The Legal 500

4 Pump Court

Chambers of Jeremy Storey QC and Nigel Tozzi QC

Work 020 7842 5555
Fax 020 7583 2036
London, Hong Kong

London Bar

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London Bar

Within Banking and finance (including consumer credit), tier 5

4 Pump Court is an increasingly popular choice for banking disputes. The recent arrival of dedicated banking clerk, Oliver Miney, from Fountain Court Chambers demonstrates the set’s commitment to the sector.

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Within Commercial litigation, tier 4

4 Pump Court is now firmly establishing itself beyond its more traditional domains in insurance and construction, and its ‘senior juniors are a battalion of silks in the waiting'.

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Within Commodities Commodities - New silks

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

4 Pump Court provides ‘a consistent level of quality; members are knowledgeable and forthright, and inspire confidence'. Anthony Speaight QC was involved in a multiple defects claim brought by 200 owners of flats in a new residential block, and Sean Brannigan QC acted in the high-profile TCC case of National Museum of Liverpool v AEW.

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

According to one instructing solicitor, 4 Pump Court has ‘quietly become a leader in the area, with a surprising wealth of experience'.

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Within Insolvency Insolvency - Leading juniors

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Within Insurance and reinsurance, tier 4

4 Pump Court has ‘a modern outlook' and maintains ‘strength in depth from juniors to silks'. The set has particular strength in the construction, shipping, energy and IT sectors. Aidan Christie QC is acting for the Lloyd’s Argo syndicate in a claim against Juridica Investments for declaration of non-liability under D&O and professional indemnity policies. New silk Rachel Ansell QC acted for EAR insurers in a dispute with marine insurers over which policy covered damage to economisers which form part of large industrial boilers.

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

4 Pump Court enjoys ‘a premier reputation in construction and IT work'. ‘The quality of barristers is high, but they are also quite down to earth, and their pricing is much more sensible than at many chambers‘. The set’s approach to overseas clients is also appreciated, and joint senior clerk, Stewart Gibbs’ ‘understanding of the nuances of working with clients in the Middle East is extremely helpful'.

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

4 Pump Court is regarded as ‘the best IT set', providing ‘a massive range of barristers at all levels' and ‘second-to-none' expertise. In 2013, four members appeared in BGL Group v Ciboodle Group concerning the failed implementation of a web portal for online insurance brands; and Jeremy Storey QC acted in a £65m dispute over storage hardware solutions for GP practices in England. The barristers are supported by clerks who ‘listen and go the extra mile‘.

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Within Licensing Licensing - Leading silks

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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,

‘A set of real experts for professional negligence work', 4 Pump Court is ‘a modern chambers with a strong offering at junior and silk level'. Core areas include IT, telecoms, construction, finance, insurance, legal and property related professional negligence disputes. Notable recent cases include Barclays v Knight Frank, regarding the valuation of a large portfolio of luxury hotels in the UK; Ronnie v Halliwells; and Barclays Bank International v Savills, Montague Lambert, Stocker and Roberts, regarding an alleged mortgage fraud.

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

4 Pump Court is best known for its expertise in commercial, construction, energy, IT and insurance disputes, and houses ‘a large number of leading barristers who, in many respects, are interchangeable in terms the types of cases they handle'. In addition to its core areas of specialism, the shipping practice is going from strength to strength, and chambers’ reputation in this area was enhanced through the arrival of James Watthey from Hardwicke in 2014. The set is recommended for cases with an international element, and 13 members make up part of Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong, which combines counsel and arbitrators from around the world. The set is often singled out for its high level of service, and for some, it ‘sets the standard which others would do well to follow'. It is praised for its ‘client-friendly and unstuffy approach', and ‘the clerks are commercial in their outlook and open to new ways of working.' Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs are the joint senior clerks, and Carolyn McCombe is the chief executive. Offices in: London

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Within Shipping Shipping - Leading silks

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