Pump Court Chambers’ criminal advocates enjoy an outstanding reputation.  Over the last 20 years more than 15 of the group have become Circuit Judges.  In the same period 15 members of Chambers have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel. With centres in London, Winchester and Swindon we work both across England and Wales and internationally. Our reputation is rooted in more than 60 years’ experience covering criminal work from London to Land’s End.

From these solid foundations we have developed into one of the most modern and forward thinking sets of Chambers. 

We have a very experienced and approachable clerking team.  We are able to offer flexible conference facilities, including by multi-participant telephone conference or Skype.  Our fees are very competitive and as a result of changes to Universal Credit and legal aid means testing we have also devised a private fixed fee scheme, for further information please click here.

We have particular expertise in the following fields:

  • Dishonesty
  • Drugs
  • Fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Sexual offences
  • Violence
  • Courts Martial 
  • Regulatory 

What we offer:

  • Over 35 criminal barristers (including 3 Queen’s Counsel) prosecuting and defending
  •  Representation at all levels from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court
  • A significant number of Grade 4 prosecutors and members of the Attorney General’s panel of prosecution advocates
  • A strong regional presence with 3 centres
  • A significant number of cases reported annually
  • An exceptional, experienced and approachable clerking team
  • Modern conference facilities
  • A competitive fee structure in the growth area of private work


Oba Nsugbe QC's picture

Oba Nsugbe QC

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1985

In addition he has both prosecuted and defended a number of high profile criminal cases in the UK.

Nigel Pascoe QC's picture

Nigel Pascoe QC

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1966

Formerly Leader of the Western Circuit, he prosecutes and defends equally in high-profile murder cases. To date, he has been briefed in well over 100...

James Newton-Price QC's picture

James Newton-Price QC

01962 868161

Year of call: 1992

He practises across the spectrum of criminal offences, including murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, serious violence, causing death by dangerous...

Frank Abbott's picture

Frank Abbott

01962 868161

Year of call: 1972

In crime his work covers the whole range of serious offences, both for defence solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service in the Crown Court and...

Charles Parry's picture

Charles Parry

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1973

Michael Butt's picture

Michael Butt

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1974

Charles Gabb's picture

Charles Gabb

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1975

Matthew Scott's picture

Matthew Scott

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1985

Justin Gau's picture

Justin Gau

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1989

Andrew Houston's picture

Andrew Houston

01962 868161

Year of call: 1989

Mark Ruffell's picture

Mark Ruffell

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1992

Serious fraud: Mark has been instructed in many cases of fraud that have included boiler room fraud, carousel fraud, courier fraud, betting...

Mark Ashley's picture

Mark Ashley

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1993

He appears in all areas of Crown Court and Appeal work both defending and prosecuting.  He has particular experience in matters of fraud, money...

Tom Wilkins's picture

Tom Wilkins

01962 868161

Year of call: 1993

Tom practised in Crime in London for 20 years but is now based in our Winchester office. He loves the Western Circuit and both prosecutes and defends...

Peter Asteris's picture

Peter Asteris

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1996

Peter has defended in numerous cases of rape, child sexual abuse, complex frauds, armed robbery and drugs conspiracies. He is regularly instructed...

Sarah Jones's picture

Sarah Jones

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1996

Sarah practices in all areas of crime, most frequently in sex, child cruelty and neglect cases as well as neglect or ill treatment under the mental...

Timothy Dracass's picture

Timothy Dracass

0207 3530711 or 01962 868161

Year of call: 1998

Tim has many years experience of criminal advocacy having appeared in numerous Crown Court jury trials and Court of Appeal hearings.   His...

Anne Brown's picture

Anne Brown


Year of call: 2000

Acting for both the prosecution and defence, her practice ranges across the whole spectrum of criminal law and covers cases of serious violence,...

Richard Tutt's picture

Richard Tutt

01962 868161

Year of call: 2000

Undertakes all areas of criminal work, both prosecuting (CPS Grade 3 and 'Rape list') and defending.  Is instructed in relation to the full...

Emily Hamilton's picture

Emily Hamilton

01962 868161

Year of call: 2000

John Dyer's picture

John Dyer

01962 868161

Year of call: 2002

Eleanor Fargin's picture

Eleanor Fargin

01962 868161

Year of call: 2004

Timothy Akers's picture

Timothy Akers

01962 868161

Year of call: 2005

Tim represents clients charged with offences that range across the whole spectrum of criminal law including rape and child sexual offences,...

Rachel Troup's picture

Rachel Troup

01962 868161

Year of call: 2005

Guy Draper's picture

Guy Draper

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 2008

Guy has a purely defence practice. His instructions for criminal trials include cases of soliciting to murder, historic child sex offences including...

Naomi Gyane's picture

Naomi Gyane

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 2010

Naomi has developed a strong criminal practice in the Crown Court owing to her strong work ethic and her talent in presenting to juries the evidence...

Andrew Stone's picture

Andrew Stone

01793 539899

Year of call: 2011

Jesse Cook's picture

Jesse Cook

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 2012

Samuel Burrett's picture

Samuel Burrett

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 2013

Sam appears in the Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Courts. His practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence and prosecution work; including drugs...

Richard Wayman's picture

Richard Wayman

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 2015