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Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court


Barrister specialising in town and country planning, environmental, local government, judicial review, highways law, European Law.


Called 1990, Inner Temple; Attorney General’s Provincial Panel 2002; general editor of ‘Environmental Law’ (Oxford 2009); contributor to ‘Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents’, Environmental Law volume (Butterworths 2000); ‘Planning Law’ volume (2008); ‘Neighbours and the Law’ (Sweet and Maxwell 2009).




Planning and Environmental Bar Association; UK Environmental Law Associations; Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).


Trinity College, Cambridge (1988 MA; 1989 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

William Upton QCSix Pump Court William is an excellent advocate, with a wealth of knowledge and a very personable nature. He is very approachable and supportive of his colleagues and instructing officers, and always willing to assist with advice and suggestions. His analytical approach allows the quick identification of cross-cutting issues that need to be further explored, and his written advice is always thorough.

Traditional and friendly‘ set Six Pump Court has both silks and juniors doing a range of planning work, with criminal and regulatory expertise to add to its enforcement arsenal on top more conventional planning work. William Upton QC represents Swale Borough Council in a call-in appeal of its decision to refuse permission for 675 homes in Sittingbourne, citing among other reasons the council’s declaration of a “climate emergency”. Giles Atkinson represented the local authority in LB Haringey v SSHCLG and Muir, reinstating an enforcement notice against uPVC windows in a conservation area, with at issue if the new windows constituted a development.

London Bar > Environment

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

William Upton QCSix Pump CourtVery flexible and amenable, he knows his environmental law, is excellent on planning and understands regulation.