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

Chambers of Stephen Hockman QC
Six Pump Court


David Hercock specialises in regulatory and administrative law. He has experience across a broad range of disciplines with particular expertise in the following specialist areas: environmental and planning, health and safety, consumer and trading law (including product liability, trading standards and OFT enforcement action), food law, licensing law (including alcohol, entertainment, gambling, traffic commissioner inquiries and taxi licensing), care standards and care regulation, data protection and information law, professional discipline (including solicitors, doctors and accountants) and administrative law generally (including judicial review and advice to public authorities on powers, duties and functions). He has significant experience of regulatory prosecutions, judicial reviews and High Court appeals, claims before the civil courts, enforcement proceedings, inquests, statutory appeals and inquiries and tribunal procedures.


Qualified solicitor 2002 (New South Wales); called to the Bar 2007 (Inner Temple); trained Matrix 2007-08; member 2008. Publications include: Clayton and Tomlinson’s ‘Law of Human Rights’ (2009), the International Bar Association’s ‘Manual on International Criminal Law’ (2010) and ‘Human Rights and Criminal Justice’ (2012).


University of Queensland (2000, BA); 2002 LLB (first class); College of Law (2002); University of Cambridge (2004, LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

David HercockSix Pump CourtVery bright, very composed and always reasons in a way that inspires confidence.

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 > Environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David HercockSix Pump CourtHe is very likeable and explains complicated issues in simple terms, so clients have confidence in his abilities.

London Bar > Consumer

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David HercockSix Pump CourtVery good barrister and excellent service. Attention to detail is second to none. Extremely thorough. Very safe pair of hands.