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Six Pump Court

Consumer Law

6 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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Six Pump Court has broad bench strength when it comes to consumer law, and is well respected for its work in cases concerning food and trade regulations, as well as consumer credit. Its tenants regularly handle civil and criminal matters for local authorities, trade bodies, farms and retailers. Tenants recently appeared for the defence in R v Camelot Guardian Management, a matter looking at whether a property inhabited by property guardians can be in breach of HMO regulations. Members also appeared for the defence in London Borough of Merton v Iceland Stores Ltd, where Iceland was accused of breaching food regulations after rodent infestations were found in two of its branches.

Client service:


"You get excellent service from all the clerks." "They are always able to find someone to assist - sometimes at very short notice." Richard Constable is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

David Hercock
Widely respected for his focus on consumer law disputes relating to food and health and safety. He frequently acts in both civil and criminal proceedings, and undertakes cases that make it all the way to the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
"Has a great depth of knowledge, and is very highly respected in the sector." "He is extremely approachable no matter how little or large the issue." "He works really hard on cases and is technically superb."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant in Association of Independent Meat Suppliers v Food Standards Agency. The case looked at whether the operator of a slaughterhouse has a legal right to challenge the decisions of Official Veterinarians engaged by the Food Standards Agency to declare the meat of carcasses as unfit for consumption by the public.

Strengths:

David Travers QC
Focuses his work around cases of a highly complex or sensitive nature, particularly those concerning food safety and consumer credit. He both defends and prosecutes, and appears on behalf of businesses and local and national government bodies. He is particularly noted for his work in matters involving technical or scientific evidence.                                           
"He is a very calming presence when you have nervous clients, and is an excellent person with whom to discuss strategy." "David has a great depth of knowledge and is very highly respected in the sector." "He's down to earth, likeable and practical."                                                                                                                                                                                         Recent work: Advised the National Childbirth Trust on the safety of cots with adjustable sides.

Strengths:

Ian Thomas
A highly capable barrister and noted food law specialist, known for representing individuals, local and national companies and government bodies in food safety and trading standards cases.
"His work rate is phenomenal and he's both thoughtful and thorough."

Strengths:

Laura Phillips
Receives praise from peers and instructing solicitors for her committed advocacy in consumer-related cases. Her expansive practice encompasses health and safety, planning and environmental law, among other areas. She acts for a wide range of clients including individuals, businesses and public bodies.
"She's very good at managing the expectations of the client, as she is able to foresee potential hurdles for the judge to overcome if he or she is to be convinced of the merits of the case." 
Recent work: Appeared for the defence in R v Ballyntyne, a case concerning whether the sale of potentially unsuitable foam insulation had breached CPUTR regulations.

Strengths:

Mark Watson QC
Highly experienced at both prosecuting and defending food and trading standards cases, he appears on behalf of well-known retailers, local authorities and regulators such as the Food Standards Agency. He is also adept at matters regarding the enforcement of energy sector regulations.
"Incredibly competent, massively hard-working and utterly charming with clients." "He is superb, and regarded as the next big thing."                                                                          
Recent work: Appeared for the prosecution in Food Standards Agency v Newcome, a case concerning whether a milk producer had breached EC milk and testing regulations.

Strengths:

Stuart Jessop
A frequent defender of farmers, farms and meat sellers in criminal cases, he is adept at food and product safety consumer law disputes. His practice further includes the representation of local authorities in criminal prosecutions, and he is praised for his drafting skills, as well as his ability to build strong relationships.
"Very knowledgeable and has good rapport with the court." "He produces high-quality paperwork and is excellent on his feet."
Recent work:Appeared for the defence in Bury Borough Council v Brian Davies, where a meat wholesaler was accused of supplying meat that was unsafe and not traceable.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Consumer Law


David Travers QC
Band 1
Mark Watson QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Consumer Law


David Hercock
Band 3
Laura Phillips
Band 3
Stuart Jessop
Band 3