Andrew Steel > Plexus Law > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Plexus Law
M1 4BT

Work Department

Public sector/Police Law


Partner/Head of National Public Sector Services


Andrew is a Partner in the Manchester office and was appointed Head of Public Sector Services for the firm with effect from January 2021. He qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and since that time has acted for public authorities and corporate clients alike. This gives him an in depth understanding of the clients he acts for enabling him to provide technically sound and strategic advice.

He has a particular interest in defending civil actions against the police. He has significant experience with claims involving false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution and claims under the Human Rights Act.

He has been involved in several reported cases, including:

  • X & Y v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2004] EWHC 764 (damages for disclosure of police informants identity)
  • Haines v Staffordshire Police Authority (2008) [Lawtel AC011612] (medical case of disc prolapse)
  • Hanagan v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (2009) [Lawtel AC012141] (death in custody and classification of “victim” under Article 2)
  • Foreman v Commissioner of Police (2014) (unreported) (use of force during arrest at FA Cup semi-final)
  • Davies v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police [2015] EWCA Civ 114 (breaches of codes of practice regarding detention of vulnerable adults)
  • R (on the application of Segalov) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2018] EWCA 3187 (Judicial review of decision not to allow a reporter accreditation to attend a political event)
  • Acting on behalf of a number of officers as part of the Undercover Policing Inquiry ( (2017 to present)

His work for corporate clients includes defending claims made against owners and occupiers of premises, serious injuries and fatalities and road traffic accidents. He works closely with a number of large UK based businesses and is able to provide legal advice set against a background of corporate and financial considerations.

He regularly provides training and seminars on a variety of subjects.he


Andrew is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) Sector Focus Team for the Public Sector.


University of Huddersfield (1998 LLB (Hons)).


Andrew’s interests include cycling, American culture and Italian food. He is a Crisis UK volunteer.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Defendant law firm Plexus Law represents insurance companies, corporates and public sector bodies in a variety of claims. The practice is led by Anthony Baker, Jarrod Parker, Alison Beesley and Andrew Steel, who are specialists in casualty work, aviation, occupational disease and public sector work, respectively. For motor claims, Sally Richmond is recommended, while Chris Foulkes represents clients in regulatory investigations undertaken by the police, the Environment Agency and other regulatory bodies.

North West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Plexus Law’s personal injury team focuses on casualty, motor, disease, fraud and large loss claims. The department is instructed by major insurers, the Metropolitan Police and various local authorities. Anthony Baker leads the practice, specialising in work-related stress claims. Tim Short and Gary Petterson oversee the motor and fraud teams, respectively. Philip D’Netto heads the catastrophic injury department and Louise Shaw manages the casualty unit. Andrew Steel and Matt Smith co-head the public sector/police law team.