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 recognised as a Band 2 practitioner for ‘Crime: Extradition’ and a Band 3 practitioner for ‘Financial Crime: Individuals’ by Chambers UK 2017. He is recognised by Legal 500 UK 2016 in the fields of White Collar Crime, Financial Services and Professional Discipline. He is included in the Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2015, and recognised in the 2015 UK edition of Super Lawyers. 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, 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. 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 into alleged breaches of the Statements of Principle and Code of Practice for Approved Persons), environmental protection, as well as trade and economic sanctions.

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Recent work

  • Acting in the SFO investigations into Tesco, GSK, EURIBOR, FX and Olympus, as well as investigations concerning allegations of overseas bribery/corruption in Saudi Arabia and other countries.
  • Acting for a defendant in the FCA’s largest prosecution of insider dealing (Operation Tabernula) as well as FCA regulatory proceedings concerning approved persons.
  • Acted for Shrien Dewani in relation to the extradition request from South Africa on allegations of conspiracy to murder and kidnap, as well as a number of extradition requests emanating particularly from former Soviet states.
  • 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.
  • Successfully represented three companies investigated by the Environment Agency for alleged breaches of waste management legislation.
  • Advising companies 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, as well as alleged breaches of UN and EU financial sanctions.

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News and Posts

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?