Pump Court Chambers are delighted to see our hard work and dedication to our clients has been recognised once again within the Chambers and Partners 2021 Guide. The highly respected annual guide, released today, ranks both counsel and chambers based on the research of more than 170 full-time editors and researchers who talk to lawyers and clients all the year round, conducting in-depth telephone interviews to establish which sets have the expertise and quality to appear within the rankings.
Within Family and Matrimonial, Pump Court has once again been recognised as a market-leading Band 1 set, with a broad family and matrimonial offering that includes public and private children cases, as well as financial matters. “They have always provided an excellent service. Tony Atkins has stepped up to being the senior clerk extremely well and remains approachable. Sean Gentleman, senior family clerk, is incredibly helpful.” Notable practitioners include: Leslie Samuels QC, Penny Howe QC, Edward Boydell, Geoffrey Kelly, Annie Ward, John Chapman, Corinne Iten, David Josty, Tara Lyons and Jennifer Lee.
Our ‘respected group of strong juniors’ in Ecclesiastical law who have established expertise in the consistory courts and the Court of Arches, gain recognition in Band 2. They’re are noted for being well versed in handling religious discrimination and human rights cases, church property and relic matters, and employment and discipline work as it relates to the clergy. Ranked practitioners include: Justin Gau, Ruth Arlow and Mark Ruffell.
Within the Criminal law section, our well-regarded Band 2 set is noted for its expert handling of a wide range of criminal cases. Members are regularly called upon to act for both the prosecution and defence in cases involving serious crimes such as murder, drugs-related matters and serious sexual offences. Additional areas of strength for the team include frauds and cases relating to serious violence. James Newton-Price QC and Sarah Jones QC continue to receive praise from the market.
Senior criminal clerk, Tony George and his team were also recognised for their client service with commentators saying “The clerks respond without delay to queries and are very efficient in finding the right barrister for each specific case.”
Pump Court Chambers also ranks within Employment with members: Heather Platt, Gary Self and Tim Dracass being recognised for achieving great success in gaining notable claimant and respondent-side instructions, appearing in high profile cases relating to disability, victimisation, whistle-blowing detriment and other issues. Our client service levels were also recognised with the “brilliant” Jonathan Cue alongside Dean Cunniff are recognised for being extremely approachable and have always gone out of their way to look after me throughout our long working relationship.”
We are extremely proud of our rankings and recognise that our success is in no small measure down to the continued support of our clients. To view our Chambers and Partners 2021 ranking in full please click here.