Andrew Swan


Head of Regulation and Financial Crime

T: 0191 211 1503

Andrew qualified from Northumbria University in 2000.  Following his early years in legal aid practice, he joined Ward Hadaway solicitors in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005, where he developed his specialist skills in regulatory law and financial crime.  He joined Short Richardson & Forth in early 2011 as an associate and soon was promoted to partner.

Andrew is the Head of the Financial Crime and Regulatory Teams. He has a wealth of advocacy experience in appearing before the criminal courts and regulatory tribunals.  Not only has Andrew successfully dealt with many large and complex white-collar crime cases, including fraud, tax evasion and money laundering, he also deals with many investigations and prosecutions by the various regulatory bodies.  Andrew is particularly renowned nationally for representing clients in respect of data protection breaches, dealing specifically with the Information Commissioner's Office and the Ministry of Justice.

"Data protection is a very wide and complex issue and one that many companies unwittingly fall foul of. I spend a lot of my time representing clients up and down the country and take great pleasure in resolving their problems."

Whilst I enjoy a round of golf at my local club, I also try to keep fit by jogging along stretches of the beautiful North East coast. As a challenge, in 2015 I ran 1,000 miles over the course of the year, which was great fun and very rewarding.