Set Profile > Pump Court Chambers > Winchester, England

Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC
Pump Court Chambers
31 SOUTHGATE STREET
WINCHESTER
SO23 9EB
England

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.

Rising stars

Cordelia Williams - Pump Court ChambersCordelia has knowledge beyond her years' call. She is meticulous in her preparation. She is able to get to grips with papers very quickly having a strong knowledge of the issues at hand. She provides clear strong advice to the client and always fully explains what is taking place in a way that is easily digestible.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Penny Howe QC - Pump Court ChambersMs Howe is a fantastic advocate. She is extremely thorough in her preparation and works tirelessly to get results for her clients. She has a calm yet authoritative presence in court, and strikes the balance between being personable yet professional with lay clients. She is an absolute joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leslie Samuels QC - Pump Court ChambersThorough, knowledgeable and a family lawyer through and through. A hard worker who is always on top of the papers.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Leslie Samuels QC - Pump Court ChambersThorough, knowledgeable and a family lawyer through and through. A hard worker who is always on top of the papers.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Margaret Pine-Coffin - Pump Court ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of child care law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Caroline Hartley - Pump Court ChambersMarvellous ability to put clients at ease and to make them feel empowered by way of her knowledge and her ability to capture the pertinent points of a case with ease and to then put this across in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Josty - Pump Court ChambersDavid has a great eye for detail and an excellent sense of the right approach for each case, getting to grips with what is often complex material and doing his own research in order to ensure that he has the best information available with which to represent the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Brander - Pump Court ChambersShe is an extremely robust advocate with a fine attention to detail. For me she genuinely wants the right outcome for the clients and works tirelessly to achieve this.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corinne Iten - Pump Court Chambersknowledge of the law is unparalleled as is her client care and her willingness to go above and beyond to assist with cases. She can make complex legal arguments sound clear and coherent and is able to use her knowledge of the law to identify creative solutions where the situation demands it.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Williamson - Pump Court ChambersHas a thoughtful, sensitive approach; understated but impactful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Street - Pump Court ChambersCharlotte is thorough in her preparation, tenacious in her approach and skilled at managing clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Ellis - Pump Court Chambers 'Victoria is thorough and diligent in her preparation of cases. I was particularly impressed with her knowledge and research when instructed on one of my cases which involved several African jurisdictions. Although focused on achieving settlements, when needed Victoria is a tough advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Geoffrey Kelly - Pump Court ChambersGeoff is a top choice for any solicitor wishing to instruct on high net worth and complex financial matters. His confidence in dealing with difficult financial cases, is reassuring to both those who instruct him and his clients. He has an amazing ability to assimilate a plethora of information, and focus on the key facts in the case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennifer Lee - Pump Court ChambersJennifer is superb! She works harder than anyone I know. Her preparation is always thorough and articulated superbly. She is able to put clients at ease as well as deliver frank advice. Jennifer will fight to the bitter end for her clients!
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward Boydell - Pump Court ChambersHe is a great team player and, unusually for counsel, strategist. Is ability to absorb and simplify the most complex facts and arguments is quite remarkable; and occasionally humbling.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Breslin - Pump Court ChambersIn court she provides a masterclass in advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tara Lyons - Pump Court ChambersVery good at managing clients who are worried/sensitive. Excellent personal skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Helen Brander - Pump Court ChambersShe is an extremely robust advocate with a fine attention to detail. For me she genuinely wants the right outcome for the clients and works tirelessly to achieve this.

Ranked: Tier 3
John Chapman - Pump Court ChambersJohn is a smart, quick thinking advocate which combined with his thorough case preparation, truly stands him out. Great bedside manner with clients and solicitors. Very hands on and present during the case. He has a conciliatory approach to his cases but the necessary firmness when required. He is able to read his Judge and opponents very well which enables him to give informed and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Imogen Robins - Pump Court ChambersImogen has great attention to detail around the facts of the case but also has the ability to pick up the more subtle nuances between parties enabling her to tailor her advice to clients so that it is sensitive, detailed and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Annie Ward - Pump Court ChambersShe is easy to work with, liked by the clients, extremely capable advocate especially at final hearings.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Jason Nickless - Pump Court Chambers 'Excellent manner in explaining the legal position to both Solicitor and Client. Clear and concise drafting of documentation. Great availability and will take the time to discuss and explore the matter and strategy.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

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.

Leading Juniors

Richard Tutt - Pump Court ChambersCalm and organised, he considers every angle even in the most complex of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Parry - Pump Court ChambersAn experienced, well spoken advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

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; Tim Akers represented a vulnerable autistic man in an appeal of a restriction order imposed under section 41 of the Mental Health Act.

Leading Silks

Sarah Jones QC - Pump Court ChambersShe has a rare skill of being able to read witnesses and anticipate their personalities - she can deal with anyone on any level.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Newton-Price QC - Pump Court ChambersA hugely well-prepared barrister, able to argue his case with a calm yet passionate style which very much appeals to juries.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Pascoe QC - Pump Court ChambersParticularly experienced in cases involving diminished responsibility.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Peter Asteris - Pump Court ChambersAn excellent advocate able to present his case to the jury in a manner they understand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Ruffell - Pump Court ChambersThorough and thoughtful in his preparation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Akers - Pump Court ChambersHe shows understanding and skill in taking instruction from vulnerable clients, able to translate their wishes into a legal case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Wilkins - Pump Court ChambersHis significant strength is that of understanding the case at hand and his consequent very thorough legal research which enables him to "pull the legal cat out of the bag" much to the evident dismay of his opponents.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Leading Juniors

Daniella Gilbert - Pump Court ChambersIndefatigable, she thinks round corners.
Ranked: Tier 1
Heather Platt - Pump Court ChambersDown-to-earth, not too wordy, calm and considered.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gary Self - Pump Court ChambersA fountain of knowledge and able to think quickly on his feet, his cross-examinations are outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Dracass - Pump Court ChambersHe quickly gets to grips with the detail of the matter and identifies the key strengths and weaknesses of the case.
Ranked: Tier 2

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.

Leading Juniors

Amy Berry - Pump Court ChambersA persuasive and very approachable lawyer with an excellent depth of knowledge concerning probate and inheritance.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Dubbery - Pump Court ChambersKnowledgeable and articulate. He has an avuncular manner which judges find persuading.
Ranked: Tier 1
Julian Reed - Pump Court ChambersAbility to stay calm under pressure and to absorb detail quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2

Chancery, probate, and tax

Pump Court Chambers' Julian Reed frequently appears in the High Court over probate and inheritance matters, particularly where capacity and the validity of wills are in issue.

Leading Juniors

Julian Reed - Pump Court ChambersHe combines excellent knowledge of civil law with top-end client service.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

Pump Court Chambers Julian Reed's practice includes financial provision cases, as well as non-marital cohabitation and TLATA claims.

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Julian Reed - Pump Court ChambersExperienced across the full spectrum of financial remedy cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury

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.

Leading Juniors

Adam Gadd - Pump Court ChambersDogged and determined on behalf of his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Haven - Pump Court ChambersExperienced in handling claims on behalf of children with serious psychiatric injuries.
Ranked: Tier 2

Property and construction

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.

Leading Juniors

Stephen Jones - Pump Court ChambersA calm and considered, professional approach to work. Highly responsive. A barrister who is always my first choice for property litigation work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Pump Court Chambers covers the family law piece (both matrimonial finance) along with crime, regulatory, property, commercial, and employment law expertise deployed both in Swindon and Winchester but also in London. Hilary Lennox, a family specialist also called in Ireland, joined from 5 St Andrews Hill, criminal specialist Siân Beaven  joined from now-defunct Charter Chambers and James Byrne is another, civil, new member. Turning to appointments, Mark Ruffell  was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester, a part-time Church of England judicial role, and Alejandra Llorente Tascon  was elected to the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are an asset to the set. They are quick to return calls and respond to emails in often very busy circumstances. Tony Atkins and Sean Gentleman in particular are highly regarded.

All the clerks really work hard, going above and beyond to help.

Sean Gentleman is first rate. Great service and quick grasp of what the case and the solicitor needs. A great addition to chambers.

Tony Atkins is astute and affable. This combination means that he has skilfully developed the Pump Court chambers offering during his many years there.

Clerking team provide friendly service who help go the extra mile in finding suitable counsel.

My main dealings are with Dean Cunniff. He is efficient, helpful and very good at assisting when needing to liaise with Tribunal listings.

Senior clerk Jon Cue is excellent. Available and up to date on matters. Willing to help and always does what he says he will do. Well supported by the junior clerks. Keeps me up-to-date with developments and any issues etc that may arise.

The clerks are so helpful and go above and beyond. They genuinely want to make the solicitor’s life easier and I welcome that support.

The clerks are very knowledgeable and they are always able to help match the barrister to the client, recognising different clients look for different things in a barrister.

The clerks at Pump Court Chambers, have always been one of the main reasons for our ongoing relationship with them.

The clerks have great working relationships with instructing solicitors and they really do go the extra mile and instil confidence from the outset. Always responsive and give clear, confident information without any delay. Particular stand out individuals are Tony Atkins and Paul Coleman.

I want a clerk to be friendly, efficient and honest and Dean, in particular has this perfected.

The service offered by Tony Atkins and his team is second to none. I can honestly say in 19 years they have never let me or my team down.

Set:

A friendly and reliable set who have improved their strength in depth over recent years. They offer regular training sessions throughout the South coast and are always keen to support local Resolution groups or individual firms putting on events or training.

An excellent set, who have a ready supply of high quality barristers. Client care is excellent.

Chambers are always accommodating and willing. They have good availability for a range of services and will endeavour to assist with providing continuity wherever possible.

Chambers offers a significant training programme and we have benefited from this throughout the years.

Excellent juniors and a broad range of skilled advocates who are of a high standard, warm and approachable with clients and instructing solicitors. Keen to find a practical solution and to consider DR options but persuasive, expert advocates when before the Court.

Without a doubt, my Chambers of choice.

Generally speaking Pump Court offers strength in depth and there are many in the set I would actively seek out to instruct.

I have always found the Chambers to be ably assist with any queries. Friendly and approachable. They run training seminars and are willing to have a discussion if required.

I just love Pump Court. The range of barristers they can offer is great and you know that whoever you instruct, they will be well prepared and look after your client. Their fees are very competitive and they work very flexibly – they recognise that things move quickly and they are always helpful!

Pump Court Chambers is a highly proficient set and provides a good choice of Counsel.

Pump Court is a hub of fantastic family law barristers who are well respected across their field. For whatever type of family law case, I can be assured that Pump Court will have a specialist with the necessary expertise.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

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.

Leading Juniors

Richard Tutt - Pump Court ChambersCalm and organised, he considers every angle even in the most complex of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Parry - Pump Court ChambersAn experienced, well spoken advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > 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; Tim Akers represented a vulnerable autistic man in an appeal of a restriction order imposed under section 41 of the Mental Health Act.

Leading Silks

Sarah Jones QC - Pump Court ChambersShe has a rare skill of being able to read witnesses and anticipate their personalities - she can deal with anyone on any level.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Newton-Price QC - Pump Court ChambersA hugely well-prepared barrister, able to argue his case with a calm yet passionate style which very much appeals to juries.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Pascoe QC - Pump Court ChambersParticularly experienced in cases involving diminished responsibility.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Peter Asteris - Pump Court ChambersAn excellent advocate able to present his case to the jury in a manner they understand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Ruffell - Pump Court ChambersThorough and thoughtful in his preparation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Akers - Pump Court ChambersHe shows understanding and skill in taking instruction from vulnerable clients, able to translate their wishes into a legal case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Wilkins - Pump Court ChambersHis significant strength is that of understanding the case at hand and his consequent very thorough legal research which enables him to "pull the legal cat out of the bag" much to the evident dismay of his opponents.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > 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.

Leading Juniors

Daniella Gilbert - Pump Court ChambersIndefatigable, she thinks round corners.
Ranked: Tier 1
Heather Platt - Pump Court ChambersDown-to-earth, not too wordy, calm and considered.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gary Self - Pump Court ChambersA fountain of knowledge and able to think quickly on his feet, his cross-examinations are outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Dracass - Pump Court ChambersHe quickly gets to grips with the detail of the matter and identifies the key strengths and weaknesses of the case.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > 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.

Leading Juniors

Amy Berry - Pump Court ChambersA persuasive and very approachable lawyer with an excellent depth of knowledge concerning probate and inheritance.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Dubbery - Pump Court ChambersKnowledgeable and articulate. He has an avuncular manner which judges find persuading.
Ranked: Tier 1
Julian Reed - Pump Court ChambersAbility to stay calm under pressure and to absorb detail quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

Rising stars

Cordelia Williams - Pump Court ChambersCordelia has knowledge beyond her years' call. She is meticulous in her preparation. She is able to get to grips with papers very quickly having a strong knowledge of the issues at hand. She provides clear strong advice to the client and always fully explains what is taking place in a way that is easily digestible.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Penny Howe QC - Pump Court ChambersMs Howe is a fantastic advocate. She is extremely thorough in her preparation and works tirelessly to get results for her clients. She has a calm yet authoritative presence in court, and strikes the balance between being personable yet professional with lay clients. She is an absolute joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leslie Samuels QC - Pump Court ChambersThorough, knowledgeable and a family lawyer through and through. A hard worker who is always on top of the papers.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Leslie Samuels QC - Pump Court ChambersThorough, knowledgeable and a family lawyer through and through. A hard worker who is always on top of the papers.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Margaret Pine-Coffin - Pump Court ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of child care law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Caroline Hartley - Pump Court ChambersMarvellous ability to put clients at ease and to make them feel empowered by way of her knowledge and her ability to capture the pertinent points of a case with ease and to then put this across in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Josty - Pump Court ChambersDavid has a great eye for detail and an excellent sense of the right approach for each case, getting to grips with what is often complex material and doing his own research in order to ensure that he has the best information available with which to represent the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Brander - Pump Court ChambersShe is an extremely robust advocate with a fine attention to detail. For me she genuinely wants the right outcome for the clients and works tirelessly to achieve this.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corinne Iten - Pump Court Chambersknowledge of the law is unparalleled as is her client care and her willingness to go above and beyond to assist with cases. She can make complex legal arguments sound clear and coherent and is able to use her knowledge of the law to identify creative solutions where the situation demands it.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Williamson - Pump Court ChambersHas a thoughtful, sensitive approach; understated but impactful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Street - Pump Court ChambersCharlotte is thorough in her preparation, tenacious in her approach and skilled at managing clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Ellis - Pump Court Chambers 'Victoria is thorough and diligent in her preparation of cases. I was particularly impressed with her knowledge and research when instructed on one of my cases which involved several African jurisdictions. Although focused on achieving settlements, when needed Victoria is a tough advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Geoffrey Kelly - Pump Court ChambersGeoff is a top choice for any solicitor wishing to instruct on high net worth and complex financial matters. His confidence in dealing with difficult financial cases, is reassuring to both those who instruct him and his clients. He has an amazing ability to assimilate a plethora of information, and focus on the key facts in the case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennifer Lee - Pump Court ChambersJennifer is superb! She works harder than anyone I know. Her preparation is always thorough and articulated superbly. She is able to put clients at ease as well as deliver frank advice. Jennifer will fight to the bitter end for her clients!
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward Boydell - Pump Court ChambersHe is a great team player and, unusually for counsel, strategist. Is ability to absorb and simplify the most complex facts and arguments is quite remarkable; and occasionally humbling.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Breslin - Pump Court ChambersIn court she provides a masterclass in advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tara Lyons - Pump Court ChambersVery good at managing clients who are worried/sensitive. Excellent personal skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Helen Brander - Pump Court ChambersShe is an extremely robust advocate with a fine attention to detail. For me she genuinely wants the right outcome for the clients and works tirelessly to achieve this.

Ranked: Tier 3
John Chapman - Pump Court ChambersJohn is a smart, quick thinking advocate which combined with his thorough case preparation, truly stands him out. Great bedside manner with clients and solicitors. Very hands on and present during the case. He has a conciliatory approach to his cases but the necessary firmness when required. He is able to read his Judge and opponents very well which enables him to give informed and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Imogen Robins - Pump Court ChambersImogen has great attention to detail around the facts of the case but also has the ability to pick up the more subtle nuances between parties enabling her to tailor her advice to clients so that it is sensitive, detailed and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Annie Ward - Pump Court ChambersShe is easy to work with, liked by the clients, extremely capable advocate especially at final hearings.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Pump Court Chambers' Julian Reed frequently appears in the High Court over probate and inheritance matters, particularly where capacity and the validity of wills are in issue.

Leading Juniors

Julian Reed - Pump Court ChambersHe combines excellent knowledge of civil law with top-end client service.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

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.

Leading Juniors

Adam Gadd - Pump Court ChambersDogged and determined on behalf of his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Haven - Pump Court ChambersExperienced in handling claims on behalf of children with serious psychiatric injuries.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Property and construction

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.

Leading Juniors

Stephen Jones - Pump Court ChambersA calm and considered, professional approach to work. Highly responsive. A barrister who is always my first choice for property litigation work.
Ranked: Tier 2

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.

Regulatory:

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Tony Atkins t.atkins@pumpcourtchambers.com 0207 427 7080
Senior Criminal Clerk Tony George t.george@pumpcourtchambers.com 01962 833202
Senior Civil Clerk Jonathan Cue j.cue@pumpcourtchambers.com 020 7353 0711
Senior Family Clerk Sean Gentleman s.gentleman@pumpcourtchambers.com 0207 427 7084
First Family Junior / Family ADR Clerk James Collier j.collier@pumpcourtchambers.com 0207 427 7082
Senior Employment / First Civil Junior Clerk Dean Cunniff d.cunniff@pumpcourtchambers.com 0207 427 7086
Regulatory & Civil Clerk Tom Wood t.wood@pumpcourtchambers.com 0207 353 0711
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Mr Frank Abbott  photo Mr Frank Abbott Frank Abbott has an extensive practice in criminal and civil law, including…
 Tim Akers photo Tim Akers Timothy Akers is a specialist criminal and regulatory lawyer. He is regularly…
Mr Mark Ashley  photo Mr Mark Ashley Mark Ashley has over 20 years experience as a common law advocate.…
 Peter Asteris  photo Peter Asteris Peter undertakes all areas of general crime, but specialises in serious sex…
Mr Martin Blount  photo Mr Martin Blount Child AbductionChildren Law (Private)Children Law (Public)Direct AccessDomestic ViolenceFamily Finance
Mr Andrew Bond  photo Mr Andrew Bond Andrew Bond is a specialist in the field of Family law, with…
Mr James Byrne  photo Mr James Byrne James Byrne is a Barrister specialising in Family law, Housing & Property…
Ms Lucy Davis  photo Ms Lucy Davis Lucy Davis enjoys a busy practice specialising in Family Finance and Private…
 Tim Dracass  photo Tim Dracass Tim’s specialist area of practice is employment law. He has built a…
Mr John Dyer  photo Mr John Dyer John Dyer’s practice is principally in criminal defence. He now appears regularly…
 Eleanor Fargin  photo Eleanor Fargin Junior Tenant specialising in Criminal and Regulatory work.
Mr Charles Gabb  photo Mr Charles Gabb Courts MartialCriminalRegulatory & DisciplinaryTransport LawRoad Traffic Offences
Mr Richard Hall  photo Mr Richard Hall Richard Hall practises almost exclusively in the areas of Financial Remedies, Schedule…
Mr Andrew Houston  photo Mr Andrew Houston Criminal
 Sarah Jones QC photo Sarah Jones QC Sarah has made her mark defending in historic multi-complainant sexual abuse cases,…
 David Josty  photo David Josty David is an experienced practitioner with expertise in family finance and children…
 Stuart McGhee  photo Stuart McGhee Stuart is frequently instructed in financial matters following the breakdown of marriage…
Mr Jason Nickless  photo Mr Jason Nickless Jason Nickless is experienced in commercial and civil litigation. He can be…
 Nigel Pascoe QC photo Nigel Pascoe QC Nigel is a specialist practitioner in criminal jury advocacy. He undertakes courts…
Mr Oliver Peirson  photo Mr Oliver Peirson Oliver is an experienced and highly regard family practitioner who has specialised…
Ms Zoe Rudd  photo Ms Zoe Rudd Zoe Rudd is a family practitioner, with a particular interest in both…
 Mark Ruffell photo Mark Ruffell Mark Ruffell is a very experienced leading junior. His expertise covers three…
Mr Jack Rundall  photo Mr Jack Rundall I am family lawyer specialising in relationship generated disputes including matrimonial, private…
 Annie Ward  photo Annie Ward Barrister specialising in the following: matrimonial finance; financial provision for children; Trusts…
Mr Richard Wayman  photo Mr Richard Wayman Richard Wayman is a specialist civil and criminal barrister, with a particular…
Mr Tom Wilkinson  photo Mr Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkins has over 20 years experience dealing with criminal and motoring…
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