Regulatory & Competition

“Equally adept at defending as prosecuting, chambers is frequently instructed by household-name retailers, manufacturers, local authorities and regulators such as the Food Standards Agency”.

Chambers UK Bar Guide (2018)

“Six Pump Court is ‘a leading set’ for regulatory work, and some solicitors ‘rarely instruct outside chambers as it contains the all the skills needed to service work involving health and safety, environmental, trading standards and consumer law”.

“Six Pump Court is ‘the best regulatory chambers in the UK and remains the professionals’ choice”.

Members continue to be at the forefront of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases and also act for major developers, waste industry clients and regulators, as well as appearing on Attorney General’s lists.”

Legal 500 (2017)

“Impressive set whose members act for both regulators and defendants in cases spanning many industry sectors including energy, construction, mining, defence and sports.”

“The team of barristers is strong enough that even when a case is called on at short notice a proper level of cover can always be made available.”

Chambers UK Bar Guide (2016)


Regulatory Law barristers at Six Pump Court are widely recognised by the legal directories, which list them as leading experts in nine broad practice areas, including consumer law, environment, health & safety and planning.  For a full list of the more than twenty recognised individuals, all their listings and links to their profiles, click here.

Six Pump Court also boasts two standing counsel and a further ten members of the Regulatory List of Counsel used by HSE, ORR and the Environment Agency – more than any other chambers.  For a detailed list, click here.

In 2015, Mark Watson was awarded Health & Safety Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards, and in 2013 Six Pump Court Chambers was awarded Health & Safety Set of the Year.

Regulatory Law barristers at Six Pump Court act for businesses, individuals, regulators, local authorities and other statutory bodies in the full range of regulatory and related work.  Between them they handle several hundred regulatory cases each year and they can offer expertise and experience in every field from the most serious cases to the more modest and at a range of fee levels.

Counsels’ understanding of regulatory issues often requires the application of both public and private law (criminal or civil). It may require concurrent proceedings in a variety of tribunals, including the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Many of the cases undertaken by our regulatory law barristers involve prosecutions in the criminal courts.  Because they can handle any aspect of the work which regulatory cases generate, they are often brought in when particular difficulties are likely to arise on issues like forfeiture of the proceeds of crime and disclosure, data protection and freedom of informationClick here for details of the work of our Financial Conduct team.

In addition, members of Six Pump Court act in relation to enforcement notices of all types.

We also pursue points of regulatory law in civil damages claims (click here for details of our Civil and Commercial work) and by way of judicial review (click here for details of our Public law work).

Six Pump Court offers strategic advice to enforcement authorities who wish to ensure that proposed enforcement action it is proportionate and, so far as possible, unsusceptible to technical challenge or who wish to ensure that their policies and procedures generally are compliant with the law.

Six Pump Court also offers strategic advice to those facing regulatory action who wish to handle it and any further similar action in an efficient and non-disruptive manner or who wish generally to ensure that their procedures are compliant with the law.

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Click on the subspecialties below for further information:


Health and Safety – including construction, workplace safety, care and educational safety, leisure and sport safety, rail safety, maritime safety, oil, gas, electricity & major accident hazards and fire safety

Environmental Enforcement


Consumer Protection – trading standards, trademark and other intellectual property infringement and utility regulation

Competition Law

Strategic Advice

Enforcement Notices – advice to those facing enforcement action and to enforcement authorities

Financial Conduct