Andy Evans

Year of Call: 2007


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Education

Marr College, Troon
Clare College, Cambridge University : LLB
Northumbria University : LLM


Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Northern Circuit


Andy has practiced exclusively in crime for fifteen years, prosecuting and defending at every level up to the Court of Appeal. He is a CPS Level Three prosecutor.

Criminal Practice

Andy has been briefed on matters indicting:

  • -Attempted Murder
  • -Multi-handed and multi-complainant s18
  • -Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving
  • -Firearms, including construction of firearms and use of firearms in the course of a robbery
  • -Child Abduction and Kidnap, including Kidnap incorporating s18
  • -Aggravated Burglary, including multi-handed offending involving the assault of homeowners with offensive weapons
  • -Conspiracy to Rob Commercial Premises
  • -Conspiracies to Supply and Import Class A drugs, also Conspiracy to Convey Drugs into Prison
  • -Arson, including Arson with Intent to Kill
  • -Computer Offences, including hacking offences and the downloading of indecent images

 

Complex Proceeds of Crime Applications

Andy has been instructed to conduct complex POCA for over a decade and has represented NCA, Border Force, Police, Local Authorities, CPS and Respondents both corporate and individual at all levels from the Magistrates Courts and the Tax Tribunal to the Court of Appeal. He accepts briefs post-trial to conduct standalone Confiscation proceedings, often following sentence and transfer of representation order.

He has built solid working relationships with local Financial Investigators and forensic accountants and has a contact list of useful experts built on his years of work in this field.

He has built up a strong practice appearing in applications to re-open Confiscation Proceedings under s22 of POCA, and in representing Third Parties under the s10A procedure. He frequently presents seminars to Prosecutors, Experts and Defence Solicitors on Confiscation law and tactics.

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Crime – Weapons

GW – Defending possession of a homemade blowpipe. App to Dismiss on Expert Evidence as to muzzle velocity. Secured Suspended Sentence using Psychiatric evidence.

MF – Defending Armed  Robbery in the home using a firearm. Negotiated lesser pleas and a custodial sentence that led to immediate release.

RC – Prosecuting construction of homemade pistols and IEDs. Liason with Porton Down and Royal Armouries Leeds as to viability of weapons seized by Police mid-construction.

SB – Prosecuting D who attended a family party wielding a WWII era sub-machine gun. Convicted after trial. Manchester Evening News

Crime –  Violence

B, M, M & M – Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary. Victim tasered and stabbed in his own bed. Apparent mistaken identity as to the gang’s intended target.

D, C & O – Kidnap and s18. Revenge attack. Victim driven into countryside and beaten. Subsequent prosecution for witness intimidation. Bolton News

CM – s20. Unprovoked attack on a pensioner inside a church. Issues of drug induced psychosis.

CT – Attempted Murder. Lockdown Domestic Violence. Issues as to child witnesses.

JB – Arson Reckless. Multiple fires set by repeat arsonist, causing serious injury. Correlating cell siting and forensic evidence to show pattern of deliberate fire-setting. Manchester Evening News

KM – Prosecuting unprovoked facial stabbings of five homeless men in Manchester city centre. No victim gave evidence – jury shown CCTV footage produced from over twenty different cameras, used live in cross examination and speeches. D convicted after trial, received twenty three year sentence. ITV News BBC News

AB – Attempted Murder, Domestic. Son stabbed stepfather six times inside the home, in front of his mother. Psychiatric disposal.

M, M, A & S – Targeted axe and machete attack following a workplace dispute. Unwilling witnesses, using Ring doorbell footage and audio to secure convictions.

A, I, S and M  – Knife fight during lockdown between adults and youths. Four parties stabbed. Prosecuting both sides of the altercation in separate s18 trials.

Crime – Drugs

NH – Defending PWITS Class A Conspiracy. Encro phones. Created our own SOE chart mid-trial to correlate the use of four Encro phones and CellSite evidence served following the Crown’s opening.

C & W – Class A and Firearms recovered from shipping containers.

JR & MM – Conspiracy to smuggle Class A, Class B and phones into prison using drones. Ongoing.

A&M – 2.2kg of Class A recovered from shipping containers.

KW – Supply of Prescription Drugs leading to a death. Cumbria News and Star

Crime – Motoring

RC – Road rage attack upon a workman conducting road works. Complainant pedestrian caused serious injury by deliberate ramming, then carried on van bonnet for half a mile. Ongoing

LH – Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving. Drink driver sped through busy taxi rank on Christmas Eve colliding with pedestrian, causing her life changing injuries. Lancashire Telegraph

Technological cases

KG – Defending Coercive and Controlling Behaviour. Securing service of the entire 12 months of iPhone messaging and correlating with specific indicted events. Prosecution discontinued the C&C allegation as a result of messages discovered within the thousands of pages disclosure.

LH – Defending alleged computer “hacking”. Expert evidence deployed and lengthy Defence Statement to show Police Cyber Crime Unit had drawn impossible conclusions from fragments of internet evidence, leading to an offer of no evidence.

UN & MH – Prosecuting. Disclosure review of iPhone material following D1’s Basis of Plea led to the discovery of the true identity of the true owner of nearly a kilogram of Class A drugs. D2 was subsequently charged on the basis of the evidence recovered, and received a lengthy sentence. Daily Mail

L, H, L & J – Prosecuting workplace bullying of a neurodiverse teenager culminating in his being seriously burned by his supervisor. Presenting a single flowing narrative across three camera angles from CCTV to show the build up to the offence and the involvement of each Defendant  BBC News

Crime – Fraud

R, C, Q & A – Kidnap and Fraud. Multi-handed, multi-victim offence. “Fresher’s Week” kidnapping where students were targeted by a gang in cars, befriended and then had entire bank balances drained. Ongoing.

LT  – Defending fraud where D had persuaded her family she had terminal cancer in an elaborate lie. Secured Suspended Sentence. The Mirror

SA, SC, WG, JF, DU, SA, ES, VF, DA, HM, BL, IF, MM, JH & GD – Instructed to prosecute large scale online purchase fraud using fake identities, bank accounts and postal addresses to steal goods sold on Facebook Marketplace. Ongoing.

Proceeds of Crime

MA & MA – Instructed post conviction for co-respondents. Global Benefit Figure sought is £1.7m. Ongoing.

AS – Instructed to appeal decade old Confiscation on the grounds of error in the Schedule of Assets. Ongoing.

KS – Acting for Respondent. Crown seek £1.1m as Hidden Assets following disvoery of a multi-regional Cannabis cultivation network. Ongoing.

LB – Ongoing. Respondent to s22 raises rehabilitation following release from prison and setting up legitimate company.

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