Regulatory

Overview

Regulatory Law barristers at Six Pump Court are widely recognised by the legal directories, which list them as leading experts in nine broad practice areas, including consumer law, environment, health & safety and planning.  For a full list of the more than twenty recognised individuals and links to their profiles, click here.

Six Pump Court also boasts seventeen members on the Regulatory List of Counsel used by the Health & Safety Executive, the Office of Rail Regulation and the Environment Agency – more than any other chambers.

At the 2021 Chambers UK Bar Awards Six Pump Court Chambers was shortlisted for Health & Safety Set of the Year and was awarded Health & Safety Set of the Year in 2018, having also won it previously in 2013. In 2015, Mark Watson was awarded Health & Safety Junior of the Year.

Regulatory Law barristers at Six Pump Court act for businesses, individuals, regulators, local authorities and other statutory bodies in the full range of regulatory and related work.  Between them they handle several hundred regulatory cases each year and they can offer expertise and experience in every field from the most serious cases to the more modest and at a range of fee levels.

Counsels’ understanding of regulatory issues often requires the application of both public and private law (criminal or civil). It may require concurrent proceedings in a variety of tribunals, including the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Many of the cases undertaken by our regulatory law barristers involve prosecutions in the criminal courts.  Because they can handle any aspect of the work which regulatory cases generate, they are often brought in when particular difficulties are likely to arise on issues like forfeiture of the proceeds of crime and disclosure, data protection and freedom of information.

In addition, members of Six Pump Court act in relation to enforcement notices of all types.

We also pursue points of regulatory law in civil damages claims and by way of judicial review (click here for details of our Administrative and Public law work).

Six Pump Court offers strategic advice to enforcement authorities who wish to ensure that proposed enforcement action it is proportionate and, so far as possible, unsusceptible to technical challenge or who wish to ensure that their policies and procedures generally are compliant with the law.

Six Pump Court also offers strategic advice to those facing regulatory action who wish to handle it and any further similar action in an efficient and non-disruptive manner or who wish generally to ensure that their procedures are compliant with the law.

If you are a business or individual wanting to know more about public access direct to members of Six Pump Court, click here.

If you are a professional (other than a lawyer) wanting to know more about licensed access on behalf of your client direct by you to members of Six Pump Court, click here.

Click on the subspecialties on the left side of the page for further information in these areas.

Testimonials

"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. "

― Legal 500 [2022]

"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. "

― Legal 500 [2022]

“The best regulatory set in the country, without a doubt!”

― Legal 500 [2022]

“Six Pump Court is ‘a very strong health and safety set doing a combination of both prosecution and defence work’. The chambers has ‘strength in depth’ and ‘a wide skill set across the regulatory field’ where individual members have specific expertise in matters such as health and safety, environment and inquiries”.

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2019]

Latest news

20th July 2022

Charles Morgan and Nicholas Ostrowski appointed to advise the Office for Environmental Protection

Charles Morgan and Nicholas Ostrowski have been appointed as external counsel advising the Office for Environmental Protection in an investigation under section 33 of the Environment Act 2021.

13th July 2022

Environment Act 2021: Text, Guide and Analysis: new book published

Christopher Badger is the co-author of a new book on the new Environment Act.

8th July 2022

Important judgment by the Court of Appeal on the scope of nuisance claims for water pollution

The Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited v United Utilities Water Limited [2022] EWCA Civ 852

8th July 2022

Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022 – Six Pump Court receives nominations in four categories

Chambers is delighted to announce four nominations at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2022.

28th June 2022

Withdrawal of Public Body’s decision did not end the First Tier Tribunal’s jurisdiction

Stuart Jessop acted for the Appellant in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal concerning the jurisdiction of the First Tier Tribunal when the public body decision maker withdraws its decision.

26th June 2022

Environmental and Health & Safety Regulatory Issues in Arbitration Webinar

Six Pump Court Chambers will be hosting a webinar on international arbitration webinar next month.

3rd March 2022

Judgment in judicial review of Food Standard Agency’s approach to transport and hygiene of food

Judgment handed down in a judicial review brought by Higginshaw Abbatoir Ltd and their Director challenging the Food Standards Agency's reliance on Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004.

26th January 2022

Walleys Quarry litigation – a commentary

The Walleys Quarry litigation provides insights into areas rarely considered by the Courts in the context of environmental permitting, and the availability of declaratory relief.

24th January 2022

A Practical Guide to Food Law in the United Kingdom – new edition

Written by Ian Thomas, this new edition highlights, and provides a reference point for, some of the major changes to food law in Great Britain following exit from the EU.

26th November 2021

Discounts of 25% on books by Six Pump Court authors

Today (Friday), Law Brief will be running a Black Friday discount of 25% for all books available on their website.

29th October 2021

Six Pump Court welcomes Brendon Moorhouse

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce that specialist environmental and regulatory law barrister Brendon Moorhouse has joined Chambers.

8th October 2021

Six Pump Court Environmental Law Conference – 3rd December

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce our first full day Environmental Law Conference, bringing together specialist counsel with leading external speakers to cover a range of topical environmental issues.

29th September 2021

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in nine areas of law in the Legal 500 2022

Six Pump Court has been recommended in 9 areas of law in the Legal 500 2022 with 62 individual recommendations.

21st September 2021

Gotcha? The when, why and how of prosecuting individual directors and employees of businesses

David Travers QC and Laura Phillips will present a masterclass event at the CTSI Symposium next week.

20th September 2021

Does the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 apply to boats?

Nicholas Ostrowski appeared for Surrey Fire and Rescue Services in a case which determines whether the FSO can be relied upon to take enforcement action against boats and other vessels.

8th September 2021

Six Pump Court nominated as Health & Safety Set of the Year

Six Pump Court Chambers has been shortlisted as Health & Safety Law Set of the Year in the forthcoming Chambers Bar Awards 2021.

10th August 2021

New podcast investigates Rebelo case and deaths linked with the slimming drug DNP

Science journalist Jessica Wapner discusses the Rebelo case prosecuted by Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies and deaths linked with DNP.

1st August 2021

£6.5 million fine for logistics company after tragic death of an 11 year old boy

What is believed to be the largest health and safety fine in two decades was imposed on W H Malcolm Ltd last week for their failings at their facility in Northamptonshire, in a case which has serious implications both for the rail industry and others.

30th June 2021

Farmers’ market sues London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council for damages for Covid-19 power abuses

Robert Griffiths QC and Nicola Strachan represent small traders in claims against London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council following closure of weekly farmers’ markets.

4th May 2021

Ian Thomas awarded the title of Visiting Professor

Ian Thomas has been appointed to the position of Visiting Professor attached to the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at Ulster University.

Events

13th July 2022

Environmental and Health & Safety Regulatory Issues in Arbitration Webinar

The webinar - entitled - Environmental and Health & Safety Regulatory Issues in Arbitration Webinar will take place on Wednesday 13th July 4-6pm

6th July 2022

Alcohol Licensing Law Update

Stuart Jessop will be speaking at this very practical half day live and recorded online conference.

3rd December 2021

Environmental Law Hybrid Conference – 3rd December 2021

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce our first full day Environmental Law Conference, bringing together specialist counsel with leading external speakers to cover a range of topical environmental issues.

14th September 2021

International Arbitration Webinar – Arbitrating under the ICC Rules

Members of Six Pump Court listed on the ICC UK Arbitrator Database will be joined by guest speaker Iain Quirk QC.

14th June 2021

UKELA Conference 14 -18 June

We are delighted to be one of the sponsors once again at this year's event. Members of Six Pump Court will be taking part and presenting some of the sessions.

28th May 2021

Solar Salt Projects in Africa – A discussion of the key environmental & legal issues

The next webinar in our international arbitration series will be held on Friday 28th May.

16th September 2020

Webinar: Covid-19 and the law relating to food – protecting the health and safety of consumers

On Wednesday 16th September at 4.30pm the Health & Safety Lawyers Association and Six Pump Court will host a webinar entitled "Covid-19 and the law relating to food – protecting the health and safety of consumers".

17th June 2020

Webinar: Piercing the Corporate Veil: the Principle of ‘Separate Legal Personality’

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be able to host a re-run of our very popular ‘Piercing the Corporate Veil’ seminar as part of our series of 2020 webinars.

20th March 2019

Piercing the Corporate Veil: The Principle of ‘Separate Legal Personality’

Six Pump Court presents the third in our series of Environmental Law Seminars to be held this year.

28th February 2019

Company Directors and Environmental Responsibilities

Six Pump Court presents the second in our series of Environmental Law Seminars to be held this year.

31st January 2019

Private Nuisance: Key Contemporary Issues or “Bringing Home the Bacon”

Six Pump Court, together with UKELA Eastern Region presents an environmental seminar - Private Nuisance: Key Contemporary Issues.

13th July 2018

Friday 13th July – Regulatory Law Conference 2018 (Birmingham)

Six Pump Court will present a Regulatory and Planning Law Conference to be held on 13th July in Birmingham.

4th June 2018

Monday 4th June – CTSI Symposium

David Travers QC and Laura Phillips will present a mini-theatre session on 4th June entitled Consumer product information - Caveat venditor, caveat emptor and the role of the regulator.

20th November 2017

Regulatory and Planning Law Conference 2017 (Leeds)

Six Pump Court presents a Regulatory and Planning Law Conference to be held on 20th November in Leeds.

The event will cover a variety of topics providing essential updates on specialist areas, informative discussion on topical issues and practical tips for regulators and for those who represent the regulated.

12th July 2017

Piercing the Veil’ Incorporation and Liability for Environmental Damage: Widening the Net

Six Pump Court presents the third in our series of Environmental and Public Law Seminars to be held this year. Wednesday 12th July –...

11th July 2017

Private Nuisance Litigation Masterclass

Our series of Masterclass Environmental Law Seminars continues next month with a second seminar, Private Nuisance Litigation Masterclass to be held on 11th July.

Blog

4th August 2022

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Nicholas Ostrowski consider the measures being undertaken by the government and water companies to mitigate the effects of drought in the UK, a report into global trends in climate change litigation, and a successful challenge to the government’s net zero strategy.

16th February 2022

Environmental Law News Update: Feb 16, 2022

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Charles Morgan and Christopher Badger consider the UK's national reporting requirements for disclosure of climate change risks, a European study of the impact of Brexit on fisheries and aquaculture and an interesting decision on water rights in Mauritius.

7th February 2022

Environmental Law News Update: Feb 07, 2022

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger, Natasha Hausdorff and William McBarnet consider the dangers of overstating environmental virtues in advertising, more on the OEP’s strategy and enforcement policy and Environment Agency changes to attendance requirements for technically competent managers.

26th January 2022

Environmental Law News Update: Jan 26, 2022

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Gordon Wignall, Brendon Moorhouse, Christopher Badger and James Harrison consider a successful appeal by the Environment Agency in the Walleys Quarry litigation, draft documents issued by the new Office of Environmental Protection and the launch of a new consultation into the implementation of the biodiversity net gain (BNG) provisions for planning purposes.

19th January 2022

Environmental Law News Update: Jan 19, 2022

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider a new government report on the climate risks facing the UK, the state of England's rivers and the extension of climate-related disclosure requirements by the FCA.

10th January 2022

Environmental Law News Update: Jan 10, 2022

In our first Environmental Law News Update of 2022, Christopher Badger, Mark Davies and James Harrison consider some environmental law predictions for the year ahead, climate compatibility checkpoint tests for oil and gas, and an agreement between the UK and Norway on fishing access and quotas.

23rd December 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider the post-Trump US environmental agenda, how we did with our predictions for 2021 and some festive musical musings on waste.

24th November 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger, Nicholas Ostrowski and James Harrison consider progress made at COP26, a major investigation into sewage treatment works by Ofwat and the EA, and provide a short summary of the new Environment Act.

9th November 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Brendon Moorhouse consider sewage discharges from overflows, the role of the Human Rights Act in the Silverdale Quarry case, and the need for climate policy to be built into the planning process.

5th November 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger and Nicholas Ostrowski consider economic incentives for water companies to improve environmental performance, a short guide to COP26 and Six Pump Court's inaugural Environmental Law Conference to be held next month.

15th September 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Gordon Wignall, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider sentencing remarks in Environment Agency v Southern Water, the removal of climate commitments from the Australia trade deal and House of Lords amendments to the Environment Bill.

8th September 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, James Harrison and Rukan Hazar consider a new regulatory statement on water and sewage effluent discharges, a legal challenge relating to the emission of noxious landfill site fumes and an announcement on the UK's new 'Heat Strategy'.

13th August 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Charles Morgan and James Harrison consider practical applications of Coventry v Lawrence, new regulations concerning the spreading of organic manure on agricultural land and a custodial sentence for deliberate offending.

4th August 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger,Charles Morgan and James Harrison consider problems with the disposal of sewage sludge, a new UK Innovation Strategy from the BEIS and a DEFRA Consultation on Environmental Review.

16th July 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Charles Morgan consider consider a case concerning the consensual disposal of judicial review proceedings, developments near COMAH sites, the Southern Water saga and announce a new book on flood claims.

6th July 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Noémi Byrd consider the countdown to Net Zero, the role of climate change in planning reforms and why complaints to the Office of Environmental Protection already matter.

15th June 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Charles Morgan and Natasha Hausdorff consider lawful development certificates, the Environment Agency's National Waste Crime Agency and the dangers of sewage sludge.

9th June 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and James Harrison consider the precautionary principle, the new Dutch case about Shell’s climate change obligations, the latest list of Enforcement Undertakings, and look forward to the UKELA conference.

30th April 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update,  Christopher Badger, Nicholas Ostrowski and James Harrison consider the Government's commitment to a 78% reduction in emissions by 2035, the publication of a climate change strategy by the Pensions Regulator and a case which rules that fluff is subject to landfill tax.

12th March 2021

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan and Christopher Badger consider the Supreme Court decision on parent company liability in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell plc, another case concerning the scope of the Environment Agency’s liabilities in common law negligence and environmental announcements in the 2021 Budget.

Podcasts

13th July 2022

Environmental Law News Podcast

In this podcast produced by Lexis PSL, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies look at recent planning decisions concerning exploratory digging for fracking; the Office for Environmental Protection’s (OEP) strategy and enforcement policy; and the Environment Agency’s (EA) Regulatory Statement.

19th April 2022

Environmental Law News Podcast

In this podcast produced by Lexis PSL, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies discuss recent developments including the Office for Environmental Protection's (OEP) consultation on strategy and enforcement policy, the Spring Statement and green claims in advertising.

12th November 2021

Environmental Law News Podcast

In this podcast produced by Lexis PSL, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies discuss some of the key developments over the previous month including COP26, the Silverdale Quarry case and climate issues for local councils.

13th August 2021

Environmental Law Podcast – August 2021

In this latest monthly environmental law news podcast produced by Lexis PSL, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies discuss Southern Water’s record £90 million fine, the judgment in Valero Logistics UK Ltd v Plymouth City Council, and the UK Innovation Strategy and the potential for the precautionary principle to be revisited.

5th July 2021

Environmental Law Podcast – July 2021

Following the pandemic induced hiatus to the podcast series, we are delighted to bring you a new edition of this podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL.

19th May 2020

Environmental Law Podcast – May 2020

This month the Podcast partners with the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), to bring you a COVID-19 special where we hear from environmental regulators on how the pandemic is affecting operations.

12th February 2020

Environmental Law Podcast – February 2020

In this latest monthly environmental law news podcast in association with LexisPSL, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies discuss in some depth certain key aspects of the Environment Bill, which was reintroduced to parliament on 30 January 2020.

28th January 2020

Environmental Law Podcast – January 2020

The first environmental law news podcast of 2020 presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL covers predictions for hot topics in environmental law in 2020, Urgenda’s success in the Dutch Supreme Court, and the Upper Tribunal’s decision in the ongoing ‘fluff’ litigation.

11th December 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – December 2019

In our final environmental law news podcast of 2019 presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies discuss the relationship between requests for disclosure under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and legal professional privilege, the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) most recent call for evidence, and the latest EU developments on green finance.

22nd November 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – November 2019

n our latest monthly environmental law news podcast Christopher Badger and Mark Davies discuss the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) feedback statement, following discussion paper on ‘Climate Change and Green Finance’, the Environment Agency’s pollution statistics for 2018, and whether nuisance might play a role in contemporary environmental concerns.

29th October 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – October 2019

n our monthly environmental law news podcast Mark Davies discusses the publication of the Environment Bill, Environment Agency aims to become net carbon zero by 2030, and new requirements for applicants for certain bespoke permits to carry out risk assessments on adapting to climate change.

4th October 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – September 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

30th August 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – August 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

19th July 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – June 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

7th June 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – May 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Charles Morgan and Christopher Badger in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

17th April 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – April 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

15th March 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – March 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

19th February 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – February 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

15th January 2019

Environmental Law Podcast – January 2019

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

5th December 2018

Environmental Law Podcast – November 2018

The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

Our regulatory team

Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC

Call: 1970, QC: 1990
W Robert Griffiths QC

W Robert Griffiths QC SC

Call: 1974, QC: 1993
Richard Barraclough

Richard Barraclough QC

Call: 1980, QC: 2003
William Upton QC

William Upton QC

Call: 1990, QC: 2019
Oliver Saxby QC

Oliver Saxby QC

Call: 1992, QC: 2013
Mark Watson QC

Mark Watson QC

Call: 1994, QC: 2018
Simon Taylor QC

Simon Taylor QC

Call: 1997, QC: 2021
Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Call: 1980
Nina Ellin

Nina Ellin

Call: 1994
Mark Beard

Mark Beard

Call: 1996
Lee Bennett

Lee Bennett

Call: 1998
Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn

Call: 1998
Noémi Byrd

Noémi Byrd

Call: 2004
Thaiza Khan

Thaiza Khan

Call: 2006
Ben Irwin

Ben Irwin

Call: 2006
Craig Evans

Craig Evans

Call: 2010
Mark Davies

Mark Davies

Call: 2017