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5 St Andrew's Hill

Andrew Bird QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture , Financial Crime , Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions
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POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture - All Circuits

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Andrew Bird QC
Andrew Bird QC is an exceptional practitioner in the fields of asset recovery and police powers, who is an expert on search warrants and production orders. He is experienced in civil recovery cases, including connected judicial reviews, and is highly sought after by government bodies. Bird additionally represents defendants in complex matters.
Strengths: “Not only an excellent advocate but a masterful tactician - the complete package. He increasingly regularly appears at the Court of Appeal and has been rightly recognised with his elevation to silk.” “He has encyclopedic knowledge and has been involved in these cases for a long time.”
Recent work: Represented City of London Police in R (Merida Oil & others). Bird appeared in judicial review proceedings and private law civil claims for application for forfeiture orders over funds in bank accounts totalling over £2 million.
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Financial Crime - London (Bar)

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Andrew Bird QC
Andrew Bird QC is an experienced barrister who regularly acts for both the prosecution and the defence in financial crime cases. He offers expertise in matters relating to bribery, corruption and fraud, and is adept at handling private prosecutions.
Strengths: "He is incredibly knowledgeable and thorough, and his written advocacy skills are second to none."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a £35 million land-banking fraud.
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Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions - London (Bar)

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Andrew Bird QC
Andrew Bird QC is an experienced barrister who regularly acts for both the prosecution and the defence in financial crime cases. He offers expertise in matters relating to bribery, corruption and fraud, and is adept at handling private prosecutions.
Strengths: "He is incredibly knowledgeable and thorough, and his written advocacy skills are second to none."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a £35 million land-banking fraud.
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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.

Career

Andrew Bird read law at Cambridge and was called in 1987. A tenant at 5SAH Chambers since 1989. Andrew took silk in 2021. Specialising in money laundering, private prosecutions, fraud and civil and criminal asset forfeiture, and cases that cross between civil and criminal jurisdictions.

Recent cases include:

Cash forfeiture and AFO: CCE v Muneka, UKBA v Angus, Merida Oil v CLP. Javadov and Hajiyeva litigation.

Civil recovery work: DARA v He & Chen and NCA v K (Disclosure Orders) and two current cases for the DPP.

Appeared in the Commercial Court in cases with a criminal aspect.

Private prosecutions include prosecution in D Ltd v A and the successful defence of private prosecution arising from a business dispute concerning major casino.

A specialist in HMRC fraud. In 2005 appointed Standing Counsel to RCPO, the SFO A Panel from 2012 to 2017. As a junior on Treasury A Panel for civil work.

Still regularly instructed in silk by the FCA, NCA and HMRC. Considerable experience in JR challenges to criminal process. Represented the DPP in the Encrochat JR, and recognised for his cases involving search warrants, including Faisaltex, Panesar, Chatwani, NUFC and Hart, s.59 applications, POCA and PACE production orders.

Currently instructed in 2 cases before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

Regularly gives seminars in Asset Forfeiture and Investigative Powers.

Professional Memberships

FLA, POCLA, CBA, SE Circuit

Publications

Smith, Owen and Bodnar on Asset Recovery.

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