Six Pump Court barristers recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 (2015)

September 17, 2015

Six Pump Court is recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 (2015) with 50 individual recommendations. This year there were twelve additional recommendations and, as well as existing set rankings, Chambers was also additionally ranked as a Set in Crime.

The twelve areas of law members are recommended in are Administrative & Public Law, Consumer Law, Costs, Crime, Employment, Environment, Family, Health & Safety, Inquests & Inquiries, Licensing, Personal Injury and Planning

Also singled out for praise were our Clerks “The clerks are ‘unfailingly helpful and will go the extra mile to provide a good service, even at very short notice’; ‘they are incredibly user-friendly and outstanding in their ability to accommodate client and solicitor requests

Details of the coverage are given below:-



Mark Beard An exceptional barrister who is quick to get to the heart of any case.

CONSUMER LAW (Leading Set)
David Travers QC Personable, engaging and highly effective; everything one would wish for in a leading silk.
Mark Watson An outstanding advocate who is at the cutting edge of legal developments.
Gordon Menzies Meticulous, with excellent skills of court presentation in complex cases.
Ian Thomas Extremely thorough, pragmatic and sensitive to the clients needs, both financial and legal.
Lee Bennett The go-to man if you have a technical, difficult case and need a pragmatic solution.

Gordon Wignall A depth of knowledge that makes him stand out.

CRIME (Leading Set)
Oliver Saxby QC Charming, personable, down to earth and easy to work with.
Richard Barraclough QC His presence in court is second to none.
Eleanor Laws QC The pre-eminent barrister for cases involving sexual misconduct.
John Fitzgerald An advocate who justifiably inspires loyalty in clients

David Travers QC A real heavyweight  he is the QC clients ask for if they are in the know
Roy Martin QC Considerable experience in the field
Stephen Hockman QC He is a class act and exceptionally talented
Mark Watson You always know that a client is in safe hands when he has been instructed
Megan Thomas She has a very practical approach, and an ability to distil legal complexities down to the core commercial implications
Richard Banwell Advises the EA and local authorities
William Upton A strong advocate who knows environmental law inside out
Mark Harris His advice is specifically tailored to meet the requirements of each and every individual
Christopher Badger He has a lovely manner with clients, and his papers are beautifully crafted

Jane Campbell She truly makes clients feel that she is on their side but ensures they receive realistic advice,  she always goes the extra mile

HEALTH & SAFETY (Leading Set)
David Travers QC Witnesses underestimate him at their peril; he is a real heavyweight.
Stephen Hockman QC Offers an excellent service.
Gordon Menzies He has an excellent understanding of the relevant law and top-notch advocacy skills
Lee Bennett One of the brightest, most hardworking juniors in this field.
Pascal Bates An outstanding barrister, a High Court judge in the making
Mark Harris He has the ability to see the wood from the trees; an exceptional barrister.
Mark Watson He has total recall, a phenomenal capacity to remember minute detail and use it in court
David Hercock Exceptionally bright, and does not flap under pressure.

David Travers QC He has a calming influence and holds the attention of the court every time he rises to speak.
Mark Watson He gains clients confidence from a very early stage with his case analysis and anticipation of prosecution arguments.

Stuart Jessop Excellent at identifying issues and setting out the way forward.

Nicholas Baldock His advice is always reliable and practical, taking into account tactical considerations as well as the legal issues.

PLANNING (Leading Set)
Roy Martin QC He is easy to speak to and explains things well
Anne Williams Fully engaged and enthusiastic from day one
William Upton He has a forensic mind, and is quick to get to the heart of any case
Edward Grant Incisive in cross-examination, and has a keen eye on the strengths and weaknesses of any case
Emmaline Lambert Extremely personable, very easy to get on with, and fiercely defends clients
Mark Beard An exceptional barrister who is quick to get to the heart of any case.
Megan Thomas She is prompt in giving advice, and tenacious on her feet in court.
Richard Banwell Experienced in conducting inquiries on behalf of local authorities and developers


REGIONAL BAR (Leading Set)

Eleanor Laws QC She has vast expertise in dealing with vulnerable witnesses
Oliver Saxby QC His approach is thorough and detailed, but uniquely economic
Richard Barraclough QC Very good with clients, and thorough in his preparation
Paul Taylor Highly sought after, primarily to prosecute in fraud cases.
John O’Higgins Very popular with juries, and persuasive in his advocacy
Ian Whitehurst He is not afraid to get his hands dirty
Peter Alcock Calm and measured, and his submissions are always well thought out
Simon Taylor Takes ownership of a case so that solicitors feel fully supported at all times

Gordon Menzies His knowledge is excellent, and he is persistent in seeing matters through
Grace Cullen An effective advocate with excellent client care skills

Caroline Topping A safe pair of hands for children work
Grant Armstrong He gets to grips with the heart of the issue quickly