Andy Rootsey

Andy is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (ACILEx).

A highly regarded practitioner, Andy has been defending clients accused of criminal offences since 1999.

Over a quarter of a century, Andy has represented clients for almost every criminal offence imaginable, ranging from simple driving offences to murder.

Andy is respected for his tactical and logical approach to cases and instils confidence in his clients with his excellent client care and ability to identify and deal with the core issues in a straightforward manner. A good communicator, Andy can explain complex issues to his clients in uncomplicated terms. He is also very well known for his robust and highly effective representation of clients at the Police Station.

Andy is frequently instructed, on a privately funded basis, to utilise the pre-charge engagement protocols by pro-actively defending his clients at an early stage in criminal investigations and before any charging decision has been made. Andy can gather material and evidence with a view to making detailed representations to the Police and Crown Prosecution Service, that charges should not be brought against an individual, thereby bringing matters to an early and favourable conclusion. Andy has an excellent success rate in such cases and has been instructed to undertake this work by a number of high-profile individuals and professionals including a household name DJ, a musician signed to a leading record label, a medical professional and a City of London solicitor.  More on the pre-charge engagement protocols can be read here Defence on the front foot – The benefits of being pro-active during police investigations.

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Friendly and approachable, he has represented clients from every walk of life, from Surgeons to former Flying Squad Police officers to Union officials to Premiership Football Managers.

He embarked upon his career in criminal law in 1999 at Kaim Todner solicitors where he was heavily involved in some of the most serious and well-known cases in recent times e.g. Victoria Climbie murder.

At around this time, Andy was also involved in the preparation of the oft cited case of R-v-Hoare and Pierce. The trial concerned the large-scale manufacture of amphetamine and would later became one of the important cases with regards to adverse inferences that may be drawn at trial following silence in police interview.

Via his links with leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), Andy was instrumental in the agreement between the firm and the RMT Union to become the official criminal defence solicitors for the Union. The agreement led the firm to represent Union members nationwide for offences including manslaughter (R-v-S Leicester Crown Court, railway manslaughter, Health and safety law).

Andy then moved on to a respected city firm and assisted in the running of their Appeals department, preparing appeals to the Court of Appeal, reviewing evidence, investigating miscarriages of justice and making representations to the Criminal Cases Review Commission that cases should be sent back for fresh appeals.

Andy went on to work as a consultant at a number of prominent and established firms listed in the top tiers of the Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners Legal Directory before joining Murray Hughman Solicitors in 2013.

Andy continues to fight tirelessly and fearlessly for all of his clients, as he strives to obtain the best possible outcome, at the very earliest opportunity, in every case that he is instructed on.

In his spare time Andy enjoys a round of golf, running, gardening, as well as following the trials and tribulations of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

In 2003 Andy passed the Solicitors Regulation Authority Police Station Accreditation Scheme at the University of Cardiff. In 2005 he obtained a 2:1 Honours degree in Law from the University of East London. In 2011 Andy became an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Since joining Murray Hughman, Andy has been instructed in a large number of serious and high-profile criminal matters, many of which have been reported in the national press.


Andy Rootsey

Notable cases:


R v AB – Guildford Crown Court – Large Scale Drugs Conspiracy – 2024

Following a Trial lasting 17 days, Andy Rootsey's client, ‘AB’ was acquitted at Guildford Crown Court of conspiracy to supply cocaine on an industrial scale across the Southeast.
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R v C – Modern Day Slavery, Guildford Crown Court

The client was charged with modern day slavery offences, following a thorough investigation by the defence and after obtaining crucial witness statements casting serious doubts on the prosecution case the Prosecution offered no evidence against the client and he was acquitted.
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R-v Richard House and Marcus Blackett – Cheltenham Magistrates Court

Andy was instructed to represent two psychological therapists who had been convicted in their absence of breaching coronavirus regulations during a period of national lockdown by protesting by walking around their local town in Stroud wearing sandwich boards, inviting members of the public passing by to engage them in conversation.
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R v B County Lines Supply of Class A Drugs – Lewes Crown Court

Andy is instructed to represent his client alleged to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs in the Brighton area.
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R v O – County Lines -Supply of Class A Drugs – Norwich Crown Court

The client was alleged to be concerned in the large-scale supply of Class A drugs as the operator for a county drugs supply line covering the East Anglia area.
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R v John Leslie – Historic Sexual Assault, Southwark Crown Court

Andy, together with Grant Ambridge of the firm, represented the former Blue Peter presenter who was on trial after being accused of an historic sexual assault when allegedly grabbing a woman’s breast at a Christmas party in Soho in 2008.
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