Andrew Herd

Call: 2015

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Legal 500, 2022
Andrew Herd

Personal profile

Andrew is a criminal and regulatory barrister. He is able to provide advice and representation at every stage of a case, from pre-charge through to trial, sentence and appeal.

Andrew’s criminal practice encompasses all types of work from Road Traffic Offences through to Serious & Organised Crime, Sexual Offences and Business Crime & Fraud. He appears regularly in the Crown Court both as a led junior and as a junior appearing alone and has successfully defended clients against a range of allegations from theft to attempted murder.

Andrew’s regulatory practice includes both Professional Discipline cases and advisory work for regulators. He is also able to assist clients in quasi-criminal cases, dealing with issues such as contempt of court and cash forfeiture.

Andrew holds an LLB (first class) and LLM (with distinction). He is a Grade 2 prosecutor, member of the SFO C panel, member of the Civilian Stabilisation Group, and a contributor to the practitioner text, Arlidge and Parry on Fraud.


Andrew has experience of defending and prosecuting a range of criminal cases, including attempted murder, Sexual Offences and Fraud.

Featured cases

  • R v X (2022) – s20.
  • R v X (2022) – s18 and affray.
  • R v X (2022) – PWITS class A.
  • R v X (2021) – Robbery.
  • R v X (2021) – ABH.
  • R v X (2021) – Attempted murder.
  • R v X (2021) – ABH.
  • R v X (2020) – Junior counsel, rape.
  • R v X (2020) – Trafficking.
  • R v X (2020) – Burglary.
  • R v X (2020) – Junior counsel, fraud.
  • R v X (2020) – DVLA fraud.
  • R v X (2020) – Tax fraud.
  • R v X (2020) – Attempt s18 and s20.
  • R v X (2020) – PWITS cocaine.
  • R v X (2020) – High Court (insolvency), contempt.
  • R v X (2020) – Disclosure counsel, private prosecution.
  • R v X (2019) – Knife point robbery.
  • R v X (2019) – Disclosure work, SFO.
  • R v X (2019) – (Court of Appeal) PWITS class A, appeal against sentence.
  • R v X (2019) – Attempted burglary of cannabis factory.
  • R v X (2019) – Junior counsel, Modern Slavery.
  • R v X (2019) – Disclosure counsel. murder.
  • R v X (2019) – Environmental prosecution.

See our Crime team.


  • LLM by Research, University of Edinburgh, Distinction
  • LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen, First Class


  • Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple)
  • Edinburgh Legal Education Trust, LLM by Research Scholarship

Professional appointments

  • CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor
  • Member of the Civilian Stabilisation Unit
  • SFO, C Panel


  • CBA
  • ARDL


  • Book Review of Forbes: The Institutes of the Law of Scotland: Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 18, pp 300 – 301, May 2014
  • Brexit and Money Laundering Regulation, April 2017, (co-author)
  • Criminal Finances Act 2017 (January 2018 update), (co-author)
  • Arlidge and Parry on Fraud, 5th Edition, 1st Supplement, September 2018, (co-author)
  • Arlidge and Parry on Fraud, 6th Edition, 2020, (co-author)
  • What New UK Money Laundering Law Means For Fintech, Law 360 June 2021