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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
Email:
Web:
www.4pumpcourt.com
HONG KONG, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With its β€˜seasoned QCs, supported by strong juniors and extremely client-friendly senior clerks’, 4 Pump Court β€˜remains a leading London set for commercial, construction, and insurance/reinsurance work’. Chambers’ β€˜impressive strength in depth’ allows for the provision of β€˜user-friendly, sharp and able’ counsel at all levels who β€˜often bring a fresh approach’ to shipping, IT, arbitration and professional negligence work. The set’s international reputation continues to grow, especially in Hong Kong, where it is highly regarded. Former chief executive Carolyn McCombe (β€˜a major force’ who has β€˜built up an excellent set’) has taken on a new role in chambers as head of ADR and professional standards. Joint senior clerks Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs are β€˜fantastic’ and have developed a β€˜friendly, knowledgeable and commercial’ clerks’ room that offers β€˜an extremely responsive, efficient and professional service’. Meanwhile, new deputy senior clerk β€˜excellent relationship builder’ Oliver Miney β€˜understands the pressures that solicitors working in a commercial environment are faced with and proactively works to make their lives easier’; the β€˜realistic and refreshing’ Mark Winrow β€˜actively manages client relationships from start to finish’. Billy Griffiths is also highlighted for his β€˜extremely responsive and professional service’. Head of business operations Jon Robinson is β€˜accommodating and efficient’. Offices in: London and Hong Kong

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Market overview

4 Pump Court is a β€˜responsive and user-friendly’ chambers that is β€˜active in Hong Kong’. The set handles a range of commercial work,with a particular strength in China-related matters, and shipbuilding and energy disputes. Chief executive Carolyn McCombe β€˜runs a tight and efficient business’ and provides β€˜strong leadership in the clerks’ room’, which includes joint senior clerks Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs. The set now has an office in Hong Kong rather than an affiliation with Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong.

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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 is becoming a β€˜go-to set for financial litigation’, particularly for claims against the banks. Members have a broad range of expertise in cases regarding the ISDA Master Agreement, and FOREX and LIBOR manipulation. Notable highlights include Golden Belt v BNP Paribas, and Fortress Securities and others v BNP Paribas.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Absolutely fantastic during trial – a real brawler.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Provides thorough, clear advice delivered in a timely manner.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court β€˜rivals its most costly competitor sets with a good bench of QCs and juniors’. A major highlight has been successfully representing the claimants in the Golden Belt litigation against BNP Paribas. The clerking team is also praised for giving β€˜honest and transparent information on cost and availability’.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Combines a planet-sized brain with a super sharp intellect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Excellent, he has an ability to see the wood for the trees in very complex fast moving situations.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading silks

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A very popular QC who is sensible and clear in his advice on highly technical cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading silks

Anthony Trace QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Immensely thorough and has a combative cross-examination style.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

β€˜A leading construction set’, 4 Pump Court is known for its expertise in professional negligence matters. Sean Brannigan QC acted in NML v Cyden Homes, one of the most high-profile Technology and Construction Court decisions dealing with issues of concurrent delay in construction projects. Jeremy Nicholson QC was instructed in a $150m dispute in Abu Dhabi involving complex issues around delay and loss and expense under EPC contract for the design and construction of an oil and gas refinery project. Adding additional strength to chambers, Fiona Sinclair QC joined from 4 New Square.

Construction – Leading silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Remains top class – a fantastically flexible and agile advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Sharp and brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 2

Fiona Sinclair QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Recommended for her deep knowledge of major and technical construction litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An extremely capable and approachable silk who is just brilliant on his feet, reliable and shows evident commitment to all of his cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anthony Speaight QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A seasoned TCC practitioner, appearing in many construction arbitrations and adjudications.’

Ranked: tier 4

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very good at thinking around difficult problems.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Friedman QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has wide experience in construction litigation and arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Brings expertise to engineering heavy projects.’

Ranked: tier 4

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Calm, commercial, and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Cross QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Experienced litigator with a growing PFI/PPP practice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – 2018 silks

Lynne McCafferty QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Recommended for her deep knowledge of major and technical construction litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜A sharp mind; helpful, user friendly, efficient and effective.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Bowling - 4 Pump Court β€˜Sharp and an almost encyclopaedic knowledge; works incredibly hard, but is always good humoured.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Stephens - 4 Pump Court β€˜A sharp wit and excellent manner for cross-examination, she is very analytical and an excellent tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜An absolute star: fantastic attention to detail, great strategic brain, always available to discuss issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Keen eye for detail, excellent client manner, straight talking, extremely hardworking; an excellent advocate who is more than a match for any silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Packman - 4 Pump Court β€˜Brilliant to work with: when the pressure comes on you want her on your side.’

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly responsive, works incredibly hard for his clients and is always willing to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very thorough and bullish: the most heavy-hitting junior you can find at the construction Bar.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Crowley - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely hardworking, and completely reliable, always producing quality documents and advice on time.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Osborne - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely bright (but very humble) and an outstanding draftsman. He is also tenacious – like a dog with a bone, even in respect of the more tedious aspects of cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump Court β€˜Has a growing Middle East and Hong Kong practice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Pump Court

Noted for its experience in construction- and infrastructure-related energy disputes, 4 Pump Court has deep experience in offshore energy matters and high-profile arbitrations in regions around the globe. As well as being active in oil and gas, the set often handles renewables work: Sean Brannigan QC acted for Fluor in a high-profile quantum case against ZPMC concerning the fabrication of key pieces of equipment for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Kate Livesey defended the constructor of a jack-up oil drilling rig in a contractual dispute following lengthy construction delays.

Energy – Leading silks

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Has a smooth, unflappable style that belies the deep thinking that goes on underneath.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Outstanding on his feet; always gives commercial advice with an eye on the overall strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜One of the best trial lawyers around.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A star in offshore energy construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very bright and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Helpful, proactive and extremely thorough.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump Court β€˜Has an unrelenting work ethic; his written work in particular is superb.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜Commercial, client focused, extremely capable and very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A very popular choice for financial services regulatory disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2
Financial services – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly responsive, extremely clever, and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Temple - 4 Pump Court β€˜Rapidly becoming a go-to barrister and clearly used to working for banks.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

4 Pump Court

Boasting a β€˜strong reputation for technology work’, 4 Pump Court attracts praise for its β€˜expanding scope of services, as required in the new battleground where IP rights and data are central to value and disputes’. Work highlights include Alex Charlton QC and Matthew Lavy’s instructions in Semtech EMEA and Gennum v HiLight Semiconductors concerning alleged misuse of confidential information and copyright infringement of the design of chips. The β€˜very user friendly’ members have advised clients in the public and private sectors, and have knowledge of emerging technologies.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a very strong strategist, clearly very experienced and a good judge of which way the tribunal will go.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An experienced outsourcing and tech disputes QC offering practical and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is experienced acting for companies and government bodies in IT-related arbitration and litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An engaging and unflappable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a master of the detail and excellent to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2018 silks

Lynne McCafferty QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A top-quality silk.’

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

Matthew Lavy - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is very able from a technical perspective with very strong subject matter skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is practical and pragmatic and has a good understanding of IT.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Osborne - 4 Pump Court β€˜A good junior who inspires confidence and has fantastic client-handling skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Pump Court

From a Commercial Court claim to avoid IFA network’s professional indemnity policy, to continued involvement in the London and Bermuda credit insurance markets, 4 Pump Court is involved in a broad range of work in the insurance and reinsurance sector. β€˜The set has some excellent barristers with someone always available to assist’ and a β€˜full strength in depth within the chambers’. This is demonstrated by leading silks Andrew Neish QC and Aidan Christie QC, the latter recently concluded a London market reinsurance dispute concerning aggregation of respiratory claims arising out of 2001’s World Trade Center attack.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A go-to silk for policy coverage disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Go-to barrister for the Bermuda market.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜The service he provides is superlative. He is ultra-responsive, gives practice advice and is extremely client friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Not just a brilliant lawyer but an extraordinary attention to detail coupled with the ability to look ahead.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Energy, commitment and attention to detail enable him to produce clear and robust advice and representation on a timely and commercial basis.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is a β€˜go-to set for technology disputes’ and has β€˜impressive strength in depth for providing user-friendly, sharp and able construction counsel at both silk and junior level’. The set is highly versatile, with barristers experienced across a range of sectors, including construction and engineering, shipping and insurance.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A standout individual; deserves to be in the top tier.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Unrivalled in terms of his cross-examination of witnesses and experts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very personable and a good judge of which way the tribunal will go.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very hardworking, very conscientious and very, very good with a difficult case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely experienced in arbitrations in the Middle East and Asia.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump Court β€˜Extremely thorough and very measured and reassuring when dealing with solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is a β€˜professional and accommodating set’, which boasts β€˜standout individuals’ for professional negligence work. Nigel Tozzi QC is acting for the defendant solicitors in Goddard-Watts v Burges Salmon LLP and others, a case examining the settlement of the claimant’s former wife’s financial claims, in which the claimant was found to have made inadequate disclosure of his assets. Tozzi also acted for the successful claimants in a $650m dispute against BNP Paribas and is leading James Leabeater in acting for the defendant solicitors in a claim brought by a professional footballer for allegedly failing to adduce evidence at his first criminal trial and on his first appeal against a conviction.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜First rate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1

Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a team player and has a fantastic grasp of both the legal and factual issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Cross QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is willing to get to grips with matters, he will work hard and provide commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is experienced in brokers’ negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a standout performer.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fiona Sinclair QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜She is sharp, knowledgeable and has excellent analytical skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is meticulous in every way, but also commercial in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A top-quality silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜First class.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2018 silks

Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump Court β€˜Top quality.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court β€˜Has a keen eye for detail, excellent client manner, straight talking, extremely hardworking; and an excellent advocate who is more than a match for any silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very strong.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜Excellent attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Vaughan-Neil - 4 Pump Court β€˜She regularly handles cases involving solicitors, architects and engineers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a robust advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Temple - 4 Pump Court β€˜He gives sound advice and always leaves clients with a good impression.’

Ranked: tier 6

Claire Packman - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly intelligent, tactically astute, hardworking, efficient and friendly.’

Ranked: tier 6

James Bowling - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a tenacious and articulate advocate.’

Ranked: tier 6

Matthew Thorne - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a pleasure to work with: charming, bright and always prepared to go the extra mile to produce high-quality work.’

Ranked: tier 6

Simon Goldstone - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is a very enthusiastic and user-friendly barrister.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

With its β€˜seasoned QCs, supported by strong juniors and extremely client-friendly senior clerks’, 4 Pump Court β€˜remains a leading London set for commercial, construction, and insurance/reinsurance work’. Chambers’ β€˜impressive strength in depth’ allows for the provision of β€˜user-friendly, sharp and able’ counsel at all levels who β€˜often bring a fresh approach’ to shipping, IT, arbitration and professional negligence work. The set’s international reputation continues to grow, especially in Hong Kong, where it is highly regarded. Former chief executive Carolyn McCombe (β€˜a major force’ who has β€˜built up an excellent set’) has taken on a new role in chambers as head of ADR and professional standards. Joint senior clerks Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs are β€˜fantastic’ and have developed a β€˜friendly, knowledgeable and commercial’ clerks’ room that offers β€˜an extremely responsive, efficient and professional service’. Meanwhile, new deputy senior clerk β€˜excellent relationship builder’ Oliver Miney β€˜understands the pressures that solicitors working in a commercial environment are faced with and proactively works to make their lives easier’; the β€˜realistic and refreshing’ Mark Winrow β€˜actively manages client relationships from start to finish’. Billy Griffiths is also highlighted for his β€˜extremely responsive and professional service’. Head of business operations Jon Robinson is β€˜accommodating and efficient’. Offices in: London and Hong Kong

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is an β€˜impressive set’ for shipping work, with β€˜very able’ members who cover all aspects of dry shipping, shipbuilding, marine insurance, second-hand ship sales, and all other maritime disputes. In a case heard in the Commercial Court, Nigel Tozzi QC acted for an escrow holder on competing claims to funds belonging to a Chinese shipyard said to have been frozen by a ship broker.

Shipping – Leading silks

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is very highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He grasps the technical detail.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is simply fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Alexander Wright - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is extremely approachable and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Watthey - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has good communication skills and is easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court β€˜Just fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is extremely thorough and very measured.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Hatt - 4 Pump Court β€˜He has a very straightforward common-sense approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Henderson - 4 Pump Court β€˜He is responsive, takes initiative, is a pleasure to work with and is reliable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

At 4 Pump Court, Christopher Moger QC, now a full-time arbitrator, is chairman of an ICC tribunal in Singapore regarding a dispute between an investment fund and a Japanese hotel group over the SG$400m purchase of a hotel in the city; the buyer alleges fraudulent misrepresentation.

Commercial – Leading silks

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A team player, who pays extreme attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction

Recent work highlights at 4 Pump Court have seen Sean Brannigan QC successfully represent an American claimant securing over $400m of damages from a Chinese contractor regarding a wind power project.

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Energy

4 Pump Court’s Sean O’Sullivan QC continues to represent a drilling contractor in a dispute regarding costs in the wake of the cancellation of a contract to construct a bespoke deep-sea drilling rig.

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Market overview

4 Pump Court is a β€˜responsive and user-friendly’ chambers that is β€˜active in Hong Kong’. The set handles a range of commercial work,with a particular strength in China-related matters, and shipbuilding and energy disputes. Chief executive Carolyn McCombe β€˜runs a tight and efficient business’ and provides β€˜strong leadership in the clerks’ room’, which includes joint senior clerks Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs. The set now has an office in Hong Kong rather than an affiliation with Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong.

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Shipping

4 Pump Court is β€˜a strong set in the shipping and commodities sector’. Nicholas Vineall QC and Alexander Wright are instructed in a dispute between a Chinese shipyard and an American drilling contractor regarding an offshore vessel, against a backdrop of allegations of economic duress.

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