Set Profile > Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC > Swindon, England

Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC
Pump Court Chambers

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

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.

Leading Juniors

Mark Dubbery - Pump Court ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and entirely unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Amy Berry - Pump Court ChambersA seasoned litigator who is excellent with figures.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Wilkins - Pump Court ChambersVery Knowledgeable and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

At Pump Court ChambersJulian Reed is recommended for wills and probate claims, particularly in cases where the validity of a will is disputed, either by fraud or alleged lack of capacity.

Leading Juniors

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


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.

Leading Juniors

Peter Asteris - Pump Court ChambersInstructed in a wide range of cases including fraud and sexual offences.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Ruffell - Pump Court ChambersThorough and thoughtful in his preparation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anne Brown - Pump Court ChambersRecommended for cases involving serious sexual offences or child abuse.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Akers - Pump Court ChambersAlways professional and meticulous in his preparation.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Sarah Jones QC - Pump Court ChambersA powerful advocate who is excellent in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Newton-Price QC - Pump Court ChambersProsecutes and defends in serious criminal cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Pascoe QC - Pump Court ChambersParticularly experienced in cases involving diminished responsibility.
Ranked: Tier 2


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.

Leading Juniors

Daniella Gilbert - Pump Court ChambersCuts through complexities and makes it easy for clients to make commercial decisions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Heather Platt - Pump Court ChambersConvincing in tribunal and calming outside of it
Ranked: Tier 1
Gary Self - Pump Court ChambersExcellent at managing and dealing with judges and opponents in open court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Dracass - Pump Court ChambersA strong advocate who wins his clients' trust.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

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.

Leading Juniors

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

Family and children law

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.

Leading Juniors

Edward Boydell - Pump Court ChambersHe is meticulous in his preparation, as well as a very smooth, unflappable, and persistent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennifer Lee - Pump Court ChambersRemains calm and collected in the most pressurised of situations and thinks very quickly on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Margaret Pine-Coffin - Pump Court ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of child care law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Breslin - Pump Court ChambersIn court she provides a masterclass in advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Caroline Hartley - Pump Court ChambersCombines excellent advocacy with good client care.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Josty - Pump Court ChambersFocuses on public law children cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Geoffrey Kelly - Pump Court ChambersHis knowledge of financial settlements, trusts and companies is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tara Lyons - Pump Court ChambersKnowledgeable, and gives clear, confident advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Brander - Pump Court ChambersA fighter who will vehemently defend her client's cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corinne Iten - Pump Court ChambersHighly active; a children law junior worthy of note.
Ranked: Tier 3
Annie Ward - Pump Court ChambersFormidable and delivers clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Williamson - Pump Court ChambersThoroughly decent, no matter which side of the table he is on.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Chapman - Pump Court ChambersReally fights his client’s corner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Imogen Robins - Pump Court ChambersHer practice includes public and private children law, along with financial matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Penny Howe QC - Pump Court ChambersHer advocacy blends deftness and lightness of touch with real steel when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leslie Samuels QC - Pump Court ChambersHe has an easy, but authoritative style with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury

Pump Court Chambers is home to personal injury specialist Adam Gadd, who is particularly specialised in cases where fraud is suspected and acts for defendant insurers.

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


Stephen Jones is the key figure for property litigation matters at Pump Court Chambers, and is particularly knowledgeable on restrictive covenants, as well as boundary disputes.

Leading Juniors

Stephen Jones - Pump Court ChambersCalm, considered, and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

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.

Leading Juniors

Charles Parry - Pump Court ChambersVery knowledgeable and provides valuable guidance.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Tutt - Pump Court ChambersRolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in, leaving no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Outstanding setPump 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

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk ATKINS, Tony 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)
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