Andrew Horsell


Andrew was born in South Africa and was educated at the University of Cape Town where he obtained degrees in Business Science and Law. He completed pupillage with 3TG and was made a tenant in 2011.

He has previously worked for major financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley and Cantor Fitzgerald, specialising in the field of fixed income derivatives and for several years managed a race engineering company, which specialised in the racing of historic Formula 1 cars from the 60s and 70s.

Andrew has been instructed in serious and high-profile cases including murder (as a led junior), attempted murder, multi-handed violent disorder, armed robbery, serious drugs offences, and Companies Act offences. He has also been instructed in a number of Health and Safety law cases.

His previous experience in finance has proved to be invaluable when dealing with fraud and Company Law type offences.
Andrew is highly computer literate, with a degree major in Information Technology and industry experience in Excel and SQL programming. He has lectured on the topic of computer/telephone-based evidence and is regularly instructed in cases where electronic evidence is central.

He has a reputation of being straight-talking and approachable. A passionate advocate, with a reputation for being a fighter; he is respected by both lay and professional clients. As a fluent Afrikaans speaker, he is particularly popular with South African defendants.

When time permits Andrew can be found racing and repairing historic cars, motorcycle touring, playing squash or coaching rugby.

Court of Appeal

R v Simmonds [2012] EWCA Crim 209

R v Humanikwa [2013] EWCA Crim 2710

R v Salmon [2015] EWCA Crim 601

AG ref 33 of 2016 [2016] EWCA Crim 749

Serious Crime - noteworthy cases

R v O (Operation Caltrop). 2020, Maidstone Crown Court.
Murder. Led by Jeremy Wainwright QC. Instructed by Achom & Partners.

R v M (Operation Vouch). 2019, Southwark Crown Court.
Fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

R v H (Operation Chalkwell). 2019, Lewes Crown Court.
Large scale county line drug supply network.

R v MM. 2018, Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Drug supply network in East London.

R v I (Operation Mace). 2018, Basildon Crown Court.
Aggravated burglary and robbery in the home. Cell site evidence.

R v WH. 2017, Winchester Crown Court.
Rape by father of daughter and her friend, both aged 14. DNA evidence central to case.

R v WI. 2017, Southwark Crown Court.
Controlling/coercive behaviour and sexual assault.

R v S. 2016, Bristol Crown Court.
Murder. Lead by Peter Rouch QC.

R v RS. 2016, Blackfriars Crown Court.
Attempted murder. Consumption of ‘Spice' and effect on mental health central to case.

R v AS. 2016, Central Criminal Court.
Two-handed gang rape.

R v B. 2016, Blackfriars Crown Court

R v LS (Operation Dunston). 2015, Ipswich Crown Court.
Lead by Tim Forte. Multiple identity fraud conspiracies, based in a number of cities around the UK.

R v FG. 2015, Croydon Crown Court.
Historic sexual assault.

R v B & Others (2013, Harrow Crown Court)
Successful application to dismiss in nine-handed violent disorder and conspiracy to commit violent disorder case. This was the second trial to arise out of a stabbing in Dollis Hill in 2012; the first trial having resulted in a conviction for murder.

R v J (Operation Krakatoa). 2012, Blackfriars Crown Court.
Drug supply conspiracy.

Other noteworthy cases

R v R & Others. 2014, Blackfriars Crown Court.
Urban explorers charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage. Prosecuted by QC, legal argument in this case lasted for three weeks and finally resulted in pleas which allowed for the defendant to be sentenced to a conditional discharge.

DW v NHRTM & Others. 2016, Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court - Successful defence against private prosecution brought under the Landlord and Tenant Act.

R v WG. 2015, Guildford Magistrates' Court.
Successful defence of an ex-serviceman charged with obstructing a search under the Terrorism Act. Involved novel legal argument on the effect of the Protection of Freedoms Act in front of the District Judge who authored ‘Stones'.

R v JC. 2016, Basildon Crown Court.
Health and Safety at Work Act offences.

R v MTT. 2014, Canterbury Crown Court.
Companies Act offences.

R v GS & another. 2020, Guildford Crown Court.
Trading Standards case.









BBusSc (Law)(Hons) Univ. of Cape Town
LLB Univ. of Cape Town
Graduate diploma in Law - BPP London 2008
Bar Vocational Course - BPP London 2009

Memberships & Associations

Lincoln's Inn
Criminal Bar Association

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