5 St Andrew's Hill

Andrew Bird

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Practice Areas

Fraud, asset forfeiture and confiscation, Judicial Review, overlap between civil and criminal jurisdictions.

Professional Memberships

Fraud Lawyers' Association Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association Criminal Bar Association South Eastern Circuit


Andrew Bird read law at Cambridge and was called in 1987. He has been a tenant at 5 St Andrew’s Hill since 1989. He started with a broadly-based common law practice but from 1995 onwards concentrated on heavy crime and both the civil and criminal aspects of asset forfeiture. He has a particular interest and specialism in cases where the civil and criminal jurisdictions overlap. He has been involved in many of the appellate cases in cash forfeiture, including CCE v Muneka, UKBA v Angus, and Merida Oil v CLP, and edits Bodnar on Asset Recovery in this field. His civil recovery work includes the leading case of DARA v He & Chen. One of the few specialists in HMRC condemnation, his work has included high profile wildlife and looted art cases. His criminal work includes private and regulatory prosecutions, SFO prosecutions, land-banking frauds and high-profile money-laundering. In 2005 he was appointed Standing Counsel to the RCPO. He is a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor and on the "A" Panels both for the SFO and the A-G’s Treasury Panel for civil work. He has considerable experience in JR challenges to criminal process and is recognised for his cases involving search warrants, including the Faisaltex, Eastenders, Chatwani and Newcastle United litigation, section 59 applications and POCA production orders. He regularly lectures and gives seminars in Asset Forfeiture and Police powers.


•Smith, Owen and Bodnar on Asset Recovery, Criminal Confiscation, and Civil Recovery

•Edited by Ian Smith, Tim Owen QC, and Andrew Bodnar