Andrew Semple has many years’ experience in the Crown Court, defending a wide range of allegations including the most serious violence and sexual offending (he is on the RASSO panel) as well as a spread of financial offending.
He has appeared in several high-profile trials, including acting as junior counsel in a recent multi-handed murder trial involving torture and dismemberment. Prior to that he was lead in a trial involving allegations of poisoning with intent to endanger life.
As a Grade 3 prosecutor, Andrew has a well-established prosecution practice and has experience of prosecuting multi-handed conspiracies together with offences involving allegations of fraud, violence and organised drug-dealing. He has also prosecuted for government departments, including HMRC and the Department of Work and Pensions.
Andrew receives instructions from a significant number of defence solicitors and is trusted to deal professionally with clients indicted upon the full offence range. He is happy to provide advice upon early case preparation and to draft skeleton arguments, applications, schedules or other court documents as required.
He also has considerable experience of advising upon, and cross examination of, expert witnesses — ranging from discrete medical issues in violence or sexual cases to complex scientific evidence in multi-handed conspiracy allegations.
Andrew has a well-established practice representing young defendants, mostly (although not exclusively) sent to the Crown Court under the grave-crime provisions. His approach is generally regarded as considered and effective with client care which is sensitive to the age and vulnerability of the individual.
- Jackson (2013) 2 Cr.App.R (S) 48