Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Crime - Midlands (Bar)
Andrew Smith QC is a highly regarded practitioner with expertise in heavyweight criminal cases, including murders and offences relating to organised crime. He regularly acts for both the defence and prosecution in major cases, many of which involve high levels of documentation or complicated expert testimony. He has recently acted successfully in prosecutions involving novel factual issues.
Strengths: "Beyond brilliant - the man is a genius. He is regarded as being intellectually superior but also has a fabulous way with the clients and handles the gravest cases with sensitivity and great intellect."
Financial Crime - The Regions (Bar)
Andrew Smith QC is a well-regarded silk with substantial experience in financial crime matters. He handles cases relating to complex fraud and money laundering allegations, and often advises on cases pre-charge.
Strengths: "Very bright and a highly forensic advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in confiscation uplift proceedings. The case arose out of a conviction for a major fraud many years previously.
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Andrew prosecutes and defends in cases of gravity and complexity and is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of homicide, organised crime and serious fraud. He has significant experience of homicide cases ranging from the deaths of babies and young children through to gang related murders. Andrew has been instructed in many cases involving organised criminal activity at both national and regional level. Andrew's cases frequently involve international aspects. In fraud cases, Andrew has represented company directors and professionals. He also has substantial experience of money laundering investigations and has often advised parties pre-charge.
MA (Hons) Oxford; Queen Mother's Scholarship, Middle Temple; Called to the Bar in 1997; Recorder (Midland Circuit); Queen's Counsel 2012.
Criminal Bar Association; Midland Circuit.