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 acts for both defendants and prosecuting authorities in a broad range of criminal cases. In addition to general criminal work, he has particular specialisms in fraud, confiscation and cash forfeiture, consumer law and intellectual property offences.

Andrew’s 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 and, as led junior, a solicitor accused of conspiring to defraud mortgage companies. In his consumer law practice, he recently secured a suspended sentence for a defendant accused of trading in counterfeit Sennheiser headphones through Amazon’s online marketplace and representing.

Andrew has been appointed to the Crown Prosecution Service Advocates’ Panel at Grade 3. His prosecution practice has included securing convictions for wounding with intent, robbery and the importation of Class A drugs. He has particular expertise in dealing with cases with a technological element, and is adept at presenting to juries cases largely dependent on cell-site evidence.

Andrew frequently acts for a number of trading standards departments in prosecuting 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 the investigation, and thereafter prosecutes cases from first hearing through to trial and confiscation proceedings. Andrew is currently instructed to prosecute a defendant in respect of manufacturing, distributing and trading in counterfeit DVDs and CDs, arising out of a four-year investigation, recently secured convictions involved in relation to the fraudulent trading in counterfeit motor vehicle parts over a similar period of time. He has lectured at the annual Trading Standards Institute Conference, and is currently co-presenting 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.

Since 2009, Andrew has prosecuted numerous cases brought under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, acting for both the Federation Against Copyright Theft and Media Protection Services. In the course of these proceedings, he has extensively argued a number of legal issues, including the impact of the Legal Services Act 2007 on the commencement of private prosecutors, whether domestic legislation breaches the fundamental freedoms of European law, and the applicability of principles of European Union law to non-member states, including the enforceability of provisions of Stabilisation and Association Agreements with candidate states.

Andrew’s confiscation experience includes both prosecuting and defending in contested for 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 an 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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