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Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court


Regulatory law, particularly health and safety, environmental and planning enforcement, consumer law and trading standards, contraventions of maritime regulations and food safety. prosecutes and defends in all of these areas, together with civil enforcement issues.


Called 1994; Gray’s Inn.


Oxford University (MA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Watson QCSix Pump CourtMark really is a tactical genius and not afraid of hard graft in order to provide the best possible advice and representation to a client.

The ‘phenomenal set’ at Six Pump Court exudes ‘charm, discretion, and confidence’ whilst representing clients involved in health and safety matters, aiding with food and environmental issues. The set also acts for both regulated defendants and local authorities across sectors including maritime, retail, construction, hospitality, and nuclear. In R (Dacorum Borough Borough Council) v Tesco Stores Limited Stephen Hockman QC acted for Tesco against a prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, stemming from a 2015 incident in which a customer slipped and fell on water leaking from a drain. In R (Office of Road & Rail) v Renown Consultants Limited, David Travers QC successfully prosecuted a company after an employee driver fell asleep driving a van, killing himself and the vehicle’s other occupant – this case being the regulator’s first prosecution concerning driver fatigue. In London Borough of Lambeth v. Schindler Limited and various others, which involved an accident where the arm of a lift engineer had to be amputated, Pascal Bates represented the local authority and was opposed by Mark Watson QC. Bennett Lee acted for Kent County Council in HSE v Kent County Council, a case involving asbestos exposure in schools.

London Bar > Consumer

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Watson QCSix Pump CourtExtremely knowledgeable in relation to regulatory cases and a fantastically strong advocate.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Mark Watson QCSix Pump CourtHe has quickly made his mark and has an ability to quickly identify and understand the key issues in complex cases.