Andrew Bousfield

Andrew is a well-respected criminal and employment practitioner.  In crime, he undertakes work in all areas of serious crime, fraud and money laundering.  In employment, he represents whistleblowers in matters which involve detailed allegations of (often criminal) wrongdoing.  Andrew uses his background as an investigative journalist to seek out forensic detail which will assist his clients.  He has a very busy practice, largely on the South Eastern Circuit.

He is primarily a trial advocate with experience of several multi-week trials in the Employment Tribunals and Crown Court. Andrew has acted in over 30 whistleblowing cases. In his criminal practice, he enjoys complicated briefs with forensic detail.

Andrew has a developing practice in the proceeds of crime.  Recently, he was appointed onto the editorial board of Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot, “Confiscation and Proceeds of Crime”, loose-leaf, responsible for case updates in all areas of confiscation law.

Andrew also has a practice in regulatory law (defending professionals in the NMC and HCPC) and has had some notable results.

If legal assistance is required at an early stage, he is direct access qualified, and is able to assist in getting cases ready to win at trial and to give early sensible advice. Andrew works with other barristers if appropriate in high profile trials.

Andrew has also undertaken courses in Abnormal Psychology and Personality Psychology at Oxford University, skills he uses to assess witnesses. These skills also assist with complicated psychiatric evidence, often in relation to fitness to plead.

For many years, Andrew acted as a media lawyer for several newspapers (The Sun, The Mirror, The Sunday Mirror, The Independent) dealing with privacy injunctions, defamation and contempt issues.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Andrew also worked as an investigative journalist for Private Eye magazine. He investigated Russian money laundering through LLP’s, MOD contracts in Saudi Arabia, whistleblowing stories, and much more.

In 2014, together with Richard Brooks, Andrew won the Paul Foot award for investigative journalism, for looking into bribery on a military contract in Saudi Arabia, which involved investigating money trails through several offshore jurisdictions. The matter is currently subject to an SFO investigation.

In 2013, also with Richard Brooks, Andrew investigated the use of brass plate shell companies, LLP’s and company service providers to launder stolen Russian monies.

In 2011, Andrew and Dr Phil Hammond were runners up for the Martha Gellhorn international investigative journalism for an eight page special investigation in 2011 into NHS whistleblowers and the use of silencing gag clauses entitled, “Shoot the Messenger”.

  • 2004, LLM (University College London)
  • 2002, MA (Cantab), Emmanuel College, Law (Part II) and Modern and Medieval Languages (Part I)

R v. AM (Southwark Crown Court)

Successful defence of a young woman who admitted handling a handgun for local drug dealers.  Exceptional circumstances based on a complicated mental health picture and a sentence of two years suspended.

R v. WO (Wood Green Crown Court)

Successful defence of an alleged gang member involved in a two handed acid attack in East London.

R v. B (Oxford Crown Court)

Successful defence of a driver of an alleged county line car, found with heroin and cocaine, an attack knife and a baseball bat wrapped in clingfilm.

R v. M (Inner London Crown Court)

Successful defence of a law student alleged to have committed fraud by engaging in a late night “cash for crash” in Manchester.

R v. B (Luton Crown Court)

Case involving an attack with a hammer and knife, where the defence allege prodromal schizophrenia. The prosecution allege, after an interim hospital order assessment, that the D in fact suffers from antisocial personality disorder.

R v. Shelley ADAMS (Southampton Magistrates)

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, the validity of the diagnosis, and the 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 (Poole Magistrates)

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.


  • Securing a substantial settlement for a Finance Director of an African renewable energy company, who had whistleblown on suspicious offshore transactions.


  • Securing a substantial settlement for an FX trader against a multinational bank, in proceedings linked to a whistleblowing claim and with allegations of positive discrimination in recruitment and involving FCA functions.


  • 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 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 eight preliminary hearings, and an appeal by the Trust to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the matter is now proceeding.


  • 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, 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.


  • 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 at Broadmoor, in a one week trial for whistleblowing detriments.
Academic and Memberships

LLM (UCL), Media Law
MA (Cantab), Modern and Medieval Languages and Law
Inner Temple Major Scholarship
Member of Criminal Bar Association
Member of Employment Lawyers Association


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