Staff Profile

Marie Busfield
Chartered Legal Executive
0114 249 6627
Based at: Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley
Joined Howells: 2011
Practice Area: Housing Law and Welfare Benefits Law
Memberships: CILEX (FCLIEX)

Marie specialises in both Housing Law and Welfare Benefits cases. Marie assists clients with each aspect of their case and represents clients in court proceedings across a wide range of issues they may have.

Her speciality in Housing Law means that she is an expert in possession proceedings, unlawful evictions, disrepair claims, tenancy disputes and tenancy deposit claims. She also specialises in Welfare Benefits and is one of a very few specialists who provide assistance with challenging Tribunal decisions on a point of law to the Upper Tribunal. She has even taken a Welfare Benefits case to the Court of Appeal.

Marie is able to use her experience in her specialist areas to obtain the best outcomes for her clients.


“Just wanted to say thank you not only for your advice but the very clear, friendly and helpful way you have dealt with this matter. It has been a great help to me and through me for my sister.” Sept 2021

“Very many thanks for your kind attention to our inheritance problem. We are so glad we decided to ask you for your advice! We appreciate your professionalism. Thank you.” Aug 2021

“Marie Busfield was helping me defending a complex possession/trespass claim in the last 7 months. She's been extremely kind, helpful and supportive throughout all the process. Easy, prompt and clear communication. Very dedicated, empathetic and knowledgeable. Made this anxious process as hassle and stress free as possible. Knowing I've got such a knowledgeable legal representative made me quite comforted and I can't thank her enough for this. Outstanding service, I would highly recommend. Very satisfied and really grateful for all the support and help.” May 2021

“The service and advice has been excellent throughout. Marie has been very professional and supportive” – October, 2020

“Marie gave excellent advice. She was professional and courteous.” – Mar 2020

I can not thank Marie Busfield enough she has been so helpful with not just helping me get through all the process but also understanding my situation being very kind and having a listening ear genuinely i am so grateful to her she is a lovely lady kind and excellent in the work she does.” – 2020

“Marie Busfield was a very friendly person and put us at an ease. She gave us hope in the case we put to her.” – Feb 2020

“Very courteous and efficient” – Feb 2020

“Thank you again! I really cannot express my gratitude in so few words but your help was absolutely invaluable to me, the 7 months of worry
was to be honest torture, but I now can look forward to the future.” –
August 2019

“Highly recommend it! Very professional and helpful people! Big thank to Marie for all her help! – Benefits and credits client Jan 2019

“I wanted to once again thank you for all your help with my ESA50 form. I can not thank you enough, you have been so helpful with not just helping me get through all the process but also understanding my situation, being very kind and having a listening ear genuinely. I am so grateful.” – August, 2019

“You represented me as a duty solicitor. Thank you. If there were more people like you out there I'd probably leave the house more” – 2018

Notable cases

  • Successfully challenging a local authority on a decision regarding a client fleeing their home due to fear of violence.
  • Obtaining significant settlements for tenants who have been unlawfully evicted from their home.
  • Having a decision made by the First Tier Tribunal set aside by the Upper Tribunal and going on to secure backdated Personal Independence Payment and Severe Disability Premium for a client totalling over £12,000.
  • Successfully appealing a Personal Independence Payment appeal and securing over £15,000 in backdated benefit and premiums.
  • Pursuing a case to the Court of Appeal regarding retaining worker status.
  • Negotiating favourable settlements for clients with counterclaims within possession proceedings.


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