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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 is ‘a very friendly and helpful set’ with ‘great strength in depth’. ‘It remains competitive and reasonable on fees and the barristers are more approachable compared to other chambers.’ ‘You will never struggle to find someone to instruct’, and one solicitor says, ‘What keeps me coming back to this set is the effort made to ensure consistency of counsel on cases, which is so important to solicitors and clients.’ The clerks’ room is ‘very professional’ and ‘accommodating’. Chief clerk David Barber ‘never lets you down’ and ‘ensures that the service provided is excellent’. He is ably assisted by deputy chief clerk Tony Atkins, ‘an excellent clerk, who understands the work and the needs of instructing solicitors’, and senior civil clerk Jonathan Cue, who is ‘great at knowing the strengths of counsel and marrying them to law firm requirements’. Senior criminal clerk Tony George and senior Swindon clerk Alastair Campbell are also names to note. Offices in: London, Winchester, Swindon

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Pump Court Chambers is ‘a very friendly and helpful set’ with ‘great strength in depth’. ‘It remains competitive and reasonable on fees and the barristers are more approachable compared to other chambers.’ ‘You will never struggle to find someone to instruct’, and one solicitor says, ‘What keeps me coming back to this set is the effort made to ensure consistency of counsel on cases, which is so important to solicitors and clients.’ The clerks’ room is ‘very professional’ and ‘accommodating’. Chief clerk David Barber ‘never lets you down’ and ‘ensures that the service provided is excellent’. He is ably assisted by deputy chief clerk Tony Atkins, ‘an excellent clerk, who understands the work and the needs of instructing solicitors’, and senior civil clerk Jonathan Cue, who is ‘great at knowing the strengths of counsel and marrying them to law firm requirements’. Senior criminal clerk Tony George and senior Swindon clerk Alastair Campbell are also names to note. Offices in: London, Winchester, Swindon

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Regional Bar : Wales and Chester Circuit

Family and children law

Julian Reed of Pump Court Chambers represents individuals in financial remedy proceedings.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Julian Reed - Pump Court ChambersAn experienced family finance practitioner.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Pump Court Chambers is recommended for Chancery law disputes. Mark Dubbery and Amy Berry have been involved in high-value High Court inheritance proceedings.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Amy Berry - Pump Court ChambersA very capable, technical and knowledgeable advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Dubbery - Pump Court ChambersHe specialises in inheritance, wills and trusts matters.

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Pump Court Chambers has a track record of appearing in major trials, from violent murders to drugs and fraud conspiracies, and human trafficking. Members are particularly active in multi-handed cases and trials concerning sexual abuse. Peter Asteris acted for a defendant who was allegedly involved in a paedophile ring and counts of historical sexual abuse.

Crime – Leading silks

Nigel Pascoe QC - Pump Court ChambersA superb jury advocate, who is extremely organised and has an excellent manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Colin Banham - Pump Court ChambersExperienced in multi-handed drugs conspiracy cases.

Ranked: tier 1

James Newton-Price - Pump Court ChambersHighly experienced in sensitive and difficult cases including human trafficking and historical sexual abuse trials.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Asteris - Pump Court ChambersHe has a wealth of experience in sexual offences trials, including multi-handed cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Jones - Pump Court ChambersRecommended for serious criminal trials including historical sexual abuse cases, murder and fraud.

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Pump Court Chambers is home to employment specialists, who act for claimants and respondents in a range of cases. Heather Platt successfully represented a county council in an appeal concerning dyslexia, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. Gary Self has acted for a number of police constabularies in various sex and disability discrimination claims. Monika Sobiecki left to join Mills & Reeve LLP as an associate.

Employment – Leading juniors

Gary Self - Pump Court ChambersA fantastic advocate, who is great with clients and really understands commercial needs.

Ranked: tier 1

Heather Platt - Pump Court ChambersShe is quick to grasp the key issues and has strong client engagement skills.

Ranked: tier 1

Sally Davidson - Pump Court ChambersShe has a wide-ranging employment practice.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Dracass - Pump Court ChambersHe has a strong technical ability and knowledge of the law as well as sound advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Pump Court Chambers is a ‘go-to set for family law’ that provides a good spread of family and children counsel. Members have been instructed in a number private children law cases, which have included international relocation elements. The set is also home to a number of matrimonial finance and public law children barristers. Leslie Samuels QC appeared for a local council in its claim against the government relating to the non-availability of legal aid for a public law children case.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Leslie Samuels QC - Pump Court ChambersCalm, patient and thoughtful.

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Annie Ward - Pump Court ChambersRecommended for financial remedy cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Caroline Hartley - Pump Court ChambersShe has huge knowledge of children law and handles the most difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Breslin - Pump Court ChambersShe has an easy, relaxed and constructive approach in court and negotiations.

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Boydell - Pump Court ChambersA clear and analytical barrister, who has an excellent client manner that inspires confidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Geoffrey Kelly - Pump Court ChambersThorough, patient, unfailingly polite and good to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Williamson - Pump Court ChambersExperienced in matrimonial law.

Ranked: tier 1

Penny Howe - Pump Court ChambersShe has a first-class intellect and great judgement.

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 includes Adam Gadd and Kevin Haven, who handle personal injury and clinical negligence. Gadd has a personal injury focus and has worked on a multi-claimant case concerning a pile-up on a motorway. Haven has more of a clinical negligence slant to his practice and has worked with claimants on psychiatric and psychological issues.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Adam Gadd - Pump Court ChambersHis attention to detail is excellent and he is particularly good when it comes to advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin Haven - Pump Court ChambersAn excellent lawyer.

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

Stephen Jones at Pump Court Chambers has expertise in commercial leases, landlord and tenant disputes, and restrictive covenant matters, among other areas.

Property – Leading juniors

Stephen Jones - Pump Court ChambersExperienced in a broad range of property matters.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of Pump Court Chambers are experienced in health and safety cases, many of which involve catastrophic injuries and/or are in the construction and engineering industries. Richard Tutt recently prosecuted Industrial Chemicals, a chemical making company, over a 66-tonne spill at a site in Essex.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Charles Parry - Pump Court ChambersExperienced in health and safety disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Tutt - Pump Court ChambersExperienced in both professional disciplinary proceedings and health and safety cases.

Ranked: tier 1

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