5 St Andrew's Hill

Andrew Bird

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Practice Areas

Fraud, asset forfeiture and confiscation, private prosecutions, Judicial Review, and cases involving the overlap between civil and criminal jurisdictions.


Andrew Bird read law at Cambridge and was called in 1987. A tenant at 5 St Andrew’s Hill since 1989. From a broadly-based initial practice he has developed specialisms in money-laundering, private prosecutions, fraud and civil and criminal asset forfeiture, and in cases which cross the civil and criminal jurisdictions.

Cash forfeiture cases include CCE v Muneka, UKBA v Angus, and Merida Oil v CLP.

Civil recovery work includes DARA v He & Chen and NCA v K (Disclosure Orders). Private prosecutions include D Ltd v A.

In 2005 he was appointed Standing Counsel to RCPO and was on the SFO A Panel from 2012 to 2017. He is a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor and on the Treasury A Panel for civil work.

Regularly instructed by the FCA, NCA and HMRC, he has considerable experience in JR challenges to criminal process and is recognised for his cases involving search warrants, including Faisaltex, Panesar, Chatwani and NUFC, s.59 applications and POCA production orders. He regularly gives seminars in Asset Forfeiture and Investigative Powers.

Professional Memberships



Smith, Owen and Bodnar on Asset Recovery.