Andrew Smith MBE TD

A broad criminal practice, for the prosecution or for the defence, especially defending allegations of serious sexual offences. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is on the specialist RASSO panel.

Andrew Smith has a mixed criminal practice and will either defend or prosecute (he is a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor and is appointed to the Specialist RASSO panel). He is currently our Deputy Head of Chambers.

Andrew served full-time and part-time in the British Army, and was awarded an MBE for his military service in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is well able to understand and deal with accused service personnel, both at specialist military tribunals and in the civilian courts.

Andrew came to the law in the hope of making a difference, and particularly enjoys being at the coal face of criminal justice. He has a reputation for politely but determinedly challenging the status quo, including the complacency that has infiltrated the criminal justice system as a result of decades of underfunding and making do.

“An upstanding advocate riven through with integrity… Winning acclaim for his razor sharp delivery.”

Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Andrew Smith practices in all areas of criminal work, for the prosecution or the defence, and has a particular specialism in defending allegations of serious sexual offences. He is experienced at dealing with young and vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

He is a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor and is appointed to the specialist RASSO panel. He regularly prosecutes or defends cases involved the misuse of drugs and serious violence.

Significant Cases

  • R v BT [2018] – Prosecution of a 17-year-old for attempted murder involving a random knife attack on a lone female.
  • R v GS [2018] – Defended a man accused of the attempted murder of his flatmate, alleging having been sexually assaulted by him.
  • R v M and Others [2018] – Prosecution of 12 members of a gang, relating to violent disorder.
  • R v N [2017] – Defending two adult victims with significant learning difficulties, living in supported accommodation, in rape allegations. The case required cross-examination through intermediaries.
  • R v M [2017] – The case involved defending a historic rape allegation going back over 50 years. It raised issues of old law, doli incapax and the irrebuttable presumption of a male under 16 unable to have sexual intercourse. The trial resulted in a conviction which was successfully appealed.

How much will Andrew Smith’s services cost?

Andrew mostly works on a fixed-fee basis for the main hearing, with a daily refresher rate for any subsequent date of hearing, although this depends on the type of work you request. If you’d like a quotation for his legal services in a particular matter, please contact our clerk using the details below and we’ll be very happy to help. Please also refer to Bank House Chambers’ standard terms & conditions.

What might influence the timescales of the services Andrew offers?

Andrew would normally expect to arrange a preliminary conference with your client within 7 days of first contact from you. After that, despite our best intentions, we can’t always control timescales or the amount of time we spend on a case. These can be affected by factors such as urgency; complexity; your own (or your client’s) availability; Andrew’s availability and that of any third parties; the volume of documents he needs to review or must request; and the court’s availability.

Can you have confidence in Andrew’s work?

He is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

How can you contact Andrew Smith MBE TD?

In the first instance, please contact our senior clerk, Wayne Digby, on 0114 275 1223 or email him at