Andrew Byles of GCN has been nominated for the 14th Bar Pro Bono Award, given to an individual barrister or set of chambers in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work.
Extracts from Andrew's entry in the nomination brochure are below:
" Andrew is admired by those he has assisted pro bono for his ability to immediately establish a rapport with, and reassure, vulnerable clients. He is very thorough in his work and flexible in nature, giving his client a level of attention well beyond expectations.
"For me as the only employment caseworker at the law centre, having someone with Andrew's knowledge and experience immediately available is a great help. In turn, this is of great assistance to my clients".
Colin Prout, employment caseworker at South Manchester Law Centre
"There is little doubt that, if the client had not had the expert, professional representation at the eleventh hour, she would have lost the roof over her head and would have been rendered homeless."
Simon Pile, Solicitor at Shelter
"Without Andrew's skills, knowledge and commitment to my case, I would not have been able to stand up and fight against the unfair treatment I had received. I will always be so very grateful for what Andrew did for me and my famiy...Without Andrew people like myself would have no one to support them during very difficult times in their lives."
John Anthony Tetlow, pro bono client
The Award will be presented by Boris Johnson at the Bar Conference on 6th November 2010.