The Legal 500

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
Email:
Web:
www.4pumpcourt.com
Hong Kong, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The stable of talent is fantastic’ at 4 Pump Court, which is best known for IT, construction, energy and related insurance disputes. It is also ‘very well respected for commercial litigation’, and has a growing finance and shipping practice. Chambers’ strong international profile is also worthy of note. The clerks provide ‘an excellent service, understanding the needs of clients’, so much so that ‘they always make you feel as though you are their only client, which is obviously not the case’. ‘They are proactive and always willing to discuss fees in a constructive and commercial way.’ Chief executive Carolyn McCombe ‘keeps order beautifully’; she and Stewart Gibbs ‘go the extra mile to ensure satisfaction is guaranteed’. Gibbs is joint senior clerk alongside Carl Wall, who is recommended for his ‘can-do attitude and hard work to ensure that first choices can be accommodated’. 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 itself ‘a viable alternative to historically established banking and finance sets by competing on price and availability at the junior end’. Members have been very active in significant mis-selling and FCA-related actions.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtParticularly rated and well regarded by those instructing him.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtIntelligent, excellent with clients, hardworking and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – New silks

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtExtremely bright and shows great clarity of thought, he really gets to the heart of a matter.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtParticularly rated and well regarded for financial services litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is the ‘best IT and outsourcing set’, and its ‘stable of talent is fantastic’. A major case in this regard was Fujitsu Services v IBM UK. Clients particularly rate the ‘helpful, courteous and hardworking’ clerks.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtCharm personified; he is commercially and tactically astute and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump CourtA client-friendly silk with a good sense of humour.’

Ranked: tier 6

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtGreat with clients and a wonderful advocate – the perfect silk.’

Ranked: tier 2
Commercial litigation – New silks

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has an amazing grasp of complex facts and technical details.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Alexander Hickey - 4 Pump CourtAn outstanding junior who approaches every instruction as a team effort.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading silks

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has all of the skills expected of a QC – analytical rigour, top-quality drafting and effective advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court has ‘ever-growing depth of talent for construction counsel’. Sean Brannigan QC was instructed in extremely high-value arbitrations at the HKIAC and the ICC (leading Thomas Crangle on the latter), while Alexander Hickey’s impressive caseload included McLaren Construction v Evolve Consulting Engineers.

Construction – Leading silks

Anthony Speaight QC - 4 Pump CourtA really first-class legal mind, an excellent advocate and a very able tactician.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Blunt QC - 4 Pump CourtHis quiet, analytical approach is tremendously effective.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Friedman QC - 4 Pump CourtA clear, concise thinker and very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has an excellent manner that is appreciated by judges and arbitrators.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Cross QC - 4 Pump CourtExcellent on construction professional negligence claims.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump CourtHighly impressive mastery of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtRecommended for marine construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtShe always goes the extra yard and is an exceptional advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtThe archetypal modern construction barrister, and a very nice guy.’

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – New silks

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtCalm and unflappable, with excellent technical abilities.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Alexander Hickey - 4 Pump CourtAn outstanding junior who runs his cases fluently and persuasively.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Bowling - 4 Pump CourtOne of the best senior construction juniors; he has encyclopaedic knowledge of case law.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump CourtExpert on insurance, meticulous, and an old head on young shoulders.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jennie Gillies - 4 Pump CourtAn iron fist in a velvet glove, and a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Stephens - 4 Pump CourtA wealth of construction experience and very good technically.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump CourtAn astute, commercial junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump CourtOne of the best construction juniors around.’

Ranked: tier 2

Laura Crowley - 4 Pump CourtDiligent and concise, and works well with leading counsel.’

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump CourtVery easy to deal with, and brings his engineering background to bear.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump CourtAmazing attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump CourtHe has a good tactical approach and is an impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump CourtTakes responsibility for his part of a case, and is excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court has ‘growing depth of counsel for energy cases’, partly through the highly regarded Sean Brannigan QC and standout newer silks such as Sean O’Sullivan QC and Alexander Gunning QC. Brannigan represented Fluor in its high-value claim against ZPMC at the TCC in relation to the construction of an offshore wind farm.

Energy – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has a tremendous courtroom presence and is a forensic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA talented, upbeat advocate whose submissions and cross-examination are first class.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtA charming silk who is nevertheless ferocious in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtSuperb knowledge of offshore disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Alexander Hickey - 4 Pump CourtA tenacious, pragmatic senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump CourtA great communicator and clearly an expert in construction cases with an energy angle.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump CourtOne of the best juniors for infrastructure-related energy cases.’

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

4 Pump Court is ‘highly regarded for technology disputes’, including complex public and private sector procurement litigation, both in litigation and arbitration. The ‘first rate’ clerks are also praised.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump CourtCalm, relaxed and confident.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Blunt QC - 4 Pump CourtA popular choice for software disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has a smooth but persuasive style with judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeremy Storey QC - 4 Pump CourtA very calm reassuring presence with a demeanour that belies an inner steel.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump CourtHe separates the wheat from the chaff and gets to the heart of the matter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – New silks

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtAn amazing grasp of complex facts and technical details.’

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

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump CourtShe never lets you down.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Lavy - 4 Pump CourtA profound understanding of the technical complexities of software.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Taylor - 4 Pump CourtHe is calm and considered in his advice and on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Osborne - 4 Pump CourtHe has a flair for picking up new technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump CourtBright, personable, enthusiastic and incredibly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Terence Bergin - 4 Pump CourtPrepared to roll his sleeves up.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump CourtHis expertise in insolvency and construction means he is well placed for crossover work; providing direct and pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is a ‘very established and well respected set in the areas of insurance, reinsurance and commercial litigation’. The set is praised for having ‘a good mix of highly skilled silks and dependable juniors, with an unstuffy can-do attitude’.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtA superb insurance and reinsurance QC who is very reasonable and persuasive before judges and arbitrators.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtVery solid and experienced in insurance and reinsurance.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump CourtAn urbane silk, who has an extremely good manner and is exceptionally quick-thinking.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump CourtA fantastic eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA very experienced and solid insurance and reinsurance silk.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtExtremely thorough and committed.’

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 ‘going from strength to strength’, and has ‘some excellent barristers at both senior and junior levels’. ‘The younger QCs are excellent,’ while the set as a whole is ‘strong in shipping and offshore construction arbitrations,’ as well as major IT disputes.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump CourtHis control and management of experts and expert reports is a masterclass.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump CourtA very hands-on and responsive silk, who has an incredibly sharp mind that works at the speed of light.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtA highly rated silk, particularly for insurance arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump CourtDrops pearl after pearl of wisdom; he is the match of anyone in the top division.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtClear, calm and helpful beyond the call of duty.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtAn extremely smart and strategically savvy silk with excellent advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 3
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Alexander Hickey - 4 Pump CourtA confident, clear thinker who always looks for a practical solution.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading silks

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump CourtA skilful advocate with excellent attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

4 Pump Court

With ‘strength in depth at all levels4 Pump Court’s ‘array of experts’ deliver ‘technical, relevant and commercial advice’ across a range of sectors including property, telecoms, legal, insurance and finance. However, it is often singled out as ‘outstanding on technology and construction’ related cases. Chambers’ sizable team in this area means multiple members frequently appear in high-profile cases.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtMethodical and precise in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtAn incisive analyst of the issues and a robust advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anthony Temple QC - 4 Pump CourtTactically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump CourtVery impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Cross QC - 4 Pump CourtHis experience means that he can unravel the most complicated of issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump CourtIncredibly detail oriented.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump CourtA deservedly outstanding reputation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtCharming, extremely well organised, and a team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtHe exudes confidence, is unflappable in court, leads the team expertly and works well with juniors.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – New silks

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtA tenacious advocate and great strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Alexander Hickey - 4 Pump CourtHe is bright and great to work with – a real asset on a hard-fought case.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Leabeater - 4 Pump CourtExtremely bright and efficient.’

Ranked: tier 5

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump CourtA shooting star with a formidable brain and a very hardworking approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Vaughan-Neil - 4 Pump CourtVery considered, immediately seeing the potential counter-arguments and how they could affect the strategy.’

Ranked: tier 4

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump CourtExceptionally good.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump CourtNoted for construction professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Taylor - 4 Pump CourtVery calm, thorough and methodical in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Oliver Ticciati - 4 Pump CourtA class act.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump CourtBright, diligent, hardworking, easy to work with and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The stable of talent is fantastic’ at 4 Pump Court, which is best known for IT, construction, energy and related insurance disputes. It is also ‘very well respected for commercial litigation’, and has a growing finance and shipping practice. Chambers’ strong international profile is also worthy of note. The clerks provide ‘an excellent service, understanding the needs of clients’, so much so that ‘they always make you feel as though you are their only client, which is obviously not the case’. ‘They are proactive and always willing to discuss fees in a constructive and commercial way.’ Chief executive Carolyn McCombe ‘keeps order beautifully’; she and Stewart Gibbs ‘go the extra mile to ensure satisfaction is guaranteed’. Gibbs is joint senior clerk alongside Carl Wall, who is recommended for his ‘can-do attitude and hard work to ensure that first choices can be accommodated’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Courtis an excellent set which is now really making its mark in shipping’; it houses ‘a good range of silks and juniors’.

Shipping – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump CourtSuperb.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtTruly excellent.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtCharming, extremely well organised and a team player.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Alexander Wright - 4 Pump CourtExtremely bright and hardworking, and good on technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtExtremely able.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Leabeater - 4 Pump CourtRecommended for his sound judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Watthey - 4 Pump CourtHe knows when to be agreeable and when to be aggressive to opponents, he also has strong drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Henderson - 4 Pump CourtFirst rate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial (international arbitration)

4 Pump Court is particularly well regarded for IT, professional negligence and telecoms disputes.

Commercial – Leading silks

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump CourtExactly what clients want in an arbitrator: diligent, penetrating and civil.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction (international arbitration)

4 Pump Court is noted for members’ expertise in construction and IT projects. Neil Kaplan QC has practiced exclusively as an arbitrator for two decades. Joint senior clerk Stewart Gibbs is a member of the Society of Construction Law.

Construction – Leading silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtActive in high-stakes construction arbitrations in both London and Hong Kong.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

4 Pump Court is one of London’s top sets for construction, shipping, IT and telecoms disputes. Numerous barristers at this set make up part of Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong. Joint senior clerks Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs are key contacts.

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Shipping (international arbitration)

4 Pump Court has a growing presence in the shipping sector. Andrew Stevens appears led and unled in HKIAC dry shipping arbitrations.

Shipping – Leading juniors

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtA Mandarin speaker with a track record of cases in the region.’

Ranked: tier 1

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