Andrew Parker

Barrister

Called 2016

Inn of Court: Inner Temple

Memberships: Criminal Bar Association (CBA), Association of Police Lawyers (APL), Human Rights Lawyers’ Association (HRLA), Midland & South-East Circuit.

CPS Panels/ Grade: Prosecutor Grade 2

Public Access: Accredited PA Barrister

 

Education & Awards:

BPTC at Manchester Law School (Best Performing Student 2016)

Accredited Mediator (Civil/Commercial)

GDL from Nottingham Law School (Commendation)

Chartered Forensic Psychologist (CPsychol) and Member of the British Psychological Society

Mental Health Advisory Group member of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)

PhD. Forensic Psychology from Kings College London (Awarded the Odin Scholarship)

MSc. Forensic Psychology from Surrey University (Distinction)

BSc. Criminology from University of Portsmouth

Background

Andrew practises across a wide area of criminal and police law, general civil and family law.

Prior to being called to the Bar in 2016, Andrew had a highly successful career as a senior police detective. Having over 30 years’ police service in Hong Kong, London, HMIC at the Home Office and in Yorkshire, Andrew has experience of leading the investigation of complex crime, including homicide, serious and organised crime, and counter-corruption. As a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, in 2016 he represented UK Policing on attachment in Washington DC.

Throughout his former career, he has developed particular expertise in the relation to the use of investigatory powers, specialist disclosure, POCA and has extensive experience in policing mental health issues, inquests, and public inquiries. He seeks to bring some invaluable insights from a long public service to his practice as an independent legal practitioner.

Andrew is dual qualified as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Holding a PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, he specialised in the assessment of witness credibility and memory in relation to historical allegations of sexual abuse. Andrew has also published and lectured widely, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, on the application of psychology to the law.

Civil


Andrew is developing a thriving practice covering areas of general civil law.

Crime


With his long professional background in the criminal law, particularly in relation to the use of investigative powers and police procedure, Andrew has developed a strong criminal practice both prosecuting and defending. He is frequently instructed on appeals and committals for sentence to the Crown Court. In the Magistrate’s Court he has assisted numerous clients facing disqualification by successfully pleading special reasons and exceptional hardship. Andrew is authoritative, authentic and persuasive.

Family


Andrew background and experience also attracts frequent instructions to represent parties involved in both private and public children’s proceedings in the Family Court. Applying a pragmatic approach, Andrew is robust in his negotiations and advocacy in achieving the best possible outcome for his clients and in the child’s best interests. He particularly specialises in sensitive and complex cases where domestic violence is alleged and has achieved positive outcomes for clients in contested hearings such as finding of fact hearings.

Immigration


Prior to being called to the bar in 2016, Andrew had a long and successful career in the police service. Having unique insights into how the Criminal Justice System operates and how public authorities litigate matters, Andrew is keen to assist clients to navigate the potential pitfalls of immigration control, law, and rules. As an active supporter of Amnesty, Andrew is particularly interested in asylum claims and human rights challenges.

Regulatory


Andrew is developing a thriving practice in regulatory law.

Police Law


Andrew is frequently instructed by police forces and local authorities to provide specialist advice and advocacy in areas of disclosure (PII), use of investigatory powers, enforcement orders (SOPOs, Civil injunctions, Closure Orders, etc.) and restraint and confiscation proceedings (POCA). He has been especially successful in developing disclosure and PII in family proceedings and has appeared before the High Court in relation to serious and complex care proceedings. Andrew also has vast experience of appearing before the Coroner’s Court as a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) investigating unexplained death and death following police contact, which provides scope for expanding this area of his practice at the Bar.

Testimonials


“Also at this point can I say how impressive Mr Andrew Parker was yesterday at Stafford court. I would highly recommend his services to anyone. [He was] knowledgeable, … reassuring and offered me very good legal advice. If he is available for any further legal matters in court I would be more than happy to have him represent me again”.