Andrew Thomas was born and brought up in Wrexham, where he still lives now. He studied law at the University of Cambridge and completed bar finals at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. He undertook pupillage at Sedan House, Chester (now 1 Stanley Place). He has practised on the Wales and Chester Circuit ever since.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in January 2008, one of only three in the country to do so on the basis of a mixed civil/criminal practice. He was also appointed as a Recorder in 2008.
Mr Thomas undertakes civil work principally in the areas of:
– Police law
– Judicial review
– Commercial and property contracts
– Professional negligence
– Personal injuries
He is recommended in the “Legal 500” for commercial litigation.
Mr Thomas also has a substantial criminal practice particularly in the areas of fraud and homicide. He also undertakes specialist prosecutions on behalf of local authorities, and confiscation proceedings for the Regional Asset Recovery Team.
Notable recent cases include:
R v Harding and others (2011) – Prosecution of two teenage women and their boyfriends for murder of their father.Link
R v Newton (2012) – Defence of man charged with murder of his partner’s two year old child.
R v Mawdsley & Close (2012) – Successful defence of pensions consultant charged with conspiracy to defraud. (VHCC case).
R v Nicola Bishop (2012) – Successful defence of University student charged with drug-related murder.Link
R v Neville & others (2012) – Prosecution of 8 defendants in conspiracy to import 14 million worth of cocaine organised by a serving prisoner at HMP Kirkham. (VHCC case). Link
R v Petros Williams (2012) – Prosecution of father for murder of his two young children. Link
R v Bishop and Smith (2009) – Prosecution of two men for murder of love rival. Link
R v Spruce and others (2009) – Prosecution of three men charged with murder in street attack. Link.
R v Dorricott (2009) – Murder – Diminished responsibility defence (alcohol dependency).
R v Suzanne Holdsworth (2008) – Successful defence in ‘baby shaking’ murder case. Link
Cheshire County Council v Sporting Icons (2008) Fraudulent trading and trademarks offences involving sale of fake autographs and sporting memorabilia. Link
R v Sorton and others (trial 2008, appeal 2008) – prosecution of five young defendants for the murder of Garry Newlove. (2009) EWCA Crim 3249, (2009) 2 Cr App R (S) 30.
R v Bondswell (2007) – 1million fraud involving trading in financial derivatives.
R v Thomas Blue (2007) – racially aggravated murder. (2008) EWCA Crim 769, (2009) 1 Cr App R (S) 2.
Wrexham CBC v Clutton (Agricultural) Ltd – environmental and animal waste offences.
R.A.R.T. v Gizzi (2007) – 6 million confiscation order under POCA 2002. Link
R v Steven Smith (2007) – gross negligence manslaughter / HSWA offences
R v Gary Peel (2007) – murder ( a ‘baby shaking’ case).
Global Investments plc v Cohen (2007) – breach of warranty in share sale agreement.
R v Papworth & Doyle (trial 2006, appeal 2007) – 3.5 million printing fraud. (2008) 1 Cr App R 36.
R v Reed & Williams (trial 2006, appeal 2007) – sexual and sadistic murder. (2007) EWCA Crim 3083.