Andrew has been practising as a criminal defence lawyer in Hong Kong with Haldanes since 1993. He has defended many large scale “white collar” commercial crime cases brought by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”) and the Commercial Crime Bureau (“CCB”), as well as by the Hong Kong Police Force. He has also represented clients in many investigations by the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”), the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (“SEHK”) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”).
Andrew has acted for the defence in a number of well-known trials including the former CEO of Wardley (HSBC) (acquitted in the CFA); the Financial Director of Yaohan (acquitted in the High Court); Lee Ming-tee, the CM of Allied Group; HKSAR v Nina Wang (charges withdrawn); the Shanghai Land case involving the trial of prominent bankers and lawyers (won with costs in the CFA); the Yau Hai shipping trial (won with costs in the Court of Appeal); the TSL jewellery trial; as well as the well-known case of Fetish Fashion (also won with costs).
Andrew conducts his own trials, mitigations, and bail applications in the Magistrates and District Courts, as well as instructing suitable counsel, when required. He engages in detailed preparation of cases for the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal. Andrew has also assisted in the prosecution and detection of crime and advised companies on possible criminal conduct by directors or employees, including advice to the victims of crime. Andrew has developed strong international ties and represented clients from a wide range of countries for offences involving extradition, fraud, money laundering and computer crime. He was also engaged in a leading judicial review case involving former President Berlusconi of Italy, which concluded in the Court of Final Appeal and the clients were later acquitted in Milan. In 2018, Andrew was involved in taking witness evidence in China for 2 months under a Letter of Request. The client was acquitted after a 3-month trial (with costs) in a multi-million dollar money laundering trial. In 2019, Andrew has been representing a sub-contractor in the MTR Commission of Inquiry during a high profile public inquiry.