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Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Call: 1991

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Andrew appears most often in cases where serious sexual offences are alleged, in particular those involving vulnerable or child witnesses, and defendants who have mental health or learning disabilities. His recent caseload includes alleged sexual offences in schools, care homes, by medical practitioners, within youth groups and charitable organisations. Andrew has extensive experience in cases involving allegations of murder, manslaughter, serious assaults and of non-accidental injuries to children or vulnerable adults. Other areas of practice include drug trafficking, public disorder, fraud and money laundering. Andrew is an accomplished communicator with an excellent jury manner, highly effective cross-examination and tactical skills and has a keen eye for detail.



HomicideSexual OffencesFraud & Drugs

Recent cases (2016-2017):

  • R v Toye Manslaughter of a six week old baby: shaken baby syndrome prosecuted many years after the death.
  • R v Salah and Others Drug gang related knife murder.
  • R v H: Attempted murder with firearm.
  • R v Kimber Killing of father by daughter; manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
  • R v M Murder (death in a supermarket queue)
  • R v W Alleged “hate crime’ murder (trial early 2018)

During his career Andrew has undertaken well over 100 cases of alleged making or possession of indecent images of children which has given him enormous experience in this field.

Recent cases (2016-2017):

  • R v K and Others People trafficking and conspiracy to rape.
  • R v L Youth Court multiple rape 10 year old client.
  • R v S Alleged rape during a dissociative sleep episode.
  • R v Alastar Care home worker multiple complainants.
  • R v Nedelcu  Stranger rape of a woman in her 80s.
  • R v Day Multiple complainant case in context of a youth organisation.
  • R v P  Defence of a scout leader.

Recent cases (2016-2017):

  • R v Brader Multi-million pound VAT fraud.
  • R v B and Others Large scale grain fraud.
  • R v Van P and Others £10m drug importation and subsequent appeal against conviction.
  • R v C  “Right to Buy” property fraud.


  • “Great with clients – patient at explaining things and a very persuasive advocate.” – Legal 500 (2021)
  • “He is always incredibly well prepared, on top of everything and calm.” – Legal 500 (2021)
  • “He’s unflappable and very good at adapting his style to suit different types of clients. He’s also very responsive.” – Chambers UK (2020)


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Oxford University, Law (MA)


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Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit



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Leading individual in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar directories (see Recommendations)