He's a really good advocate, a walking encyclopaedia of housing law.
Andrew is a housing law specialist who is renowned for his work representing tenants, other occupiers, applicants for housing, and those who are homeless. His broader practice includes human rights law, public law and discrimination law. Andrew is particularly recognised for his “encyclopaedic” knowledge of housing law, his commitment to the best interests of those he represents, his preparation and the effectiveness of his work.
Andrew is committed to assisting the disadvantaged and those in need of legal assistance. Before joining Chambers, Andrew undertook pro bono employment work with the Free Representation Unit, was a volunteer at the Prisoners’ Advice Service, and was a volunteer at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre, USA working on death row cases and other wrongly detained prisoners. Andrew's work in the USA was praised by Reprieve’s Clive Stafford Smith (see The Young Britons Who Do Time On Death Row -The Times) in the following terms: "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.”
Andrew was shortlisted for the Bar Pro Bono Award 2010 and continues to undertake pro bono work in cases where other funding is not available.
Andrew has over 12 years’ experience undertaking representation and advisory work for tenants, other occupiers, applicants for housing, and those who are homeless. He is a housing law specialist who covers the full range of housing law work, including:
Andrew, who is usually willing to accept housing instructions funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, is experienced in acting on behalf of those with diminished capacity (including through instructions from the Official Solicitor); representing that those with mental health issues; and representing those who are vulnerable, whether as a result of disability, addiction, age or homelessness or who speak little or no English.
Andrew is listed in Chambers and Partners as a notable practitioner in social housing in the North after receiving ‘significant approval from market sources.’
Andrew specialises in housing and homelessness related judicial reviews for tenants, other occupiers, applicants for housing, and those who are homeless. Examples of his work include challenging the lawfulness of housing allocation schemes and failures on the part of local authorities to accommodate those seeking homelessness assistance.
Andrew specialises in housing related discrimination claims, often acting for disabled tenants and occupants facing eviction or injunction proceedings.
Andrew is experienced in defending applications for injunctions and breaches of injunctions.
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