Andrew undertakes the full range of housing law work representing tenants and other occupiers. This includes a busy appellate practice including homelessness cases and housing related judicial reviews. His practice also includes personal injury work, both arising from housing disrepair and more generally. Andrew is particularly recognised for his "encyclopaedic" knowledge and his commitment and empathy in every case. He was shortlisted for Bar Pro Bono Award 2010 and continues to undertake pro bono work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit, Law Centres and CABs.
Andrew was a volunteer at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre, USA (2003-2004) working on death row cases and other wrongly detained prisoners. Andrew's commitment was praised by Reprieve's Clive Stafford Smith and also described in an article published by The Times (24/5/05 - The young britons who do time on death row (£The Times)) extract: "Andrew Byles spent several months working alone in a small Louisiana town ...Byles visited all 1,200 prisoners being held on remand in the local jail, to assess the quality (or absence) of their legal representation. He became a local hero when his work resulted in the release of more than 50 people who had been held without trial (and often without seeing a lawyer) longer than the maximum sentence that could have been imposed."
He undertook pro bono employment work with the Free Representation Unit (2003 to 2005) and was a volunteer at the Prisoners' Advice Service (2002) before being called to the Bar.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Andrew has over 10 years experience undertaking representation and advisory work for tenants and other occupiers in the full range of housing law work including: possession proceedings, cases involving anti-social behaviour, unlawful eviction, harassment, disrepair, injunction applications, committal hearings, allocations and homelessness. He also has a busy appellate practice including homelessness appeals and housing related judicial reviews. Andrew has experience of acting on behalf of those with diminished capacity through instructions from the Official Solicitor, cases involving clients with mental health problems and other clients who are vulnerable, whether as a result of disability, addiction, age or homelessness or who speak little or no English. He is listed in Chambers and Partners as a notable practitioner in social housing in the North after receiving ‘significant approval from market sources.’
Personal injury / negligence
Undertakes a range of representation and advisory work for claimants in the County Court and High Court including: negligence, occupier's liability and defective premises, injuries at work, road and other traffic accidents, and infant settlements. He appeared in the successful case of a former pitman who received compensation for his Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which was the first case to be brought and allowed since the closure of the Coal Health Compensation Scheme in 2004.
Social Housing - Northern (Bar) 2016 "Renowned for his work on behalf of tenants. His broader practice includes experience within human rights, public law and equality law. Strengths: "He's a really good advocate, a walking encyclopaedia of housing law." Chambers and Partners 2016
Social Housing - Northern (Bar) 2015 "Acts exclusively for social housing tenants and occupiers on matters including those involving antisocial behaviour, nuisance and homelessness. Expertise: "He is the walking, talking dictionary of housing law who never stops working." "Excellent knowledge and then did everything he could above and beyond from the court work." Chambers & Partners 2015
Social Housing - Northern (Bar) 2014 "Enters the rankings this year having received significant approval from market sources. He has much experience in acting for tenants and other occupiers in a range of cases, including those involving antisocial behaviour, nuisance and homelessness matters. Expertise: "He's well prepared and a strong advocate both in court and on paper." "He's very approachable and proactive, and has real, practical knowledge." Chambers & Partners 2014
PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS
- Various dates in 2015 - A guide to housing disrepair and personal injury arising from disrepair (in-house seminar)
- 12/12/14 -Anti social behaviour, crime and policing act 2014: part 5 the new grounds for possession and Article 8 defences (in-house seminar)
- February 2012 - Issue 30. Housing Law Bulletin February 2012 Going home after a lawful eviction. A look at the steps that can be taken to reinstate a tenant to their home after execution of a warrant for possession has taken place:
- 8/2/11 - What could more litigants in person mean for practitioners? (Lexis Nexis Current Awareness)
- 17/12/10 - Court considers access to a sealed file (under CPR 5.4C) following ABC Ltd v Y  EWHC 3176 Ch (interview discussing issues raised by this case - published on LexisNexis Current Awareness)
- 22/11/10 - Service of former partners - court provides useful guidance following Brooks v AH Brooks and Co (a firm)  EWHC 2720 Ch (interview discussing issues raised by this case - published on LexisWeb.co.uk)
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
Howard League for Penal Reform
Legal Action Group