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Pump Court Chambers
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Pump Court Chambers > The Legal 500 Rankings
Family and children law Tier 1
Pump Court Chambers are described as the 'go-to' set in the Western Circuit by clients and the family team specialise in all aspects of private and public children law. Edward Boydell heads the family finance team and specialises in high-net-worth financial remedy cases. Leading silk Leslie Samuels QC regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal for high-profile cases; Jennifer Lee is highly recommended for instructing high-value, complex cases concerning inherited wealth, family businesses, and hidden assets; and leading silk Penny Howe QC is noted for her focus on cases involving child death, serious inflicted injuries, and sexual abuse.
Pump Court Chambers is home to regulatory specialists Richard Tutt and Charles Parry, both of whom are particularly experienced in complex health and safety matters, with mixed prosecution and defence practices. Tutt also handles food safety claims, and recently represented a Manila clam trader who was prosecuted by two local authorities for failing to ensure traceability of food and for false descriptions of the clams, successfully avoiding any Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings being issued.
Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2
Pump Court Chambers in Winchester is 'an excellent set with a ready supply of high-quality barristers' for both prosecution and defence work. James Newton-Price QC prosecuted a gay couple who were charged with the rape of several boys in a case with issues as to hearsay evidence and defence accusations of collusion between the police and victims to plant evidence. Among the set's juniors, Mark Ruffell prosecuted in a nineteen-defendant drugs-dealing case with issues of hearsay evidence; Peter Asteris represented a woman who received a non-custodial sentence for attempting to blackmail a footballer; Timothy Akers represented a vulnerable autistic man in an appeal of a restriction order imposed under section 41 of the Mental Health Act.
Employment Tier 2
Pump Court Chambers has an employment team with 'a range of barristers covering all levels of seniority' and is praised by instructing solicitors for its 'fantastic' employment law seminars. In recent work of note, Gary Self represented an employer in a case concerning the employment status of nightclub promoters. Heather Platt represented an autistic lecturer who brought a successful unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against BPP after resigning following harassing comments and lengthy sickness absence.
Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 3
Pump Court Chambers houses Amy Berry, a Chancery specialist with particular experience in relation to protected parties who are the beneficiaries of estates and trusts. Mark Dubbery and Julian Reed are also worthy of note for Chancery instructions.
The personal injury team at Pump Court Chambers provides representation across the full spectrum of issues in the field, from infant settlements to complex multi-party litigation. Head of the practice at the set, Adam Gadd specialises in all types of personal injury litigation and appears on behalf of both claimants and defendants, often in cases where allegations of fraud have been pleaded; Gadd has also been involved in cases before the Court of Appeal. Kevin Haven is another key name to note at the set.
Members of Pump Court Chambers advise and represent clients in litigation before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and Adjudicator to the Land Registry. Cases include possession proceedings, conveyancing disputes and village green inquiries. Stephen Jones heads the property team and is experienced in commercial lease cases. He is also frequently instructed in tenancy matters and edits the landlord and tenant section of The Green Book and Butterworths Civil Court Precedents.
Pump Court Chambers > Firm Profile
Established 75 years ago, Pump Court Chambers is a large and well-established common law set specialising in family, civil, criminal and international law, as well as forms of non-court dispute resolution such as commercial arbitration, family arbitration, mediation and private FDRs.
The set: Chambers has 104 barristers, including seven silks, based across its three offices in London, Winchester and Swindon. Each centre is staffed by an experienced clerking team which is known for providing a consistently high service. Although based in London and on the Western Circuit, the work done by the set’s barristers extends throughout the UK and abroad. Members of chambers appear in all levels of courts and offer the highest quality advocacy and advisory services. Many sit as part-time judges in a variety of courts and tribunals, and it has a proud record of having provided numerous accomplished and highly respected judges to the Circuit Bench and other senior judicial posts.
The set is highly regarded by its peers for the depth of its expertise across the full range of contentious legal services. Clients believe that what really sets chambers apart is its attitude to client service – barristers have an unstuffy approach, a ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to give clear advice that makes sense. Chambers is committed to professional excellence and always works to the highest ethical standards.
Types of work undertaken: Civil: The team, made up of over 40 practising members including two silks continues to growth in strength. Chambers has particular expertise in all areas of business and commercial, employment, inheritance, property, personal injury and clinical negligence, professional negligence, regulatory and transport law.
The team also undertakes a large amount of professional negligence work, with a number of practitioners acting as legal assessors and representatives for the General Medical Council and other professional bodies.
Family: with over 60 members including three QCs, Pump Court Chambers has one of the largest specialist family law teams at the Bar. The team practises in four main areas: family finance, court of protection, children public law and children private law. To meet the growing need for a non-court-based resolution service for family finance cases, the team also provides services in family arbitration, mediation and private FDRs. The family finance team undertakes a wide spectrum of work, from complex high-net-worth ‘big money’ cases to actions with more modest assets and incomes. The private children law team specialises in residence and contact disputes and applications for permission to remove children from the jurisdiction. The team also has extensive experience in dealing with child abduction cases with international dimensions and matters involving serious domestic and sexual abuse. In public law it advises and represents local authorities, parents and guardians in all areas of children work, including applications for care and supervision orders, applications for placement and adoption orders, applications under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, and disputes where local authorities have been joined as parties to applications for judicial review.
International: Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s and Nigeria’s leading barristers and commercial arbitrators. He has a broad international practice with a particular interest in Africa. He is qualified as a barrister and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He advises the Nigerian federal government, several state governments and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, as well as having appeared as an expert witness in several UK cases involving Nigerian law. In addition, he routinely works in other overseas jurisdictions such as Germany, the Cayman Islands, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional cases. Anthony Akiwumi is admitted as an attorney of the Cayman Islands and has practised in this jurisdiction since 1997. He has an excellent command of the issues arising in the context of an increasingly regulated offshore environment. In 2002 Anthony was part of the team that successfully represented the Cayman Islands in its presentations to the OECD/FATF, resulting ultimately in the removal of the Cayman Islands from the list of non-co-operating jurisdictions. Jason Nickless enjoys cases with an international flavour and has advised clients both on- and offshore. He has been called to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands and appeared there before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, where he was involved in two appeals dealing with the interrelationship between insolvency rules and arbitration clauses. He has dealt with a number of cases involving African mobile telephone companies. He regularly advises on conflict of law matters both inside and outside the EC jurisdictions. Naima Asif has spent significant time in Pakistan gaining experience in cases involving forced/child marriage, domestic/honour based violence, stranded spouse, international child abduction and Islamic law. Naima is regularly instructed to provide expert advice on Pakistani law and Islamic law.
Our Regulatory & Disciplinary barristers represents businesses and professionals in disputes over their adherence to or application of the standards and rules that govern and guide their operation.
These disputes often run in parallel with proceedings involving commercial, employment or criminal litigation. Our Regulatory & Disciplinary team are adept at handling these complex, multi-dimensional cases to ensure that our clients receive the best-possible representation on each aspect of the dispute.
Businesses and professions are more closely regulated than ever before and failure – or even the suggestion of a failure – to comply with the relevant regulations and standards can have very significant, even career-ending, financial and reputational consequences. So, it is vital when proceedings are initiated against a business or professional that they access expert representation as quickly as possible, especially where matters progress to a tribunal.
Criminal: Pump Court Chambers’ criminal advocates enjoy an outstanding reputation. Over the last 20 years more than 15 of the group have become circuit judges. In the same period 15 members of chambers have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel. From these solid foundations chambers has developed into one of the most modern and forward-thinking sets. The team is made up of four silks and 22 junior tenants.
Alternative dispute resolution: chambers offers a range of services to assist parties to resolve their issues in a modern, focused and cost-effective manner. These services include commercial arbitration, civil and family mediation, family arbitration under the IFLA scheme and private FDRs.
|Senior Clerk||Tony Atkinsemail@example.com||0207 427 7080|
|Senior Criminal Clerk||Tony Georgefirstname.lastname@example.org||01962 833202|
|Senior Civil Clerk||Jonathan Cueemail@example.com||020 7353 0711|
|Senior Family Clerk||Sean Gentlemanfirstname.lastname@example.org||0207 427 7084|
|First Family Junior / Family ADR Clerk||James Collieremail@example.com||0207 427 7082|
|Senior Employment / First Civil Junior Clerk||Dean Cunnifffirstname.lastname@example.org||0207 427 7086|
|Regulatory & Civil Clerk||Tom Woodemail@example.com||0207 353 0711|
|Mr Mark Ablett||Mark Ablett has a specialist practice in family law, appearing at all…||View Profile|
|Ms Naima Asif||Naima specialises in children law, public law and human rights. She has…||View Profile|
|Ms Siân Beaven||Siân is a specialist criminal practitioner. She has developed a practice prosecuting…||View Profile|
|Amy Berry||Amy is a probate and property specialist on the Western Circuit. Her…||View Profile|
|Edward Boydell||Edward Boydell is highly experienced in all aspects of family law but…||View Profile|
|Ms Samara Brackley||Samara is a specialist family practitioner. She accepts instructions across the full…||View Profile|
|Helen Brander||Helen Brander has extensive experience in all aspects of family law and…||View Profile|
|Catherine Breslin||Catherine has considerable expertise in complex and challenging matrimonial finance work. She…||View Profile|
|Mr Samuel Burrett||Sam has a strong common law practice, accepting instructions across a range…||View Profile|
|John Chapman||John’s specialises in resolving financial disputes upon the breakdown of relationships. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Jesse Cook||Jesse Cook is known for his personable, down to earth style and…||View Profile|
|Mark Dubbery||Inheritance, wills and probate, real property particularly constructive and resulting trusts, undue…||View Profile|
|Ms Antonia Ford||Antonia Ford draws from over 18 years of experience as a lawyer,…||View Profile|
|Claire Fox||Claire is a family practitioner with a particular specialism in public law…||View Profile|
|Adam Gadd||Adam Gadd has a common law background and undertakes a wide range…||View Profile|
|Mr Justin Gau||Justin Gau has practiced in Ecclesiastical law for many years. He is…||View Profile|
|Daniela Gilbert||Daniella Gilbert is an experienced practitioner specialising in employment law and commercial…||View Profile|
|Andrew Grime||Andrew specialises in family law, trusts of land, inheritance, wills and probate,…||View Profile|
|Ms Naomi Gyane||Naomi is a dual practitioner specialising in Employment law and Criminal law.…||View Profile|
|Kevin Haven||Previously a solicitor and partner in a central London firm, Kevin subsequently…||View Profile|
|Mr Henry Hawkesworth||Henry joined Pump Court after a period of tenancy in a leading…||View Profile|
|Ms Maria Henty||Maria Henty is building a practice in all areas of family law,…||View Profile|
|Penny Howe QC||Penny Howe QC acts in all aspects of the law relating to…||View Profile|
|Ms Naznin Islam||Naznin specialises in public and private children law proceedings. She has particular…||View Profile|
|Stephen Jones||Specialist practitioner in property law. Some recent significant cases: Lankester & Son…||View Profile|
|Geoffrey Kelly||Geoffrey specialises in all areas of family finance litigation. He appears regularly…||View Profile|
|John Ker-Reid||Child AbductionChildren Law Public & Private||View Profile|
|Ms Helen Khan||Child AbductionChildren Law (Private)Children Law (Public)Court of ProtectionDomestic Violence||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Lane||Simon Lane is a property and estates barrister and mediator, with a…||View Profile|
|Ms Jennifer Lee||Jennifer is a specialist family law practitioner. She has a thriving practice…||View Profile|
|Ms Alejandra Llorente Tascon||Alejandra Llorente Tascon is a specialist Criminal practitioner. She has a busy…||View Profile|
|Tara Lyons||Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance, financial provision for child, claims by cohabitees,…||View Profile|
|Dr Ezra Macdonald||Ezra MacDonald has a broad civil practice, with particular expertise in employment,…||View Profile|
|Paul Mertens||Paul has a busy civil and family practice and regularly appears in…||View Profile|
|Ms Lucy Morrell||Lucy is a specialist criminal barrister. She undertakes all areas of criminal…||View Profile|
|Mr Conor Mullan||Conor Mullan’s practice focuses on two main areas; Civil and Criminal law,…||View Profile|
|James Newton-Price QC||James is an experienced and busy barrister in criminal and regulatory law.…||View Profile|
|Oba Nsugbe QC||Widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s and Nigeria’s leading barristers, he…||View Profile|
|Ms Stephanie Painter||Stephanie Painter is developing a mixed common law practice, accepting instructions across…||View Profile|
|Charles Parry||Charles Parry is an experienced common law advocate, employment, criminal, administrative and…||View Profile|
|Mr Mr Paul Mertens||Paul Mertens has a busy practice, encompassing civil, family and public law. …||View Profile|
|Margaret Pine-Coffin||Child AbductionChildren Law (Private)Children Law (Public)Court of ProtectionDomestic Violence||View Profile|
|Heather Platt||During over a decade at the Bar, Heather has built an impressive…||View Profile|
|Ms Lucy Plumpton||Lucy Plumpton enjoys a busy practice across the spectrum of Chambers’ work,…||View Profile|
|Mr Ricky Powell||Ricky Powell has broad common law experience across numerous practice areas. He…||View Profile|
|Julian Reed||Julian Reed practices in the areas of family and civil law, specialising…||View Profile|
|Mr Tim Salisbury||Timothy Salisbury has a civil and commercial practice encompassing commercial litigation, personal…||View Profile|
|Leslie Samuels QC||Children public law: Leslie undertakes complex and high-profile public law children cases…||View Profile|
|Ms Alice Scott||Alice Scott joined Chambers in October 2019 following the successful completion of…||View Profile|
|Gary Self||Gary Self has developed a reputation as a robust and highly effective…||View Profile|
|Mr Neelo Shravat||Neelo Shravat is an experienced child law barrister. He specialises in acting…||View Profile|
|Ms Leonorah Smith||eonorah Smith is a family practitioner, who specialises in Children Act matters…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Street||In family law Charlotte enjoys a broad practice encompassing all aspects of…||View Profile|
|Mr Hugh Travers||Child AbductionChildren Law (Private)Direct AccessFamily Finance||View Profile|
|Richard Tutt||View Profile|
|Ms Cordelia Williams||Cordelia is a specialist family practitioner with a particular interest in financial…||View Profile|
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CLIENT: Partner, UK Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: “I have be instructing Pump Court ever since I qualified in 2005 and I continue to do so now in my capacity as Head of the Family Team. It is fair to say that they are my go to Chambers and first choice for the majority of my cases. In addition, I have encouraged new members in the department to instruct Pump Court given their positive experiences, they continue to do so without my encouragement”.
CLIENT: Partner, UK Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: What stands out about Pump Court Chambers is the ability to offer consistently, and at the right price, the right barrister for the right job, whether that is a half day final hearing dealing with a child arrangements dispute, or a complex financial dispute, or a complex financial case involving overseas assets, family trusts, farming assets and whatever else. For a large team such as ours, it is essential that our breadth and diversity of experience is reflected in chambers and it is.
CLIENT: Partner, UK Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: We have almost exclusively used them since 2001, both at other practices and at my current firm. At the time I took over a matter from another firm and the client wished to retain the same Counsel who was at Pump Court Chambers. I was instantly impressed with the service of the clerks, and the client focused approach that was different from the regional set that we were using.
CLIENT: Partner, UK Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: The Clerks’ service is excellent. The team are led by example by Tony Atkins the Senior Clerk who has taken the foundations of great client service and developed this to the next level since he has been in charge. Tony is loyal and supportive of his instructing solicitors. He will do whatever he can to make counsel available or to resolve any minor issues. His approach is commercial and innovative to the running of a barrister’s set as he never takes solicitors instructions for granted. He appreciates that solicitors have a choice of sets and that Pump court must remain competitive on service and fees.
CLIENT: Partner, UK Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: My own experiences of Pump Court Chambers have ensured that I have recommended them to my own team and also to other areas of the Firm. In building and developing that relationship, Tony (the Senior Clerk) has been instrumental in supporting networking opportunities between us with members of his clerking team and Counsel, showing the value that they place on their instructing Solicitors and nurturing that relationship further, with more instructions from Solicitors within other areas of the Firm.
Top Tier Set Rankings
- Regional Bar Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)
- Regional Bar Crime (general and fraud)
- Regional Bar Employment
- Regional Bar Chancery, probate, and tax
- Regional Bar Chancery, probate, and tax
- Regional Bar Family and children law
- Regional Bar Personal injury
- Regional Bar Property and construction
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