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Six Pump Court
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Prosecuting and defending regulatory prosecutions brought by national and local enforcement agencies, at first instance and on appeal – primarily health and safety but also railway, fire, food, trading standards and environment: eg. Taunton Deane BC v WH Smith (2018), HSE v Claxton Engineering Services and others (quadruple fatality at Great Yarmouth) (2017). Advised HSE/ORR on the structural collapse onto the railway at Gerrards Cross. Enforcement Notice appeals: e.g. Cooperative Group Food v Steward (Three Rivers DC) (2017). Disputes about primary authority arrangements. Confidential/strategic advice on regulatory/commercial matters: eg. hydrocarbon pipeline safety; enforceability of non-compete clauses; joint venture agreement between developers. Inquests: eg. In re Fairweather (2018). Disclosure/PII in both civil and criminal contexts. General common and public law with an emphasis on statutory construction: eg. rights to UK passports; allocation of statutory powers between rival public bodies; extent of investigators’ powers; application of EU/UK controls to imported foods. Commercial contract and property: eg. ICFL v Trafalgar Leisure (2018), Halberstam v Gladstar  EWHC 179 (QB), Meretz Investments v ACP  Ch 244, Haller v Deutsche Bank. Contested probate.
MA (Cantab); called 1994; Standing Counsel to HSE & ORR; A List for Environment Agency; Occasional Lecturer UCL
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2
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.
Six Pump Court is a specialist regulatory set, praised for its ‘strength in depth of the team, the breadth of their expertise and their ability to see the wider picture without losing sight of the detail‘. David Travers QC continues to have a leading silk’s practice in regulatory matters, with recent highly sensitive cases in the agriculture, retail and automotive sectors among others. Pascal Bates has a particular specialism in consumer issues with environmental or safety concerns and he has acted for the Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority in several importation cases, most recently involving a consignment of honey. In food law, David Hercock is a key contact, advising in the majority of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases in that field, including acting for the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) against the FSA in proceedings that have been before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court.