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About Tess Baker

Tess joined Hodge Jones & Allen as a paralegal in the Housing & Property department in March 2022. They assist Daniel Fitzpatrick on matters relating to disrepair, possession orders and homelessness applications.

Prior to this, Tess worked as a paralegal on criminal defence and mental health matters at a legal aid firm in Tottenham. In this role, they routinely advised and assisted clients appealing their detention in hospital and prepared cases for Tribunals. They also assisted young and vulnerable clients with criminal defence matters, taking prosecution statements and instructions from clients to prepare for trial. Tess recently completed the GDL with Distinction.

"I had a good experience with Tess. She communicated when necessary and kept me updated at every step."

Client Comments

  • “HJA supported us over several years with a difficult housing disrepair claim. I would highly recommend both HJA and Tess, one of the paralegals who displayed the utmost professionalism, empathy and openness throughout.”
  • “Company was outstanding with the help they gave me I finally got the outcome I so much needed due to my disability I can’t rate this company enough Tess was professional and very clear on all actions that was being done was kept informed every step off the way .if you have a housing issue please do not hesitate to contact them a big thank you to all off you that worked with me in this case.”
  • “Tess Barker, was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed nigh on impossible. Not only was she able to defend us from an unjust Housing situation , her calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for her service and I hereby recommend Ms.Tess Barker without reservation. Thank you so much. Forever grateful.” Miss S Tomlin 
  • “It’s really good Tess has support me to very best and very understanding.”

Memberships & Articles & Publications


  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Articles & Publications

  • Contribution to EU External Relations Law, Ramses Wessel and Joris Larik (2020)
  • “Global Britain” and India post-Brexit: From Visas to FinTech, DCU Brexit Institute (2018)

Career & Education


  • Paralegal in Crime and Mental Health Law, Needham Poulier Solicitors, December 2021 – March 2022
  • Volunteer, Nucleus Legal Advice Centre, September 2021 – November 2021
  • Refugee Legal Confidence Team and Editorial Team, Lawyers Against Poverty, January 2021 -September 2021


  • University of Law (Moorgate), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Distinction, 2020-21
  • Leiden University College, World Politics with a minor in International Justice BA (Hons), magna cum laude (First Class Honours), 2016-19
Further Reading Tess Baker
Discrimination and Housing Rights
Housing Help