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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 > Consumer

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Watson QCSix Pump CourtAn incredible appetite for hard work. Fantastic on detail and on paper. A very effective advocate.

Six Pump Court is a ‘very helpful and efficient’ set with a broad spectrum of cases across the consumer law field. The ‘really smart barristers’ are particularly sought after for their ‘prominence in health and safety’ and food law, and their ‘in-depth knowledge’ of the corresponding regulation. David Travers QC acted in a significant liability case for an online retailer, while Mark Watson QC defended Tesco, Iceland, and Nandos in different claims involving food safety and hygiene claims. Also of note, Pascal Bates‘ recent work included the representation of an overseas importer accused of breaches of consumer protection laws.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Watson QCSix Pump CourtWhat impresses is not just his encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject matter but his incredible work ethic. This is a commendable mix and readily puts clients at ease. He is a confident advocate and knows how and when to best utilise the services of experts to support the clients’ cause. His case presentation is always prepared with skill and after thorough research. He is a truly one of the best around.

Six Pump Court ‘has great strength in depth in health and safety cases at all levels‘. In recent work of note, Mark Watson QC successfully represented the defendant in R v Squibb Group Limited, an appeal against a sentence concerning the exposure to asbestos; the case involved issues of the importance of expert evidence in assessing the likelihood of harm under the Sentencing Guideline for Health and Safety Offences. Additionally, Stephen Hockman QC led David Hercock before the Court of Appeal for the appellant in Faltec Europe Limited v Health and Safety Executive, concerning the reduction of a fine for health and safety offences; the case drew upon the precedent set by the judgment in R v Squibb Group Limited.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Mark Watson QCSix Pump CourtHis strengths are his meticulous preparation and attention to detail, and he is extremely strong in the cross-examination of witnesses.