Andrew Jordan has a wide-ranging criminal practice, principally in financial, serious and violent crime.
In these areas he is predominantly a prosecution advocate but he also accepts instructions to defend.
Andrew also defends motorists and he has significant experience of representing clients who are at risk of losing their driving licence.
He regularly represents professionals in defending allegations of professional misconduct, in front of their regulatory bodies.
Andrew specializes in all aspects of financial crime:
- Bribery and corruption
- Money laundering and The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
- Confiscation proceedings, including management receivership and restraint orders
- Asset recovery.
He has also been instructed in many serious drugs cases including, recently, a number involving linked offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Andrew has developed an excellent reputation with both instructing solicitors and lay clients. He is adept at explaining complicated things clearly. He prides himself on asking simple questions in order to help juries, expert witnesses and tribunals in general. He is also at ease with evidence which is voluminous, including financial schedules. He can absorb and understand large quantities of information in the preparation of a case.
Those who instruct and work with Andrew often comment on his value to their case:
In a recent prosecution a senior CPS lawyer commented that instructing Andrew was key to the success of the case.
A psychologist of thirty years standing who was brought before the Health and Care Professions Council, accused of sexual advances by a client, described his relief at the case being thrown out. He wrote to Andrew “If I were to give you 100 Porsches [they are both car enthusiasts] it would not be enough. You have helped me get my life back”.
A seasoned detective sergeant in a financial case described Andrew’s closing speech in a case as “one of the best I have heard in years of investigations”.
The senior partner of a leading firm of solicitors in road traffic law described Andrew as “the firm’s barrister of choice for the South of England”.
Before coming to the Bar, Andrew had a successful career as a statistician in environmental and agricultural research, and in the City. He was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) for seventeen years, specialising in corporate finance and privatisations. His role was to advise ministers and senior civil servants on the sale of publicly held assets to the private sector.
In his law practice now, these experiences allow him to be at ease with evidence of a numerical or financial nature. He can unravel complicated transactions to trace the flow of funds and, as a result, is precise and fearless in his cross-examination of witnesses who may be attempting to mislead or to hide the disappearance of money.
Andrew is the only person practising at the criminal Bar in England who has been a partner in a global accounting firm.
In R v E, Andrew was instructed to prosecute the owner of a recording studio who, it was alleged, had laundered up to £3 million of the proceeds of crime through the recording studio business. Alongside the fraud, the studio had legitimate clients, including a girl band who had appeared on “The X Factor”. The money originated from a brothel keeping case in the West End, where a separate conviction had been secured. The defendant was represented by a high profile Silk. Following convictions, Andrew was subsequently instructed in the confiscation proceedings.
Andrew was instructed in R v M, the prosecution of the “big boss” in a large drugs conspiracy. Over £40 million worth of cocaine at wholesale value, along with tons of cannabis, was imported into the UK and re-exported over a period of two years. Andrew was instructed formally as a led junior, but his role was to lead the financial side of the case, including jury speeches and examination and cross-examination of witnesses. A vast quantity (4000 pages) of financial evidence emerged after the trial had begun and, had second counsel not been instructed, the trial would have had to be aborted.
Following Mr M’s conviction, Andrew is now instructed in the confiscation proceedings, involving assets in several jurisdictions.
Andrew is currently instructed in several cases which he is preparing for trial later this year. These include matters of insurance fraud, wounding with intent (grievous bodily harm), modern slavery and a “County lines” drugs investigation.
BSc Mathematics, Queen’s University Belfast, First Class
Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge
MBA, Cranfield School of Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School
Called to the Bar by the Inner Temple
Crown Prosecution Service Level 3 Advocate
Diversity Data Officer for Furnival Chambers
Mediator accredited by The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society