Andy Lamb QC Returns to Full-Time Practice

Andy Lamb QC is delighted to announce his return to full time practice at the Scottish Criminal Bar, having spent the period since June 2014 at the Ministry of Justice. He is re-joining the Black Chambers with effect from 31/01/2020. He will also be a tenant at 2, King’s Bench Walk, Inner Temple, London.

During the period at MoJ, he was involved in establishing an Advocacy Team within the MoJ which has subsequently become part of the Public Defender Service (“PDS”) in England and Wales. The post involved Crown Court trial work and undertaking advisory work for Government departments and solicitors’ firms around the country. He was line manager of three barristers and was responsible for developing a CPD programme for the PDS Advocates and Solicitors, running a programme of presentations on various topics related to criminal law on a bi monthly basis. He was appointed a member of the Legal Aid Agency (“LAA”) Learning and Development Steering Group and Senior Leaders Group. This work included an annual programme of Learning and Development roadshows around England and Wales LAA and PDS offices. He has completed the requisite training and is certified to undertake cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

In addition to general work, Andy spent time on secondment to the Criminal Cases Review Commission advising on a number of cold cases, including examination of a substantial body of evidence over a period of months relating to alleged failures in disclosure by the police and prosecution in the notorious case of R v Gilfoyle.

In 2017, Andy was invited to give a lecture to members of the Justice Academy in Kazakhstan and the following year he spent time in Astana working on an EU Human Rights Project revising Kazakhstan’s Constitution and Criminal Code with a view to addressing the underlying human rights infringements endemic within the current system. It was a remarkable learning experience and a privilege to work with some highly regarded academics in constitutional and human rights law.