Andrew Hockton

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Andrew Hockton | Call 1984

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Overview

Andrew has for many years been one of a relatively small number of specialists in the field of medical and dental crime. Many of the cases he is instructed in involve allegations of sexual assault. He is also instructed in cases of manslaughter and dishonesty. There is often a significant overlap between Andrew’s criminal and extensive regulatory practice.

Business and Specialist Crime

“His knowledge of the law is formidable but his application of it is even better”
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Andrew Hockton successfully defends GP facing multiple allegations of indecent assault. Click here to read more

Experience and expertise

Andrew has been instructed on behalf of doctors and dentists in criminal cases for many years. The cases involve allegations of manslaughter, dishonesty and sexual assault. Many recent cases have involved serious allegations of sexual assault/assault by penetration.

In a recent trial by jury in September – October 2016, Andrew’s client,  a general practitioner, was unanimously acquitted by the jury: not guilty verdicts on both counts of sexual assault were returned in under one hour.

A further recent case at Leicester Crown Court involved the successful defence of a senior GP who was acquitted on an indictment containing multiple allegations of sexual assault and/or assault by penetration  The case, which involved a retrial, received extensive publicity.

In another recent case at Newcastle Crown Court a young hospital doctor was acquitted of sexual assault.

Cases and work of note

Recent criminal cases include:

  • Dr A: GP unanimously acquitted at Woolwich Crown Court in October 2016 on indictment containing allegations of assault by penetration and sexual assault.
  • Dr A (GP) jury trial in December 2015 at Leicester Crown Court: sexual assault x 5 and assault by penetration x 2. Unanimous not guilty verdicts in a case involving serious sexual allegations made by 6 patients.
  • Dr B (A and E doctor) jury trial in October 2015 at Newcastle Crown Court: sexual assault. Unanimous not guilty verdict.
  • Dr C (A and E doctor) Jury trial at Bradford Crown Court: doctor acquitted of sexual assault.