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Six Pump Court

Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7AR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7797 8400
Fax:
Fax 020 7797 8401
DX:
293 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.6pumpcourt.co.uk
London, Maidstone

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

SIX PUMP COURT is described as ‘traditional and friendly, lacking the corporate and impersonal feel of some chambers; you are dealing with nice people’. The set has grown in strength and offer ‘a great deal of expertise’ in planning, environmental, and regulatory matters. Likewise, in crime, the set has ‘excellent strength in depth’ which is ‘so important with such a high proportion of cases going into warned lists’. Solicitors also praise chambers’ ‘informative’ seminars which are a ‘huge plus’. The set is also strong in the South East, with Maidstone, where the set has an annexe, its Kent hub. In recent news, William Upton took silk in 2019, while arbitrator and mediator Anthony Connerty, formerly of LAMB CHAMBERS, joined the set, as has Singapore-based arbitrator Andrew Moran QC, who arrived as an associate tenant. Double silk Roy Martin QC sadly passed away in August 2019. Senior clerk Richard Constable and ‘dedicated’ first junior Ryan Barrow ‘stand out and go way beyond normal service requirements’; first junior Graham Colloff ‘provides an excellent service to solicitors’. Second junior Michael Hearn is ‘very friendly and always on hand to help out in any way he can, he is a real credit to chambers’. Also of note is legal secretary Debbie Eggleton, the ‘friendly face of chambers and an asset to any office’. Offices in: London, Maidstone

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London Bar

Consumer
Consumer - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

SIX PUMP COURT

SIX PUMP COURT has a strong consumer law offering, with an emphasis on food and food safety cases. A recent example was Ian Thomas's representation of Poundland in R (various local authorities) v Poundland Limited, which concerned food safety and food hygiene offences, and Mark Watson QC's defence of Iceland in LB Merton v Iceland, which involved breaches of food safety regulations in two stores. In addition to retailers, members have experience acting for restaurants, local authorities and regulatory bodies.

Leading Silks

David Travers QC - SIX PUMP COURTA well-known silk for consumer law , he is a supremely calming presence in client meetings, completely on top of the law and the facts, and able to see the big picture.

Ranked: tier 1
2018 Silks

Mark Watson QC - SIX PUMP COURTA fabulous barrister and a leader in the field. He is very down to earth which makes him a very safe pair of hands with corporate clients.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Ian Thomas - SIX PUMP COURTA true food safety expert, he has a grasp of pitching his in-depth, technical knowledge in the most appropriate commercial context.

Ranked: tier 2

Lee Bennett - SIX PUMP COURTAn extraordinary advocate who combines a huge intellect with a marvellous wit.

Ranked: tier 2

Gordon Menzies - SIX PUMP COURTVery patient and good with the defence and officers.

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Phillips - SIX PUMP COURTHer naturally relaxed demeanour and her poise hide a steely core, a ferocious appetite for work, and absolute mastery of the detail on any case.

Ranked: tier 3

Pascal Bates - SIX PUMP COURTA consummate "details man", he is meticulously, very friendly, and accessible, precisely what you need in a junior.

Ranked: tier 3

Stuart Jessop - SIX PUMP COURTAn extremely personable, efficient and hardworking advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Costs
Leading Juniors

Gordon Wignall - Six Pump CourtConservative and thoughtful, with no obvious weaknesses.

Ranked: tier 4

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

SIX PUMP COURT

SIX PUMP COURT has a track record of serious prosecution work, including cases of sexual offending. Oliver Saxby QC prosecuted in the Operation Silk grooming trial concerning child exploitation in Oxford following on from the earlier Operation Bullfinch case in which he was also instructed. Turning the juniors, Simon Taylor prosecuted and Danny Moore defended a man who was convicted of attempted murder after driving at speed onto a nightclub dancefloor – both were unled.

Leading Silks

Oliver Saxby QC - SIX PUMP COURTCharming in and out of court with a fantastic manner with the jury.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Barraclough QC - SIX PUMP COURTHe never loses focus in multi-day cross-examinations.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Catherine Donnelly - SIX PUMP COURTShe has a track record of the most serious sex cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Danny Moore - SIX PUMP COURTHe has a track record of serious cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Taylor - SIX PUMP COURTA good jury advocate with excellent judgement.

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Leading Juniors

Gordon Menzies - Six Pump CourtUnflappable, a safe pair of hands, produces work of the highest quality and can deal with any opponent.

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

SIX PUMP COURT

'It is in a league of its own across the board from junior barrister to senior QC', says a client of SIX PUMP COURT, who also notes that 'the clerks’ room is exceptional'. The set has notable strength in planning, energy and natural resources, health and safety, as well as environmental law. Stephen Hockman QC and Christopher Badger are 'formidable; both are incredibly thorough and commercial'. Hockman QC has specialised in environmental matters for almost 40 years, acted for the claimant in Mott v Environment Agency, a judicial review of a decision restricting the right to fish for salmon in the River Severn. He also advised NGOs WWF and the RSPB on the most effective way for the new environmental watchdog to be independent of government.

Leading Silks

Stephen Hockman QC - SIX PUMP COURTPeerless courage even in the face of the most hostile of tribunals. A pleasure to work with, he has an unparalleled reputation and great expertise in environmental crime.

Ranked: tier 1

David Travers QC - SIX PUMP COURTA popular choice for cases against environmental regulators, or for the Environment Agency in public inquiries.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Mark Watson QC - SIX PUMP COURTHe is excellent – he knows his stuff and is a charming and able advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

William Upton QC - SIX PUMP COURTHe is articulate, very bright, attention to detail, good client skills, and personable. He really knows the territory in environmental law.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Christopher Badger - SIX PUMP COURTA specialist and a real contender – undoubtedly a rising star.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Harris - SIX PUMP COURTAbsolutely knows his stuff – a real expert and a good opponent.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Morgan - SIX PUMP COURTA very knowledgeable junior with a keen interest in environmental law. A comprehensive advisor capable of thinking outside the regular.

Ranked: tier 2

Gordon Wignall - SIX PUMP COURTA good advocate, particularly for matters involving the waste sector.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Banwell - SIX PUMP COURTA very impressive advocate with good technical knowledge, he is approachable, very bright, and unflappable. He sees both sides of an argument and brings a great insight on how the EA might respond.

Ranked: tier 2

David Hercock - SIX PUMP COURTA real star of the future. Bright and enthusiastic, strong in waste and environmental permitting matters. The definitive team player and will spot things which are often missed by others.

Ranked: tier 3

Megan Thomas - SIX PUMP COURTRecommended for planning, local government and environmental law matters.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Ostrowski - SIX PUMP COURTAn extremely intelligent and skilled advocate. has an excellent knowledge of planning and environmental law. He is also able to take a commercial view of cases and understand the client’s wider needs.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

SIX PUMP COURT

SIX PUMP COURT is noted for its strength in acting for regulatory bodies, local authorities, individuals, and businesses across a range of health and safety work; the set's members take instructions from the construction, oil and gas, maritime, and food sectors, to name but a few. In a recent highlight, Stephen Hockman QC led David Hercock before the Supreme Court regarding an appeal against the judgment in R v Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Limited, concerning the interrelationship between EU and UK food safety regulations; the Supreme Court granted permission to appeal.

Leading Silks

David Travers QC - SIX PUMP COURTHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of health and safety matters. He has excellent advocacy skills, and is able to present complex points in a direct and simple way so that juries can understand.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Hockman QC - SIX PUMP COURTA silk of great intellect. He is wonderful to work with – great in conference, with experts, with clients, and on paper; incredibly effective in court with a quiet style coupled with absolute authority and impeccable judgement.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Mark Watson QC - SIX PUMP COURTVery analytical and a self-possessed cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Mark Harris - SIX PUMP COURTHighly experienced in health and safety matters. Incredibly focused, efficient, and hardworking – he will always be completely on top of the detail however complex the case.

Ranked: tier 1

David Hercock - SIX PUMP COURTHis attention to detail and willingness to prepare, even in the face of near impossible deadlines is massively impressive and, not to say, comforting at the same time.

Ranked: tier 2

Pascal Bates - SIX PUMP COURTExtremely thorough, with an incisive eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 2

Gordon Menzies - SIX PUMP COURTVery experienced in representing construction, transport and care industry clients in health and safety cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Lee Bennett - SIX PUMP COURTA very practical and measured barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Ostrowski - SIX PUMP COURTPractical and painstaking. His thorough preparation ensures that all areas of potential risk and case weaknesses are brought to your attention so that these matters can be positively resolved.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Silks

David Travers QC - Six Pump CourtHe has the jury eating out of his hands.

Ranked: tier 3

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Licensing
Leading Juniors

Stuart Jessop - Six Pump Court'Has an excellent eye for detail and provides advice expediently.' 

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Nicholas Baldock - Six Pump CourtHis greatest asset is his ability to effectively settle complicated high-value claims.

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

SIX PUMP COURT

Particularly strong in the south east of England, SIX PUMP COURT's members handle work for, among others, a range of local authorities. Giles Atkinson represented Sevenoaks District Council in an inquiry concerning the refusal of permission for a gypsy site to be erected on green belt land, with the gypsy status of the applicants subject to dispute.

2019 Silks

William Upton QC - SIX PUMP COURTA new silk well liked by local authorities.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Megan Thomas - SIX PUMP COURTHer knowledge is second-to-none and she delivers practical solutions.

Ranked: tier 1

Anne Williams - SIX PUMP COURTShe brings expertise as a former town planner.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Beard - SIX PUMP COURTInstructed by councils on controversial matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Giles Atkinson - SIX PUMP COURTA former town planner instructed in housebuilding and enforcement matters.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Ostrowski - SIX PUMP COURTGood on difficult issues when clients need to be delivered unpalatable truths.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

SIX PUMP COURT is described as ‘traditional and friendly, lacking the corporate and impersonal feel of some chambers; you are dealing with nice people’. The set has grown in strength and offer ‘a great deal of expertise’ in planning, environmental, and regulatory matters. Likewise, in crime, the set has ‘excellent strength in depth’ which is ‘so important with such a high proportion of cases going into warned lists’. Solicitors also praise chambers’ ‘informative’ seminars which are a ‘huge plus’. The set is also strong in the South East, with Maidstone, where the set has an annexe, its Kent hub. In recent news, William Upton took silk in 2019, while arbitrator and mediator Anthony Connerty, formerly of LAMB CHAMBERS, joined the set, as has Singapore-based arbitrator Andrew Moran QC, who arrived as an associate tenant. Double silk Roy Martin QC sadly passed away in August 2019. Senior clerk Richard Constable and ‘dedicated’ first junior Ryan Barrow ‘stand out and go way beyond normal service requirements’; first junior Graham Colloff ‘provides an excellent service to solicitors’. Second junior Michael Hearn is ‘very friendly and always on hand to help out in any way he can, he is a real credit to chambers’. Also of note is legal secretary Debbie Eggleton, the ‘friendly face of chambers and an asset to any office’. Offices in: London, Maidstone

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