Andrew Smith Partner


Andrew Smith is an experienced litigator who has advised on a range of white collar criminal and regulatory matters, many of them international in nature. Andrew is ranked for ‘Crime: Extradition’, ‘Financial Crime: Individuals’ and ‘POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture’ by Chambers and Partners UK 2021. He is recognised by The Legal 500 UK 2020 as a leading individual in Fraud: White-Collar Crime. He is included as a leading lawyer in the Who’s Who: Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2018 guide and was ranked in the Who’s Who: Investigations 2018 guide as being the number one “future leader” in Europe. In 2017 he was named as one of the 40 leading investigations lawyers in the world under the age of 40. He was named “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times (London) for successfully defending the first extradition request received by the UK from the UAE.

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Areas of expertise

Andrew’s white collar criminal and regulatory practice includes numerous domestic and cross-border investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, National Crime Agency, Crown Prosecution Service and HM Revenue & Customs into allegations including conspiracy to defraud, offences under the Fraud Act 2006, tax fraud, money laundering, market abuse, insider dealing, false accounting and bribery/corruption.

Andrew has acted in a string of complex and high-profile extradition cases, including requests emanating from Russia, Ukraine, the United States, South Africa, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Middle East (particularly the United Arab Emirates), as well as a number of EU countries, and has experience of making representations to INTERPOL for the removal of red and diffusion notices. He also has experience where mutual legal assistance is sought from the UK by foreign prosecutors, particularly overseas restraint orders and requests for witness evidence.

Andrew has represented companies and witnesses in corporate internal investigations, and has developed expertise in a number of areas of regulatory crime, particularly financial services (including regulatory investigations by the FCA), environmental protection, as well as trade and economic sanctions. Andrew also maintains a lively general crime practice, which in the past few years has ranged from defending individuals accused of perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office (in relation to an alleged cover-up of historic sex abuse at a religious institution) to sexual offences.


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Recent work

  • Acting for individual suspects in the SFO investigations into Tesco, Airbus, British American Tobacco, GSK, Unaoil, Petrofac, Quindell and LIBOR , as well as individual suspects in a variety of NCA investigations concerning allegations of fraudulent trading, breaches of financial sanctions and overseas bribery/corruption.
  • Acting for numerous individual suspects and witnesses in FCA criminal investigations into allegations of insider dealing, market abuse and breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, acted for a defendant in the FCA’s largest ever prosecution of insider dealing (Operation Tabernula), and acting in parallel FCA regulatory proceedings concerning approved persons.
  • Acting for individuals sought on complex extradition requests, including Shrien Dewani (South African request on allegations of murder and kidnap), Andrew Symeou (Greek request on allegations of manslaughter) and Mohammed Lodhi (the first UAE request to the UK on allegations of drug trafficking), as well as high-profile businesspeople whose extradition has recently been sought on white-collar criminal investigations in France, Romania and Greece.
  • Successfully made representations for the removal of INTERPOL red notices requested by prosecuting authorities in countries including Russia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, the UAE and Bahrain.
  • Assisted a major City firm with a corporate internal investigation for a well-known UK company concerning suspicions of complicity in tax evasion and money laundering.
  • Advising companies and individuals on mutual legal assistance requests received from foreign prosecutors in proceedings alleging crimes ranging from tax evasion to crimes against humanity.
  • Representing companies and individuals in many of the investigations and prosecutions brought for alleged breaches of export and trade controls, particularly in relation to the Iran arms embargo.

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News and Posts

A suspicious change in policy?

KBR v SFO: what are the implications for individuals who receive section 2 notices?

The Supreme Court’s decision in KBR v SFO: section 2 notices can still apply across borders

The other side: Where a SAR submitted to the NCA may end up

The Supreme Court puts the DPA in MLA – but will Brexit mean the victory is short-lived?

Andrew Smith comments in Newsweek on Prince Andrew MLA

When criminal conspiracies come unstuck

Is the SFO able to meet the challenge of Covid-19?

Criminal mutual legal assistance: establishing a different relationship post-Brexit

Andrew Smith comments in GIR on High Court’s decision regarding UWOs (2/2)

Andrew Smith comments in GIR on High Court’s decision regarding UWOs (1/2)

Coronavirus and the Criminal Law

Supreme Court rules UK handing US information about El Shafee is unlawful

Andrew Smith comments in FT on Grenfell inquiry

INTERPOL Red Notices

Andrew Smith and Joseph Hume write for Bloomberg Law on US-UK cross-border investigations

Andrew Smith to speak at C5 conference on Russian litigation

Andrew Smith comments in The Telegraph on Carlos Ghosn

Andrew Smith to speak at 3rd Annual GIR Live London Winter

Using compelled testimony against a co-defendant: hearsay, confessions and the privilege against self-incrimination

UK and US sign landmark Data Access Agreement

Andrew Smith comments on Sarclad acquittals in the media

Andrew Smith discusses whether deferred prosecution agreements are unfair in Law360

Andrew Smith comments on Boris Johnson challenge in the media

Andrew Smith examines the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019 in New Law Journal, Lawyer Monthly and CrimeLine

Andrew Smith examines the doctrine of double jeopardy in relation to cross-border criminal exposure in Law360

Overseas production orders – important and interesting

Advising individuals in cross-border investigations: the limits of double jeopardy

Andrew Smith discusses the Westminster city council scandal and the Bribery Act 2010 in CrimeLine

The Westminster city council scandal: how does the Bribery Act 2010 apply to gifts and hospitality in practice?

Andrew Smith examines the KBR v SFO judicial review concerning extraterritoriality in Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, Law360 and Fraud Intelligence

Extraterritoriality in KBR v SFO: common sense or rewriting the statute?

Andrew Smith and Alice Lepeuple discuss holding companies criminally liable for human rights abuses in Law360

Holding companies criminally liable for human rights abuses

The curious case of cannabis seeds and the criminal law

Andrew Smith discusses the use of compelled testimony in criminal proceedings in GIR

The use of compelled testimony in criminal proceedings

Do search warrants have extraterritorial effect?

Andrew Smith speaking at the Thomson Reuters Criminal Law Review Conference 2017

Don’t expect prosecutions to come from the Paradise Papers

Compulsory document production powers in criminal investigations – do they have extraterritorial effect?

Interpol decides to publish decisions on deletions of red notices – another small step towards transparency?

Convicting a corporate

The SFO’s New Guidance on Section 2 Interviews

New consultation announced on the proposed corporate offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion

New consultation announced on the proposed corporate offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion

When can a non-defendant company have its assets confiscated?

Andrew Smith’s article on when a non-defendant company can have its assets confiscated published in The Barrister

The changing face of corporate criminal liability

Defending a private prosecution

Andrew Smith discusses Libor prosecutions in Thomson Reuters Accelus

Andrew Smith interviewed by Lexis PSL regarding LIBOR and the SFO

Andrew Smith discusses LIBOR sentencing in the Law Society Gazette and CDR magazine

The Tom Hayes LIBOR sentence: how did Mr Justice Cooke arrive at 14 years?

Interviews in corporate internal investigations: Andrew Smith’s article published in GIR magazine

Interviews in corporate internal investigations: admissibility and the role of ILAs

The risk of waiving privilege in regulatory investigations

The Lord Janner U-turn: what is the public interest in a trial of the act?

From the Iron Curtain to détente: the slow thawing of UK-Russian extradition relations

Andrew Smith comments in WorldECR on export and trade controls

Interpol and the National Crime Agency

Pilot Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

Andrew Smith published in The Barrister magazine – “A question of compulsion: US requests for compelled FCA interviews”

Criminalising trademark infringement in the grey market

Changes to the Extradition Act 2003

Extradition: emerging pilot judgments

Corker Binning partner writes about European Arrest Warrants in the Law Society Gazette

Interpol red notices – a step towards accountability?

The Vintskevich extradition and its implications for UK/Russian relations

SFO back in the spotlight

CPS/HMRC crackdown on tax evasion

Implications of the Gary McKinnon extradition decision

What happens next in Julian Assange extradition drama?

Corker Binning partner discusses criminal enforcement of UK export and trade controls

CAEC report critical of government’s record on arms controls

US-UK extradition treaty – will Home Affairs Committee report silence public disquiet?

How best to reform UK extradition law – some suggestions for Sir Menzies Campbell’s review

Corker Binning lawyer analyses UK extradition review

Scott Baker’s extradition review – no whitewash

Punishing contempt

Angus and forfeiture applications: the need to prove criminal conduct

Lodhi UAE extradition case – human rights victory