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Pump Court Chambers

Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC

Work 01962 868161
Fax 0845 259 3240
London, Swindon, Winchester

Nigel Pascoe QC

Work 01962 868161
Pump Court Chambers (Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC)


Nigel is a specialist practitioner in criminal jury advocacy. He undertakes courts martial, and some civil work, including serious abuse and baby shaking cases, defamation, planning and licensing. He is the senior member of chambers and has been one of the top jury advocates in the country since taking silk in 1988. He has considerable experience of mental health issues, notably in murder cases. Formerly leader of the Western Circuit, he prosecutes and defends equally in high-profile murder cases. To date, he has been briefed in well over 100 murder cases, including many of the major cases of the last 25 years. He specialises in jury speeches and believes passionately in trial by jury. He takes particular pleasure in opening his cases to the jury. Nigel undertakes courts martial work and has represented a senior army officer charged with extensive fraud. Recorder of the Crown Court for 34 years. President of Mental Health Restricted Tribunals for over ten years. Legal assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He has a specific interest in public inquiries, mental health issues and disciplinary hearings. He has recently completed an inquiry into Mike Hancock MP. Nigel Pascoe sits as a legal assessor in the NMC where his long experience in very serious crime and mental health is valuable. He has also prosecuted in corporate manslaughter cases.


Called 1966, Inner Temple; recorder 1979; Queens Counsel 1988; president of Mental Health Tribunal Review 2000; legal assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Board member and former chairman of Counsel Magazine; founder and presenter of All England Quarterly Law reports; former chairman of the Bar Public Affairs Committee. A recorder for 34 years, he was also a president of the Mental Health Review Tribunals for six years.

Regional Bar : Western Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading silks

Nigel Pascoe QC - Pump Court Chambers ‘Highly recommended for murder cases and courts martial work.’

Within: Crime

Pump Court Chambers is a ‘solid set’ for criminal work, with notable expertise in serious sexual offences cases, including historic abuse, and high-profile murder trials. Nigel Pascoe QC successfully defended Scott Keeping, who was acquitted of murdering businessman Guy Hedger. James Newton-Price QC took silk in 2018.

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