Andrew Locke

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

I have a wealth of experience as a criminal defence barrister, having appeared in hundreds of trials since I was called to the Bar in 2008 and I have been successful in the Court of Appeal on three occasions. My practice is and always has been primarily crime and it is what I am passionate about. For me it is not just a job, but a vocation. 

I have experience of many types of cases from simple assault or public order charges in the Magistrates Court to kidnap and complex fraud offences in the Crown Court. 

I also have experience of ASBO (now CRO) applications, cash seizure applications, football banning orders, statutory nuisance proceedings and prosecutions for breach of planning enforcement notices.

My approach

My approach is down to earth, friendly and non-judgemental. 

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:

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

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 small/medium businesses: 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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