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4 Pump Court

Chambers of Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7AN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7842 5555
Fax:
Fax 020 7583 2036
DX:
303 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.4pumpcourt.com
Hong Kong, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Pump Court is not only β€˜the most impressive chambers in terms of developing its construction practice in recent years’ but is also β€˜a go-to set’ for IT, energy, insurance, commercial and shipping disputes. β€˜There is real strength in depth, which means chambers is able to meet solicitors’ needs, even on urgent matters, because it has such a strong team of real experts.’ Moreover, β€˜its modern approach to dealing with clients and providing the ever-evolving services that barristers are called upon to provide makes it more user-friendly than other sets’. Chief executive Carolyn McCombe is β€˜a class act’, as are senior clerks Stewart Gibbs, who has β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge of his team’s current and past case load’, and Carl Wall, who is β€˜incredibly responsive and clearly cares about the service provided to instructing solicitors’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court has made a strong push into banking and finance work in recent years. As well as acting on commercial banking cases, several members are particularly noted for their FCA-related advice.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has a good intellect and gives well-considered advice in a clear manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly recommended for financial services regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is responsive and engages with understanding client objectives.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

4 Pump Court

At 4 Pump Court, clients appreciate the β€˜very professional, first-class service’. Members are experienced across a broad range of disputes involving aspects of insurance, energy, shipping, IT and telecoms, and banking and finance law.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Pure class; he rolls his sleeves up and gets on with it, and is a real pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A first-class silk, whose advice is always commercial and insightful.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Intelligent yet approachable; academic yet commercial.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – New silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A confident, clear thinker, who always looks for a practical solution.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading silks

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Widely admired and very highly rated for his incisive and down-to-earth style.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

Barristers at 4 Pump Court are β€˜tremendously experienced’ and β€˜adept at dealing with both heavyweight litigation as well as smaller scale adjudication enforcement’. A team led by Sean Brannigan QC has been representing a contractor in a multimillion-pound dispute with Shangri-La Hotels at the TCC. Chambers has experience handling disputes involving overseas jurisdictions, particularly in the Middle and Far East.

Construction – Leading silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜One of the best construction silks; a great strategist and legal brain.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Far-sighted, and he knows every nook and cranny of the papers.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Friedman QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A highly regarded silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anthony Speaight QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely hands-on and creative in his legal and strategic analysis.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Experienced in international arbitration and marine construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜She seizes control from start to finish and is brilliant at trial tactics.’

Ranked: tier 4

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An excellent strategist, who is good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Cross QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜User-friendly and responsive with superb expertise in construction.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – New silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An imaginative advocate with the ability to think quickly on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜He gets to grips with cases quickly and helps to get them where they need to be.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Packman - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly competent, incisive and firm yet diplomatic.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Bowling - 4 Pump Court β€˜Strong on the law, meticulous over the facts and a brilliant performer in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜A great analytical brain.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Strong on complex matters and an absolute joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump Court β€˜A solid performer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump Court β€˜Good with clients and good on his feet – an all-round package.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jessica Stephens - 4 Pump Court β€˜She provides robust, clear advice, and a good commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court β€˜His engineering background allows him to visualise the projects in question.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Crowley - 4 Pump Court β€˜Hardworking with a good legal brain.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump Court β€˜An old head on young shoulders.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is the β€˜best in class’ and has a β€˜growing breadth and depth of talent’. Numerous members (including Sean Brannigan QC, Alexander Hickey QC and Rachel Ansell QC) appeared in a high-value LCIA arbitration related to the construction of crude oil process facilities in Iraq.

Energy – Leading silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Ferocious in court, brilliant on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A real team player, extremely good at mastering technical detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An exceptionally able advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A great team player, who provides clear advice and direction as required.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – New silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Imaginative and good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Tenacious and articulate, one of the brightest juniors around.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump Court β€˜He sees the wood and not just the trees.’

Ranked: tier 2

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 Pump Court

The premier set for IT and telecoms cases, 4 Pump Court has β€˜real strength in depth and can provide barristers or teams of all levels’. Recent work highlights saw several members handle high-value software contract disputes and IT system design cases.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is unafraid to put his head above the parapet to get clients to address difficult choices.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Storey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Approachable, intelligent, hands-on and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜His advice is always balanced and takes account of commercial realities.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Clients like his laid-back approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely able.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very quick to grasp complex facts and assimilate technical details.’

Ranked: tier 4
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – New silks

Terence Bergin QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Recommended for software licensing matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Matthew Lavy - 4 Pump Court β€˜A complete star; Mensa-like intellect combined with a delightful manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is bright, personable, enthusiastic and incredibly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump Court β€˜She has an outward charm but a hidden inner resilience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Osborne - 4 Pump Court β€˜A user-friendly and responsive barrister with great drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump Court β€˜An astonishingly gifted advocate, who is calm under pressure and great on construction-related insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court has β€˜excellent strength in depth and breadth’. Nigel Tozzi QC acted for a major bank in a $90m claim against fidelity insurers, while Jeremy Nicholson QC has been defending major insurers in a Court of Appeal case brought by Ted Baker and No Ordinary Designer Label.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A first-rate silk for difficult and complex insurance cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Excellent for high value international work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A real team player and an effective cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Astute and excellent at dealing with difficult clients.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely thorough and constructive in dealing with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court β€˜provides excellent service every time’ and is β€˜a good set with many good operators’. Members have become an increasingly popular choice for energy, construction, engineering and insurance disputes. The set has strong links to Asia through its association with Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Quite simply one of the best barristers to work with, both as counsel and arbitrator.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Everything you want in a silk and no one comes to a hearing better prepared than him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Superb to work with; he always goes the extra mile with good humour.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A charismatic and concise advocate with a talent for boiling a case down to its essentials.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A charming and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly experienced in insurance arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is absolutely excellent in arbitration and remains the most user-friendly silk at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – New silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Fiercely intelligent and commercial, with excellent advocacy skills and industry knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 Pump Court

A β€˜fantastic choice for professional negligence’, 4 Pump Court houses β€˜high-calibre counsel at all levels’, who take a β€˜very pragmatic and commercial approach’. Michael Douglas QC appeared in Maharaj v Johnson and others, and Jeremy Nicholson QC is leading Kate Livesey against Lynne McCafferty in Francis Bradshaw Partnership v AECOM.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Excellent preparation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely intelligent and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Cross QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Meticulous, thorough and very good at explaining complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜First class.’

Ranked: tier 4

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜First class.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He demonstrates meticulous attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has a strong reputation.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – New silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Exceptionally good.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜She is fiercely bright and has a real attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜First class.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜A persuasive and user-friendly advocate, who exhibits sound commercial sense.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Vaughan-Neil - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very approachable and flexible.’

Ranked: tier 4

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Works hard to get the right result.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump Court β€˜She really gets stuck into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Goldstone - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Pump Court is not only β€˜the most impressive chambers in terms of developing its construction practice in recent years’ but is also β€˜a go-to set’ for IT, energy, insurance, commercial and shipping disputes. β€˜There is real strength in depth, which means chambers is able to meet solicitors’ needs, even on urgent matters, because it has such a strong team of real experts.’ Moreover, β€˜its modern approach to dealing with clients and providing the ever-evolving services that barristers are called upon to provide makes it more user-friendly than other sets’. Chief executive Carolyn McCombe is β€˜a class act’, as are senior clerks Stewart Gibbs, who has β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge of his team’s current and past case load’, and Carl Wall, who is β€˜incredibly responsive and clearly cares about the service provided to instructing solicitors’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Pump Court

The β€˜fantastic members’ at 4 Pump Court have particular expertise in dry shipping, shipbuilding, marine insurance and ship sales.

Shipping – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A very user-friendly and able barrister.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He makes tricky issues seem easy and is very good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Exceptionally approachable.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜An exceptional go-to barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Wright - 4 Pump Court β€˜A technically excellent junior with an eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump Court β€˜Clever and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Watthey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very able and extremely well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜Exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

4 Pump Court’s very user-friendly’ barristers handle a range of commercial arbitrations across the Asia Pacific region, with strengths in technology and China-related cases. John Rowland QC, who is qualified in Victoria as well as England, is a new recruit from Clayton Utz.

Commercial – Leading silks

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An excellent barrister and arbitrator, who sits on a lot of China-related matters’.

Ranked: tier 1

John Rowland QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Top-notch – London should be pleased to have him back from Sydney.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction

4 Pump Court’s Sean Brannigan QC is representing American claimants in an arbitration against a Chinese entity regarding a wind farm project.

Construction – Leading silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Counsel in high-value construction disputes, who is very approachable and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

4 Pump Court’s energy team includes a number of members with experience in oil and gas and power plant construction in the Asia Pacific region. Alexander Gunning QC is regularly instructed in cases regarding oil rig and drill shipbuilding.

Energy – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜His submissions are concise and powerful.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Experienced in offshore matters with Korean and Chinese aspects.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

4 Pump Court is not only a good choice for construction and energy disputes, but also equally capable of handling commercial cases involving complex legal issues’. It has a notable strength in the Sinosphere and a presence in Hong Kong through links with Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong. Chief Executive Carolyn McCombe is highly efficient and able to recommend the best fit for the client’s case’, and Carl Wall (who leads the clerking team alongside Stewart Gibbs) provides great help for law firms based outside the UK’.

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Shipping

4 Pump Court’s members are frequently instructed in shipbuilding disputes; Nicholas Vineall QC and Andrew Stevens represent Chinese shipyards in London arbitrations, for example.

Shipping – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜His submissions are concise and powerful.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He provides thoughtful and well-developed expert opinions.’

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – Leading juniors

Alexander Wright - 4 Pump Court β€˜Incredibly conscientious, bright and excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump Court β€˜A Mandarin speaker popular for China-related work.’

Ranked: tier 1

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