Andrew Wilkins

Barrister

Called 1995

 

Background

Andrew Wilkins has a wide experience of criminal proceedings, built up over many years. He has expertise in defending almost all kinds of cases, from road traffic to murder, including fraud, regulatory offences, armed robbery, rape, child abduction and arson with intent. He is knowledgeable about all relevant aspects of procedure, evidence and sentencing. He has experience of Courts Martial and prison disciplinary hearings. He is Grade 4 Prosecutor and on the CPS panel to prosecute serious sexual offences. He has prosecuted an equally wide range of offences. He has written articles and lectured on various aspects of criminal law.

Crime


 

– General Crime

– Courts Martial

– Environmental Law

– ASBO and Sex Prevention Orders

– POCA and Police Property Act Matters

Andrew appears in the Magistrates Court and Court of Appeal, but more usually in the Crown Court. He has successfully argued that cases should be stayed as an abuse of process, has ensured that evidence is excluded and has sensitively, but successfully, challenged the evidence of vulnerable witnesses. He is able to skilfully cross-examine expert witnesses from various scientific disciplines and can advise when an expert should be called on behalf of the defence. He can ensure that any sentence passed is kept to a minimum and that ancillary orders, such as restraining orders, football banning orders or sexual harm prevention orders are only passed when necessary. He has successfully handled many proceeds of crime applications, including obtaining certificates of inadequacy and resisting applications to increase the available amount. He has successfully argued against convictions and sentence in the Court of Appeal.

Recent cases have included a successful defence of a man charged with rape on a former partner where he had been convicted of domestic violence against her; obtaining acquittals for a defendant accused of a sexual assault together with other men, with that and another incident said to include threats made with an imitation firearm; advancing mitigation such that a woman who admitted participating in robberies of small businesses did not receive an immediate sentence of imprisonment; and overturning the conviction of a trafficked woman who had pleaded guilty to immigration offences on the basis of inadequate legal advice from her previous team.

Andrew Wilkins does accept clients on a Direct Access basis, without a solicitor, but considers that this is only appropriate in a small number of cases.