Andrew Selby


Year of Call: 1997

Practice Group(s): Crime, Public & Regulatory

Portrait of Andrew Selby

Recommended in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 2009 & 2010

(Entries reproduced)

Andrew Selby "always goes that extra mile" and is "very confident". Interviewees observed that he is "a fearless advocate who doesn't shirk difficult trials". (Chambers & Partners 2009)

Andrew Selby is a good choice for criminal defence, especially where the examination of expert witnesses is required. (Legal 500)

Practice Profile:
Andrew specialises in criminal defence work with experience in all nature of offences including homicide, fraud, serious offences of drugs and violence as well as sexual offences. Skilled in dealing with experts of all kinds including pathologists, psychiatrists, accident reconstruction experts and computer experts. Experience in Appellate Courts. Andrew also has experience in Mental Health Tribunals as well as Parole Board Hearings.


In 2010 Andrew was involved in 3 murder trials one gaining considerable worldwide media coverage. The defendant, who was acquitted, was charged with the murder of his mother in law, with whom he had previously been married. The deceased was a published author whose first husband had been an oil minister in Sadaam Hussain's Iraq. The case involved detailed research and complicated lines of enquiry into missing bank accounts and potential 'hitmen'.

Andrew is also able to accept Direct Access work.

Notable Cases:
R v Sole (2012) - Junior Counsel in cut throat murder trial involving the street drinking community.
R v Biliniewicz (2012) - Junior Counsel in murder trial of the wife of a Polish national involving issues of 'morbid delusional jealousy'.
R v Resse (2012) - Large scale art fraud conspiracy.
R v E (2012) - Junior Counsel in multiple rape allegations one of which resulted in the death of one of the 'victims'.
R v TC (2012) - Slavery.
R v BC (2012) - Slavery.
R v W (2011) - successful defence of 13 year old boy accused of raping his 7 year old sister.
R v Mears (2011) - Lapland UK - drafted in specifically to represent one of the defendants at his sentence hearing.
R v C (2011) - Junior Counsel in successful defence of head of Irish travelling family accused of conspiracy to defraud.
R v Gold (2011) - Junior Counsel in successful defence of man accused of murdering his girlfriend by way of heroin injection.
R v BC (2011) - Junior Counsel in first case of 'slavery' in over 200 years in the UK.
R v Edwards (2011) Historic marital rape.
R v Dunne (2010) - Junior Counsel in the case of a paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed his former neighbour to death.
R v Coker - successful defence of man charged with historic 'stranger rape' allegation.
R v Skibicki (2010) - Junior Counsel in Polish Murder Case.
R v Soboh (2010) - Junior Counsel in murder trial of man charged with killing his mother in law to whom he was previously married - acquitted.
R v Barton - (2010) man charged with rape of a 15 year old girl. He had previously been convicted of raping an elderly lady in her 90's. - acquitted.
R v Cox - (2010) 70 year old lady charged with causing death by careless driving.
R v Lewis - (2009) - former England all round cricketer and personality on drug importation charges.
R v Winwood - (2008)- 81 year old lady charged with careless driving resulting in the death of an 86 year old pedestrian.
R v Cook - (2008) - Junior Counsel in mercy killing case.
R v Coutts - Junior Counsel in the case of a man charged with murder of special needs music teacher during asphyxial sex. The case involved detailed examination of websites and images viewed by the defendant both following the murder and prior to the disposal of the body, which was kept in storage for several weeks. Detailed forensic examination of the defendant's computer was carried out which required counsel to have an in depth understanding of the mechanisms and workings of computers.
R v Sulaimon - (2008) London Terrorist Bombings Case.
R v Hawkins - (2007) - hunt saboteur case.
R v Sajid - defended a well known Imam and magistrate in a benefit fraud case requiring detailed examination of thousands of documents. Case required sensitivity in dealing with defendants with language and cultural barriers.
R v Williams - defended man charged with attempted murder. The case involved a complicated three-way homosexual love triangle.
R v Sparshott - defended elderly man charged with historic sexual abuse on three different boys. Case required very sensitive and delicate but effective cross-examination.
R v Chapman - defended man charged with 'stalking' a well-known celebrity. Case involved intense media interest.
R v Watling - case involved representing a man charged with 'derailing' a train on a private level crossing. Once again extensive media interest as well as detailed expert examination.

Reported cases - Court of Appeal and Divisional Court including:

R v Huggins (contempt of court)
R v Hall (ASBOS)
R v Chichester Crown Court ex parte Lees-Sandey (increasing sentence on appeal from magistrates court to the Crown Court)
Ridehalgh v DPP (when a caution is required)
R v Brighton Youth Court ex parte C ('grave crime' argument)

Further Professional Information:
Excellent people skills - dealing regularly with disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society as well as professionals alike. Able to build a good rapport with clients. Adopts a methodical approach in preparing and conducting cases of all degrees of difficulty. Very proficient in working with computers - preparation of cases and communicating with essential parties by electronic means as well as having access to online legal resources both at home and in chambers.

Andrew is a registered lawyer with the Football Association.

He is a member of the British Spanish Lawyers Association, Sussex Bar Mess, Criminal Bar Association, Bar Golf Society (Champion 2002), Bar Tennis Society.