Andrew Morris

Solicitor Advocate
Andrew Morris

Andrew is a highly regarded criminal advocate with extensive experience in representing Defendants charged with the most serious criminal offences. He is predominantly instructed in serious and complex trials. He has appeared in important appeal cases and cases attracting wide media attention. He appeared in the Court of Appeal in R-v- G & F [2013] where a conviction for conspiracy was overturned and the law was changed concerning the basis of applications to stop the prosecution case at half time. He was successful in the Court of Appeal in the case of Ali v DPP [2009] which is a leading case concerning police powers of arrest and was extensively commented upon in the legal press. He appeared in the very first case of HMRC prosecution of the importation of Phenacetin R-v- Fra Marron [2011]. He recently appeared for a nurse who was charged with the incorrect administration of medicine which lead to the death of a patient and who received a suspended sentence after an abuse of process application had been submitted.

Andrew is regularly instructed in high profile terrorism cases and has appeared as a junior alone and led junior in such cases. As junior alone, he has successfully defended a client in a multi handed terrorism trial in which the main defendant was found guilty of preparatory terrorist acts. With a fierce intellect, he approaches a case creatively and always advances the most attractive points of law. He assimilates paper heavy cases with ease and gets to the central issue quickly.

Andrew regularly defends in cases which involve complex and challenging legal issues such as international witness orders, multi handed cases with bad character, abuse of process applications and challenging decisions by the CPS to prosecute. He has also pursued applications to dismiss terrorism charges on the grounds of abuse of process connected to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

As an advocate, he is praised for his calm manner and his ability to fight for his clients’ interests until the end. He inspires confidence in his clients and is very hard working. His written work is of an extremely high quality.

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.

TERRORISM

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- SA [ 2017] – Section 5 preparatory acts

R-v- AA [ 2018] – Section 5 preparatory acts

R-v- IK [2019] – Funding terrorism

R-v- R [2020] - Encouraging terrorism, dissemination of terrorist material

R-v- D [2020] - Encouraging terrorism, dissemination of terrorist material

MURDER

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- BP [2018] – Attempted Murder, lead junior

R-v- LW [2019] – Murder, lead Junior

R-v- UH [2019] - Murder, lead Junior

R-v- VR [ 2020] - Attempted murder – Junior Alone

Prominent Cases

  • R-v- S [2019] Southwark Crown Court - Nurse accused of administering incorrect medicine. Charges under Health and Safety at Work Act and medicines act.
  • R-v- K [2019] Kingston Crown Court - Terrorism Funding – Alleged to have provided a hunting knife to another for the purposes of Terrorist activities
  • R-v-LW [2019] Central Criminal Court – Allegation of gang murder involving three Defendants.
  • R-v- G [2019] Historic offences sexual assault allegations from 1980’s.
  • R-v- AA [ 2019] Historic offences of rape and sexual assault
  • R-v- A [2018] Central Criminal Court –Section 5 Terrorism Act 2006. 4 young Defendants alleged to have prepared to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS.
  • R-v- A [2017] Central Criminal Court - Section 5 Terrorism Act 2006. Defendant stopped on the Syrian border with intention of joining ISIS.
  • R-v- BN [2017] Snaresbrook Crown Court – Child cruelty allegations against 2 young children.

Davidson -v- Crown Prosecution Service

[2016] 2 WLUK 116

Successful appeal by case stated on point of law concerning the application of Cunningham recklessness and whether the lower court applied the correct test.

R-v- Nicholson

[2014] EWCA Crim 2710

Successful appeal against sentence where the Appellant was sentenced to consecutive terms of imprisonment over the maximum for the prescribed offence.

R-v- Hyde & Love

[2013] EWCA Crim 257

Archbold 2016 1-232

Appeal against conviction on the grounds that the Judge did not have the power to vacate a plea entered in the Crown Court except on application by the Defendant.

R-v G & F

[2012] EWCA Crim 1756

Archbold 2016 4-365

Junior Counsel in an appeal against conviction. The judgment sets downs important principles concerning the advocates approach to making half time submissions in criminal cases and bad character. This is now a leading judgment for half time submissions.

R-v- Bland

[2012] EWCA Crim 664

Successful appeal against sentence and the reduction of a sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection to Extended Sentence.

R-v-Fra Marron

[2011] EWCA Crim 792

Defended the first HMRC prosecution for conspiracy to supply Class A drug involving the importation of Phenacetin. This case was referred to the full Court of Appeal on a novel point of law.

Ali – v- DPP

[2009] EWHC 3353 (Admin)

Archbold 2016 19-332

Lead advocate on case stated appeal from the Crown Court. This case is now a leading case dealing with the powers of constables when assisting other officers to affect an arrest.