Andrew Locke

I am a barrister at Nexus, The Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC. 

I have a great deal of experience in this field, having worked for 15 years prior to becoming a barrister in a in a firm of property management consultants and chartered surveyors. Between 2004 and 2008 I also worked as a duty advocate at Willesden County Court representing tenants (both private and council/housing association) in possession and disrepair claims. 

Since practising as a barrister after 2009, I have represented both landlords and tenants in all types of proceedings, including winning at trial and then successfully opposing an appeal by a local authority on an unusual point of law concerning the surrender of tenancies where there was a sub-tenant in occupation. 

In addition to my practice I recently also spent 4 months consulting for a firm of solicitors, helping them to set up a new department dealing with housing disrepair and possession cases. 

Therefore, I am probably the only barrister practising in England and Wales who has this range of experience, and it enables me to view and deal with the dispute from both a practical and legal perspective. 

My approach

I pride myself on being down to earth, friendly and practical. I will use all my real world experience and legal knowledge to get the best result for you whilst doing my absolute best to minimise costs and delays. 

I offer a free initial 30 minute telephone consultation, after which I operate a fixed fee service and will only charge for the work I do on your behalf. This can be paid for at each stage in order to minimise up front outlay and unexpected costs. 

I recognise that it is often difficult to find spare time during the day, so I am more than willing to meet in the evenings or at the weekend if this is more convenient for you.  

About me

I am a barrister at Nexus, The Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC. 

I was called to the Bar in 2008 after a 15-year career in the property lettings and management business during which time I also spent four years as a part-time County Court Advocate representing defendants in housing and mortgage possession proceedings.

After initially practising solely as a criminal barrister I then used my pre-Bar experience to build a diverse, mixed practice which gives me a wide range of experience across a number of areas which compliment one another. I primarily practise in the following areas:

  • Landlord & tenant/housing (possesssion claims, injunctions, disrepair, unlawful eviction, s.21 and s.8 cases). 
  • Commercial (breach of contract, debt claims, business disputes, partnership and company law).
  • Regulatory/licensing law (professional discipline, fitness to practice, taxi/alcohol licensing).
  • Crime (jury and magistrates court trials, motoring, fraud, planning enforcement, business crime, violence, sex offences, drug dealing).

In addition to my day to day practice from Nexus Chambers I offer legal compliance training to property professionals and small businesses. 

I also operate an online legal advice service for landords, agents and small/medium businesses generally: www.thelegallifeline.co.uk

I am a passionate motorcyclist and I enjoy watching motorsport and occasionally participating in trackdays. I also box and train regularly. My more sedate pursuits include socialising, reading and watching documentaries, particularly history and cosmology.

Professional & academic

LL.B (Hons) (London) – 1st class 

BVC – Very Competent

Pearson Education Prize in Contract Law (2001)

Inner Temple Scholarship (2006) Inner Temple Exhibition (2006)

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