Andrew Turnock Crime Partner

As a partner in our criminal defence team and a duty solicitor, I lead our criminal defence team.

I am an experienced magistrates court advocate and qualified higher court advocate (criminal) in 2010. I often work with the Beswicks Legal commercial and litigation teams on cross jurisdiction issues.

Although challenging at times, my role is very enjoyable and satisfying. I work closely with our teams on client development by reviewing and evolving their overall marketing strategy while assisting in planning departmental and firm wide seminars, workshops and networking events.

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Typical issues I deal with are:

  • Appeals
  • Business or commercial crime
  • Confiscation orders or seizure of assets
  • Copyright theft
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Drug trafficking and major importation
  • E-crime
  • False accounting
  • International and organised crime
  • Large scale public order offences
  • Money laundering
  • Proceeds Of Crime Act prosecutions
  • People trafficking
  • Serious fraud, VAT, Customs & Excise, DTI investigations
  • Speeding, 172 Notices and drink-driving offences
  • Terrorism

I have recently acted for clients in relation to:

  • Seventeen England football supporters charged with violent disorder in Manchester city centre.
  • Successfully defending a drink-drive case at trial where it was argued the police had failed to observe breath test procedure correctly at the police station.
  • Representing a defendant at trial who was acquitted of affray following successful legal argument on recent case law.
  • Acting for a defendant involved in largescale counterfeiting, theft of copyright and industrial sabotage.
  • Successfully defending a courier driver acting in the course of his business in due care and attention trial at Manchester City Magistrates Court involving the death of a pedestrian.


  • Partner, Beswicks Legal crime team
  • Duty solicitor
  • Criminal Law Solicitors Association
  • Higher court advocate (criminal)

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