Six Pump Court ranked Tier 1 in Environmental Law in Legal 500 (2016)

September 14, 2016

Six Pump Court is pleased to be ranked a Tier 1 set in Environmental Law and to be ranked as a set in five areas of law in the Legal 500 (2016) which was published today.

Overall, Six Pump Court’s barristers are now recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 (2016) overall with 60 individual recommendations. This year there were nine additional individual  recommendations  as well as existing set rankings which improved again, this time in Crime (Tier 3) and Environment (Tier 1).

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 – “There are no weak links at 6 Pump Court, which has real strength in depth”.

Also singled out for praise were our Clerks “The clerks never disappoint – they are utterly professional, engaging and proactive in the service they provide”.

Many thanks to our clients and colleagues for their kind words and assistance in the submissions process this time around.

Further details of the coverage and feedback are given below:-



Administrative and public law (including local government)
Mark Beard Extremely pragmatic, forceful in court and easy to deal with”

David Travers QCA very bright and charming man with a real strength in food-related consumer law
Gordon Menzies Recommended for complex cases
Gordon WignallRecommended for group actions
Ian ThomasHe has a wealth of knowledge and experience
Lee BennettThe go-to man for a technically difficult case that needs a pragmatic solution
Mark WatsonAmong the leading lights in this discipline; he is knowledgeable and tactically astute

Gordon WignallA well-established practitioner

Oliver Saxby QCCharming and courteous with a steel core
Richard Barraclough QC His work includes challenging homicide cases
Catherine DonnellyShe is an expert in the field of child sexual abuse
John FitzGerald His direct approach helps him fight cases that look hopeless
John O’Higgins An instinctive advocate and excellent cross-examiner
Simon Taylor Efficient, effective and liked by juries and judges

Stephen Hockman QCHe has a wealth of experience in high-level, complicated environmental issues and never lets the client down
David Travers QCRecommended for defending against environmental regulators
Roy Martin QC Highly rated
Mark HarrisHe shows attention to detail and strong preparation coupled with persuasive advocacy
William UptonHighly intelligent – what really sets him apart is his ability to understand a problem from all angles
David HercockA good lawyer with strong interpersonal skills
Gordon Wignall Very strong on strict liability pollution claims
Mark WatsonHe is a skilled advocate and his case preparation is fantastic
Megan ThomasVery experienced in conservation issues
Richard BanwellHe has extensive prosecution experience and is able to come up with solutions to difficult problems
Christopher Badger Excellent on environmental work, especially waste crime and water pollution matters

Family law (including divorce and financial remedy)
Jane CampbellVery personable and always able to put clients at ease

Health and safety
Stephen Hockman QCExtremely capable and client friendly
David Travers QCA class act, who is tactically brilliant and easy to use; clients love him and opponents fear him
Pascal Bates A fierce opponent, who you do not want to be against
Mark HarrisHe combines pragmatism, a great eye for detail and tenacity with great client care skills
Mark WatsonHe brings great balance to a case
Lee Bennett He has a great tactical sense and extremely good judgment
David HercockHe has an immense grasp on the technical detail
Emmaline LambertImpressive in her dedication to clients facing exceptional difficulties
Gordon Menzies He quickly gets to grips with the technical aspects of a case

Inquests and inquiries
David Travers QCFantastic at setting out the client’s position to the court in the most sensitive way possible
Mark WatsonHe has the great skill of managing to look after his clients

Stuart JessopHe is exceptionally personable and garners the trust of his clients

Personal injury
Nicholas Baldock He is not afraid to roll his sleeves up and muck in

Roy Martin QCHe has the ability to obtain the ear and earn the trust of the court
Anne WilliamsShe is able to put pertinent questions across during cross-examination in a polite, firm but non-aggressive way
Mark BeardRecommended for representing developers and local planning authorities
William Upton He is very measured, gets on very well with clients and explains things clearly
Edward GrantRecommended for planning inquiries
Megan ThomasAn expert on planning appeals
Richard BanwellComes up with solutions to difficult issues
Emmaline LambertExperienced in planning permission matters where noise pollution is an issue



South Eastern Circuit – Crime
Oliver Saxby QCAn excellent jury advocate
Richard Barraclough QCHighly recommended for serious sex trafficking and homicide cases
Catherine Donnelly An impressive advocate with extensive and detailed knowledge of criminal law
John O’HigginsHe fights doggedly for the lay client and is an expert in unlawful killing and serious violence”
Peter AlcockGreat with complex cases and very calming with clients
Simon TaylorExperienced acting as lead counsel in homicide and serious sexual offences cases

South Eastern Circuit – Employment
Gordon MenziesA tenacious advocate, who provides practical advice
Grace Cullen She provides excellent client care

South Eastern Circuit – Family and children law
Caroline Topping She provides excellent client care skills
Grant ArmstrongAn eye for the unusual and always willing to immerse himself in the finer details of a case
Jane CampbellShe handles cases with sensitivity but resilience – an excellent advocate