Set Profile > Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC > London, England
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Six Pump Court
Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.
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.
Licensing Tier 2Stuart Jessop - Six Pump Court ‘ 'Has an excellent eye for detail and provides advice expediently.' ’
Inquests and inquiries Tier 3David Travers QC - Six Pump Court ‘ He has the jury eating out of his hands. ’
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.
Employment Tier 4Gordon Menzies - Six Pump Court ‘ Unflappable, a safe pair of hands, produces work of the highest quality and can deal with any opponent. ’
Costs Tier 4Gordon Wignall - Six Pump Court ‘ Conservative and thoughtful, with no obvious weaknesses. ’
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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
Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC > Firm Profile
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.
For more information visit www.6pumpcourt.co.uk.
Languages spoken: French, German, Russian and Japanese.
|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||TOPPING, Caroline (1984)|
|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||LAWSON, Frances (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||HAUSDORFF, Natasha (2016)|
|Members of Chambers||DAVIES, Mark (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||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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