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"A formidable advocate with great court presence." "He has superb judgement and is a first-class advocate. He is very much respected by the judges in front of whom he appears."
"He's very approachable, commercial and solutions-driven. He's excellent at turning things around very quickly and has the ability to cut through cases and get straight to the point when dealing with large and complex matters."
Chambers UK Bar Guide 
"Brilliant advocate, with fantastic acumen for complicated cases."
"He is very good at getting to the root of the problem."
Legal 500 
"Brilliant advocate...Very bright and well known in the environmental sphere."
"An accomplished veteran with great gravitas, both in conference and in court."
“A man of great courtesy who has a wonderful demeanour. He takes on board the client's and instructing solicitor's views and his delivery is beyond good."
“He is a very clear and interesting advocate. He doesn't take silly points, he sticks to the main issues and the points he knows are crucial."
Chambers UK Bar Guide 
"He deservedly occupies an almost legendary status."
"A go-to advocate for difficult regulatory arguments and peerless in the higher courts."
Legal 500 
"A top-drawer silk who is regularly seen in high-profile matters...He offers peerless analysis of complex and difficult issues, and provides pragmatic and succinct advice."
"Leads the health & safety team...an accomplished advisor to companies in significant health and safety prosecutions...He is a wonderful gentleman with a brilliantly sharp mind."
"He was superb on his feet, very calm, thorough and disarming. He's not a pit bull in court but is highly effective."
Chambers UK Bar Guide 
Born Manchester, 1947
Educated at Eltham College London
Studied Law at Jesus College Cambridge, graduating in 1969
Called to the Bar by the Middle Temple, 1970
Currently resides in London and Peterborough
Became Queens’ Counsel (QC), 1990
Head of Chambers at 6 Pump Court, 1997-Present
Chairman of the Bar, 2006
Deputy High Court Judge
Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple
Treasurer of Middle Temple 2015
Visiting Professor of Law at the City University
Former member of the Council of English Nature, (now Natural England), the statutory body charged with nature conservation
Chair of Plea Negotiation Working Group established by the Attorney General, ultimately leading to a new protocol for the conduct of complex fraud litigation in 2009.
Honorary member of the Bar of New Zealand.
Former Chairman of the Environmental Law Foundation
Trustee of ClientEarth
Advisory Council Member, Advocates for International Development
Chairman, International Court for the Environment (ICE) Coalition
Advisory Board Member of the Department of Climate Law, University of Strathclyde
Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Progressive Policy (a non-party political think-tank)
Stephen Hockman QC has specialised in all forms of regulatory law for approximately the last 30 years. 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.
Stephen has a varied client base, including corporates and individuals, regulator and (alleged) polluter, and he is equally at home undertaking effective cross-examination as in sustained legal submission at any level of tribunal. 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 & safety law, civil and commercial law, and planning and environmental law to provide a unique service in complex and high profile litigation.
Stephen is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the fields of Health and Safety Law and Energy and Natural Resources, where his experience includes appearing for TOTAL UK in the health and safety prosecution arising out of the Buncefield explosion.
His practice also encompasses in particular environmental law – making and resisting public law challenges to environmental decisions, appearing for claimants/defendants in environmental cases in the common law courts, for example nuisance, and prosecuting and defending in major pollution cases.
Stephen’s practice incorporates too 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.
Stephen is highly recommended by the leading UK legal directories in the areas of Environmental Law and Health & Safety Law. He was nominated for Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2015 and for Silk of the Year in Environment/Planning at the 2014 Chambers UK Bar Awards. He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal UK 2016 list of leading barristers in environmental law. He is also named in the Best Lawyers in the UK (2019 edition) list for Environmental Law. Recently, he was awarded the title of “Most Influential Regulatory Law Specialist 2018 – UK” in Acquisition International’s 2018 Global Excellence programme.
The Case for an International Court for the Environment, United Nations Association, 2010
Repairing British Politics: Constitutional Law Reform, 2010, Counsel Magazine
In Search of World Justice, The Guardian Newspaper, 2008
Regular contributor to Radio 4’s The Today Programme, the BBC World Service: One Planet, national press and professional journals
The focus of his practice is regulatory, environmental, planning and health and safety law.
Significant recent cases include:
Maximising mitigation – steps a company can take to reduce penalties
In this two part series published in the Safety and Health Practitioner, Stephen Hockman QC along with other health and safety specialists, considers the actions which a duty-holder can take following a serious incident in which failings have been identified, to influence the size of penalty ...read more
Maidstone Borough Council challenge their Highway Authority over diversion of funds away from a bus lane to town centre
Stephen Hockman QC and Megan Thomas have obtained permission for judicial review of a highway authority which has made a decision to divert monies collected for road widening under section 106 undertakings to use for a feasibility study for a potential bypass. Maidstone Borough Council is ...read more
Stephen Hockman QC and David Hercock appear in the Divisional Court
On 16 November 2018 the Divisional Court handed down judgment in Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Limited v CPS  EWHC 3122 (Admin). The Appellant had challenged a District Judge’s ruling made in the course of criminal proceedings that an operator of a slaughterhouse could be criminally ...read more