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Six Pump Court has a deep bench of barristers handling challenging environmental cases. The set is particularly well known for its handling of regulatory matters and its members have expertise in both civil and criminal environmental issues, including high-profile enforcement cases. Barristers at the set are often instructed in cases with aspects of health and safety law. Members are frequently instructed by environmental regulators as well as defendant companies in environmental proceedings. Barristers at Six Pump Court have been involved in notable cases such as Mott v Environment Agency, a case regarding a decision to restrict fishing rights. One source describes the barristers at the set as "movers and shakers" in the environment sphere.
Client service: "Their clerks are always pleasant to deal with, give good and accurate information and go out of their way to help in an emergency situation and to find you the most appropriate barrister." Richard Constable is the senior clerk.
A water law expert with a national practice. His clients include water companies, local authorities, sewerage undertakers and NGOs.
Strengths: "Deeply experienced in environmental law, in particular waste and water. He provides practical and creative advice."
Recent work: Continued to act for The Manchester Ship Canal Company in disputes regarding sewage discharges by United Utilities into the Manchester Ship Canal.
Eminent junior who is very well versed in the parameters of environmental regulations. He advises the Environment Agency as well as corporations and individuals.
Strengths: "He demonstrates razor-sharp attention to detail and precision in his analysis and delivery, and at the same time is commercially-minded, responsive, technically outstanding, down to earth and a real pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented the chairman of a waste company which suffered repeated waste fires. The Environment Agency alleged that the fires resulted from the manner in which the waste was stored at the site, and the case concerned the extent to which senior company officers can delegate responsibility for environmental compliance.
A regulatory and public law specialist who manages a busy crossover practice centred on health and safety, environmental and consumer-related cases. He has acted in a wide array of prosecutions, judicial reviews and appeals.
Strengths: "David is down to earth and technically excellent, and he gets every point across in a simple but powerful manner. He can deal with everything holistically."
David Travers QC
Often acts for defendants under fire from the environmental regulators for alleged offences, such as breaches of waste permits. He has appeared in cases involving the Control of Major Accident Hazards regulations.
Strengths: "He has an exceptional manner with clients." "A very safe pair of hands on environmental cases, especially those which are scientifically and technically complex."
Recent work: Continued to act for Biffa in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency relating to shipments of waste to China.
His practice has a strong focus on pollution claims and challenges to Environment Agency decisions. He has handled a number of high-profile group actions in the High Court.
Strengths: "He is hugely knowledgeable and gets straight to the heart of the issue. He is highly regarded for technical environmental challenges."
Recent work: Continued to act for the claimants in the Chirk Group Litigation, a group action concerning dust, odour and noise from a wood chip manufacturing plant.
Highly regarded for his advice on regulatory matters in environmental and health and safety law, he has in-depth knowledge of cases concerning water, waste and the cross-border shipment of radioactive substances. He acts both for and against the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "He has meticulous attention to detail and good judgement on the best course to take."
Recent work: Acted for the Environment Agency in its prosecution of Plumpton College and an employee in relation to discharge of slurry and dirty water into the Plumpton Stream.
Mark Watson QC
Well respected as a prosecution and defence barrister handling cases concerning pollution, waste deposits and nuisances of various kinds. He acts for and against the Environment Agency and local authorities.
Strengths: "His strengths include attention to detail with technical matters. His expertise is really noticeable."
Recent work: Acting for the venue owners in Hackney Council v Dalston Roof Park and Hackney Council v Shacklewell Arms, two enforcement actions brought by the local council due to noise complaints.
Impresses with his experience of difficult and high-profile work relating to water use, pollution, waste disposal and other issues, whether in prosecutions, inquiries or civil litigation. He is often instructed by the Environment Agency or local authorities.
Strengths: "He has very good commercial awareness and really knows his stuff on environmental law. Clients find him easy to relate to and he is very responsive."
Recent work: Acted for The Manchester Ship Canal Company against United Utilities Water in a dispute regarding sewage discharges by United Utilities into the Manchester Ship Canal.
Acts for and against the regulator on a multitude of claims, concerning matters such as water management, waste disposal, renewable energy and permit revocations. He provides counsel for industry professionals, regulators and local authorities.
Strengths: "He's very approachable. His communication is very clear and detailed. His breadth of knowledge is unrivalled."
Recent work: Acted for Biffa Waste Services in a prosecution based on the prohibition on transporting waste paper to China.
Stephen Hockman QC
Leading silk advising claimants and defendants on pollution cases, challenges to environmental decisions, and environmental cases in the common law courts.
Strengths: "He's a genius and supremely confident without an inch of ego or arrogance. He has a really wonderful turn of phrase and the ability to get to the point."
Recent work: Acted for Nigel Mott in Mott v Environment Agency, a judicial review of the Agency's decision to impose salmon fishing restrictions for the River Severn.
William Upton QC
Has a strong reputation for advising clients from both the public and private sectors on environmental and planning law. He has tackled a range of complex cases relating to such topics as flood damage, noise nuisance, contaminated land and waste management.
Strengths: "He is highly intelligent, gets to the nub of the issue quickly and explains things clearly and simply."
Recent work: Acted for the Environment Agency in relation to a second remediation notice served on two Appropriate Persons under the contaminated land regime in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The relevant groundwater contamination plume extends for approximately 20 miles.