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One Pump Court
One Pump Court

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 3

The members of One Pump Court 'really care about their clients and about having a positive impact on the law (and the world of law) in general'. The immigration team has a good deal of experience in a broad range of asylum cases, including those based on sexual or gender identity, political activism or the risk of re-trafficking, and in representing vulnerable claimants. Catherine Robinson acted in R3 v SSHD, a deprivation of citizenship challenge, before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. Victoria Laughton acted in K v SSHD, an appeal concerning section 50 (9A) of the British Nationality Act 1981.

Leading Juniors

David Chirico - One Pump CourtBrilliant legal mind, creative in terms of strategy, willing to run novel points and has a tenacious spirit in fighting cases hard to the very end.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gilda Kiai - One Pump CourtGilda is a powerful and passionate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Burrett - One Pump CourtHe has excellent advocacy skills, and is very knowledgeable within his field.
Ranked: Tier 3

Emma Daykin - One Pump Court ‘There are not many barristers who are as experienced as Emma in dealing with all aspects of immigration (including points based system), asylum and nationality law.

Ranked: Tier 3

Justine Fisher - One Pump Court ‘Her written work is outstanding and her advocacy is very persuasive.

Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria Laughton - One Pump CourtVictoria is extremely thorough and a very safe pair of hands, with vast experience.
Ranked: Tier 3
Priya Solanki - One Pump CourtShe has a passion for this area of work particularly in working for vulnerable survivors of domestic violence and trafficking.
Ranked: Tier 3
Claire Physsas - One Pump CourtShe is a leading junior immigration practitioner, with a particular expertise in Dublin return cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Robinson - One Pump CourtCatherine is tenacious in her pursuit of her clients' cases and is wonderful with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law)

Leading Juniors

Mary Hughes - One Pump CourtExcellent with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 3


Leading Juniors

Stephen Knight - One Pump CourtA junior for criminal appeals and judicial review cases. He is brilliant at applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

One Pump Court continues to offer its expertise across claimant-side immigration law, criminal defence and family law, including some of the most challenging publicly-funded cases. Catherine Robinson is a new appointment as a recorder and Stephen Knight   a fee-paid FTT judge; turning to new recruits Rudolph Spurling joined from 10 King's Bench Walk and family solicitor-advocate Clive Matthews joined from FMW Law.



1 Pump Court clerks are very helpful and efficient.

1 Pump Court’s service is excellent and their clerks play, without a doubt, a key role in making this happen. Mr James Rourke has been one of the key players among the clerks throughout the years tasked with ensuring that all processes flow smoothly.

All the clerks give very good service.

Excellent – James Rourke in particular.

Excellent service from clerks and flexible on fees when needed.

I have always found the clerks at 1 Pump Court to be approachable and reliable. I deal mainly with Mycal and James and they are organised and helpful.

The clerks are excellent – I would recommend James Rourke.

The clerks are experienced and consistently provide an excellent service. Ian, Mycal and James are friendly, flexible and fierce trio.

The clerks are extremely efficient and are easily contactable. I think one of the strengths of the clerking room is that each person is clear on their role and thus able to work well with others outside chambers.

The clerks are One Pump Court are always prompt and courteous. They are extremely helpful.

The clerks at One Pump Court are extremely efficient and show excellent communication skills. They are easy to deal with and always show good knowledge about my cases. Mycal Thomas is a great asset to the immigration clerk team and his friendly yet professional manner and speedy responses to my queries stands out above others.

The clerks who I have interacted with have all been polite and professional and helpful with any queries I have put to them. The primary clerks I interact with and who I rate very highly are: James Rourke and Mycal Thomas.

We have mainly had contact with Mycal Thomas and James Rourke who have both been very professional and have found them to be very approachable and helpful.


One Pump Court Chambers have some of the most dynamic, intelligent immigration barristers. If I need a barrister I know will robustly defend my client’s case then I will often go to them.

One Pump Court has some excellent counsel in their array. Their seminars are incredibly informative and very friendly. They ordinarily have expert counsel available (often at short notice) to accommodate urgent cases, which is an invaluable characteristic.

Excellent chambers all round that appreciate the needs of clients.

I have always had excellent results when working with One Pump Court barristers and they usually have a range of suitable counsel available to cover most needs.

I have had good experience when instructing counsel at One Pump Court.

I use One Pump Court for all my counsel. They have great depth in expertise and one gains the impression that they have a supportive team-working ethos which means that they are wiling to consult amongst themselves to cover all issues. They seem to be able to attract very able juniors to the set.

I work with One Pump Court frequently as does my team. I find them to be approachable and diligent in their working practices.

One Pump Court always do their utmost to provide available and suitable counsel for any case I take to them. They are very efficient as a set and are able to progress cases quickly which is essential.

One Pump Court are a very good immigration set.

One Pump Court are exceptional in their field. I have worked with many barristers from chambers and their work is always excellent.

One Pump Court have a strong immigration team with a good depth of knowledge. There is generally availability of counsel. They also have been providing free legal update seminars during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Priya frequently runs training organised by One Pump Court. She has a good success rate in dealing with asylum appeal and she provides training on asylum. She also runs training on trafficking matters.

Strong juniors and pupils coming through. Excellent webinar and training programmes.

The chambers as a whole is very helpful and engaging. It regularly provides free seminars which helps in keeping abreast of changes in the law. The chambers have a wide range of skilled barristers who are very friendly and personable.

The chambers contains good juniors, some exceptionally good. They have an admirable reputation for being socially committed.

The Chambers itself has a very impressive set of very knowledgeable counsel in the immigration field.

This barrister’s chambers have an excellent reputation for their work in human rights law, and I regularly choose to work with barristers from this chambers.

Top of their game for immigration and public law – always one of my top choices. They really care about their clients and about having a positive impact on the law (and the world of law) in general, beyond individual cases.

One Pump Court was established in 1978 by a group of lawyers with a commitment to providing a first-class service to all, particularly the legal aid clients and those facing tribunals where legal aid is not available. Since its founding, One Pump Court has been a democratic collective and does not have a head of chambers. It is run by a management committee, which has responsibility for the efficient and effective operation of chambers.

The set: Members of chambers chair tribunals and lecture and conduct training courses in their specialist areas. They also contribute to legal journals and other publications. Chambers works closely with law centres and other agencies who are addressing unmet legal needs.

Having established quality assurance systems Barmark and Quality Mark, chambers is committed to rigorous monitoring to ensure that its high standards are maintained and improved so that there is a sound basis for the delivery of the highest quality legal services to all its clients.

Members belong to various practice associations and organisations, such as HLPA, ILPA, ALBA, LAG and Liberty.

One Pump Court is committed to social responsibility and to the continuing improvement of all its activities so that it can reduce its collective impact on the environment.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers undertakes civil and public law, family, immigration and criminal work nationwide and at all levels, from the county court, magistrates courts, Crown Courts, inquests and tribunals, to the Administrative Courts, Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court, European Courts (European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union) and the Privy Council.

The civil and public law group provides notable expertise in immigration, housing, human rights, asylum support, community care, travellers’ rights, actions against the police, discrimination, prison law, social welfare law and fuel rights. Judicial review is an expanding area within chambers and the civil and public law team has been involved in a number of important test cases with an immigration/social welfare context in recent years.

The Crime group consists of an experienced team practising exclusively in criminal defence work, providing representation to persons accused of the whole range of criminal offences, from minor road traffic offences to murder, at every stage of proceedings. The team is committed to ensuring that all persons accused of crime are properly represented and is well known for its pro bono work.

The specialist Family team includes members who specialise in all areas of family work, both nationally and internationally. The team can provide expert cover for all types of public and private law work relating to children as well as national and international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention and domestic violence, forced marriage and financial relief. The family group at One Pump Court is particularly well known and respected for its professionalism and compassion when representing parents, grandparents and children’s guardians.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrator Jeannine Lewis
Senior Clerk Ian Burrow
Clerk Mycal Thomas
Clerk Scott Haley
Clerk James Rourke
Clerk Chloe Amson
Clerk Toby Brewster
Fees clerk Lewis Harrison-Lee
Fees clerk Bradley Baker
Receptionist Abby Greensmith
Member of Chambers ADAMS, Lindsay (1987)
Member of Chambers ADEDEJI, Yinka (1997)
Member of Chambers ADLER, Jonathan (1999)
Member of Chambers ALLISON, Mark (2016)
Member of Chambers BARKER, Jennifer (2000)
Member of Chambers BARTLET-JONES, Stephen (2004)
Member of Chambers BREESE-LAUGHRAN, Delphine (1991)
Member of Chambers BRIDDOCK, Allan (2000)
Member of Chambers BUNDOCK, Benjamin (2013)
Member of Chambers BURRETT, Alex (1999))
Member of Chambers CHANDRAN, Parosha (1997)
Member of Chambers CHIRICO, David (2002)
Member of Chambers CORBETT-BATSON, Sarah(2017)
Member of Chambers COWELL, Grace (2018)
Member of Chambers CSENGERI, Natalie (2011)
Member of Chambers DAYKIN, EMMA (2005)
Member of Chambers DESHPANDE, Chandrika (2014)
Member of Chambers DINGISWAYO, Zani (2001)
Member of Chambers DIXON, Annie (1991)
Member of Chambers DOERR, Eva (2019)
Member of Chambers ELDERGILL, Edmund (1991)
Member of Chambers ELGHADY, Amean (2008)
Member of Chambers ELLIOTT, Sam (2014)
Member of Chambers FISHER, Justine (1994)
Member of Chambers FRANCIS, Rachel (2012)
Member of Chambers GARWOOD, Joshua (1992)
Member of Chambers GASPARRO, Julia (1999)
Member of Chambers GILBERT, Andrew (2009)
Member of Chambers GRUTTERS, Daniel (2017)
Member of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Eleri (2014)
Member of Chambers HARRIS, Michelle (2000)
Member of Chambers HEMERY, Philippa (2009)
Member of Chambers HODGSON, Martin (1980)
Member of Chambers HOLLOWAY, Sharon (1994)
Member of Chambers HUDA, Abida (1989)
Member of Chambers HUGHES, Mary (1994)
Member of Chambers HUSSEIN, Timur (1993)
Member of Chambers ISLAM, Zeenat (2013)
Member of Chambers JARMAN, Samuel (1989)
Member of Chambers JOHNSON, Melanie (1996)
Member of Chambers KALER, Manjeet (1993)
Member of Chambers KIAI, Gilda (2004)
Member of Chambers KNIGHT, Stephen (2011)
Member of Chambers KOTAK, Raggi (2000)
Member of Chambers LAUGHTON, Victoria (1998)
Member of Chambers LITTLEWOOD, Rebecca (1988)
Member of Chambers MARSH-HYDE, Michael (2006)
Member of Chambers MARTIN, Rebecca (2002)
Member of Chambers MASTERS, Alan (1979)
Member of Chambers MATTHEWS, Clive (2019)
Member of Chambers McCARTHY, Keelin (2007)
Member of Chambers McLEISH, Philip (2003)
Member of Chambers McMORROW, Patrick (1996)
Member of Chambers MONAH, Helen (1996)
Member of Chambers MORADI, Annahita (2016)
Members of Chambers MORAIARTY, Matthew (2010)
Member of Chambers MUHAMMAD, Tamara (1998)
Member of Chambers NICOL, Nicholas (1986)
Member of Chambers NICOLAOU, Angelina (2015)
Member of Chambers NIZAMI, Asma (2009)
Member of Chambers O’LEARY, Michele (1983)
Member of Chambers OSMAN, Ahmed (2015)
Member of Chambers PEAT, Charlie (2003)
Member of Chambers PEDRO, Terry (1996)
Member if Chambers PHILPS, Catherine (2018)
Member of Chambers PHYSSAS, Claire (2004)
Member of Chambers PRESLAND, James (1985)
Member of Chambers RADFORD, Althea (2009)
Member of Chambers ROBINSON, Catherine (2011)
Member of Chambers SANDERS, Eleanor (2014)
Member of Chambers SAYED, Ruby (1999)
Member of Chambers SHAW, James Anthony (2018)
Member of Chambers SHORT, Harriet (2007)
Member of Chambers SOLANKI, Priya (2008)
Member of Chambers SPURLING, Rudolph (2007)
Member of Chambers STUART-KING, Emma (2005)
Member of Chambers TUEJE, Patricia (1999)
Member of Chambers WALKER, Sophie (2016)
Door Tenant AHMAD, Tayyiba (1998)
Door Tenant AKTHER, Ripon (2003)
Door Tenant BARNETT, Adrienne (1981)
Door Tenant DEL MESE, Francesca (1998)
Door Tenant DENT, Sally (1989)
Door Tenant GAISFORD, Tom (2013)
Door Tenant HUTCHISON, Eleanor (2007)
Door Tenant KAZA, Ajanta (1998)
Door Tenant RUDSTON, Neville (2000)
Door Tenant TAYLOR-GEE, Lucy (2006)
Door Tenant TEJI, Usha (19841)
Door Tenant THOMAS, Alessia (2011)
Door Tenant VINE, Catriona (2002)
Door Tenant WACEY, Nicola (2004)
Door Tenant WALDRON, Lorraine (2004)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Lindsay Adams  photo Lindsay Adams Lindsay is a senior family practitioner, mainly representing children and parents in…
 Yinka Adedeji  photo Yinka Adedeji Yinka’s practice revolves around social welfare and human rights based areas of…
 Jonathan Adler  photo Jonathan Adler Jonathan is a practicing member of the One Pump Court Family Team,…
 Mark Allison  photo Mark Allison Mark’s practice is focused primarily on immigration and crime. He regularly appears…
 Jennifer Barker  photo Jennifer Barker All areas of family work including care proceedings, adoption, residence and contact…
 Stephen Bartlet-Jones  photo Stephen Bartlet-Jones Stephen is an experienced advocate specialising in family and chancery work. He…
 Delphine Breese-Laughran  photo Delphine Breese-Laughran Delphine has many years of experience in all areas of Family Law…
 Allan Briddock  photo Allan Briddock Allan has specialised in immigration and asylum law since becoming a barrister…
 Benjamin Bundock  photo Benjamin Bundock Ben specialises in immigration and asylum law.  He acts in the full…
 Alex Burrett  photo Alex Burrett Alex has practiced as a specialist immigration and public law practitioner since…
 Parosha Chandran  photo Parosha Chandran Parosha Chandran is the UK’s leading anti-slavery lawyer and she has been…
 David Chirico  photo David Chirico David works for claimants in all areas of immigration and asylum law.…
 Sarah Corbett-Batson  photo Sarah Corbett-Batson Sarah is a criminal defence practitioner who has represented clients on the…
 Natalie Csengeri  photo Natalie Csengeri Natalie is an advocate who goes above and beyond for her clients.…
 Emma Daykin photo Emma Daykin
 Zani Dingiswayo  photo Zani Dingiswayo Zani regularly defends in many areas of criminal law including serious violent…
 Annie Dixon  photo Annie Dixon Annie Dixon came to the Bar having had a previous career as…
 Edmund Eldergill  photo Edmund Eldergill Edmund’s specialism crosses several areas of law: Family, Property, Business, Revenue, Wills,…
 Amean Elghady  photo Amean Elghady Amean practices in both criminal defence and family law. The majority of his…
 Sam Elliott  photo Sam Elliott Sam accepts instructions in family law, criminal law, prison law and general…
 Justine Fisher photo Justine Fisher
 Rachel Francis  photo Rachel Francis Rachel is a specialist family and immigration law barrister with particular expertise…
 Joshua Garwood  photo Joshua Garwood Joshua is a member of the family team, but has extensive previous…
 Julia Gasparro  photo Julia Gasparro Julia is a respected practitioner in the fields of family, immigration and…
 Andrew Gilbert  photo Andrew Gilbert Andrew is a Public Law, Human Rights and Immigration specialist. He has…
 Eleri Griffiths  photo Eleri Griffiths Eleri specialises in immigration and housing law and acts in cases across…
 Michelle Harris  photo Michelle Harris Michelle has always maintained a mixed practice of Immigration, Criminal Defence and…
 Philippa Hemery  photo Philippa Hemery Philippa is a specialist family mediator. This follows a successful practice at…
 Martin Hodgson  photo Martin Hodgson With over 35 years’ experience across several practice areas, popular Social Housing…
 Sharon Holloway  photo Sharon Holloway Sharon is a highly engaging and fearless advocate in the area of…
 Abida Huda  photo Abida Huda Abida is an established family practitioner in all areas of public and…
Dr Mary Hughes  photo Dr Mary Hughes From Direct Access Client: I would again like to express my thanks…
 Tim Hussein  photo Tim Hussein Tim has been a member of chambers since 1997 and his background…
 Sam Jarman  photo Sam Jarman Sam specialises in commercial litigation/arbitration (contracts, banking, insurance & reinsurance, shipping (dry)…
 Melanie Johnson  photo Melanie Johnson Melanie practices in family law, covering all areas of law in respect…
 Manjeet Kaler  photo Manjeet Kaler Manjeet has over 21 years experience as a family practitioner specialising in…
 Ranjiv Khubber  photo Ranjiv Khubber Specialist in Judicial Review (particularly of immigration decisions), Human Rights, EU law,…
 Gilda Kiai  photo Gilda Kiai Gilda Kiai is an experienced specialist in immigration, asylum, human rights and…
 Stephen Knight  photo Stephen Knight Stephen is a committed criminal defence and public law practitioner. He has…
 Raggi Kotak  photo Raggi Kotak Raggi specialises is all areas of immigration, human rights and asylum law…
 Victoria Laughton  photo Victoria Laughton   Victoria has specialised in the area of immigration, human rights and…
 Rebecca Littlewood  photo Rebecca Littlewood Rebecca covers all areas of Family Law, in particular financial remedy and…
 Michael Marsh Hyde  photo Michael Marsh Hyde Michael practices in housing, community care and general civil and public law. Before…
 Rebecca Martin  photo Rebecca Martin Rebecca practises in criminal defence at all levels. She has a particular…
 Alan Masters  photo Alan Masters Specialisms: human rights; equality; judicial review; housing; planning; public inquiries; local government;…
 Philip McLeish  photo Philip McLeish Philip McLeish has extensive experience across a wide range of fields in…
 Patrick McMorrow  photo Patrick McMorrow Patrick is a civil practitioner specialising in housing and homelessness cases, personal injury…
 Helen Monah  photo Helen Monah Helen Monah is a specialist family lawyer with over 24 years legal…
 Tamara Muhammad  photo Tamara Muhammad After leaving One Pump Court in 2007, Tamara embarked upon an international…
 Nicholas Nicol  photo Nicholas Nicol Nicholas Nicol is an experienced barrister, tribunal judge, mediator and legal trainer.…
 Angelina Nicolaou  photo Angelina Nicolaou Angelina has a busy practice across the immigration, inquest/inquiries and crime/prison teams…
 Asma Nizari  photo Asma Nizari Asma has a broad and busy practice in the fields of immigration/asylum,…
 Michele O’Leary  photo Michele O’Leary Michele practises in all areas of family law.  She was appointed a…
 Charlie Peat  photo Charlie Peat Charlie is an experienced family barrister who is passionate about access to…
 Terry Pedro  photo Terry Pedro Terry has established a first class reputation as a defence advocate, his…
 Claire Physsas  photo Claire Physsas Claire was ranked in Legal 500 2016 as a leading junior immigration…
 James Presland  photo James Presland Jamie is an experienced member both of One Pump Court’s Family Group,…
 Althea Radford  photo Althea Radford Althea has wide ranging experience in immigration and asylum law. She regularly…
 Catherine Robinson  photo Catherine Robinson Catherine Robinson is a member of the immigration team. She has a…
 Eleanor Sanders  photo Eleanor Sanders Eleanor is a member of the Immigration Team. Her practice covers all…
 Ruby Sayed  photo Ruby Sayed All areas of child law – public and private, child abduction, adoption,…
 James Anthony Shaw  photo James Anthony Shaw James became a Tenant in 2018 following a successful early career as…
 Harriet Short  photo Harriet Short Harriet is a specialist immigration practitioner who provides advice and representation in…
 Priya Solanki  photo Priya Solanki   Priya is a busy and experienced specialist in immigration and asylum…
 Simon Stafford-Michael  photo Simon Stafford-Michael Mr Stafford-Michael specialises in commercial litigation with particular emphasis on insurance and…
 Alessia Thomas  photo Alessia Thomas Alessia is a family law barrister who is regularly instructed to represent…
 Patricia Tueje  photo Patricia Tueje Patricia is recommended in Chambers & Partners UK as an experienced housing…
 Sophie Walker  photo Sophie Walker Sophie is an experienced human rights practitioner, having previously spent five years…

Pump Court Tax Chambers aims to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make the best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We are committed to ensuring an absence of direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including colour, nationality,
ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Led by our Chambers Diversity Committee, we encourage open debate, discussion and learning for all barristers and staff. Chambers is a founding sponsorship partner of Bridging the Bar. We are participating in the 10,000
Black Interns programme. We support the Social Mobility Foundation as part of their Aspiring Professionals Programme, by offering Bar placements to young persons, and a number of members offer practical help by acting as mentors.

Members contribute to the community by volunteering with charities such as Advocate which is the Bar’s national charity for providing free legal assistance.
Chambers’ buildings are wheelchair accessible for visiting clients and reasonable adjustments are made as required for all pupils, mini-pupils, candidates and other visitors as required.