Andy was admitted as a solicitor in 1989. Throughout his career he has specialised in the criminal law, and defended those charged with a criminal offence over many years. He has been a Duty Solicitor since 1990 and has considerable experience of defending clients charged with homicide and other serious offences, specialising in preparation of Very High Cost Cases.
In 2008 Andy became a Higher Courts Advocate permitting him to represent his clients appearing before the Crown Court. As an advocate, Andy earned a reputation for the presentation of a knowledgeable and robust defence.
In recent years Andy has specialised in the prosecution of cases for the Health and Safety Executive. In 2012, Andy was appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates, an acknowledgement of his expertise in the field of Health and Safety prosecutions. He is one of only a handful of solicitors to be awarded this accolade.
His caseload for the Health and Safety Executive involve regular dealings with complex cases involving fatalities, this work now representing the mainstay of his practice. His may years as a defence advocate now stand him in good stead to prosecute matters in the criminal courts.
He regularly appears for the HSE at inquests and commonly advises them in relation to pre-inquest procedures. He also advises in relation to the complex and varied issues which can arise in matters before the Employment Tribunal when companies seek to challenge notices served by inspectors.