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Pump Court Chambers

Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC

5 TEMPLE CHAMBERS, TEMPLE ST, SWINDON, SN1 1SQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01793 539899
Fax:
Fax 0845 259 3242
DX:
38639 SWINDON-2
Email:
Web:
www.pumpcourtchambers.com
London, Swindon, Winchester

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Pump Court Chambers has β€˜high-calibre barristers’, particularly within the area of family law, where over 40 practitioners have expertise in high-value matters. Members’ reputations mean they are involved in high-profile disputes such as the multimillion-pound Veluppillai v Veluppillai case. Commercial, crime, regulatory, employment and property law are other key practice areas. On the support side, β€˜the clerks are helpful and efficient, and have a β€œcan-do” attitude’; β€˜they are β€œswitched on” and keen to work with instructing solicitors to find solutions’. Chief clerk David Barber is β€˜superb’, as is his deputy Tony Atkins, for whom β€˜nothing is too much trouble’. Offices in: London, Winchester, Swindon

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Pump Court Chambers has β€˜high-calibre barristers’, particularly within the area of family law, where over 40 practitioners have expertise in high-value matters. Members’ reputations mean they are involved in high-profile disputes such as the multimillion-pound Veluppillai v Veluppillai case. Commercial, crime, regulatory, employment and property law are other key practice areas. On the support side, β€˜the clerks are helpful and efficient, and have a β€œcan-do” attitude’; β€˜they are β€œswitched on” and keen to work with instructing solicitors to find solutions’. Chief clerk David Barber is β€˜superb’, as is his deputy Tony Atkins, for whom β€˜nothing is too much trouble’. Offices in: London, Winchester, Swindon

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Regional Bar : Wales and Chester Circuit

Family and children law

Pump Court Chambers houses Julian Reed, who specialises in financial remedy proceedings.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Julian Reed - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Well known for his practice in family finance matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Pump Court Chambers houses experts in wills, inheritance and probate disputes, and is also strong across the spectrum of commercial litigation. In February 2017, Christopher Wilkins joined from Pallant Chambers.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Amy Berry - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in Inheritance Act claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Wilkins - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in financial litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Nickless - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for commercial and Chancery disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Dubbery - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for contentious probate matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Pump Court Chambers is known for acting in high-profile murder trials as well as in serious sexual offences cases. Nigel Pascoe QC appeared in the standout R v Adam Cross case where, following an original conviction for grievous bodily harm, Cross was retried for murder for the same offence. In another matter, James Newton-Price successfully prosecuted a 15-year-old girl, who attempted to murder her best friend at school.

Crime – Leading silks

Nigel Pascoe QC - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Well known for acting in high-profile murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Anne Brown - Pump Court Chambers β€˜An expert in serious sexual offence matters and child abuse cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Newton-Price - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Highly experienced across the full range of criminal matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Asteris - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Experienced in defending in difficult sexual offences cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Jones - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Her intelligence and skill in the courtroom is something to behold.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Pump Court Chambers houses employment specialists, who are particularly well known for acting in discrimination, unfair dismissal cases and whistleblowing matters. Gary Self is experienced in representing members of police forces.

Employment – Leading juniors

Daniella Gilbert - Pump Court Chambers β€˜She has particular expertise in unfair dismissal matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gary Self - Pump Court Chambers β€˜His cross-examination technique is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Heather Platt - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Well known for acting in complex discrimination cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sally Davidson - Pump Court Chambers β€˜An expert in discrimination cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Dracass - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Clients hold him in high regard.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Pump Court Chambers is an β€˜excellent family set’ with β€˜strength in depth’. Matrimonial finance is a key area, with over 45 practitioners in this team; up-and-coming junior Jennifer Lee was instructed in the Veluppillai v Veluppillai Β£1.4m matrimonial finance case, in which the judge made an unusual decision to publish the judgment in full in order to expose the β€˜abysmal’ behaviour of the husband. Members are also experienced in private law children matters. Penny Howe QC was appointed silk in 2017.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Leslie Samuels QC - Pump Court Chambers β€˜He has expertise in public and private law children matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Penny Howe QC - Pump Court Chambers β€˜An expert in care and adoption proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Annie Ward - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Firm, considered, and robust when required.’

Ranked: tier 1

Caroline Hartley - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Her acute emotional intelligence gives her exceptional people skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Breslin - Pump Court Chambers β€˜A class act.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Boydell - Pump Court Chambers β€˜A match for any silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Geoffrey Kelly - Pump Court Chambers β€˜He often puts the most nervous of clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jennifer Lee - Pump Court Chambers β€˜A very talented junior – feisty with an eagle eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Williamson - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for a panoply of family law matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Western Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Pump Court Chambers (Swindon, Winchester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Pump Court Chambers houses personal injury and clinical negligence practitioners Adam Gadd and Kevin Haven. Gadd specialises in personal injury claims and has appeared in the Court of Appeal, while Haven predominantly acts for claimants in clinical negligence cases and has a niche focus in cases involving dental matters and psychiatric claims.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Adam Gadd - Pump Court Chambers β€˜He specialises in personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin Haven - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Well known for acting in high-value motorcycle and maritime injury claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

Members of Pump Court Chambers are experts in landlord and tenant, restrictive covenant, adverse possession, planning enforcement and boundary disputes, among other areas. Christopher Wilkins joined the set from Pallant Chambers in February 2017.

Property – Leading juniors

Christopher Wilkins - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide range of property matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Jones - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Known for acting in high-profile commercial leases cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of Pump Court Chambers are frequently instructed in health and safety cases involving serious and/or fatal injuries.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Charles Parry - Pump Court Chambers β€˜A very seasoned barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Tutt - Pump Court Chambers β€˜Prosecutes in cases involving nurses and midwives.’

Ranked: tier 1

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