Andrew Baillie QC wins plaudits for his "very measured advocacy" and his "very fair" approach to serious fraud cases.

Chambers & Partners 2013
Andrew Andrew QC

Barrister: Andrew Baillie QC



Sitting as a Recorder in the Crown Court and County Court (1984-2018); Queen’s Counsel (2001); Accredited Mediator (2005)


Andrew Baillie is one of the most experienced fraud advocates in the UK. His early career included cases from the widest possible range of legal areas from drugs, rape and murder to the rectification of a lease. In recent years he has concentrated on criminal, civil and regulatory cases where the key facts centre on commercial fraud. He has conducted nearly three dozen commercial frauds and, since taking silk, he has also advised and represented governments, individuals, corporations and financial regulators in the UK and elsewhere. He has applied his fraud knowledge in extradition. He has prosecuted or defended in several of the most serious and complex cases ever prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office. He has prosecuted for the Serious Fraud Office 30 individuals of whom 24 have been convicted.

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Fraud Cases:

  • Advised about the appropriate course for government to take in connection with interests in oil valued at over US$1bn where there were concerns about conflicts of interest, corruption and fraud.
  • Advised an international Bank in relation to a litigation following a dispute valued at over US$100m about the ownership of a power plant in an African country (2016-date).
  • Advised the Serious Fraud Office in relation to allegations of manipulation of the London Retail Foreign Exchange Market (Forex) (2015).
  • R v James Ibori (2014-date) (Southwark Crown Court): Ibori was the Governor of Delta Province, Nigeria. During his terms of office he corruptly enriched himself. The fraud and corruption took place in Nigeria but he laundered some of the proceeds in the UK, thus opening the door to a prosecution by the Crown Prosecution, chiefly for offences of money laundering. Ibori pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment. Attended protracted confiscation proceedings (not yet concluded) on behalf of a substantial Nigerian corporation which had concerns about adverse publicity but were not parties to the UK proceedings.
  • R v Saghir Afzal and others (2009-13) (Southwark Crown Court): Prosecuted £49 million mortgage fraud for Serious Fraud Office. 13-year sentence imposed on Afzal was third longest ever imposed in an SFO case.
  • Russian Federation v Nikitin and Skarga (2008): Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute extradition proceedings brought by the Russian government alleging very substantial fraud against two Russian nationals who were resident in the UK.
  • R v Suleman (2008-9) (Southwark Crown Court): Defended against the Serious Fraud Office in a wine investment fraud.
  • R v Bright and others (2006-7) (Southwark Crown Court): Instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to advise and then to prosecute the three most senior executive directors of Independent Insurance Plc. The Defendants misled the company’s actuaries about the level of claims outstanding against the company, causing the actuaries to understate the level of reserves required, so misleading the market about the profitability of the company. The company ceased trading with of a deficit between £½ bn. and £1bn. Confiscation proceeding following conviction raised difficult practical problems relating to Bright’s pension entitlement.
  • R v Hinchliffe and others (1999-2001): (Two trials at the Central Criminal Court and various appeals instructed by the Serious Fraud Office) - fraud and corruption. Hinchliffe bought a series of chains of household name retail businesses and milked the businesses by means of fraudulent “finder’s fees”.
  • R v Rees-Jones and others (1994-5) (Newport Crown Court): Defended chartered surveyor in mortgage fraud which was stopped by judge as unmanageable after prosecution case lasted five months.
  • R v Terry Ramsden (1993) (CCC): Ramsden, a notorious gambler, cornered the market in certain Japanese share warrants using expensive, short term finance. When the market turned against him he quickly became insolvent and lied to counterparties to stave off the inevitable. He was declared bankrupt with a deficiency of £127m.
  • Tringham (64 Cr. App. R. 92): Theft by company directors.
  • Attorney-General's Reference (No. 2 of 1982) [1984] QB 624: Theft by company directors.

General Cases:

  • Blair Peach Inquest (1980)
  • R v Cuthbertson and others (1978) (Bristol Crown Court): Operation Julie LSD manufacture and distribution.
  • R v Haycock and others (1981) (Winchester Crown Court): Hell's Angels attempted murder and affray.
  • Hill (83 Cr. App. R. 386, HL): Administering a noxious substance with intent.
  • Flack v Baldry (87 Cr. App. R. 130, HL): Stun guns.
  • R v Rafiq and others (2004) (Central Criminal Court): Murder.
  • R v Seville and others (2005) (Nottingham Crown Court): Murder.
  • R v Jenny Henry (2005) (Central Criminal Court): Murder.

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