Mr Andrew Baillie > Chambers of Jacob Levy QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jacob Levy QC
9 Gough Square

Work Department

Fraud and regulatory; general crime, mediation.


Andrew is one of the most successful and experienced fraud advocates in the UK. His early career included cases from the widest possible range of legal areas from drugs, rape and murder to the rectification of a lease. In recent years he has concentrated on criminal, civil and regulatory cases where the key facts centre on commercial fraud. He has conducted nearly three dozen commercial frauds and, since taking silk, he has also advised and represented financial regulators and applied his fraud knowledge in extradition. He has prosecuted or defended in several of the most serious and complex cases ever prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office and has recently been included in the new list of counsel to be instructed by the SFO. He is particularly respected for explaining complex facts to juries and for his examination and cross-examination of experts such as accountants, actuaries, bankers, financiers and solicitors. The Times featured Andrew as its Lawyer of the Week following his prosecution of the defendants found guilty of fraud after the collapse of Independent Insurance. He is featured in the leading legal directories. He is practised in the use of computer systems to analyse and present his cases.


Called 1970; recorder 1988; silk 2001; CEDR-accredited mediator. Notable fraud cases: Attorney-General’s Reference (No. 2 of 1982) [1984] QB 624 – theft by company directors. Tringham (64 Cr. App. R. 92) – theft by company directors; R v Terry Ramsden (1993) (CCC) – share warrant fraud; R v Rees-Jones and others (1994-5) (Newport Crown Court) – fraud stopped by judge as unmanageable; R v Hinchliffe and others (1999-2001) (Two trials at the Central Criminal Court and various appeals) – fraud and corruption; R v Bright and others (2006-7) (Southwark Crown Court) – directors of Independent Insurance; R v Suleman (2008-9) (Southwark Crown Court) wine investment; R v Saghir Afzal and others (2009-13) (Southwark Crown Court) prosecuted £49 million mortgage fraud for Serious Fraud Office. 13-year sentence imposed on Afzal was third longest ever imposed in an SFO case. General cases: Blair Peach Inquest (1980); R v Cuthbertson and others (1978) (Bristol Crown Court) – Operation Julie LSD manufacture and distribution; R v Haycock and others (1981) (Winchester Crown Court) – Hell’s Angels attempted murder and affray; Hill (83 Cr. App. R. 386, HL) – administering a noxious substance with intent; Flack v Baldry (87 Cr. App. R. 130, HL) – stun guns; R v Rafiq and others (2004) (Central Criminal Court) – murder; R v Seville and others (2005) (Nottingham Crown Court) – murder; R v Jenny Henry (2005) (Central Criminal Court) – murder; Russian Federation v Nikitin and Skarga (2008) – extradition.


CBA (Criminal Bar Association).