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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 CourtHe remains one of the doyens of this area of law and can handle very sensitive cases in a masterly way.

Six Pump Court is ‘one of the leading specialist environmental sets in the country for criminal work‘ and one clients remarks that it is ‘an approachable and practical set, whose members will go the extra mile for their clients‘. Members handle a broad range of environmental matters, handling cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, while also representing industry and regulators at public inquiries and statutory appeals. In civil proceedings, members have particular expertise in statutory nuisance and environmental torts. Stephen Hockman QC pursued an application for judicial review of a decision restricting the right to fish for salmon in the River Severn. Specialist environmental regulatory junior Christopher Badger frequently handles high-profile cases on behalf of the Environment Agency. The set is ‘excellently organised and very pleasant to deal with and the clerks are efficient and always very helpful‘.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Hockman QCSix Pump CourtHe is one of the most experienced health and safety silks around. He is particularly good on technical points of law and appellate work. He has an absolutely huge intellect; very few work harder than he does.

Six Pump Court ‘has great strength in depth in health and safety cases at all levels‘. In recent work of note, Mark Watson QC successfully represented the defendant in R v Squibb Group Limited, an appeal against a sentence concerning the exposure to asbestos; the case involved issues of the importance of expert evidence in assessing the likelihood of harm under the Sentencing Guideline for Health and Safety Offences. Additionally, Stephen Hockman QC led David Hercock before the Court of Appeal for the appellant in Faltec Europe Limited v Health and Safety Executive, concerning the reduction of a fine for health and safety offences; the case drew upon the precedent set by the judgment in R v Squibb Group Limited.

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Hockman QCSix Pump CourtHis knowledge of the law pertaining to the subject matter was impressive as was the way in which the individuals concerned were handled.