Andy is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (ACILEx).
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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R v. R – Nottingham Crown Court ( Sexual Offences)
The client was charged together with over 30 co-defendants and was accused of involvement in numerous allegations against a child of serious sexual exploitation, trafficking, rape and the possession of indecent images – Acquitted.
R v. C – Norwich Crown Court ( Kidnap and torture )
the case involved eleven members of the same family who had kidnapped and tortured a couple they had accused of murdering a family member. Acquitted on various counts.
R v. K – Central Criminal Court ( Murder )
the case involved the brutal gangland murder of a young man in South London. The client stood trial at the Old Bailey together with his five co-defendants – Acquitted.
R v. R – Aylesbury Crown Court ( Slavery and threats )
The client was accused of modern day slavery offences against two foreign nationals including offences of holding a person in servitude, making threats to kill and subjecting them to violence – Acquitted on various counts.
R v. M – Nottingham Crown Court ( Handling stolen goods )
The client was accused of handling over £1,000,000 of stolen goods as part of an alleged professional criminal enterprise – Acquitted.
R v. D – Bristol Crown Court ( Kidnap and armed robbery )
The client was accused of kidnap, armed robbery and possession of a firearm. The client was alleged to have kidnapped a business associate at gunpoint and held him captive in a desolate area of Bristol before robbing him – Acquitted on various counts.
R v. B – St Albans Crown Court ( Fraud and money laundering )
The client was accused of fraud and money laundering. He was alleged to have carried out a series of building work scams against vulnerable adults – Acquitted.
R v. Z – Kingston Crown Court ( Sexual Offences )
The client, a 19 year old male was charged with an offence of sexual activity with a child having started a sexual relationship with his girlfriend who was a few weeks shy of her 16th birthday. Following extensive written representations and a protracted battle with the Crown Prosecution Service the Prosecution agreed to offer no evidence against the client and he avoided both a prosecution and becoming subject to the sexual offenders register – Acquitted.
R v. P – Birmingham Crown Court ( Conspiracy to burgle )
The client was charged with conspiracy to burgle – following the instruction of defence psychiatrists who deemed the client unfit to stand trial and extensive written representations from the defence, the prosecution reluctantly agreed to offer no evidence against the client without the need for a full hearing – Formally acquitted.
R v. T ( Smuggling and money laundering )
Following a large scale operation by the National Crime Agency the client was arrested together with a number of successful businessmen on suspicion of money laundering. This was in relation to the illegal smuggling of alcohol and the provision of an alleged money laundering service which included the placement, layering and integration of the proceeds of crime running into millions of pounds. At the time of his arrest the client was found with £50,000 in cash on his person. Following a scathing ruling by the Divisional Court, the Court confirmed that the National Crime Agency had unlawfully obtained search warrants in the case. All proceedings were subsequently discontinued against the client and his co-suspects.
R v. P Et Al - Warwick Crown Court ( Conspiracy to burgle )
Four clients faced charges of conspiracy to burgle. All four were represented by the firm and the charges were dismissed against all four clients – Acquitted.
R v. M – Wood Green Crown Court ( Witness intimidation )
The client was charged with witness intimidation having allegedly made threats to a witness in a serious assault case that they would be shot and murdered if they gave evidence in the case – Acquitted.
“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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