Andrew McGee

Year of Call: 1999  


Overview


Ranked and recommended by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in in the fields of Crime, Health and Safety and Professional Discipline.

Andrew defends and prosecutes in all types of crime and regulatory work; he regularly leads and is led in complex multi-handed cases.

Andrew has represented clients before the full range of criminal courts and other bodies – from the magistrates court to the Privy Council and the Supreme Court, from the Coroners Court,  fitness to practice committees and health care hearings to the First Tier Tribunal and the High Court.

He recently appeared as a junior alone before the Supreme Court where he successfully argued that the offence of aggravated vehicle taking causing death was not one of strict liability (R v Taylor).

He has considerable experience of handling difficult disclosure issues (for both the Crown and the defence) as well as dealing with complex cases involving undercover police officers, covert investigatory techniques, informants etc. Has particular experience in cases involving technical evidence, as well as DNA.

Andrew has been instructed as Independent Counsel in matters of Legal Professional Privilege.

He regularly accepts Public Access instructions.

Appeals


Andrew has acted extensively in the superior courts for both appellants and respondents. He is regularly instructed by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals to act for unrepresented applicants who have themselves secured, or are attempting to secure, leave to appeal against conviction and/or sentence.

Confiscation


Andrew has extensive experience in all aspects of restraint and confiscation; advises and acts regularly, and often at an early stage, on restraint orders; likewise, regularly advises public companies and large financial institutions on POCA and the money laundering regulations.

Defence


Andrew has defended in a wide range of cases, from very large-scale drugs matters through theft and armed robbery to serious offences against the person, ranging from murder, attempted murder, section 18, kidnap, poisoning, rape and other serious sexual offences.

Environmental


Andrew has extensive experience acting for public companies and others prosecuted under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (and associated regulations), as well as criminal prosecutions brought under planning legislation (e.g. the Planning Act 1990 [Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas]).

He is a list A prosecutor on the regulatory list for the Environment Agency.

Fraud


Andrew is often instructed in heavyweight frauds; mortgage fraud, share fraud, large scale fraudulent trading etc.

Health & Safety


Andrew is very experienced in Health & Safety work, having both defended and prosecuted individuals and companies in manslaughter and general Health & Safety prosecutions.

He is a list A prosecutor on the regulatory list for the Health & Safety.

Regulatory


Andrew has considerable experience prosecuting and defending before regulatory bodies in the health field; the General Optical Council, the General Dental Council, as well as acting in PCT proceedings and before the First Tier Tribunal.

He also prosecutes for the CPS, as well as advising and acting for several public authorities in private and regulatory prosecutions.

Directory Quotes


“He is a fantastic advocate, who has criminal experience in spades” Chambers and Partners 2017

“Recommended for cases involving fatalities, particularly corporate manslaughter” Health and Safety Legal 500 2016

“He thoroughly analyses the evidence in the most complex of cases” Professional discipline Legal 500 2016

“Andrew McGee displays superb judgement allied with a strong intellect. He is a very impressive and well-prepared advocate who is fearless and knows how to win a trial. His responsiveness and client skills are second to none.” Chambers & Partners 2016

A “top choice” in Health and Safety. Legal 500 2015

Memberships


  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Qualifications


  • BA Hons Cantab
  • JJ Powell Prize, Middle Temple