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Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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UK Bar - Environment - Silks 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stephen Hockman QC is highlighted as a “living legend” with a strong focus on regulatory disputes.


Stephen Hockman QC qualified as a barrister in 1971 and has practised ever since from Chambers in Pump Court, Temple. He became a QC in 1990.

He is a leader of exceptionally high standing who has a broad environmental, health and safety, and planning practice encompassing judicial review, inquiries, arbitration, civil claims, and criminal prosecution and defence work. He is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the fields of health and safety law, and environmental law. In recent years he has been nominated as Health and Safety Silk of the Year, and Environment/Planning Silk of the Year, at the Chambers UK Bar Awards; and Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year at The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards. He is also listed in Who's Who Legal: UK Bar as a leading barrister in environmental law.

His particular strength lies in the breadth and varied nature of his practice. He is able to draw on his extensive experience in his specialist areas of regulatory and health and safety law, civil and commercial law, and planning and environmental law to provide a unique service in complex and high-profile litigation.

Stephen's practice also incorporates a significant element of local government work, and he has appeared for and advised local authorities in every part of the country on a regular basis, on issues such as town and country planning, and internal governance.

He was chairman of the General Council of the Bar in 2006, and treasurer of Middle Temple in 2015.

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