Andrew is a highly regarded criminal advocate with extensive experience in representing defendants charged with serious offences in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
Andrew is regularly instructed in terrorism cases and has appeared as a junior alone and leading junior in such cases. He has successfully defended a client in a multi handed terrorism trial in which the main defendant was found guilty of preparatory terrorist acts and in a case involving national security in which a defendant was acquitted of dissemination of terrorist material.
He has acted as junior alone in the Court of Appeal in the recent cases of AA  EWCA Crim 1307 and Grimwood  EWCA Crim 8 where multiple convictions for historic offences were overturned as a result of errors in summing up and wrongly admitted bad character evidence.
He has also acted as junior alone in HNF EWCA Crim 859 in which a conviction for being concerned in the supply of class a drugs was quashed on the grounds that the Jury had been misdirected on an element of the defence of Modern Slavery under s45(4) Modern Slavery Act 2015 as it relates to persons under the age of 18.
He has also appeared before the Divisional Court in a leading case stated appeal on police powers of arrest Ali v DPP  EWHC 3353 (Admin) in which the Court quashed convictions on the grounds of errors of law. In 2013 he was led junior in a landmark case of R-v- G  EWCA Crim 1756 in which convictions were overturned and which is now a leading case on the law on half time submissions in the Crown Court.
In R-v- DA  Andrew appeared as junior alone at the Central Criminal Court where he was successful in a half time submission on a charge of manslaughter and achieved not guilty verdict for an offence of assisting an offender.
Andrew is also instructed in cases of alleged misuse of police powers of arrest and detention and recently in R-v- KD  where he was successful in a trial where the issues concerned the misuse of police powers of stop and search under S23 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, reasonable force and the freedom of expression under Article 10 of European Convention of Human Rights.
Andrew is a media contributor and an advocacy trainer for the Law Society. He has written journal articles on the issue of disclosure in the Crown Courts and also regularly trains advocates in cross examination of vulnerable witnesses. He has been a member of the Law Society Advocacy Advisory committee for a number of years and participated in advocacy round tables and media appearances.
Andrew has been instructed to defend terrorism cases involving vulnerable Defendants and those charged with preparatory terrorist acts. These cases concern some of the most complex issues of fact and law. Andrew is known for his ability to see the best legal points to make and to fight fearlessly for his clients. He also appears as advocate alone in these cases. He has successfully argued for reduced sentences for a Defendant with below average IQ who was charged with preparatory terrorism offences.
R-v- KR  Manchester Crown Court
Led junior in trial relating to a allegations of encouraging terrorism offences and dissemination of terrorist publications.
R-v-D  Central Criminal Court
Leading junior in 6-week trial representing a defendant charged with encouraging terrorism, dissemination of terrorist material, possession of terrorist publications
R-v- AK  Birmingham Crown Court
Led junior in a trial representing a defendant charged with possession of terrorist publication and multiple counts of dissemination of terrorist material. Conducted preparatory hearing in camera on matters relating to national security.
R-v- IK  Kingston Crown Court
Junior alone in a multi handed trial in which the main defendant was charged with preparatory terrorist acts.
R-v- AA  Southwark Crown Court
Led junior in a case in which a young defendant was charged with preparatory terrorist acts.
R-v- SA  Central Criminal Court
Junior alone representing a defendant charged with preparatory terrorist acts who was stopped on the Syrian border attempting to join ISIS.
Andrew is regularly instructed to represent Defendants charged with multi handed murder cases and other murder cases before the Central Criminal Court. As junior alone he represented a vulnerable Defendant who was a hospital patient charged with attempted murder who had been suffering from severe depression at the time of the incident. These cases involve complex issues of bad character and admissibility of evidence.
R-v- DA  – Manslaughter/Assisting an offender
R-v- VL [ 2021] - Murder, Led junior
R-v- VR [ 2020] - Attempted murder – Junior Alone
R-v- LW  – Murder, led junior
R-v- UH  - Murder, led junior
R-v- BP  – Attempted Murder, led junior