Andrew Bousfield > Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC
Furnival Chambers
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Called 2004


Andrew is a well-respected criminal and employment practitioner.  In crime, he undertakes work in all areas of serious crime, fraud and money laundering.  In employment, he represents whistleblowers in matters which involve detailed allegations of (often criminal) wrongdoing.  Andrew uses his background as an investigative journalist to seek out forensic detail which will assist his clients.  He has a very busy practice, largely on the South Eastern Circuit.

He is primarily a trial advocate with experience of several multi-week trials in the Employment Tribunals and Crown Court. Andrew has acted in over 30 whistleblowing cases. In his criminal practice, he enjoys complicated briefs with forensic detail.

Andrew has a developing practice in the proceeds of crime.  Recently, he was appointed onto the editorial board of Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot, “Confiscation and Proceeds of Crime), loose-leaf, responsible for case updates in all areas of confiscation law.

Andrew also has a practice in regulatory law (defending professionals in the NMC and HCPC) and has had some notable results.

If legal assistance is required at an early stage, he is direct access qualified, and is able to assist in getting cases ready to win at trial and to give early sensible advice. Andrew works with other barristers if appropriate in high profile trials.

Andrew has also undertaken courses in Abnormal Psychology and Personality Psychology at Oxford University, skills he uses to assess witnesses. These skills also assist with complicated psychiatric evidence, often on fitness to plead.

For many years, Andrew acted as a media lawyer for several newspapers (The Sun, The Mirror, The Sunday Mirror, The Independent)dealing with privacy injunctions, defamation and contempt issues.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Andrew also worked as an investigative journalist for Private Eye magazine. He investigated Russian money laundering through LLP’s, MOD contracts in Saudi Arabia, whistleblowing stories, and much more.

In 2014, Andrew Bousfield and Richard Brooks won the Paul Foot award for investigative journalism, for looking into bribery on a military contract in Saudi Arabia, which involved investigating money trails through several offshore jurisdictions. The matter is currently subject to an SFO investigation.

In 2013, Andrew Bousfield and Richard Brooks involved the use of brass plate shell companies, LLP’s and company service providers to launder stolen Russian monies.

In 2011, Andrew Bousfield and Dr Phil Hammond were runners up for the Martha Gellhorn international investigative journalism for an eight page special investigation in 2011 into NHS whistleblowers and the use of silencing gag clauses entitled, “Shoot the Messenger”.