Head of Chambers
Andrew Tucker began his career in Birmingham working with those who suffered multiple disadvantages in one of the poorest areas of the city. The four years he spent at Small Heath Community Law Centre helped to form his values and his approach to criminal practice, through his recognition that for many, if not all, who find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system, the experience is frightening and the outcome sometimes harsh or even unfair.
Away from Chambers, Andrew is a general four-season mountaineer and a Nordic ski-tourer. He is also an admirer of the work of the Rolling Stones, particularly when in live-performance.
“Andrew has guided many defendants through the most taxing and difficult of criminal proceedings to a successful outcome.”
By inclination a defender (although as someone committed to the ‘cab-rank’ principle of the independent Bar he is no stranger to instruction in serious work on behalf of the prosecuting authorities), Andrew has guided many defendants through the most taxing and difficult of criminal proceedings to a successful outcome. Whilst often instructed in cases where the gravest violence (including homicide) or sexual abuse is alleged, he well understands that, whatever the charge brought, for the individual defendant the fact of being prosecuted is almost always a matter of the highest importance.
All cases demand the same level of professional care and attention. He is a firm believer that, aside from anything else, it is the barrister’s role where possible to ease the lot of the busy solicitor.
- Environmental Law
- Statutory Nuisance
- Regulatory Offences
- Statutory Nuisance
From his early career as a barrister at one of the UK’s leading independent Law Centres, Andrew gained substantial experience in those areas of law relating to housing conditions and their impact upon human health. He continues to develop this area of practice and is frequently instructed in cases of disrepair and statutory nuisance.
Andrew’s great experience as an advocate in the Crown Court includes the law relating to trade descriptions and to pollution control, an interest he developed subsequently