Andrew Cayley was described by Patrick Sawer, writing in the Daily Telegraph in May 2014, as “a man steeped in the inner workings of the war crimes tribunals.” Andrew Williams writing for Newsweek in December 2014 describes Cayley’s experience in international criminal law as “second to none.” He also has wide experience in commercial law, arbitration, public international law, inquests and inquiries.
Andrew Cayley trained as a corporate lawyer in a large regional firm of solicitors before transferring to the English Bar in 2007. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 2012. His background is in commercial law. He spent eight years in the British army serving in Belize, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He prosecuted at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia between 1995 and 2005 as Prosecuting Counsel and then Senior Prosecuting Counsel. He worked on cases in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia including the first prosecution in 1999 for the murder of up to 8000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. From 2005 to 2007 he was Senior Prosecuting Counsel at the International Criminal Court working on cases in Africa including leading on Darfur case in Sudan. He defended the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, in his case before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Ivan Cermak for his case before the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia. In 2009 he was appointed the International Chief Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. In December 2013 HM Queen appointed him as the United Kingdom’s Director of Service Prosecutions. He is an expert in international criminal law, public international law and human rights, he is experienced and well qualified for inquiries and inquests and in commercial law. He also has extensive experience in professional disciplinary matters, arbitration, public law and fraud.