Six Pump Court recommended in nine areas of law in the Legal 500 (2014)

October 2, 2014

The Legal 500 (2014) was published this week and Six Pump Court has been recommended in 9 areas of law with 38 individual recommendations. This year there were 6 additional recommendations and, as well as existing set rankings, Chambers was additionally recommended in Family Law.

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

Also singled out for praise were our Clerks ‘the best clerks in the country, who could teach five-star hotels how to provide service; nothing is too much trouble for them, and they are all really pleasant to deal with’.



Mark Beard – Leading Junior ‘Quickly gets to the heart of a case, no matter how complicated or factually “murky” it might be.’

CONSUMER LAW (Leading Set)
David Travers QC – Leading Silk ‘An exceptional advocate with immaculate grasp of detail.’
Lee Bennett – Leading Junior ‘Very bright but always practical and client friendly.’
Mark Watson – Leading Junior  ‘Clients love him.
Gordon Menzies – Leading Junior ‘Regularly used for tougher trading standards cases.’

Stephen Hockman QC – Leading Silk ‘A pleasure to deal with though and he really seems to get on well with judges.’
David Travers QC – Leading Silk ‘An exceptional advocate’
Mark Harris – Leading Junior ‘A good advocate and very thorough in preparation.’
William Upton – Leading Junior ‘Exceptionally bright and understands complexities of environmental law’
Mark Watson – Leading Junior ‘An exceptional advocate.’
Richard Banwell – Leading Junior ‘Very forthright and hardworking’
Megan Thomas – Leading Junior ‘Very thorough and helpful; her advice is always clear and concise and delivered in a timely manner’

HEALTH & SAFETY (Leading Set)
Stephen Hockman QC – Leading Silk  ‘Deserves his formidable reputation; his experience is greater than most, and it shows.’
David Travers QC – Leading Silk ‘Simply expert in defending and prosecuting regulatory breaches.
Mark Harris – Leading Junior ‘A tough negotiator who does not give ground easily.
Mark Watson – Leading Junior ‘He is an expert in this field, with a very acute brain.’
Pascal Bates – Leading Junior ‘A triple threat: intelligent, forensically analytical and a formidable advocate.’
Lee Bennett – Leading Junior ‘Expert, methodical and calm.’
Gordon Menzies – Leading Junior ‘He is lovely with clients, and a very effective advocate, with steel at his core.’

Nick Baldock – Leading Junior ‘Excellent with clients.’

PLANNING (Leading Set)
Roy Martin QC – Leading Silk ‘Impresses with the thoroughness of his work.’
Megan Thomas – Leading Junior ‘A first-class practitioner.’
Anne Williams – Leading Junior ‘Provides clear, incisive and realistic legal advice.
Mark Beard – Leading Junior  ‘A strong advocate who does not play up to the audience.’
William Upton – Leading Junior ‘Possesses strong knowledge and experience.’
Ed Grant – Leading Junior ‘Deals with councillors professionally and expertly.’
Richard Banwell – Leading Junior ‘An approachable, accessible practitioner.’

Richard Barraclough QC ‘Leading Silk ‘Recommended for the prosecution and defence of serious crime.’
Oliver Saxby QC Leading Silk ‘He thoroughly considers all questions and tactics’
Eleanor Laws QC  Leading Silk ‘Her preparation, legal knowledge, advocacy and people skills are second to none’
Paul Taylor Leading Junior ‘A persuasive and tenacious advocate’
John O’Higgins Leading Junior ‘Extremely thorough in his preparation of a case’
Adaku Parker Leading Junior ‘Tenacious and thoroughly well prepared’
Peter Alcock Leading Junior ‘His submissions are always well thought out and delivered in a logical and attractive way’

Gordon Menzies Leading Junior ‘Always thoroughly prepared, with a broad and deep knowledge of the law’
Grace Cullen Leading Junior An intellectual who thinks outside the box’

Grant Armstrong Leading Junior ‘He has notable experience in family-related TOLATA cases arising from cohabitation and property disputes’
Caroline Topping Leading Junior ‘An excellent Children Act specialist’

Further details can be found here