Andrew Haslam - Year of call: 1991
Andrew Haslam was called to the Bar in 1991. He has been in practice from Chambers in Leeds since 1992. He has developed a predominantly criminal practice. He also has significant experience in the field of Police Disciplinary. Andrew has recently been instructed on the Mau Mau Litigation.
CPS Panel Advocate Grade 4 including Rape Panel
Andrew has been instructed on the Mau Mau Litigation to assist in relation to the potential criminal acts of the claim.
Andrew continues to be one of the mainstays of St Pauls' criminal team, and is continually chosen as a first choice of counsel by solicitors instructing chambers. His practice has developed over many years and now involves a number of serious crime and fraud cases. His criminal practice is divided between both prosecution and defence work. He has received instructions from both the Crown and the defence in cases of varying degrees of gravity and complexity. He has an expertise in cases involving allegations of fraud, which require the assessment of a large volume of material. These types of cases also often demand the consideration of a huge amount of unused material for the purposes of disclosure and, if prosecuting, the question of public interest immunity (PII).
He has a particular interest in the area of confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002.
Over 20 years experience in defending discipline proceedings against police officers and prosecuting and defending police officers in criminal proceedings.
In discipline proceedings Andrew has been involved in cases ranging from relatiely straight forward cases of 1-2 days through to complex cases involving allegations of multiple assaults; multiple allegations of fraud and multiple accessing of police computer systems for dishonest purposes that have required hearings lasting several days. Andrew has defended appeals to the PAT under the 1999; 2004 and 2008 Regulations/Police Appeals Tribunal Rules.
In criminal cases Andrew has been involved in the prosecution/defence of police officers for offences ranging from careless driving. driving with excess alcohol through to assault, section 18 wounding, perverting the course of justice and causing death by dangerous driving.
Throughout Andrew's criminal practice he has had extensive experience of prosecuting complex fraud and conspiracy cases involving sensitive policing issues such as the use and protection of covert policing methods.
Andrew also sits as a Crown Court Recorder
Legal 500 2011
'a strong advocate with a sound understanding and in-depth knowledge'
Legal 500 2010
‘thorough and methodical approach’ to his serious crime practice'
R v. Amer Ramzan and others
R v. Liaquat Ali, Akhtar Hussain and Mohsan Khan
R v. Shahid Bhatti
Appearances: Prosecution Junior
Prosecution of linked series of cases involving the laundering of more than £300 million.
See R v. Hussain (Akhtar); R v. Bhatti (Nazir); R v. Bhatti (Shahid)  EWCA Crim 6;  2 Cr. App. R. 26;  Crim. L. R. 407
See also Ali (Liaquat); R v. Hussain (Akhtar); R v. Khan (Mohsan); R v. Bhatti (Shahid)  EWCA Crim 87;  Q. B. 322;  2 W.L.R. 316;  1 Cr. App. R. 8;  Crim. L. R. 864; 920050 149 S.J.L.B. 770
Use of conspiracy charges in money-laundering cases. This appeal was a significant catalyst for the House of Lords’ decision in R v. Saik  UKHL 18;  2 Cr. App. R. 26.
And see also R. v. Ali and Hussain (No.2)  EWCA 1466;  Crim. L. R. 106
Admissibility of Hearsay evidence. Public interest immunity.
R v. Owens and others
Appearance: Prosecution Junior
Conspiracy - fraudulent evasion of excise duty on red diesel and money laundering. Total duty evaded in excess of £1 million.
See R v. Owens and Owens  EWCA Crim. 2206
Case management; real evidence; conspiracy fraudulently to evade excise duty (sentence)
R v Lee Walker
Appearance: Defence Junior
Alleged insurance scam involving the theft of hundreds of new 4 wheel drive vehicles in Japan; their importation to the UK ; their seizure from innocent UK purchasers by a co- accused traffic police officer in Dorset ; false information being sent to Japanese insurance companies , which had already settled claims with the original owners, about the condition of the vehicles , their value and the police compound storage costs; their sale at below true value , leading to the Japanese insurance companies being induced to accept a falsely low settlement figure.
Described in a BBC documentary about the case as "the biggest car fraud in the world".
R v. Michelle Selby
(defence)Part of "Operation Numerator". Defendant accused of laundering proceeds of drug trafficking. She was the daughter of dealers’ banker. Complex issues relating to fitness to stand trial and confiscation following her father’s death.
R v. Diane Mitchell
(defence)Alleged £12 million conspiracy to cheat the Revenue. Defendant was the sister in law of principal accused. Number of missing/foreign companies involved. Thousands of cars imported from abroad by traders who subsequently went missing after invoicing second UK trader allowing them to sell cars on and deduct VAT paid to "misser". Cut-throat defence.
R v. Russell Spence
(defence)"Operation Teddington". Defendant charged with fraud involving setting up of number of off-shore companies used to manage car washes – VAT, Council Tax, etc unpaid – well over £1 million loss. Due for trial of issue and confiscation proceedings in 2011
R v. Christopher Bundza and Kathryn White - (prosecution)Bundza found guilty of 18 counts of fraud and money laundering charges. He sold tickets for the 2008 Leeds and V Festivals via a number of eBay accounts and through his own website. Two year police investigation. His conviction is believed to be only the second UK conviction in association with so-called ‘speculative selling’ – offering tickets for sale that the vendor does not actually possess. Both defendants also convicted of mortgage fraud.