David Travers QC > Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court


Regulatory law (including regulatory crime), public law and associated areas including corporate governance and professional standards. Advises, negotiates and appears as an advocate for companies, organisations and individuals, as well as for Local Authorities and Regulatory Bodies. In regulatory crime he practices predominantly in health and safety (including fire safety), food law, trading standards, product liability (including product recalls) and environmental protection. In public law he practices predominantly in environment, planning and Local Government matters, particularly related to waste issues. David Travers QC also acts in disputes relating to the scope and exercise of statutory powers as well as issues concerning the governance of companies (including the role of good corporate governance in ensuring regulatory compliance) and the administration of Local Authorities.  He also acts for decision-makers susceptible of Judicial Review and those who are challenging the lawfulness of the exercise of discretion. He has particular experience in cases involving scientific and technical evidence. David also has extensive experience of professional conduct and disciplinary matters.



In practice since 1981 after being called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (Harmsworth Scholar). Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2010. Member of the Bar Council 1995-2000. Visiting Professor at Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre, University of South Wales; Honorary Fellow of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology; Accredited Mediator; former Legal Advisor to the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (formerly Legal Advisor to the General Medical Council); Legal Advisor to the General Dental Council Fitness to Practice Panel.

Publications include (with Giles Atkinson and Noemi Byrd) “Planning Law and Practice” published April 2013 by Wildy, Simmons and Hill and “Planning Enforcement” (with Emmaline Lambert and Ed Grant) published 2015. Various articles including “Towards Professional-Model Regulation of Directors’ Conduct” in the International Journal of Law and Management; Int. J.L.M. (2013) 55 (2) 123-140.



Food Law Group, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, Health & Safety Lawyers Association, International Bar Association, Lex Anglo-Brasil, Planning and Environment Bar Association, Midland Circuit, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.


Spennymoor Secondary School; King’s College London (1979 LLB, AKC; 1980 LLM); Inns of Court School of Law (1981); Regents College accredited mediator 2000.


Family life, language and music.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Consumer

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Travers QCSix Pump CourtGreat depth of knowledge, very highly respected in the sector, good and timely on paper and good on presentation to the client.

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 > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Travers QCSix Pump CourtFrank about the weaknesses of a case, but in a way that keeps the clients onside.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Travers QCSix Pump CourtHe fully engages with the case team, providing proactive high quality advice that takes on board everyone’s opinions. I find his advocacy to be top notch, obtaining the necessary information from witnesses in a way that keeps juries fully engaged and interested.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Travers QCSix Pump CourtHe has a wonderful manner with clients and he is diligent and thorough, focusing on the points that really make a difference to the outcome.