Andrew Johnson

2008

"He demonstrates great commitment to, and knowledge of, the areas of law he specialises in. This, combined with his ability to persuade others to accept his point of view and his exceptional organisation skills, makes him a reputable and sought-after advocate"

- Instructing Solicitor

Overview

Andrew specialises in consumer law, intellectual property and fraud work, in addition to his general criminal practice. He acts for both defendants and prosecuting authorities, the latter of which include local authorities and private prosecutors, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service, on whose Advocates’ Panel he has been appointed at Grade 3.

Consumer Law and Intellectual Property

A significant proportion of Andrew's practice involves acting for regulators in a broad range of consumer law cases, including rogue trading, counterfeit goods infringement and product safety cases. He is often instructed prior to the commencement of proceedings to provide advice on the scope of investigations, and thereafter prosecutes cases from first hearing through to trial and confiscation proceedings.

In the recent past, Andrew has successfully prosecuted a defendant involved in manufacturing, distributing and trading in counterfeit DVDs and CDs, arising out of a four-year investigation; a defendant engaged in the sale of counterfeit motor vehicle parts over a similar period of time; a trader who charged consumers purchasing Energy Performance Certificates unlawful cancellation and late payment fees; and a rogue letting agent who fraudulently obtained and retained deposits for rental properties that he either had no authority to market, or which had already been let to other tenants.

Andrew is frequently instructed to act for the Federation Against Copyright Theft in prosecutions of individuals accused of committing offences contrary to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and acts for Sky in bringing civil claims before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Andrew also acts for defendants, and secured a suspended sentence for a defendant who admitted trading in counterfeit Sennheiser headphones through Amazon’s online marketplace.

He has lectured at the annual Chartered Trading Standards Institute Conference, written articles for the quarterly Trading Standards Review, and co-presented a series of seminars across the country about the impact of the Regulation of Investigation of Powers Act on investigations into the underage sale of tobacco, funded by the Department of Health.

He was ranked as 'Up and Coming' in consumer law by Chambers and Partners 2017, which called him 'a skilled criminal lawyer who has cultivated a consumer law practice and now advises and acts for both defendants and prosecuting regulators'.

General Crime

Andrew’s general criminal defence practice has included obtaining acquittals for a client in an eight-handed case accused of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office; a young lady charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, a private hire driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger; and, as led junior, a solicitor accused of conspiring to defraud mortgage companies.

His prosecution practice has included securing convictions for wounding with intent, robbery and the importation of Class A drugs. He is currently instructed as disclosure counsel in a series of cases prosecuted by the Specialist Fraud Division. He has particular expertise in prosecuting cases with a technological element, and is adept at presenting to juries cases largely dependent on cell-site evidence.

Confiscation and Cash Forfeiture

Andrew’s confiscation experience includes both prosecuting and defending in contested hearings, acting for defendants in enforcement proceedings, and representing both prosecuting authorities and defendants in applications to vary existing orders. He also acts for both applicants and respondents in cash forfeiture hearing, including on one notable occasion succeeding in securing the return of £30,000 wrapped in chocolate bar wrappers and attempted to be carried in the hold of an aircraft, both at first instance before magistrates and then again on appeal by the applicant to the Crown Court.

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Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson

Specialist Areas

  • Computer and Hi-Tech Crime
  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • General Crime
  • Professional Discipline & Regulatory
  • Consumer Law

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