Set Profile > Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC > London, England

Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court

Consumer Tier 2

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.

Leading Juniors

Lee Bennett - SIX PUMP COURTAn extraordinary advocate who combines a huge intellect with a marvellous wit.
Ranked: Tier 2
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
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
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

Environment Tier 2

'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.

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.

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
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
Megan Thomas - SIX PUMP COURTRecommended for planning, local government and environmental law matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Health and safety Tier 2

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

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
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

2018 Silks

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

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
Pascal Bates - SIX PUMP COURTExtremely thorough, with an incisive eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
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
Lee Bennett - SIX PUMP COURTA very practical and measured barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gordon Menzies - SIX PUMP COURTVery experienced in representing construction, transport and care industry clients in health and safety cases.
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

Licensing Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Stuart Jessop - Six Pump Court'Has an excellent eye for detail and provides advice expediently.' 
Ranked: Tier 2

Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

Leading Silks

David Travers QC - Six Pump CourtHe has the jury eating out of his hands.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Nicholas Baldock - Six Pump CourtHis greatest asset is his ability to effectively settle complicated high-value claims.
Ranked: Tier 3

Crime Tier 4

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

Employment Tier 4

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

Costs Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Gordon Wignall - Six Pump CourtConservative and thoughtful, with no obvious weaknesses.
Ranked: Tier 4

Planning Tier 4

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.

Leading Juniors

Megan Thomas - SIX PUMP COURTHer knowledge is second-to-none and she delivers practical solutions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Beard - SIX PUMP COURTInstructed by councils on controversial matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anne Williams - SIX PUMP COURTShe brings expertise as a former town planner.
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


Six Pump Court's Kent offering is one of the largest in the region, with a wide range of practitioners and 'incredible strength in depth.' Recent highlights include Oliver Saxby QC leading the prosecution in a five-month fourteen defendant grooming trial following Operation Silk, a police investigation into child sexual exploitation in Oxford.

Leading Silks

Richard Barraclough QC - Six Pump CourtBrilliant with clients, thoroughly prepared and an excellent presence in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Saxby QC - Six Pump CourtA first-rate advocate: charm, persuasiveness and judgement personified.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Peter Alcock - Six Pump CourtA high-quality barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Danny Moore - Six Pump CourtBright, hard-working, and an exceptional advocate
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Taylor - Six Pump CourtAn exceptional advocate who prosecutes and defends in the most serious cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Donnelly - Six Pump CourtProsecutes and defends in a wide range of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nina Ellin - Six Pump CourtProvides clear and focused advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Fitzgerald - Six Pump CourtA first-class advocate who possesses effortless charm.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kieran Brand - Six Pump CourtAn able and very talented junior; insightful, knowledgeable and on top of his case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Dunn - Six Pump CourtParticularly recommended for clients requiring a high level of care.
Ranked: Tier 3


Six Pump Court is particularly notable for its presence in appeals work. Gordon Menzies is a key name to note - he represented the employer in Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice, which concerned pay progression policy for probation officers. Other areas of specialism for the employment team include TUPE and age discrimination.

Leading Juniors

Grace Cullen - Six Pump CourtExcellent, approachable and an outstanding advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gordon Menzies - Six Pump CourtProvides clients with a commercial, practical and solution-based approach.
Ranked: Tier 1

Family and children law

'Helpful and easy to deal with' set Six Pump Court is home to child law specialist Caroline Topping, who has particular experience in allegations of abuse, and Grant Armstrong, who practices across a broad range of family law matters.

Leading Juniors

Grant Armstrong - Six Pump CourtA strong family law generalist.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline Topping - Six Pump CourtA brilliant advocate who is particularly knowledgeable on non-accidental injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

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


This is one of the leading common law sets in London and the south east, with particular specialist expertise in civil and commercial, criminal, employment, family, inquests and inquiries, licensing personal injury, public, planning and environmental, and regulatory law.

The set: Chambers was founded in the 1920s and whilst originally recognised as a specialist criminal, civil and family set, has evolved to become one of the strongest sets in environmental, local government, planning, health and safety and all forms of regulatory law as well.

The profile of chambers and the quality of work continues to be maintained at a very high level. Six Pump Court has an ethos of approachability and friendliness, as well as strong administration that delivers solutions. It offers a first-class team of advocates and advisers.

Types of work undertaken:

Regulatory and competition law: chambers prosecutes and defends regulatory criminal offences particularly health and safety (including the construction, energy and transport sectors), food, consumer protection/trading standards, licensing, intellectual property protection, environmental protection, and planning enforcement. All financial litigation including fraud, confiscation, corporate governance and financial conduct.

Public: members undertake a full range of judicial review and related advisory work, often with a planning/environmental or regulatory subject matter.

Planning and environmental: members appear for and against regulators and public authorities. Proceedings include public inquiries and regulatory criminal proceedings. The team has established a particular niche in relation to work on the interface between environmental, planning and human rights law.

Personal injury: chambers covers all aspects of personal injury for both claimants and defendants. Cases include employers€™ liability, RTA, clinical negligence and professional negligence arising out of the conduct of claims. Claims at all levels of value are conducted from the earliest stages through to trial including settlement through ADR.

Inquests: members appear for the full range of interested persons (including regulators, employers, site operators and families) at inquests and inquiries, tackling the wider issues raised by article 2 inquests and reports to prevent future deaths.

Family: members of the family team advise and appear in the private and public law arenas. In private cases dealing with financial and child care applications, including removal from the jurisdiction. The expertise in matrimonial finance extends to corporate, agricultural and high-value matters, including overseas trusts.

Employment: the team covers all aspects of employment law and provide a service that is available from advising on the formation of company disciplinary and grievance procedures through to representing at Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Criminal: the team has a proven track record in the whole range of criminal work from pre-charge advice onwards, both for the prosecution and the defence. It undertakes publicly and privately funded work and encourages direct access instructions where appropriate. Members represent individuals and corporations (and officers thereof) in proceedings brought against them; and also undertakes private prosecutions brought by business and local authorities, as well as by the orthodox prosecuting agencies.

Civil and commercial: commercial disputes (including arbitration), professional negligence, and landlord and tenant work. The work is split between claimants and defendants and undertaken, inter alia, on behalf of a range of substantial insurers, public companies, local authorities and government departments.

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Languages spoken: French, German, Russian and Japanese.





Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Richard Constable
Members of Chambers HOCKMAN QC, Stephen (1970)
Members of Chambers GRIFFITHS QC, Robert (1974)
Members of Chambers BARRACLOUGH QC, Richard (1980)
Members of Chambers TRAVERS QC, David (1981)
Members of Chambers SAXBY QC, Oliver (1992)
Members of Chambers WRIGHT QC, Richard (1998)
Members of Chambers CONNERTY, Anthony (1974)
Members of Chambers ARMSTRONG, Grant (1978)
Members of Chambers MORGAN, Charles (1978)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Mark (1980)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Anne (1980)
Members of Chambers BALDOCK, Nicholas (1983)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Paul (1985)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Megan (1987)
Members of Chambers WIGNALL, Gordon (1987)
Members of Chambers FORBES, Peter (1990)
Members of Chambers O'HIGGINS, John (1990)
Members of Chambers UPTON QC, William (1990)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Ian (1993)
Members of Chambers HOGBEN, Paul (1993)
Members of Chambers WATSON QC, Mark (1994)
Members of Chambers ELLIN, Nina (1994)
Members of Chambers MOORE, Danny (1994)
Members of Chambers BATES, Pascal (1994)
Members of Chambers WHITEHURST, Ian (1994)
Members of Chambers ALCOCK, Peter (1995)
Members of Chambers STERN, Thomas (1995)
Members of Chambers BEARD, Mark (1996)
Members of Chambers DONNELLY, Catherine (1997)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Tanya (1997)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Simon (1997)
Members of Chambers BANWELL, Richard (1998)
Members of Chambers MENZIES, Gordon William (1998)
Members of Chambers FITZGERALD, John (1998)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Lee (1998)
Members of Chambers DUNN, Tom (1998)
Members of Chambers LUTTMAN, Lucy (2001)
Members of Chambers HERCOCK, David (2001)
Members of Chambers ATKINSON, Giles (2002)
Members of Chambers JESSOP, Stuart (2002)
Members of Chambers STEVENSON, Daniel (2002)
Members of Chambers BADGER, Christopher (2002)
Members of Chambers CULLEN, Grace (2005)
Members of Chambers KHAN, Thaiza (2006)
Members of Chambers IRWIN, Ben (2006)
Members of Chambers STRACHAN, Nicola (2006)
Members of Chambers CROWDY, Isabella (2008)
Members of Chambers BRAND, Kieran (2007)
Members of Chambers REES PHILLIPS, Ian (2009)
Members of Chambers OSTROWSKI, Nicholas (2009)
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS, Laura (2009)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Fiona (2009)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Craig (2010)
Members of Chambers KANDOLA, Emin (2015)
Members of Chambers HAUSDORFF, Natasha (2016)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Mark (2017)
Members of Chambers McBARNETT, William (2017)
Members of Chambers BYRD, Noémi (2004)*
Members of Chambers CROWDY, Isabella (2007)
Members of Chambers DOBBIE, Alice (2007)*
Members of Chambers HOTHAM, William (2009)*
Members of Chambers McGRENERA QC, Noelle (1978)*
Members of Chambers REES PHILLIPS, Ian (2009)
Members of Chambers WALKER QC, STEVEN (2008)*
Members of Chambers WOOD, Simon (2001)*
Members of Chambers REED, Kristiina (2013)*
Members of Chambers ROKAD, Angelica (2014)
Members of Chambers MORAN QC, Andrew (1976)*
Members of Chambers HUMPHREYS QC, Richard (1986)
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