ANDREW COSTELLO ( Crime Partner )
Andrew read law at the University of Wales and completed his legal practice course at Chester College of Law, before finishing his training contract at a leading Brighton criminal practice. After joining Russell & Russell in 2001, he quickly qualified as a Duty Solicitor, becoming an equity partner in 2010 and now works from the firm's Bolton and Liverpool offices.
He was Russell & Russell’s first Higher Court Advocate at a time when there were relatively few solicitors exercising these rights in the Crown Court. His experience covers the whole spectrum of criminal offences - from motoring to murder - including dealing with high profile clients.
Andrew has had a pivotal role in developing Russell & Russell’s highly respected in-house advocacy team. He deals in all areas of advocacy with a particular interest in sentencing, proceeds of crime and mental health. This work has led to him dealing with specialist areas, such as Imprisonment for Public Protection, Extended Determinate Sentences, Section 37 Hospital Orders and Section 41 Restriction Orders. He has also dealt with complex cases involving explosive substances and firearms.
This work takes him to courts throughout England and Wales; The Royal Courts of Justice, the Central Criminal Court (‘the Old Bailey’), Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool, Derby, Birmingham, Preston, Carlisle, Reading and Chester Crown Courts. He has had consistent success in jury trials, combating issues of bad character, joint enterprise, hearsay, identification and alibi to secure not guilty verdicts in offences ranging from theft to Section 18 Wounding.
He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal, successfully challenging various sentences over the years; Lord Toulson (now of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom) commented on one such occasion: "That was an excellent example of a concise and effective plea."
Other recent work has seen Andrew advising boxers and their management regarding issues involving work visas and contracts. Being a life-long Liverpool FC fan, and having acted for numerous footballers over the years, he is also a Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations.
Andrew is a very sociable character with a keen interest in good food, wine and anything to do with cars. He has also been known to do the odd bit of running, although nothing more than a half marathon. All second to a wife, two children and, of course, Russell & Russell.
- Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Duty Solicitor
- Solicitor’s Association of Higher Courts Advocates
- Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations
"Always recommended Andy Costello to family."
"Keep up the good work, keep shining."
"You've done a good job."
"You were understanding and listened to me with my condition."
"Andrew was fantastic in resolving what was a challenging issue for our business. He grasped the issue excellently and resolved it perfectly. Can't thank him enough for his hard work and diligence."
"I’m very grateful of Andrew's help in court. He did an amazing job and I would of been lost for words without him... very professional, spoke very well on my behalf... I would like to thank him very much... top man."
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