, heavyweight armed robbery and fraud.

He is equally at home defending and maintains a substantial defence practice with considerable experience in the most grave and complex criminal cases including large scale drugs, fraud and murder cases. He is well known for his attention to detail and his client friendly approach.

Although based in Manchester, he is regularly instructed to work off circuit and is happy to travel as required. He has a particular interest in youth crime involving those with learning disabilities and is a member of the National Autistic Society pro-bono unit at Exchange Chambers.

Criminal Cases

R v. Rothwell and others “Operation Pin”
Manchester Minshull Street. Prosecution Leading Junior in conspiracy to supply cocaine.

R v. Reid, Manchester Crown Square.
Successful defence of gang related possession of prohibited firearm.

R v. Ghafelipour, Manchester Crown Square.
Prosecution junior in particularly brutal murder of an ex-girlfriend.

R v. Arsalan and others, Sheffield Crown Court.
Defence junior in conspiracy to supply drugs and possession of firearms.

R v. Francis and others, Manchester Crown Square.
Successful defence in gang related possession of firearms.

R v. Shaw and others “Operation Cambist”
Manchester Minshull Street. Defence Leading Junior in a two month Customs and Excise Evasion of Duty (£25 million) cigarette and tobacco Importation.

R v. Levesconte and others “Operation Hartley”
Nottingham Crown Court. Defence Junior in 4-6 week Supply of class A controlled drugs.

R v. Litwinski and others “Operation Greengage”
Liverpool Crown Court. Defence Leading junior (VHCC) in cross border multi agency Conspiracy to Import Drugs and Firearms.

R v. Taylor and others “Operation Abbreviation”
Bolton Crown Court. Defence junior alone in SOCA prosecution Conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

R v. Sabir and others “Operation Palm”
Leeds Crown Court. Defence Junior alone in SOCA prosecution Conspiracy to import/supply 750 kilo’s of heroin valued in excess of £20 million.

R v. Glover and others
Manchester Minshull Street. Defence Leading junior in 5 week eBay Fraud prosecuted by the Trading Standards Authority.

R v. Lane “Operation Belle
Manchester Minshull Street. Prosecuting a Sexual Grooming case involving the use of a covert police operative in Internet chat-rooms. “Operation Marengo”, Manchester Minshull Street. Prosecution Junior alone in 18 handed covert police operation targeting class A drug dealing.

R v. Hulmes and others “Operation Gherkin”
Manchester Minshull Street. Prosecuting Junior alone in police operation targeting organised armed robbery gang.