Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers Rankings in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2023

News 20th October 2022

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2023 has been launched today and we’re delighted to have been recognised once again as a ‘Top Ranked’ set, with 23 members ranked across the areas of criminal, employment, ecclesiastical, family: matrimonial finance and children law, health & safety and inquests and inquiries.

Our “Market leading” Band 1 Family Team has once again been ranked in both within matrimonial finance and children law, noted for our “wide range of family counsel that can deal with all types of cases” as well as our“ability to deal complex matters and our pragmatic approach“. Our clerking team also received praise, with observers stating: “Tony Atkins, Senior Clerk, and Sean Gentleman, Senior Family Clerk, work extremely well together, and their younger clerks are as helpful as ever” and ” A special mention to Edward Boydell who has once again been recognised as a star individual;  one of very few to achieve this ranking within the area of matrimonial finance throughout the whole of the UK. Other notable practitioners include Leslie Samuels KC, Penny Howe KCGeoffrey KellyAnnie WardJohn ChapmanCorinne ItenDavid JostyTara Lyons and Jennifer Lee.

Within the criminal law section, our well-regarded team, has been noted for its expert handling of a wide range of criminal matters, with members regularly instructed 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 courts martial, fraud and cases relating to serious violence. Instructing solicitors comment: “I regularly instruct this set and never find myself lacking for a choice of highly experienced counsel no matter what offence is being dealt with. In particularly difficult cases, their choice of KCs is excellent.” and “The clerks are always happy to help and capable of finding the right person for the particular job.” James Newton-Price KC, Sarah Jones KC and Rebecca Fairbairn appear in this year’s coverage.

Richard Tutt is one of only five barristers ranked within the Healthy and Safety section on the Western Circuit, with one client stating “Richard is a pragmatic and thoroughly prepared barrister”.

A big congratulations to Daniella Gilbert and Naomi Gyane who have been ranked for the first time within the employment section. The team led by Heather Platt and including Tim Dracass,  retains its band 2 ranking, despite Gary Self’s elevation to the bench. All four ranked members were praised for their ‘advocacy’ and ‘client care’. The clerks also receive praise, with the guide stating: “Senior Civil Clerk, Jonathan Cue and Employment Team Clerk, Dean Cunniff are real stars and always obliging.”

In ecclesiastical and religious law our established practitioners are commended for “their expertise in the consistory courts and the Court of Arches”, as well as 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”. Justin Gau, Mark Ruffell and Ruth Arlow remain ranked.

Paul Mertens has climbed the ranking within the inquests and public inquiries section. He is noted for being “very switched on and clear with his advice to clients; instilling confidence and knowledge.” The ranking comes on the back of a strong year for the team in which members have been instructed in some of the leading public inquiries such as The Covid-19 Inquiry and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the research team at Chambers & Partners and, as ever, to all our clients for providing feedback. To view our Chambers and Partners 2023 ranking in full please click here.

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