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Overview

Andrew practices primarily in personal injury related claims and housing matters.

He acts for Claimants and Defendants across the range of cases, drawing on over twenty years’ experience both as a practitioner and holder of judicial appointments.

Away from the Bar, his interests are reading, cinema and running.  He is passionate about music and is the drummer in two bands, one a disco/funk covers band and the other can be found here: http://lornatheband.com/bio/

Personal Injury

Andrew has extensive experience of personal injury and related claims for and against individuals, companies, agencies, local authorities and employers, including:

  • Attacks on care staff by patients in secure environments
  • Industrial diseases, including asbestos related conditions
  • Highways
  • Companies and individuals prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive
  • Inquests

He advises and represents in clinical negligence cases relating to incorrect or late diagnosis and negligently performed surgery.

He frequently delivers lectures on a variety of personal injury related topics to solicitors and insurance companies.

Housing

Andrew provides advice and representation to Local Authorities, Housing Associations and individuals across the whole spectrum of housing work:

  • Possession
  • Demotion
  • Right to buy
  • Statutory nuisance
  • Licensing and management under the Housing Act 2004
  • Possession
  • Disrepair
  • Unlawful eviction
  • Anti-social behaviour and neighbour nuisance

He advises Local Authorities in the formulation of homelessness and allocations policies, including related judicial review.

Andrew lectures on a range of housing law subjects to public and private sector solicitors.

Notable Cases

Michelle Draycott (2) Paul Maxwell Draycott v Hannells Letting Limited (T/A Hannells Letting Agents) [2010] EWHC 217 (QB); 3 All ER 411 (2010); HLR 27 (2010); L & TR 12 (2010); NPC 18; (2011) 1 WLR 1606 (first Divisional Court appeal involving the Tenancy Deposit Scheme created by the Housing Act 2004)

R (on the application of (1) AB (2) SB) v Nottingham City Council [2001] EWCA Admin 235 (Judicial Review proceedings involving a core assessment of a child and his mother’s needs, Children Act and NHS & Community Care Act, against the backdrop of alleged anti-social behaviour on the part of the child);

Longhurst Homes Limited v Dean Killen [2008] EWCA 402 (appeal against a committal to prison arising from breach of an anti-social behaviour injunction)

R v Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, Ex Parte Bennett, Independent, October 2, 2000 (Judicial Review of the CICAP’s interpretation of the notion of a ‘disabling mental condition’ for the purposes of the CICA’s tariff)

Recommendations

Recent recommendations for Andrew include:

“Good technical knowledge and easy to work with.’

Legal 500 – Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

“Very approachable and an impressive advocate.’

Legal 500 2015 – Property

“He exudes confidence in what he is saying. He is not easily put off his stride and he is very sure of how he delivers his arguments.’

Chambers and Partners 2015 – Social Housing

"He's an outstanding barrister and I would recommend him to anybody. He got to the nub of the issues involved in the case very quickly." "He is tough and no-nonsense; he knows what he's doing."

Chambers and Partners 2016 - Personal Injury

“He is excellent,.  He’s one of those people who knows how to pick a good argument from a bad one, and how to make an argument far more attractive to judges.”

Chambers and Partners 2016 – Social Housing

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Disease
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Criminal Regulatory
  • Housing

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Housing Law Practitioners’ Association

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Chambers UK Bar 2017

    Andrew McNamara has been ranked in the Chambers UK Bar 2017 for Personal Injury (Band 2) and Social Housing (Band 2).

    Personal Injury

    He has expertise in the full spectrum of personal injury matters including industrial disease and employers' liability claims. He assists both claimants and defendants.

    Strengths:

    "Very good at explaining matters to clients. He is reliable and goes the extra mile."

    Recent work:

    Acted for the defendant in Pickles -v- Calico Housing, a case concerning hand-arm vibration. 

    Social Housing

    He advises on homelessness policy, introductory tenancy schemes and right-to-buy for landlords, local councils and tenants. He also sits as a judge of the First-tier Tribunal and is an assistant coroner for Nottinghamshire.

    Strengths:

    "He has vast experience with both tenants and local authorities."

    "Very good in court in terms of cross-examination of witnesses and attention to detail."

    Recent work:

    Represented Newark and Sherwood District Council in the defence of a possession claim. 

    Please click here for more information.

  • Legal 500 UK Bar 2016 Leading Junior

    Andrew has been listed as a Tier 1 Leading Junior in the Legal 500 UK 2016 guide to outstanding juniors nationwide. He is recommended on the Midland Circuit for Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence and Property.

    "Pragmatic, honest, professional and well respected."

    Please click here for more information.

  • Chambers UK Bar 2016

    Andrew has been ranked in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2016 for Personal Injury and Social Housing.

    Personal Injury

    He handles complex employers' liability cases involving industrial disease and injuries sustained at work. He is instructed by both claimants and defendants, and is admired for his rapport with witnesses and robust cross-examination. 

    "He's an outstanding barrister and I would recommend him to anybody. He got to the nub of the issues involved in the case very quickly."

    "He is tough and no-nonsense; he knows what he's doing." 

    Andrew recently acted for the claimant in a noise-induced hearing loss dispute in which complex evidence surrounding higher-frequency hearing issues played a key role. 

    Social Housing

    Andrew has a successful track record of acting for landlords, local councils and tenants in cases which encompass homelessness, disability rights and personal injury resulting from disrepair. He also advises on introductory tenancy schemes and matters concerning right to buy.

    "He is very good at maintaining client relationships, ensuring that they understand the core process and generally putting them at ease."

    "He is excellent. He's one of those people who knows how to pick a good argument from a bad one, and how to make an argument far more attractive to judges."

    Andrew recently represented Newark and Sherwood District Council in a homelessness appeal wherein the appellant had been accused of intentional homelessness.

     

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