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Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC

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David Travers QC

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SIX PUMP COURT (Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC)


Regulatory law (including regulatory crime), public law and associated areas including corporate governance and professional standards. Advises, negotiates and appears as an advocate for companies, organisations and individuals, as well as for Local Authorities and Regulatory Bodies. In regulatory crime he practices predominantly in health and safety (including fire safety), food law, trading standards, product liability (including product recalls) and environmental protection. In public law he practices predominantly in environment, planning and Local Government matters, particularly related to waste issues. David Travers QC also acts in disputes relating to the scope and exercise of statutory powers as well as issues concerning the governance of companies (including the role of good corporate governance in ensuring regulatory compliance) and the administration of Local Authorities.  He also acts for decision-makers susceptible of Judicial Review and those who are challenging the lawfulness of the exercise of discretion. He has particular experience in cases involving scientific and technical evidence. David also has extensive experience of professional conduct and disciplinary matters.



In practice since 1981 after being called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (Harmsworth Scholar). Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2010. Member of the Bar Council 1995-2000. Visiting Professor at Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre, University of South Wales; Honorary Fellow of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology; Accredited Mediator; former Legal Advisor to the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (formerly Legal Advisor to the General Medical Council); Legal Advisor to the General Dental Council Fitness to Practice Panel.

Publications include (with Giles Atkinson and Noemi Byrd) “Planning Law and Practice” published April 2013 by Wildy, Simmons and Hill and “Planning Enforcement” (with Emmaline Lambert and Ed Grant) published 2015. Various articles including “Towards Professional-Model Regulation of Directors' Conduct” in the International Journal of Law and Management; Int. J.L.M. (2013) 55 (2) 123-140.



Food Law Group, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, Health & Safety Lawyers Association, International Bar Association, Lex Anglo-Brasil, Planning and Environment Bar Association, Midland Circuit, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.


Spennymoor Secondary School; King’s College London (1979 LLB, AKC; 1980 LLM); Inns of Court School of Law (1981); Regents College accredited mediator 2000.


Family life, language and music.

London Bar


Within: Consumer – Leading silks

David Travers QC - Six Pump CourtHas the ability to adapt his style and persona to suit the client.

Within: Consumer

Six Pump Court is ‘a very strong health and safety set doing a combination of both prosecution and defence work’. The chambers has ‘strength in depth’ and ‘a wide skill set across the regulatory field’ where individual members have specific expertise in matters such as health and safety, environment and inquiries. David Travers QC advised the National Childbirth Trust on an inquest into death of a baby and acted for bar and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers on a case pertaining to a food poisoning death at one of its establishments. Mark Watson QC has been made silk.

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Within: Environment – Leading silks

David Travers QC - Six Pump CourtRecommended for instructions against environmental regulators.

Within: Environment

Six Pump Court is ‘one of the top sets’ for environmental criminal defence and nuisance actions. Stephen Hockman QC acted in Environment Agency v Molson Coors Brewing Co regarding the accidental watercourse pollution by a major international brewing company. Meanwhile David Travers led Christopher Badger in EA v FDL Ltd, relating to an alleged escape of material from the premises of a food manufacturer.

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Health and safety

Within: Health and safety – Leading silks

David Travers QC - Six Pump CourtA masterful advocate you want on your side.

Within: Health and safety

Six Pump Court’s ‘wealth of talented individuals’ are ‘undoubtedly impressive in the field with substantial strength in depth at all levels’. Headline instructions saw Stephen Hockman QC in a prosecution arising from an escape of Butane gas at an oil refinery and David Travers QC defending a company following the collapse of a balcony in Knightsbridge that killed two workers.

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Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

David Travers QC - Six Pump CourtGood to work with, knowledgeable and an excellent advocate.

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