A highly regarded practitioner, Andy has been defending clients accused of criminal offences since 1999.
During this time Andy has represented clients for almost every criminal offence imaginable, ranging from driving offences to murder.
Andy is respected for his tactical and logical approach to cases and instils confidence in his clients with his excellent client care and ability to identify and deal with the core issues in a straightforward manner. A good communicator, Andy is able to explain complex issues to his clients in uncomplicated terms. He is also very well known for his robust and highly effective representation of clients at the Police Station.
Friendly and approachable, he has represented clients from every walk of life, from Premiership Football Managers to Surgeons from former Flying Squad Police officers to Union officials.
He embarked upon his career in criminal law in 1999 at Kaim Todner solicitors where he was heavily involved in some of the most serious and well known cases in recent times e.g. Victoria Climbie murder.
At around this time, Andy was also heavily involved in the preparation of the oft cited case of R-v-Hoare and Pierce. The trial concerned the large scale manufacture of amphetamine and would later became one of the important cases with regards adverse inferences that may be drawn at trial following silence in police interview.
Via his links with leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), Andy was instrumental in the agreement between the firm and the RMT Union to become the official criminal defence solicitors for the Union. The agreement led the firm to represent Union members nationwide for offences including manslaughter (R-v-S Leicester Crown Court, railway manslaughter, health and safety).
Andy then moved on to a respected city firm and assisted in the running of their Appeal department, preparing appeals to the Court of Appeal, reviewing evidence and making representations to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Andy went on to work as a freelance consultant at a number of prominent and established firms listed in the top tiers of the Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners Legal Directory before joining Murrays Partnership Solicitors as the Managing Clerk in 2013.
Andy continues to fight tirelessly and fearlessly for all of his clients as he strives to obtain the best possible outcome at the very earliest opportunity in every case that he is instructed in.
In his spare time Andy enjoys a round of golf, running, gardening and following the trials and tribulations of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, something he hopes you will not hold against him!
In 2003 Andy passed the Solicitors Regulation Authority Police Station Accreditation Scheme at the University of Cardiff. In 2005 he obtained a 2:1 Honours degree in Law from the University of East London. In 2011 Andy became an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Andy is a member of a number of professional groups including: The CILEx London Branch, the Law Society Human Rights group, the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and an associate member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association.
Since joining Murrays Partnership, Andy has had the care and conduct of a large number of serious criminal matters, many of which have been reported in the national press, including:
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Notable career cases include:
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R – v – S – Nottingham Crown Court – 2018 (Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs)
R – v – B – Woolwich CC – 2018 (Serious Sexual Assault)
Gavin Irwin (2 Hare Court) instructed Counsel.
R v. R – Nottingham Crown Court ( Sexual Offences)
R v. C – Norwich Crown Court ( Kidnap and torture )
R v. K – Central Criminal Court ( Murder )
R v. R – Aylesbury Crown Court ( Slavery and threats )
R v. M – Nottingham Crown Court ( Handling stolen goods )
R v. D – Bristol Crown Court ( Kidnap and armed robbery )
R v. B – St Albans Crown Court ( Fraud and money laundering )
R v. Z – Kingston Crown Court ( Sexual Offences )
R v. P – Birmingham Crown Court ( Conspiracy to burgle )
R v. T ( Smuggling and money laundering )
R v. P Et Al - Warwick Crown Court ( Conspiracy to burgle )
R v. M – Wood Green Crown Court ( Witness intimidation )
“Dear Andy, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for fighting my corner and getting the case dropped.”
– Maria –
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