Whilst Andy enjoys a diverse practice covering Housing, Administrative & Public Law, Health & Social Care, Property and Local Authority Governance & Services, it is his work for social landlords which has informed his practice direction and profile.
He works primarily for local authorities and housing associations, although has, particularly in relation to private rented sector licensing, advised and represented private landlords’ associations extensively.
Andy was called to the Bar in 1999 having spent over 10 years working in the statutory and voluntary sector in the field of housing, debt and benefit advice. He has spent time on a local authority as a councillor, and held a number of portfolios during that time. This background has meant that Andy is very approachable, comfortable in a variety of settings and able to articulate his advice and case in a manner that is both attractive and compelling.
Andy has been consistently ranked in the top band of leading juniors in the social housing field in Chambers & Partners, and is similarly recognised in The Legal 500.
He is regularly instructed by the leading solicitors in social housing as well as directly by local housing authorities and private registered providers. He has also been involved in some of the high profile housing cases over the years in the High Court and Court of Appeal (such as West Kent Housing Association v Haycraft), and most recently the Supreme Court (Dacorum BC v Sims), as indicated from the limited example of his cases listed below.