Set Profile > Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC > London, England
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Pump Court Chambers
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Members of Pump Court Chambers are best known for their expertise in Chancery matters, although commercial litigation is another key work area for the set. Of recent note, Mark Dubbery was successful in his representation of a widow claiming provision from the estate of her late husband more than 25 years after the original claim deadline.
Members of Pump Court Chambers 'solid' criminal team are instructed on a wide range of criminal matters for both prosecutors and defendants, including serious sexual offences, drug-related crime, and large-scale frauds. In a recent highlight, James Newton-Price QC acted for the second defendant in a 12-handed conspiracy to defraud. Also of note, Sarah Jones QC took silk in 2019.
Members of Pump Court Chambers are instructed on a wide range of employment cases for both claimants and respondents, with experience in complex whistleblowing claims, direct and indirect discrimination cases, TUPE, and equal pay disputes.
Pump Court Chambers' Julian Reed specialises in financial remedy cases, dealing with a wide rang of issues including joint pensions, hidden or undisclosed assets, resisting concluded agreements, and disputed earning capacities.
The 'solutions-focused, practical, and unstuffy' family team at Pump Court Chambers remains the ‘crème de la crème’ for those requiring counsel in the eastern areas of the western circuit. The set houses a large number of specialist counsel, with clients praising the set's 'excellent expert service across all areas of family law'. Penny Howe QC is highly recommended for serious public Children Act matters, particularly when acting for clients subject to parallel criminal proceedings. Among the junior ranks, Margaret Pine-Coffin is highly experienced in non-accidental injury and sexual abuse cases, while Edward Boydell is a key name to note for family finance matters. Susan Campbell QC departed the set for Magdalen Chambers in 2019, but retains a door tenancy at the set.
Health and safety is the watchword at Pump Court Chambers; members prosecute and defend across a wide range of serious cases, including HSE v Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure Ltd, in which Richard Tutt prosecuted a company who had, in a university accommodation block, installed gas fittings which were considered an immediate danger to life. Charles Parry recently defended London Zoo following an accident in which an employee fell off a ladder, and secured a substantially reduced fine.
‘Outstanding set’ Pump Court Chambers is 'well-rounded' with 'strength in depth' across family law, including matrimonial finance work. 'Their baby barristers are great for the more simple cases and their more experienced barristers are superb for the more complex matters,' said one source. Other practice areas of note include international child abduction, as well as expertise in non-accidental injuries, and sexual abuse instructions, along with crime, regulatory, property, commercial, and employment law. In recent chambers news, Sarah Jones took silk in 2019. Senior clerk Tony Atkins 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 innovative to the running of a barristers' set as he never takes instructions for granted.' Atkins leads the 'fantastic' clerks’ room which he 'runs like a well-oiled machine to deliver a brilliant service' and 'make this set what it is'. 'They can always provide me with counsel of different experience to meet all client’s needs. They are also very good value for money as compared with other London sets,' said one instructing solicitor. 'Exceptional' senior family clerk Sean Gentleman 'brings new ideas and excellent service' . 'Excellent' family clerk Charlotte Horn is also worthy of note, as is Jordon King who is 'an emerging clerk who delivers great service, is knowledgeable, and extremely helpful', and the 'very efficient and helpful' James Goodman; 'they go the extra mile to meet clients' needs'. Other clerks of note include senior criminal clerk Tony George and the 'approachable and friendly' senior civil clerk Jonathan Cue, who 'always help with chambers enquiries'. Offices in: London, Winchester, and Swindon
Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC > 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||ATKINS, Tonyemail@example.com||020 7353 0711|
|Head of Chambers||NSUGBE QC, Oba (1985) (QC 2002)|
|Members of Chambers||PASCOE QC, Nigel (1966 (QC 1988)|
|Members of Chambers||CAMPBELL QC, Susan (1988) (QC 2009)|
|Members of Chambers||SAMUELS QC, Leslie (1989) (QC 2011)|
|Members of Chambers||HOWE QC, Penny (1991) (QC 2017)|
|Members of Chambers||NEWTON-PRICE QC, James (1992) (QC 2018)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES QC, Sarah (1996) (QC 2019)|
|Members of Chambers||ABBOTT, Frank (1972)|
|Members of Chambers||PARRY, Charles (1973)|
|Members of Chambers||KER-REID, John (1974)|
|Members of Chambers||FIELDING, Stephen (1974)|
|Members of Chambers||GABB, Charles (1975)|
|Members of Chambers||MACKENZIE, Julie (1978)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Stephen (1978)|
|Members of Chambers||PINE-COFFIN, Margaret (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||BLOUNT, Martin (1982)|
|Members of Chambers||HAVEN, Kevin (1982)|
|Members of Chambers||SCOTT, Matthew (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||TRAVERS, Hugh (1988)|
|Members of Chambers||BOYDELL, Edward (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||GAU, Justin (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||HOUSTON, Andrew (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||AKIWUMI, Anthony (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||BRESLIN, Catherine (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||KHAN, Helen (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||REED, Julian (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||SELF, Gary (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||ROBBINS, Imogen (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||KELLY, Geoffrey (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||RUFFELL, Mark (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||WILKINS, Tom (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||WILKINS, Christopher (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||ASHLEY, Mark (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||GUNTHER, Elizabeth (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||SMITH, Leonorah (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||HALL, Richard (1995)|
|Members of Chambers||ASTERIS, Peter (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||DUBBERY, Mark (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||EPHGRAVE, Amy (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||GALLAGHER, Maria (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||GRIME, Andrew (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||WARD, Annie (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||ARLOW, Ruth (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||DRACASS, Timothy (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||BOND, Andrew (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||DE ROZARIEUX, Louise (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||BROWN, Anne (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||ISLAM, Naznin (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||MCGHEE, Stuart (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||RAMADHAN, Lubeya (Call 2000)|
|Members of Chambers||TUTT, Richard (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||NICKLESS, Jason (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||HARTLEY, Caroline (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||BRANDER, Helen (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||JOSTY, David (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||PLATT, Heather (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||SHRAVAT, Neelo (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||LANE, Simon (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||DYER, John (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||CHAPMAN, John (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||BERRY, Amy (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||DAVIS, Lucy (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||FOX, Claire (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||RUDD, Zoe (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||STREET, Charlotte (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||MULLAN, Conor (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||GADD, Adam (Call 2004)|
|Members of Chambers||FARGIN, Eleanor (Call 2004)|
|Members of Chambers||AKERS, Timothy (Call 2005)|
|Members of Chambers||LYONS, Tara (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||GILMORE, Alexandra (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||TROUP, Rachel (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||ITEN, Corinne (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||O'DISCROLL, Patricia (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||SUGDEN, Amelia (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||GILBERT, Daniella (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||LEE, Jennifer (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||BRUCE, Eleanor (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||DRAPER, Guy (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||PURKIS, Simon (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||SWAN, Jennifer (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMSON, Nicholas (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||ELLIS, Victoria (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||GYANE, Naomi (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||MERTENS, Paul (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||SALISBURY, Timothy (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||RUNDALL, Jack (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||STONE, Andrew (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||HENTY, Maria (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||MACDONALD, Ezra (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||COOK, Jesse (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||ASIF, Naima (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||PLUMPTON, Lucy (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||BURRETT, Samuel (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMS, Cordelia|
|Members of Chambers||ABLETT, Mark (2014)|
|Members of Chambers||POWELL, Ricky (2014)|
|Members of Chambers||WAYMAN, Richard (2015)|
|Members of Chambers||SCOTT, Alice (2015)|
|Members of Chambers||BRACKLEY, Samara (2016)|
|Members of Chambers||LLORENTE TASCON, Alejandra (2016)|
|Members of Chambers||FORD, Antonia (2017)|
|Members of Chambers||MORELL, Lucy (2017)|
|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|
|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|
|Anne Brown||Criminal practitioner with particular expertise in prosecuting and defending serious sexual violence…||View Profile|
|John Chapman||1. Family finance on the breakdown of marriage or civil partnership (routinely…||View Profile|
|Mark Dubbery||Inheritance, wills and probate, real property particularly constructive and resulting trusts, undue…||View Profile|
|Claire Fox||Claire is a family practitioner with a particular specialism in public law…||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|
|Kevin Haven||Previously a solicitor and partner in a central London firm, Kevin subsequently…||View Profile|
|Penny Howe QC||Penny Howe QC acts in all aspects of the law relating to…||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||Family law – children.||View Profile|
|Ms Jennifer Lee||Jennifer is a specialist family law practitioner. She has wide experience of…||View Profile|
|Tara Lyons||Tara has built a thriving practice in family and civil law, with…||View Profile|
|Paul Mertens||Paul has a busy civil and family practice and regularly appears in…||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|
|Margaret Pine-Coffin||Margaret Pine-Coffin is an experienced child care practitioner. She deals with all…||View Profile|
|Heather Platt||During over a decade at the Bar, Heather has built an impressive…||View Profile|
|Leslie Samuels QC||Children public law: Leslie undertakes complex and high-profile public law children cases…||View Profile|
|Gary Self||Gary Self has developed a reputation as a robust and highly effective…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Street||In family law Charlotte enjoys a broad practice encompassing all aspects of…||View Profile|
|Richard Tutt||Maintains a practice in regulatory work, crime and general common law. Was…||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.
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