Andrew Langdon QC

Year of call: 1986 | Silk: 2006

"He's got huge presence in court, really good judgement and as an advocate he's second to none."
Chambers UK 2022

Andrew Andrew QC

Andrew is a criminal silk who regularly appears in cases of homicide, complex fraud and regulatory crime. He has appeared in some of the most notable cases on the Western Circuit including the Bristol trial concerning the murder of Becky Watts.

Ranked as a 'Star Silk' in the Chambers & Partners Guide he is reported by them as having "...all the gravitas, demeanour and intellect that one would hope for in a QC. There is no case that he could not handle. He is passionate, persuasive, forensic and delivers in a way that most barristers can only dream of emulating."

The Legal 500 reports: ‘An absolutely first-class criminal silk. He has it all. Extraordinarily bright, respected by the judiciary and a master at unearthing arguments or points that change cases. He is also great with clients and solicitors love him.’

A passionate believer in trial by jury, Andrew regards appearing as a barrister in the criminal courts of England and Wales 'an immense privilege that brings with it a heavy responsibility. The only recipe is hard work.'

Crime

Over the years, Andrew has won a reputation for his ability to handle heavy and complex cases. He is presently instructed in the most serious cases on the Western Circuit. For both defence and prosecution, he leads in mainstream serious crime, involving murder, drugs and fraud; but aspects of his career are outside the mainstream. He has prosecuted and defended corporate and gross cases in recent years.

Andrew was on sabbatical as Chairman of the Bar in 2017. He returned to practice in 2018 and since then his cases have included (with the most recent first)

Significant Cases

R v Young & Others 2021- (Swansea) Andrew led the team which prosecuted twelve defendants (seven at trial) in relation to a fatality on a demolition site in Cardiff. This was a complex case concerning individual corporate defendants facing a range of offences.
R v Clarke 2021 - (Bristol and Court of Appeal) the defence of a man charged with the murder of his baby which featured multiple medical experts.
R v E, 2021 - (Bristol) The defence of a 16 year old, who with four adult co-defendants was charged with joint murder at a silent disco.
R v Hannis & Others 2021 - (Winchester) In a three-month trial, Andrew led the prosecution for murder of members of a drug dealing gang, in a shotgun-assassination.
R v Mays 2020 - (Winchester and Court of Appeal) The defence of a man charged with the murder of a child and the subsequent destruction of the body.
R v Gordon 2020 - (Bristol) The defence of a woman who had murdered an associate and then sought to dispose of the body in the Forest of Dean.
R v Dawood 2020 - (Gloucester) The prosecution of a man who stabbed another to death in a public place.
R v Harris 2020 - (Bristol) Andrew defended a man charged with the murder of an intruder in his home.
R v Lewis-Ranwell 2019 - (Exeter) Andrew defended a young man who murdered three men in their homes: the issue was the defence of insanity.
R v Dwyer-Read 2019 - (Bristol)The prosecution of a youth for a street stabbing fatality.
R v Soloscuik and Others 2019 - (Bristol) The prosecution of three members of a Polish crime group for the killing of one of their number.
R v JT 2019 - (Bristol) The defence of a youth changed with manslaughter arising from his placing an obstruction in the path of a motorcycle.
R v CDFP 2019 - (Exeter) The defence of a farm partnership charged with corporate manslaughter.
R v Eaton and Others 2018 - (Bristol) Andrew prosecuted four men for murder in Bristol Crown Court in a case involving drugs and county-lines.
R v Walker and Henry 2018 - (Bristol) A prosecution of manslaughter in relation to a baby killing.
R v Jones 2018 - (Bristol) The prosecution of drug-related murder.
R v Lomax 2018 - (Bristol) The defence of a manslaughter.

Over the years, Andrew has won a reputation for his ability to handle heavy and complex cases. For example, as a junior he prosecuted a ten-handed gangland shooting based on circumstantial evidence. In silk for both defence and prosecution, he leads in mainstream serious crime, involving murder, drugs and fraud; but aspects of his career are outside the mainstream. He led the criminal prosecution of the Buncefield Explosion oil companies. He defended a CPS employed barrister charged with corruption offences. He has appeared in guideline cases in the Court of Appeal (e.g. in relation to Witness Anonymity). Last year he prosecuted a double murder arising from a gangland shooting. He was instructed in the defence of a Royal Marine charged with the murder of an Afghan insurgent. This year he defended a woman in a murder trial concerning the planned murder of a co-accused's partner. He is currently instructed in several other murders. He continues to prosecute and defend serious regulatory crime: e.g. manslaughter charges relating to accidents at work, etc.Over the years, Andrew has won a reputation for his ability to handle heavy and complex cases. For example, as a junior he prosecuted a ten-handed gangland shooting based on circumstantial evidence. In silk for both defence and prosecution, he leads in mainstream serious crime, involving murder, drugs and fraud; but aspects of his career are outside the mainstream. He led the criminal prosecution of the Buncefield Explosion oil companies. He defended a CPS employed barrister charged with corruption offences. He has appeared in guideline cases in the Court of Appeal (e.g. in relation to Witness Anonymity). Last year he prosecuted a double murder arising from a gangland shooting. He was instructed in the defence of a Royal Marine charged with the murder of an Afghan insurgent. This year he defended a woman in a murder trial concerning the planned murder of a co-accused's partner. He is currently instructed in several other murders. He continues to prosecute and defend serious regulatory crime: e.g. manslaughter charges relating to accidents at work, etc.CHAMBERS UK 2016

Environment

Andrew's environmental expertise includes the prosecution of the oil companies responsible for the Buncefield explosion and consequent pollution at the Hertfordshire Oil Depot, resulting in record fines and costs orders. He was instructed by the environment Agency in relation to this prosecution. He has also defended prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency in relation to alleged unlawful deposits of waste. In 2021 he led the prosecution of a number of individuals and companies including European Metal Recycling Ltd, concerning deposits of unpermitted waste at a site near Bristol.

Health & Safety

Andrew has both defended and prosecuted cases brought by the HSE for many years. These have included fatalities and high profile cases - for example, the Port Talbot Steels Work explosion in 2005 and the Buncefield explosion in 2010 and the Pembroke Oil refinery explosion in 2019. In 2020  Andrew defended the Home Bargains superstore chain in relation to proceedings concerning a fatality at work. In a three month trial in 2021, he led a prosecution brought by the CPS jointly with the HSE of several companies and individuals concerning a fatality on a demolition site.

 

Recommendations


CHAMBERS UK 2022

Crime

Star Individual

Andrew Langdon QC has a reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit. He is particularly known for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides.

Health & Safety

Band 1

"One of the best health and safety jury advocates around - he's got huge presence in court, really good judgement and as an advocate he's second to none." "He has a great eye for detail and his advocacy is beautifully crafted."


LEGAL 500 2022

Crime (General and Fraud)

‘An absolutely first-class criminal silk. He has it all. Extraordinarily bright, respected by the judiciary and a master at unearthing arguments or points that change cases. He is also great with clients and solicitors love him.’

Ranked: Tier 1

Business and Regulatory Crime

'Andrew Langdon QC has an excellent reputation for his expertise in prosecuting and defending high-profile cases – often including fatalities – brought by the HSE. Samuel Jones, ‘an all-round excellent performer.'

Ranked: Tier 1


CHAMBERS UK 2021

Health & Safety

Band 1

Chairman of the Bar Council and a renowned criminal silk who has extensive experience in health and safety matters. His track record includes prosecuting on behalf of the HSE and the Environment Agency as well as representing defendants in health and safety cases. He has recently been working on a number of fatality cases.

Strengths: "An excellent advocate. He's very, very experienced and is an excellent advocate. He captivates his audience and is a real expert." "He just oozes knowledge and ability and has a phenomenal brain." "He's incredibly industrious, commands attention and gets straight to the heart of the case."

Recent work: Led the defence of a large company charged with a Section 2 HSWA prosecution concerning a fatal accident at work.

Crime

Star Individuals

Has a reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit. He is particularly known for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides and cases of false imprisonment.

Strengths: "Really authoritative, gentle and charming, with a persuasive manner. He is incredibly polished and totally unflappable." "His knowledge is excellent - he always lives up to his outstanding reputation."

Recent work: Successfully defended a man who had killed three elderly men in their homes in Exeter.


LEGAL 500 2021

Crime (General and Fraud)

‘His humanity and clear-speaking advocacy style is so attractive, but belies an intellectual powerhouse who knows every detail of a case.’

Ranked: Tier 1
                                                   
Business and Regulatory Crime

'He has a huge presence in a courtroom, and is highly regarded by Judges, and adored by juries who hang on his every word. But his humanity and clear-speaking advocacy style which is so attractive to a jury bely an intellectual powerhouse who works incredibly hard, and knows every detail of a case.'

Ranked: Tier 1


CHAMBERS UK 2020

Health & Safety

Strengths: "Andrew is a very hard-working and succinct advocate with a lot of health and safety experience."

Crime

Star individual Has a reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit. He is particularly known  for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides and cases of false imprisonment.

Strengths: "His advice at every stage is geared to how a case may unfold at trial, and ensuring that every angle is considered and a contingency plan is available. He is approachable and very good at keeping instructing solicitors in the loop concerning discussions with opposing counsel."

Recent work: Prosecuted a couple accused of manslaughter in relation to the death of their three-month-old baby.


LEGAL 500 2020

Crime

"A very skilled advocate with enormous gravitas in court."

 RegulatoryHealth & safety and Licensing

"Prodigiously hardworking, great with clients, and understands technical issues."


CHAMBERS UK 2019

Health & Safety

Chairman of the Bar Council and a renowned criminal silk who has extensive experience in health and safety matters. His track record includes prosecuting on behalf of the HSE and the Environment Agency as well as representing defendants in health and safety cases. He has recently been working on a number of fatality cases.

"He has unparalleled court presence and is a genuine orator." "One of the best silks in terms of trial preparation."

Recent work: Acted in a trial concerning the prosecution of company directors and employees for a range of offences including ill-treatment and neglect in care homes for those with learning disabilities.

Crime

Maintains his reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit. He is particularly known for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides and cases of false imprisonment. He acted as Chairman of the Bar in 2017.

"He has unparalleled court presence and is a genuine orator."


LEGAL 500 2019

Crime

‘Very experienced in homicide, complex fraud and drugs cases.’

Regulatory, Health & Safety and Licensing
‘A terrific advocate who has great judgement.’


CHAMBERS UK 2018

Crime

Leading Silk - Star Individual

Maintains his reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit. He is particularly known for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides and cases of false imprisonment. He acted as Chairman of the Bar in 2017.

Strengths: "He is one of the stand-out silks of his generation. He's hard-working, prepares well and he has an extremely nice manner."

Health & Safety

Leading Silk - Band 1

Chairman of the Bar Council and a renowned criminal silk who has extensive experience in health and safety matters. His track record includes prosecuting on behalf of the HSE and the Environment Agency as well as representing defendants in health and safety cases.

Strengths: "He has really great client care skills. He is excellent in terms of his ability to draw out client concerns."


LEGAL 500 2017

Crime

Leading silks

‘Prosecutes and defends across a spectrum of serious crime cases.’ 

Health & Safety

Leading Silk - Band 1

‘Recommended for defending and prosecuting in health and safety matters.’ 


CHAMBERS UK 2017

Crime

Leading Silk - Star Individual

Maintains his reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit, demonstrated by his election as Vice Chairman of the Bar Council 2016. He is particularly known for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides and cases of false imprisonment.

Strengths: "Andrew brings an unparalleled level of forensic intensity to his case preparation and advocacy." 

Recent work: Represented Shauna Hoare, who was jointly accused with her boyfriend of murdering Bristol teenager Becky Watts. Hoare was acquitted of murder and was instead convicted of manslaughter and other offences.

Health & Safety

Leading Silk - Band 1

A renowned criminal silk who is regularly instructed to handle heavyweight health and safety matters, including those concerning fatalities. He defends and prosecutes cases, frequently appearing for the HSE and the Environment Agency.

Strengths: "Andrew Langdon is extremely bright and extremely competent."


LEGAL 500 2016

Crime

Leading silks

'Experienced in serious crime cases.’  

Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing

Leading silks

'Both defends and prosecutes health and safety cases.'


CHAMBERS UK 2016

Crime

Leading Silk - Star Individual

One of the leading criminal silks on the Western Circuit. His reputation is underlined by his instruction in some of the most notable cases across the region. He defends and prosecutes serious cases and has appeared in noteworthy cases in the Court of Appeal.

Strengths: "He has all the gravitas, demeanour and intellect that one would hope for in a QC. There is no case that he could not handle. He is passionate, persuasive, forensic and delivers in a way that most barristers can only dream of emulating."

Recent work: Defended in R v Ian Gould, a case concerning a charge of gross negligence manslaughter against the managing director of the construction company that built a cricket stadium.

Health & Safety

Leading Silk (Band 1)

Both defends and prosecutes technically complex cases relating to injuries and fatalities at a work. 

Strengths: "He's an excellent advocate, super smart and very modest. He has got a lovely jury manner."

Recent work: Defended a director charged with manslaughter following the death of a worker at Hampshire Cricket Ground.


LEGAL 500 2015

Crime

Leading silks

'Juries visibly enjoy his submissions, and he is as engaging as he is persuasive’

Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing

Leading silks

'He has a great judgement, and is a very persuasive advocate and a fantastic team player.'

In 2014, Andrew Langdon QC successfully defended a director who was charged with manslaughter and health and safety offences following the death of a builder at the Ageas Bowl cricket ground.


CHAMBERS UK 2015

Crime

Leading Silk (Star Individual)

The leader of the Western Circuit. He is a heavyweight crime specialist who garners universal acclaim for his masterful prosecution and defence in heavyweight murder cases and frauds.
Expertise: "He thinks through the problems in a case in a clear-sighted, analytical way, with an eye on where he wants the case to go." "He stands out as a silk. He makes the job look effortless. He really is superb."
Recent work: Instructed in the high-profile murder case of R v James and Norris, where a man wrongly suspected of paedophilia was killed and set alight.

Health & Safety

Leading Silk (Band 1)

Handles complex cases such as major fatal accidents. He is a noted criminal silk with a mixed defence and prosecution practice.
Expertise: "He has a huge command of the technical subject area; he is just the most persuasive trial advocate." "You will not find a more charming practitioner."


LEGAL 500 2014

Crime

Leading silks 'Prosecutes and defends in heavy, complex cases involving serious crimes such as murder, drugs and fraud’

Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing

Leading silks


CHAMBERS UK 2014

Crime

'A formidable intellect, commentators enthuse about his seemingly effortless ability to handle even the most complex ofcriminal cases. His authoritative and assertive manner ensures he is the first choice in heavyweight crime and regulatory cases.

Expertise: "Andrew Langdon QC is an extremely experienced criminal advocate and is particularly good at dealing with vulnerable defendants." "He is one of best silks in England, with animposing intellect and imposing advocacy; you always want him on your side if you are in court. He is just impressive."

Recent work: He successfully defended the mother of a two-year-old baby who was allegedly killed by methadone poisoning.'

Health & Safety

'A leading criminal law practitioner who wins plaudits for his authoritative command of complex and high-profile health and safety matters. His strong reputation in this area results in part from his major role in the litigation stemming from the 2005 Buncefield explosion.

Expertise: "He has a rare mix of heavyweight criminal and regulatory law experience which really shines through." '


CHAMBERS UK 2013

Crime

Andrew Langdon QC is one of the undisputed stars of the Western Criminal Bar and is routinely instructed in the heaviest and most complex cases. The market is unanimous in its praise for his abilities, with interviewees commenting that he has "a very good manner with clients and solicitors."

One source attested: "Andrew is the best silk I have come across in crime - he has a fantastic mind."

Recent success: R v Corbett, concerning the issue of whether a fatal stroke suffered in the aftermath of a burglary should be treated as a case of manslaughter.

Health & Safety

Andrew Langdon QC of Guildhall Chambers is a regulatory crime specialist who both prosecutes and defends in health and safety cases. One source said that "he is really one of the best around. He is a marvellous presence in court, intelligent, and someone with bags of common sense."


Legal 500 2012

Crime

Andrew Langdon QC is frequently instructed in high-profile murder cases.

Health & Safety

Andrew Langdon QC has an impressive health and safety practice.


CHAMBERS UK 2012

Crime

The "first-rate" Andrew Langdon QC heads up the crime team and is widely seen as a "star turn." He turns his hand as easily to regulatory matters as he does to serious crime. Following the massive Buncefield prosecution, he acted for a police officer involved in the Lynette White murder trial.

Health & Safety

Andrew Langdon QC operates from Bristol's Guildhall Chambers. He concentrates his practice on crime and regulatory crime, and is praised by sources for his "robust style in court." He is seen as being "a strong advocate who is good with juries."


CHAMBERS UK 2011

Crime

'intellectual powerhouse, extremely well thought of across the circuit.' 'His approbation as one of the most outstanding silks at the moment on health and safety matters is a matter of consensus.'


LEGAL 500 2010

Crime

'a supreme tactician who never departs from the core issues'

Health & Safety

A noteworthy individual on the Western circuit, Andrew Langdon QC of Bristol's Guildhall Chambers is an "outstanding health and safety specialist" who acts for defendants and prosecutes for the HSE.


CHAMBERS UK 2010

Crime

Andrew Langdon QC is "relatively young but extremely impressive. He gets to the point faster than anyone, has a great grasp of technical aspects and is a very good team player on larger cases." He recently appeared for the prosecution in the guideline case concerning anonymous witnesses.

Health & Safety

Andrew Langdon QC - a "formidable barrister" is on the Attorney General's a list for prosecuting advocates but can also lay claim to impressive defence practices. Langdon is often involved in market-leading cases...commentators praise his "great grasp of the technical intricacies of a case," and assert that "he's a very good team player."


LEGAL 500 2009

Health & Safety

Andrew Langdon QC is "one of the foremost health and safety advocates at the bar."


CHAMBERS UK 2009

Crime

Andrew Langdon QC prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases, and recently undertook a two-month gun crime murder trial. He is described as a "young, dynamic and personable silk with excellent analytical and forensic skills."

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Crime: Lucy Northeast

Regulatory & Discipline: Lucy Northeast

Appointments

  • Recorder, 2001
  • Silk, 2006
  • Leader of Western Circuit 2015-17
  • Bencher, Middle Temple, 2016
  • Chairman of Bar Council, Jan 2017, 

Memberships

  • CBA
  • Western Circuit

education

  • LLB, University of Bristol