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Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court


Practice Areas
Principal areas of practice are regulatory, health and safety, environmental, planning and administrative law. Regularly instructed by corporate and individual clients and by national and local government bodies in regulatory, environmental and health and safety matters. He is ranked as a Leading Silk in the UK legal directories who say of him “He deservedly occupies an almost legendary status.” ;”A go-to advocate for difficult regulatory arguments and peerless in the higher courts.”; “A man of great courtesy who has a wonderful demeanour. He takes on board the client’s and instructing solicitor’s views and his delivery is beyond good.”

Professional Memberships
Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, Health and Safety Lawyers Association.

Called to the Bar in 1970 and began to practise at 6 Pump Court in 1971. Appointed Recorder 1987. Took Silk 1990. Leader SE Circuit, January 2001-December 2003. Chairman of the Bar Council, 2006. Visiting Professor of Law at City University.

Blackstone’s Planning Practice.

Educated at Eltham College, London (1955-65) and Jesus College, Cambridge (1966-69). Born 4 January 1947. Lives in London and St Neots.


Called 1970; Middle Temple; took silk 1990; appointed Deputy High Court Judge 1997; Leader of the South Eastern Circuit 2001-03; Chairman of the Bar 2006; bencher of the Middle Temple; publications: ‘The Case for an International Court for the Environment’ (United Nations Association 2010).




Immediate past chairman, Environmental Law Foundation;
Advisory Council member, Advocates for International Development;
Chairman, International Court for the Environment (ICE) Coalition;
Advisory Board Member of the Department of Climate Law, University of Strathclyde
Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Progressive Policy (a non-party political think-tank)


Eltham College, London; Jesus College, Cambridge (MA).


Member Garrick, RAC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Hockman QCSix Pump CourtEverything one hopes for in a barrister: extremely knowledgeable of the black letter law, a clear and persuasive advocate, but also incisive and strategic.

Six Pump Court is ‘a go-to set for regulatory work’, remarks a client, who notes that it has ‘real strength in depth and is good at suggesting an appropriate counsel for any given matter’. Many members specialise in environmental law, while bringing to bear accompanying skills in areas such as planning, health and safety, energy and natural resources to provide comprehensive advice on regulatory matters. Members frequently act in leading cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court, while also representing industry and regulators at public inquiries and statutory appeals, and representing major developers and waste companies in the criminal courts. Stephen Hockman QC, who is defending a prosecution by Natural Resources Wales in respect of breaches of waste recovery permit, is a leading silk with more than 30 years’ experience in environmental law. Specialist environmental regulatory junior Christopher Badger frequently handles high-profile cases against and on behalf of the Environment Agency.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Hockman QCSix Pump CourtA very good technical lawyer and particularly good on appeals.

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 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.

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Hockman QCSix Pump CourtStephen masters a very substantial amount of material within a very short time and dealt with extremely difficult clients in an exemplary fashion.