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Chambers of Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC

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Within Commercial litigation, 4 Pump Court (Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC) is a third tier set,

4 Pump Court is ‘a refreshingly modern set, and a pleasure to deal with’. It is best known for construction-related disputes, but also boasts some excellent commercial litigation barristers. Nigel Tozzi QC is ‘a brilliant advocate who absorbs facts and assesses merits quickly’. Aidan Christie QC is ‘intellectually bright, commercially astute, and very client friendly. He never appears to get ruffled by opposition or judges’. Among the juniors, the ‘very user-friendly and approachableSean O’Sullivan is ‘a good advocate and effective cross-examiner’.

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Within Commodities,

Also recommended are the ‘very knowledgeablePaul Downes QC at 2 Temple Gardens, who represented the defendant in the $6.8m Standard Chartered v Schulte dispute concerning gasoil sales to Ghana; Nicholas Craig at 3 Verulam Buildings, who is ‘excellent, responsive and readily contactable’ and is a regular presence on LCIA arbitrations; commodities and shipping specialist Sean O’Sullivan at 4 Pump Court, who is noted for his ‘excellent analysis, and very thorough, strong advocacy skills’; and Brick Court ChambersRichard Lord QC, who is ‘approachable and articulate in presenting a case’.

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Within Construction, 4 Pump Court (Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC) is a second tier set,

4 Pump Court’s David Friedman QC has a strong name for professional negligence cases and adjudication. Anthony Speaight QC is noted for his ability to ‘reassuring clients that their concerns are his absolute priority’. Sean Brannigan QC, who acted in landmark professional negligence case Walter Lilly v DMW & Mackey, is highlighted as having ‘a good feel for what the courts will do, in addition to what the legal merits might be’. ‘Standout performerRachel Ansellcan master incredible quantities of detail’, and is recommended alongside the ‘incredibly persuasiveBenjamin Pilling, and Alexander Hickey (‘a good-cross examiner who quickly develops a relationship with the client’). Ones to watch include ‘future starKate Livesey and the ‘cheerful, thorough and effectiveThomas Crangle .

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Within Energy, tier 5

4 Pump Court’s Sean Brannigan QC is ‘quick on his feet, and fearless’. Nigel Tozzi QC, Alexander Gunning QC, ‘fantastic senior juniorSean O’Sullivan, Kate Livesey, and the ‘very capableThomas Crangle are also recommended.

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Within Insolvency Insolvency - Leading Juniors

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Within Insurance and reinsurance, tier 4

4 Pump Court is an ‘unstuffy’ set with a ‘real talent’ for insurance. The ‘intellectually bright’ and ‘commercially astuteAidan Christie QC acted in Equitas v Heath Lambert . Nigel Tozzi QC is noted for his ‘clear and authoritative’ approach, and is ‘easy to work with’. The ‘outstandingJeremy Nicholson QC is ‘a master of detail’, and is recommended for complex coverage disputes. Andrew Neish QC is ‘a fighter’, and ‘very able’. Recommended juniors include the ‘incisiveRachel Ansell, who is ‘an outstanding advocate’; the ‘industriousJames Purchas ; and Sean O’Sullivan .

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Within International arbitration, 4 Pump Court (Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC) is a third tier set,

The ‘very user-friendly4 Pump Court provides clients with ‘quick and commercial responses’, and is particularly strong in construction, IT, energy, shipping and insurance disputes. Nigel Tozzi QC provides ‘clear and concise’ advice across a broad range of areas. Christopher Moger QC is singled out for his ‘very good cross-examination skills’, as well as his ‘good knowledge of China and Chinese business culture’. Andrew Neish QCdrafts beautifully, and can be a fierce cross-examiner when required’. Alexander Charlton QC is ‘an excellent advocate’, and highly recommended for IT and telecoms arbitrations. Sean O’Sullivan remains one of the market-leading juniors, and is considered ‘a good advocate and effective cross-examiner ’.

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Within IT and telecoms (except regulatory), 4 Pump Court (Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC) is a first tier set,

4 Pump Court remains ‘the leading IT set’, and is noted for its ‘exceptionally good clerks’. Jeremy Storey QC is ‘at the top of his game in technical contract disputes’, and David Blunt QC is ‘a star barrister who gets to the nub of the matter very quickly’. Alex Charlton QC has ‘a relaxed but robust style’, and Duncan McCall QCcuts through the complexities to deliver realistic recommendations’. Michael Douglas QC is also noted for his ‘very shrewd litigation tactics’. An impressive cadre of juniors includes Terence Bergin, who is noted for his ‘great mix of gravitas and accessibility’; Simon Henderson, who has ‘unparalleled technical industry knowledge’; Michael Taylor, who attracts praise for his ‘quietly authoritative manner’; and Lynne McCafferty, who stands out for her ‘mastery of the almost unlimited detail thrown out by large-scale IT litigation’.

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Within Licensing,

Other recommended individuals include One Essex Court’s Susanna Fitzgerald QC, who is ‘immensely supportive and empathetic’; Christopher Moger QC at 4 Pump Court, for his specialist expertise in gaming and lotteries law; Saima Hanif at Monckton Chambers, who recently acted in the Court of Appeal case Albert Hall v Westminster CC; 2 Hare Court’s Martin Heslop QC, who succeeded in obtaining Stage 1 licences for casinos in Stratford and Milton Keynes on behalf of Aspinals; Tanfield ChambersStephen Monkcom, who specialises in the regulatory aspects of gaming and lotteries; XXIV Old BuildingsFrancis Tregear QC and Alexander Pelling, who are noted for their spread-betting expertise; and Stephen Whale at Landmark Chambers.

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Within Personal injury Personal injury - Leading Juniors

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Within Professional negligence, 4 Pump Court (Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC) is a first tier set,

4 Pump Court boasts ‘enormous strength in depth for professional negligence work’, and is commended for its ‘very professional clerking’ and ‘consistently good response times’. The ‘formidableNigel Tozzi QC led ‘exceptional juniorKate Livesey in Browne Jacobson v Mace & Jones. Livesey is singled out as having ‘a good eye for detail, and the ability to handle complex technical and legal issues with ease’. The ‘highly experiencedChristopher Moger QC and ‘clear and incisiveAidan Christie QC also stand out, as does the ‘approachableJames Cross QC, who ‘pulls out all the stops to provide excellent service’. Andrew Neish QC is noted for his ‘tenacious, no-nonsense approach’, and Jeremy Nicholson QC’s ‘exceptional eye for detail leaves no stone unturned’. Recommended juniors include Rachel Ansell, Lynne McCafferty, and the ‘exceptionalSimon Henderson . Benjamin Pilling is ‘approachable, down-to-earth and client friendly’, and Alexander Hickey is ‘articulate and tactically astute’.

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Within Shipping,

Other noteworthy practitioners include Richard Lord QC at Brick Court Chambers, who is ‘highly commercial, and quick to see the wood from the trees’; Sean O’Sullivan at 4 Pump Court, for his ‘very smooth style’; the ‘user-friendlyNicholas Craig at 3 Verulam Buildings; James Watthey at Hardwicke, who ‘has a good understanding of the important legal issues’; and the ‘excellentStephen Dennison QC at Atkin Chambers.

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Within Treasury Panel Lists Junior Counsel to the Crown - B Panel

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London Bar: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within Banking and finance Banking and finance - Leading Silks

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