Andrew Bousfield

Andrew is a criminal and whistleblowing law specialist. In crime, Andrew prosecutes and defends in serious crime, and in whistleblowing law Andrew represents Claimants often where there are regulatory or criminal issues arising.

Andrew came to the Bar from investigative journalism two years ago and uses his forensic skills to deliver results. Andrew was a reporter for Private Eye where he won the Paul Foot Award with Richard Brooks for investigation of bribery in military contracts in Saudi Arabia (currently the subject of an SFO investigation). He also was a runner up for the Martha Gellhorn International Investigative Journalism Award for an investigation into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers with Dr Phil Hammond. Andrew also investigated the use of shell companies in the UK by Russian money launderers.

Andrew is a trial advocate with experience of several multi-day trials, and complicated expert evidence. Andrew has acted in over 30 whistleblowing cases. In his criminal practice, Andrew largely prosecutes but also takes on defence briefs.

Andrew is direct access qualified, and is able to assist from early stages in getting cases ready to win at trial and give early sensible advice. Andrew works with other barristers if appropriate in high profile trial, as part of a team to advance sensitive whistleblowing cases.

Andrew is trained in forensic accounting and enjoys cases which involve a high level of forensic detail in order to prove whistleblowing allegations.

Andrew has undertaken courses in Abnormal Psychology and Personality Psychology at Oxford University, skills he uses to assess witnesses.



  • Representing an FX trader on a whistleblowing allegation of missing funds and bribery on the Hong Kong desk. With Stephen Harvey QC on the criminal law and bribery element.


  • Representing an FX trader in a whistleblowing and discrimination case brought against Bank, on a positive recruitment policy and sacking of whistleblowers.       Involved Bank’s attempt to avoid FCA Rules on references. With Stephen Harvey QC. Achieved a settlement.


  • Representing a Council director-level social worker who is alleged to have blown the whistle on a Council Scrutiny Officer who was grooming young children online and on exploitation of young girls. Application by the Council to have the trial held in private.       The BBC were represented, and Andrew Bousfield represented the Claimant. The trial will be heard in public.


  • Representing a consultant surgeon who submitted 14 serious incident reports, 8 of which led to serious untoward incident reports and apologies to patients. He was then dismissed.


  • Representing an NHS Finance Director who blew the whistle on “white elephant” procurement contracts within the NHS. After five preliminary hearing the matter is now proceeding to trial.


  • Representing a school teacher, on appeal to Employment Appeal Tribunal, who disclosed failures in the exam system at Wyndonham College. Reported in the Telegraph.


  • Represented a military GP, who alleged to have blown the whistle on opiate medication going missing on base in the UK. One week whistleblowing trial against Ministry of Defence. Led by John Hendy QC. Reported in the Mail and Telegraph.


  • Represented a University Professor of Physics who alleged she had blown the whistle on grade inflation, student evaluation scores (SOLE scores) being used to “dumb down” the teaching of physics and repeating the same questions with strong hints each year. Expert evidence from the previous Chair of Physics at Cambridge University.


  • Represented a sales director for a garage parts company, who made whistleblowing disclosures about misselling of products to independent garages.


  • Assisted a Professor of Psychiatry who brought a claim in whistleblowing and disability discrimination and won at trial.


  • Dr Hayley Dare v. Broadmoor (West London Mental Health Trust).       Andrew represented Dr Dare, the Clinical Director for Women’s Forensic Services, in a one week trial for whistleblowing detriments.



R v. Shelley ADAMS

Andrew successfully prosecuted Ms Adams, accused of stalking her care worker. This involved complicated psychiatric evidence on the levels of culpability in borderline and dependent personality disorder and ability to understand right from wrong. Ms Adams was previously known to the police after the death of her two sons: (

R v. June COX

Andrew represented the CPS in the sentencing hearing of 80 year-old June Cox who admitted causing death by careless driving in Poole Magistrates Court. (

R v. X and Y

Successfully defending two 14 year old girls charged with robbery in Oxford Magistrates Court, after an incident which was filmed in an underpass in Oxford.



MA (Cantab)


Inner Temple Major Scholarship