Andrew Colman is a leading junior of great intellect and experience, held in high esteem for his fairness and integrity and for his particular ability to cut through complex issues of fact or law in order to get to the heart of the matter. For the past fifteen years he has specialised exclusively in the area of professional discipline, establishing a solid reputation as one of the foremost practitioners in the field. He formerly presented some of the GMC’s most serious and substantial cases, but now deploys his expertise in the defence of doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals at the MPTS, GDC, HCPTS and elsewhere. He is commonly instructed in lengthy and complex Fitness to Practise cases. He also acts for and advises regulators (for example, the GOC and GPhC) and registrants in other professions, such as solicitors. Andrew appears regularly in the High Court, on statutory appeals, judicial reviews and ancillary matters. He is well equipped for such work by his previous experience of appellate advocacy, up to the highest levels (Privy Council/ House of Lords) and his past history of practice in extradition.
Andrew is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers, the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and the Criminal Bar Association and a former director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund.
Andrew is recommended in the current editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK and was recently shortlisted as Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law Junior of the Year in The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2022.
“He has a brain the size of the world. He gets everything done perfectly and never makes mistakes, whilst turning things out really quickly.” and “Andrew is a fastidious advocate with a ferocious ability to get to the nub of any issue.” – Chambers UK 2023
“Amazing ability to get the to the heart of the issues in complex cases. His advocacy skills are excellent with great control of very aggressive witnesses, and his submissions are first class. Very measured and controlled.” – Legal 500 UK 2023
“An excellently skilled advocate, able to quickly get to grips with a case and a safe pair of hands. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in this area of work which is evident in advice given.” – Legal 500 UK 2022
“Andrew has a vast intellect, a keen eye for detail and nothing gets past him. He deploys his arguments eloquently, inevitably to devastating effect and as a solicitor, you know that if you instruct him, you can be confident of achieving the right result for your client.” – Legal 500 UK 2021
“He combines a natural flair for advocacy with a fantastic ability to spot the overlooked killer detail.” – Legal 500 UK 2020
“A very experienced barrister. Great at distilling the main issues and he has a very good eye for detail.” and “He’s meticulous in his preparation and knows all the details. His skills in preparing clients for hearings are brilliant. He identifies all of the pitfalls in advance.” – Chambers UK 2022
“He has a brilliant mind and a calm demeanour, and secures outstanding results in the most difficult cases. The apparent simplicity with which he destroys opponents never fails to impress.” and “Able to dissect large volumes of complex papers and get to the key issues with absolute ease.” – Chambers UK 2020
“He really focuses on the issues in a case and doesn’t get bogged down with anything extraneous.” – Chambers UK 2018
“A master of detail. His submissions are works of genius.” – Chambers UK 2017
“He has a keen analytical mind: no stone is left unturned analysing the General Medical Council’s case.” – Legal 500 2017
“He’s cerebral, bright on the law and academically astute.” – Chambers UK 2017
“A go-to for really detailed, document-heavy cases; when you need someone to absorb huge quantities of information quickly, he manages it with ease.” – Chambers UK 2017
“He is an extremely thoughtful and accomplished performer. His manner with clients and professional discipline panels alike is firm but fair, and he has obtained excellent results for clients.” – Chambers UK 2017
“He’s very intellectual, so he’s the one you go to for complex cases requiring detailed analytical legal skills.” – Chambers UK 2016
“His advocacy is well-judged and precise.” – Legal 500 2015