Mr Andrew Clemes
Associate Professor
Legal Practice & Graduate Diploma Law
Telephone: (01792) 602251
Room: Office - 137
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Andrew has wide ranging experience of all aspects of Litigation. He has appeared in Courts at all levels up to the Court of Appeal on Criminal, Family and Civil matters. He is a door tenant at Angel Chambers in Swansea.

Andrew currently leads the Skills and Criminal Litigation modules and the Advanced Criminal Practice Elective on the Legal Practice Course at Swansea. He previously taught on the BVC at Cardiff University and he has also delivered CPD events at Swansea.

Andrew co-ordinates the development of Continuing Professional Development within the School and is responsible for setting and judging moots for all law students.

Andrew helps The Bar Trial Society” with its programme of mock trials”.

Academic/employment background:

Qualifying in 1984 whilst employed as a Magistrates’ Court Legal Adviser, Andrew went on to work for the Crown Prosecution Service in Swansea. He was in full time private practice at the Bar in Swansea between 1989 and 2001. In 2001 he commenced at Cardiff University Law School, joining Swansea at the inception of the LPC in 2004. Andrew retains links with the CPS in Swansea and West Wales.

Andrew edited the ILEX Manuals for the Level 3 and 6 qualifications in 2006 and 2007. He has also contributed to the 9th Edition of “The English Legal System” by Slapper and Kelly.

Andrew qualified as a Mediator in 2006.


  • LA-369A Coursework 1 & 2 for Graduate Diploma in Law

    Coursework 1: One piece of coursework to be completed in either Criminal, Land or Tort Coursework 2: One piece of coursework to be completed in either Contract, Public or Trusts

  • LAA306 Criminal Procedure and Sentencing

    This is a fascinating area of law which is interesting to study, regardless whether the student intends to qualify as a lawyer or practise as a criminal lawyer. The module will offer students the chance to look at the criminal justice process from the arrest of a suspect through the charging process to when s/he is sentenced. It will look at funding of criminal cases and the personnel of the Criminal Justice system. It takes in the question of the defendant's plea and the differing types of trials that are held in the higher and lower courts in the system. It will examine the range of sentences available to courts to dispose of cases as well as disposal by diversion from the court system. Finally it will look at the procedure to challenge convictions and sentences. Students are usually required to have pursued Criminal Law

  • LAPM02 Litigation

    Students are trained to act as a Criminal Practitioner from the moment they are instructed by a client in custody to the point at which s/he is tried in the Magistrates¿ Court. Students also consider the advantages and disadvantages of summary trial and trial on indictment. The overriding objective of the Civil Litigation element of the Litigation module is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to work effectively in a civil litigation, dispute management or personal injury department.

  • LAPM16 Advanced Criminal Practice

    The overriding objective of the Advanced Criminal Practice module is to build up knowledge and confidence in respect of criminal prosecutions so that upon completion of the module a student can conduct a criminal case from first instruction at the Police Station or in the office, ascertain the instructions and the defence (if any), prepare and conduct the trial, prepare Crown Court work and be able to draft indictments. Also the course enables students to look at cases from a CPS viewpoint which was virtually impossible in the Core Module of Criminal Litigation.