Mr Andrew Haslam QC > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers

Work Department

Criminal and Regulatory


Andrew is a highly experienced criminal and regulatory barrister with over 28 years’ experience at the Bar.

Andrew has particular expertise in high value fraud and financial crime for both the prosecution and defence. These include mortgage, VAT, financial services, investment fraud and fraudulent trading. He regularly receives instructions for advice pre-charge by the Serious Fraud Division (SFD), the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and other regulatory bodies, including National Trading Standards.

In his work for the MMO, Andrew has dealt with and developed a unique understanding of wholly new areas of domestic and international law. In Op Iroko, he was instructed to provide pre-charge advice in the first prosecution of a business directly connected to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing off West Coast of Africa. He was notably instructed to advise the Falkland Islands Government in R v Baston and others, the first prosecution for deliberate targeting of fish without a licence.

Alongside his financial crime specialism, Andrew continues to act for individuals charged with serious and organised criminal offences, from murder and firearms cases to serious sexual offences and drugs conspiracies.

Andrew prides himself on his attention to detail, thorough preparation, his understanding of complex legal and evidential issues and his ability to resolve them.


Called 1991; Silk 2018


North Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association


LLB (University of Leicester)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Haslam QCExchange Chambers

At Exchange Chambers in Leeds, the ‘robust advocateChristopher Tehrani QC ‘is noted for his fearless, dogged, but courteous approach in the courtroom, and his ability to react swiftly to dynamic situations as they arise‘. Andrew Haslam QC is sought after for his expertise in prosecuting and defending in high-value financial crime and fraud cases, including investment and VAT fraud. Cybercrime is a particular strength of Nicholas Johnson QC‘s practice, while Andrew Petterson is instructed in cases involving historic sexual offences, serious violence and large-scale drugs conspiracies.