One Pump Court houses a number of experienced social housing barristers who have expertise in possession claims, anti-social behaviour proceedings and cases relating to homelessness. They are frequently retained for both landlord and tenant work, and offer experience appearing before all levels of the court, up to the Supreme Court. A source says: "One Pump Court are my first port of call when instructing counsel on my cases. It has excellent expertise."
"Ian Burrows, senior clerk, is so quick with his responses and he always manages to allocate me counsel even if it is last minute. The other clerks are also just as good and help create a seamless service."
"The clerks at One Pump Court are excellent. I am confident that once I make an enquiry, a clerk will get back to me within a reasonable time. They use their best efforts to assist."
Martin Hodgson advises on a range of housing matters, including appeals against the Housing Act, and is regularly instructed on behalf of vulnerable clients. He has been instructed in cases involving illegal subletting and tenancy fraud.
"Martin is my go-to barrister. He is a safe, robust pair of hands for my clients and always gets the desired outcome."
"He is very knowledgeable, easily approachable, and his arguments are very precise."
"Martin's experience and confidence is always reassuring in difficult cases."
Michael Marsh-Hyde is a well-regarded junior with a wide-ranging practice spanning homelessness proceedings and possession matters, among others. He is noted for his prior experience working for Shelter.
"Michael is an excellent advocate with encyclopedic knowledge who never gives up the fight."
"Michael puts clients at ease and will fight for them. It is a delight to watch him in court; he is very firm and fair."
"He is a great advocate with a great eye for detail and is good on complex anti-social behaviour cases."
Nik Nicol is a social welfare and public law specialist who is noted for his strength in homelessness, leasehold and disrepair matters. He comes recommended for his experience in cases with a public law or asylum support element. Nicol regularly acts in publicly funded cases for tenants and also sits as a part-time First-tier Tribunal judge.
"Nik is a great all-rounder. His written and oral skills are succinct and forceful."
"Nik has a wealth of knowledge and he is very quick at responding to queries and providing attendance notes after hearings."
Patricia Tueje is a dedicated and experienced housing and community care lawyer. Her record of defending tenants and applicants in difficult possession claims and homelessness appeals is held in high esteem by her peers. Tueje is also commended for her strength in succession of tenancy disputes.
"Patricia is very bright, friendly and meticulous. She is a robust advocate and a first-rate barrister."
"Patricia is an excellent advocate with fierce attention to detail and great client manner."
"She is very approachable, knowledgeable and good with vulnerable clients."
Eleri Griffiths represents tenants and housing applicants in a wide range of social housing matters, with particular expertise in possession proceedings, homelessness and disability discrimination, as well as eviction proceedings.
"Eleri provides thorough advice. She is particularly effective in dealing with matters concerning vulnerable clients and effectively considers the real-life impacts on the client."
"Eleri is excellent, a fearless advocate in social justice."
"Eleri is very skilled at dealing with complex cases."