Pump Court Chambers

Mark Dubbery, Heather Platt and Paul Mertens appointed Deputy District Judges

News 27th September 2021

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Mark Dubbery, Heather Platt and Paul Mertens have been appointed as Deputy District Judges, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Heather and Paul have been appointed to sit on the South Eastern Circuit, with Mark sitting on the Western Circuit respectively.

Mark Dubbery was called to the Bar in 1996, he is the Head of the Inheritance, Wills & Probate team within chambers. He is an expert in civil and family law, he is an accredited mediator and a member of the specialist inheritance mediators’ group.

Heather Platt has built an impressive reputation in Employment Law, Discrimination Law and related areas. She is ranked as a leading junior in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 and is the Head of Chambers Employment Team.

Paul Mertens has a busy practice, encompassing civil, family and public law. Since joining the Bar in 2010, Paul has been instructed in a number of cases by the Government Legal Department. In 2018, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates and in 2020 he was appointed to the London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. Paul is joint-Head of Pump Court Chambers’ Inquests and Inquiries team and has been involved in many of the most prominent public inquiries of recent years.

Head of Chambers Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN said:On behalf of Pump Court Chambers, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Mark, Heather and Paul on their richly deserved appointments. I have no doubt they will show the same talent and commitment in the service of the wider public as they do in their practices. Chambers is immensely proud of their achievements.

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