Andrew has a background as a solicitor working exclusively within the Legal Aid framework for 20 years.

Andrew is a fearless advocate for those struggling under a disability who do not have capacity to act on their own.

PERSONAL PROFILE

Andy practices the full range of criminal defence work with a particular interest in civil liberties cases.   He has been involved in a number of high profile conspiracy and murder trials and most recently represented 22 families in the Hillsborough Inquests.

Andy has a background as a solicitor working exclusively within the Legal Aid framework for 20 years (including 8 years as a higher rights advocate), with particular interest in family and crime, but specialising in crime for the last 5 years before being called to the bar.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Criminal law

Andy practices a full range of criminal defence work. He is particularly interested in Animal Rights, Environmental protests, Anti-war and Civil Liberties cases. He has also been involved, both as instructing solicitor and subsequently as Junior Counsel in a number of high profile murder and conspiracy trials.

His criminal practice includes appearances at the Court of Appeal in fresh evidence cases against conviction and appeals against sentence.

Andy also has experience of defending gang injunctions ("Gangbos"). more

Recent cases include:

  • R v Waring (Manchester Crown Court, 2010) - high value money laundering.
  • R v Taylor and others (Minshull Street Crown Court. 2010) - high value duty free shoplifting allegations.
  • Involved in several cases arising out of the arrest of anti fascist protesters in Bolton anti EDl action (2010). Serious issues of non disclosure have led to cases being dropped by the prosecution. An appeal to the Crown is being undertaken in the case of one defendant.
  • R v Taylor (Liverpool Crown Court, 2010) - religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress. BBC news item
  • 3-day trial for ABH on policeman (2008) - missing CCTV evidence
  • Appeal by way of case stated against Magistrates Court conviction for racially aggravated offence Section 4 Public Order / Crime and Disorder Act. (2007)
  • Appeal against IPP sentence for robbery offences with short tariff (2007)
  • Leading Junior in a major murder case involving organised criminal gangs in Manchester.

Inquests

Experience of inquests and pre-inquest hearings for bereaved families.  He is currently appearing in the Hillsborough inquests as part of the legal team representing 22 Hillsborough families led by Pete Weatherby QC.

Prison law

Instructed in all forms of prison law including representation at adjudication and lifer panel hearings.

Mental Health

Andy is a fearless advocate for those struggling under a disability who do not have capacity to act on their own.  Andy has worked in mental health law throughout his career, with particular experience in mental health and family law alongside his criminal practice.  He has extensive experience of MHRT and regularly uses this knowledge of mental health law to good effect in related criminal proceedings where there is a possible MHA disposal. As a former solicitor he sat on the Law Society's Child Care Panel and has experience of many cases where an understanding of mental health issues are of importance. 

REPORTED CASES

  • Hillsborough inquests (2014 - date) Represents 22 families 
  • R v Oliver [2011] EWCA Crim 3114 - appeal against sentence allowed - possession of extreme pornographic images (Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 s.63(1) ) and aggravating feature of file sharing.
  • Represented protesters charged following direct action at Manchester Airport in May 2010  wilful obstruction of a public highway.
  • R v XX (Doncaster Crown Court, 2010) contemporary and historic rape allegations. This case currently has leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal on whether it was appropriate/fair to try the historic cases at the same time as the contemporary allegation. An issue of Joinder and Severance.
  • R (on the application of Rebecca Noone) v (1) the Governor of HMP Drake Hall, (2) Secretary of State for Justice [2010] UKSC 30 (Supreme Court ruling on HDC for prisoners) junior counsel led by Pete Weatherby.
  • R v Ablewhite & ors. (2006) Nottingham Crown Court - unreported, the Staffordshire "guinea pig farm case" conspiracy under Serious and Organised Crimes Act 2006.
  • Leading Junior in a major murder case involving organised criminal gangs in Manchester.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

Criminal Bar Association

Inquest

Member of the Manchester Duty Solicitor Scheme for 15 years 

Child Care Panel for Solicitors

CALL YEAR

2003 (former solicitor, admitted 1984)

QUALIFICATIONS

LLB Liverpool University (1974 – 1977)
Law Soc Finals (1980)
Admitted Solicitor (1984)
Higher Rights (1995)

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