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Andrew Byles

Andrew is an experienced property law barrister of over 20 years’ call, covering, for claimants and defendants, all areas of housing litigation and landlord and tenant disputes.

Although located in Manchester, Andrew travels the length and breadth of England and Wales for work; especially the North West, North East, Yorkshire, the Midlands and North Wales.

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For a number of years, Chambers and Partners ranked Andrew in Band 1 for Social Housing (Northern Bar). Over the years, they have described him as "well prepared and a strong advocate both in court and on paper", someone who "expresses the essential points lucidly and... is a good negotiator", "a really good advocate, a walking encyclopaedia of housing law", "the walking, talking dictionary of housing law who never stops working", "efficient with paperwork and will[ing to] go the extra mile" and has having "a solid, commercial style with a very good reputation".

In addition to being a barrister, Andrew is a director of a residential management company where he has been responsible for resolving a series of complex issues arising from historical building defects and significant fire safety issues, along with the usual management of a leasehold building.

Andrew's Experience

Called in 2003


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Property Law

Andrew's primary area of practice is property law. He can provide specialist drafting, advice and advocacy to public bodies, lenders, landlords, property owners, borrowers, tenants and other occupiers in all aspects of housing/landlord and tenant law. He has extensive experience, both at first instance and on appeal, of dealing with:

  • Anti-social behaviour possession cases, injunction applications and committal applications;
  • Rent possession claims;
  • Housing disrepair claims;
  • HMO issues;
  • Trespass claims;
  • Tenancy deposit claims;
  • Unfair tenancy terms and the Consumer Rights Act 2015;
  • Housing related public law matters;
  • Housing related human rights matters;
  • Housing related Equality Act matters;
  • Homelessness and allocation matters;
  • Unlawful eviction and harassment claims;
  • Cases where the tenant or occupant either lacks capacity or is experiencing mental ill-health (including hoarding);
  • Right to buy disputes;
  • Succession to tenancy and failed succession cases;
  • Lease disputes and forfeiture applications (including relief from forfeiture);
  • Order for sale applications; and
  • Mortgage possession claims (including undue influence).
Additional Areas

Andrew has a small personal injury practice. From time to time, he has also practised criminal law and general civil litigation.

Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Andrew Byles, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

Andrew's Testimonials

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.

Bar Pro Bono Finalist 2010

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.

Clive Stafford-Smith

The Times

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 and Partners 2015

His style is very clear and concise. He expresses the essential points lucidly and he is a good negotiator.

Chambers and Partners 2018

He’s a really good advocate, a walking encyclopaedia of housing law.

Chambers and Partners 2016

He has a solid, commercial style with a very good reputation.

Chambers and Partners 2020

Latest articles from Andrew

Housing Disrepair – An Overview

Although living conditions in England and Wales have vastly improved over the past hundred years, it is a sad fact that hundreds of thousands of rented homes still suffer from ...
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