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Andrew Bird

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5 St Andrews Hill (Chambers of David Josse QC)

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Andrew practises in all areas of asset recovery, civil fraud & confiscation, business crime and crime, immigration, judicial review & public law and regulatory law.


A specialist in white collar crime, civil and criminal asset forfeiture, civil and public law proceedings regarding the criminal process. Ranked as a star Individual in Chambers and Partners in the fields of POCA work and asset forfeiture (all circuits) and ranked as a band 1 leading individual in the Legal 500 in the field of POCA and asset forfeiture (London Bar). 

"Andrew Bird is a genius for criminal law, POCA and cash forfeiture work."
Chambers and Partners 2018.

"He's good strategically, good on his feet and good on paper."

Chambers and Partners 2017.

He is appointed to the Attorney General's 'A' list panel for government work and acts in cases of the highest complexity.

In 2000 Andrew was appointed as an examiner of the High Court.

Andrew is a contributing Editor to leading encyclopaedia Smith, Owen and Bodnar on Asset Recovery (OUP, 2008-2015).

Andrew is a regular presenter of seminars for Central Law Training, POCLA, Police Forces, Association of Police Lawyers, National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and others.

He is also an Expert presenter to European Commission CITES and Wildlife Crime Enforcement Group: 2012.

Andrew accepts Direct Public Access instructions.


Called to the Bar in in 1987.
Standing Counsel to the RCPO: 2005.
Standing Counsel to the DWP: 2008.
Level 4 CPS Prosecutor: 2012.
Attorney-General’s “A” List civil panel for treasury and other government work, 2012. 


  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.
  • South-Eastern Circuit.


  • MA, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.
  • Inns of Court School of Law.

London Bar

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Andrew Bird - 5 St Andrews HillExcellent at proceeds of crime because of his knowledge of the area.

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

5 St Andrews Hill includes a number of juniors involved in significant confiscation cases. Andrew Bird represented the City of London Police in R (Meridia Oil & Others) v City of London Police, an Administrative Court case concerning whether it was permissible for the police to force the conversion of money on trading accounts into cheques as a precursor to the use of cash forefeiture powers. Meanwhile, James Fletcher is instructed to represent former UBS trader Tom Hayes, who was convicted of manipulating Libor in 2015 and whose case is before the Criminal Cases Review Commission, in an appeal against a decision to consider a joint purchase of a matrimonial home as a tainted gift from him to his wife.

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