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4 Pump Court

Chambers of Nigel Tozzi QC and Nick Vineall 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 β€˜a go-to set because it can resource work across a breadth of subject matter, whenever and wherever required’. β€˜The quality of barristers runs top to bottom and the interaction between counsel and the clerks is seamless – you can trust them all to deliver.’ With expertise in construction, IT, insurance, commercial and shipping law, β€˜the talent available is phenomenal’. Furthermore, the set is well known internationally, particularly in Hong Kong, where it is viewed as β€˜one of the best sets in the UK’. The clerks’ room is β€˜simply excellent’; individuals are β€˜incredibly helpful’, β€˜proactive’ and β€˜always meet or exceed expectations’. Ensuring β€˜a very high standard of service’, chief executive Carolyn McCombe is β€˜a star’ and β€˜has been a leader among clerks for many years’. She works closely with the senior clerks: Carl Wall, who is β€˜first class’ and β€˜goes out of his way to help’, and Stewart Gibbs, who is β€˜entirely unflappable and delivers a smooth and efficient service at all times’. Deputy senior clerk and head of business operations Jon Robinson is β€˜always responsive and accommodating’. 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 continues to make a good name for itself, with members involved in several mis-selling cases and disputes involving the ISDA Master Agreement. Solicitors appreciate that β€˜the clerks only recommend the right barristers for the right cases’.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A great advocate and good value for money.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Firm but measured with an instinctively good feel for difficult issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court houses β€˜very good barristers’ and β€˜chambers’ approach to pricing enables some solicitors to use the set when otherwise they would not get authority to instruct counsel at all’. Nigel Tozzi QC is leading a team representing the claimants in the $650m Golden Belt litigation.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A genius cross-examiner, who has a wonderful attitude with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜His knowledge of the law is invaluable in heavyweight cases.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – 2016 silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A silk who inspires confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading silks

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Never a bad word is said about him; he is brilliant and can always be trusted to be sensible.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

The β€˜progressive, dynamic and well-run’ chambers of 4 Pump Court provides β€˜real quality at all levels’ and β€˜takes ownership of the instructions as a team to ensure delivery on time and on budget’. The set is a popular choice for arbitration proceedings in the Middle East; Sean Brannigan QC led James Leabeater in an arbitration arising from the construction of a skyscraper in Dubai (successfully securing a $250m award for their clients), while Rachel Ansell QC acted in the LCIA arbitration pertaining to the EPC contract for the construction of a water desalination plant.

Construction – Leading silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A charming, fiercely bright and pragmatic barrister, whose gravitas knows no equal.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A go-to silk for high-value cases, who cuts across complexities and explains them with simplicity.’

Ranked: tier 2

Fiona Sinclair QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜She has an exceptional legal mind, which concisely distils complex legal arguments in tricky disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Clear, bright and brilliant, nothing escapes her attention.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anthony Speaight QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has a mastery of the law and business, a forensic approach to preparation, and outstanding foresight.’

Ranked: tier 4

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A technically excellent silk, who is fully client-oriented and able to cut through the noise.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Friedman QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very well respected.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He gets to grips with technical issues and presents them with ease.’

Ranked: tier 4

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He sees the wood from the trees and invariably takes a commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Cross QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly sought-after for his professional indemnity experience.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – 2016 silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An exceptionally talented advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜He provides sensible commercial advice and does not over inflate the merits.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Bowling - 4 Pump Court β€˜Always on his brief, excellent on his feet and keen to find commercial solutions.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜An impressive advocate, who holds his own against silks.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜A star – destined to become a silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Packman - 4 Pump Court β€˜She is very bright and does not back down.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jessica Stephens - 4 Pump Court β€˜She quickly gets to the nub of the issue and forms a good rapport with the tribunal.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump Court β€˜She is extremely impressive and works tirelessly with an endlessly positive outlook.’

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Incredibly hardworking, user-friendly and impressive in court beyond his call year.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump Court β€˜Exceptionally bright, commercially sharp and a pragmatic team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Crowley - 4 Pump Court β€˜Recommended for her impressive knowledge of construction law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump Court β€˜Easy to work with and a star drafter.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court β€˜punches above its weight’ and β€˜resources work across the breadth of subject matters at little notice’. It is renowned for offshore energy disputes and high-profile arbitrations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America. Alexander Gunning QC is acting for the respondent in a multimillion-euro arbitration arising from a geopolitically sensitive construction of a gas pipeline. Renewables is another area of focus, for example Sean Brannigan QC and Sean O’Sullivan QC represented opposing parties in Fluor v ZPMC.

Energy – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A name to note for high-profile disputes on an international scale.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He fights hard for his clients and is a go-to name for technically complex arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜One of the most outstanding commercial barristers of his generation, and a first rate advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A commercially minded silk with excellent delivery in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A strong advocate and a real fighter, with excellent technical skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Hugely sought-after for her meticulous approach and attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – 2016 silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A fearless advocate and a clever strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Clever, imaginative and hardworking; a first-class junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump Court β€˜An expert in the field.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜A keen analytical mind, impressive grasp of the law and measured style that wins over tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Excellent, he cuts through the detail and simplifies the complicated.’

Ranked: tier 2
Financial services – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very hardworking and very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Temple - 4 Pump Court β€˜An impressive junior for FCA regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is a β€˜very highly regarded’ set with β€˜great strength in depth’ and β€˜a particularly strong group of silks and senior juniors’, who are experienced in emerging technology and cyber risk matters. Recent work highlights include a solid mix of litigation, arbitration and advisory instructions.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A very impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He impresses with his calm, unflappable approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He gives practical and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He punches above his weight and is a great asset.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is good at coming up with creative arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2016 silks

Terence Bergin QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has great judgement and fights very hard for his clients.’

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

Matthew Lavy - 4 Pump Court β€˜A standout advocate.’

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€˜A real team player who leads by example.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Osborne - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very thorough and personable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court houses β€˜highly capable and unstuffy barristers’, who attract diverse instructions, including property damage and professional indemnity claims. Aidan Christie QC led James Purchas in Simmonds v Gammell, an appeal from an arbitration award related to the 9/11 attacks, while Andrew Neish QC workload includes several cross-border disputes pertaining to coverage, Bermuda Form reinsurance claims and credit insurance.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A go-to silk for complex disputes and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A knowledgeable, user-friendly and highly capable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Exactly the upbeat kind of silk you want on your side when the going gets tough.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has an extraordinary attention to detail, commercial astuteness and a fine judgement.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump Court β€˜A polished performer, who quickly spots a killer point and ruthlessly rejects a bad one.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is β€˜an excellent set for arbitration’. Its members are probably best known for construction, insurance, shipping and energy infrastructure related disputes, and regularly appear in the Middle East and Asia.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Just top class; a team player and a charming man.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An excellent barrister, who provides practical and pragmatic solutions all the time.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very hardworking and popular with all members of the solicitor team.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A recognised leader in his field, who can be relied upon for a robust view.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A terrific person to have on your team.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Practical in his approach and always a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2016 silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A commercially minded silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court β€˜consistently impresses’ with its β€˜considerable strength in professional negligence law’. Nigel Tozzi QC is instructed by the claimant in the β€˜Golden Belt’ litigation, and also led Kate Livesey in acting for the defendant in Healey v Shoosmiths LLP. Aidan Christie QC is appearing in Connaught Income Fund v Capita Financial Managers and Blue Gate Capital; a high-profile financial mis-selling case, while Sean Brannigan QC acted for the US claimant, Fluor, in Fluor v ZPMC, a $400m claim against a Chinese contractor relating to the construction of the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm in the North Sea.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A great advocate with a talent for getting the judge on side.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Clear and concise advice and advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has a clarity of thought that is invaluable.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Cross QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Definitely a team player with an appetite for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very diligent and able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He delivers clear, firm advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fiona Sinclair QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜She is meticulous, very easy to work with and has good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Always reliable with an incredible ability to get to the heart of complex matters quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜She is good on her feet and on paper – thorough, determined and resolute.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An absolute star.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2016 silks

Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Intellectually very able; he quickly grasps the issues and provides commercially focussed advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very personable, fantastic with clients, very sharp, and incredibly good on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜A smooth, charming advocate, who is capable of steeliness when needed.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜Really gets into the detail of a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Vaughan-Neil - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very efficient.’

Ranked: tier 4

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Flexible, creative, empathetic, responsive and collaborative.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very good.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Goldstone - 4 Pump Court β€˜A very skilful advocate and tactician, who is very user-friendly,.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

4 Pump Court is β€˜a go-to set because it can resource work across a breadth of subject matter, whenever and wherever required’. β€˜The quality of barristers runs top to bottom and the interaction between counsel and the clerks is seamless – you can trust them all to deliver.’ With expertise in construction, IT, insurance, commercial and shipping law, β€˜the talent available is phenomenal’. Furthermore, the set is well known internationally, particularly in Hong Kong, where it is viewed as β€˜one of the best sets in the UK’. The clerks’ room is β€˜simply excellent’; individuals are β€˜incredibly helpful’, β€˜proactive’ and β€˜always meet or exceed expectations’. Ensuring β€˜a very high standard of service’, chief executive Carolyn McCombe is β€˜a star’ and β€˜has been a leader among clerks for many years’. She works closely with the senior clerks: Carl Wall, who is β€˜first class’ and β€˜goes out of his way to help’, and Stewart Gibbs, who is β€˜entirely unflappable and delivers a smooth and efficient service at all times’. Deputy senior clerk and head of business operations Jon Robinson is β€˜always responsive and accommodating’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is β€˜strong on shipping’ and has β€˜a number of experts’, who are β€˜approachable and great to work with’.

Shipping – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is extremely diligent and will go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is very good at getting to grips with technical details.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A highly polished advocate and fearsome cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Alexander Wright - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very able and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is great at getting into the detail and distilling the results.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is quick and very client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Hatt - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has a calm delivery on his feet and is persistent in getting his argument across.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Watthey - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is personable and gives clear and consistent advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very able.’

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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