Andrew Taylor

Call: 2015

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Described by those who instruct him as “excellent at thinking on his feet”, Andrew joined Chambers after completing pupillage in 2016. He both defends and prosecutes and has a wide range of experience in criminal matters including violence, drugs and sexual offences, as well as public disorder and breach of protective orders. Andrew has been recognised for his “very high quality” advocacy and “closing speeches [which] are powerful and creative with his own personal touch.”


Andrew also has experience representing clients in High Court appeals, POCA confiscation hearings and extradition matters. He has successfully defended a wide range of driving offences and is regularly instructed by members of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association.


Most recently, Andrew has been engaged in a highly sensitive public inquiry for a Band 1, white collar crime firm. He also acted for the same firm in relation to a major SFO prosecution which resulted in no evidence being offered against the client.


Andrew has also advised HMRC in relation to LPP on high-value fraud investigations. He is regarded for his assured yet approachable manner, and routinely requested by clients and solicitors alike. Andrew has been commended as someone who works “diligently and tirelessly…to provide excellent results” and has a “very impressive retention and appreciation of information.”

Notable Cases

High Court

G v National Compliance & Enforcement Service (2020, High Court of Justice – Cardiff) – acted for the Appellant in an appeal by way of case stated. The appeal focused upon the application of s.133 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 2000 and the Appellant’s repayment of a compensation order.

M v Transport for London (2019, High Court of Justice – RCJ, London) – acted for the Appellant in a widely reported appeal by way of case stated. The appeal focused upon the statutory construction of s.165 of the Equality Act 2010 and whether an ‘additional charge’ had been made by the Appellant.


Crown Court

R v O & Atr (2021, Inner London Crown Court) – acceptable guilty pleas entered to outraging public decency and suspended sentence order imposed. This followed a successful application to dismiss two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

R v P (2021, Kingston Crown Court) – instructed at a late stage following a change of legal representation. Crown had previously served DNA evidence in relation to the Defendant. Examination of Body Worn Video by Andrew raised the possibility of contamination of DNA evidence. An application to vacate the existing trial date was then successfully made to instruct a DNA expert. The Crown ultimately offered no evidence based on the findings of the expert report and the potential for secondary transference.

R v W (2021, Woolwich Crown Court) – following successful submissions in mitigation, suspended sentence order imposed for burglary, notwithstanding that both co-defendants received 27 and 21 months immediate custody.

R v C (2019, Harrow Crown Court) – following successful submissions in mitigation, suspended sentence order made in relation to four counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (heroin x2 and crack cocaine x2) from two different dates, as well as possession of a samurai sword and stun gun.

R v H (2019, Blackfriars Crown Court) – represented the defendant in this Newton hearing. It was resolved in Defendant’s favour. The prosecution alleged that £3,500 cash had been stolen by the Defendant. Following the successful Newton hearing, the Judge found the actual amount taken was closer to £350.

R v B (2018, Wood Green Crown Court) – represented the Defendant who was unanimously acquitted of racially aggravated assault. Defendant did not give evidence; all points on his behalf were made via cross-examination and account given in the Defendant’s police interview.

R v F & Otrs (2017, Birmingham Crown Court) – POCA confiscation hearing. Negotiated realisable amount £93,000 lower than that originally sought by prosecution.


Magistrates’ Court

R v D (2021, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court) – driving licence retained while endorsed with a total of 27 points following a successful exceptional hardship application. Guilty pleas had been entered to six counts of speeding with nine points already on the driver’s licence.

R v H (2017, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court) – secured acquittal for assault with intent to resist arrest. Under cross examination, police officer/complainant accepted there was no assault shown on Body Worn Video despite recording for duration of incident.

R v B (2017, Stratford Magistrates’ Court) – secured acquittal for assault by beating. Complainant’s motive and ill feeling towards client (not supporting Home Office Visa application) brought out in cross examination.

R v D (2017, Willesden Magistrates’ Court) – all charges dismissed against client (assault by beating; criminal damage). Prosecution made application to adjourn, which was successfully opposed. Prosecution then made application to rely upon hearsay evidence under s.116(2)(e), CJA 2003, which was also successfully opposed.

R v A (2017, Havering Magistrates’ Court) – secured acquittal of client charged with assault by beating. Client’s sister and mother gave evidence for the prosecution.

Other Experience

Andrew came to the Bar following a previous career in public relations. His first role involved organising events in the Houses of Parliament and drafting daily bulletins for those with interests in the defence industry. The event management involved liaison with parliamentarians and defence industry chiefs, as well as current and former officials from the Ministry of Defence and The Security Service. He later conducted public relations on behalf of various multinational sports and outdoor companies, including Nike.

Immediately prior to commencing pupillage, Andrew worked as a civil paralegal at David Gray Solicitors in Newcastle upon Tyne. This allowed him to acquire invaluable experience in case preparation, drafting pleadings and managing an extensive caseload. Andrew was also previously employed as a commercial paralegal for Carillion Advice Services. He was assigned to disclosure projects and tasked with document review.

Andrew has a long association with Newcastle Law Centre. He began volunteering in 2014 before being offered the salaried post of Legal Assistant. This involved assisting the Senior Solicitor with asylum claims and undertaking Employment Tribunal representation. While studying on the Bar Professional Training Course, Andrew acted for the Free Representation Unit as part of the FRU Employment Law option.

  • Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent (City University, 2015)
  • LLB (Hons) Law – First Class (Northumbria University, 2013)
  • BA (Hons) History & Politics – Upper Second Class (Stirling University, 2006)
Scholarships, Awards & Prizes
  • Sir Horace Avory Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2013)


  • BPTC Exhibition Award (Inner Temple, 2013).


  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2013)


  • Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society Prize – Best LLB (Hons) P-T Student (2013)


  • Ben Hoare Bell Solicitors Contribution Roll 2012/2013 (Northumbria University)


  • Bond Dickinson Solicitors Honour Roll 2012/2013 (Northumbria University)


  • School of Law Work and Travel Award (Northumbria University, 2013)


  • CPE/GDL Exhibition Award (Inner Temple, 2010)

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