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Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court

Work Department



Advocacy and advisory work in all areas of planning in public inquiries, criminal courts and the High Court, with a particular specialism in planning enforcement.

Worked for 10 years as a planner in the public and private sectors before coming to the Bar.

Publications include joint author of Planning law and Practice, 2013, Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing.


Called 2002; Middle Temple.


Planning and Environmental Bar Association.


Egglescliffe Comprehensive, Stockton on Tees; University of Oxford (1989 BA Hons); University of Nottingham (1992 MA); University of Westminster (2000 graduate diploma).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Giles AtkinsonSix Pump CourtSpeedy and effective communicator. Comprehensive knowledge of his subject. Quiet but reassuring manner with clients. Thorough and meticulous written work.

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.