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Andrew Semple

Year of call:
1993
Education:
1992
University College, Durham University BA (Hons) Law (2:1)
1993
ICSL (London) BVC
Career:
1993
Pupil at Sovereign Chambers
2012
Deputy head of the criminal team at Sovereign Chambers Grade 3 Crown Prosecutor
2015
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Appointments:
2015
RASSO panel
Memberships:
North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association

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.

Criminal prosecution

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.

Criminal defence

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.

Expert witnesses

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.

Young defendants

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.

Notable cases

  • Jackson (2013) 2 Cr.App.R (S) 48

Contact Andrew’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211