Set Profile > 4 Pump Court > London, England

4 Pump Court (Chambers of Nick Vineall QC and Sean Brannigan QC)
4 Pump Court
TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7AN
England

International arbitration: arbitrators

Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump CourtA very dedicated arbitrator whose reputation precedes him. Absolutely top notch as a full-time arbitrator and as good as anyone.

Financial services regulation

Leading Silks

Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtImmensely knowledgeable completely calm and unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtExtremely thorough and always very well prepared - he is always on top of the detail and good at anticipating and preparing for any potential difficulties.
Ranked: Tier 1

Professional negligence Tier 1

4 Pump Court is 'an impressive set with strength and depth' in the professional negligence field, counting 'a whole list of real stars' among its members. The set handles claims against a range of professionals, from accountants and financial advisers to solicitors, barristers, valuers and surveyors, with particular expertise in claims against telecoms and construction professionals. The set's recent highlights include Jeremy Nicholson QC, Sean Brannigan QC, Fiona Sinclair QC and Luke Wygas acting on different sides of Premier Inn v MSA, a complex, five-party cladding claim. Michael Douglas QC, Benjamin Pilling QC, Lynne McCafferty QC and Aidan Christie QC also continue to be involved in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.

Leading Silks

Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has terrific judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is very clear and concise in the way he advises both solicitor and lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Sinclair QC - 4 Pump CourtShe is a phenomenal silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtShe is in her prime. Her work ethic is phenomenal and knows no bounds. She works very well as part of a large team, naturally taking the lead as one would expect with a silk. However what stands her apart is her willingness to be receptive to and develop the ideas of the wider team.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtA once-in-a-generation advocate. Judges hang off his every word in the courtroom. He is bright, charming and incredibly astute, but modest and down to earth at the same time.
Ranked: Tier 3
Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtHe always provides sound advice and is an able advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Cross QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has the ability to retain an encyclopaedic knowledge of the issues and the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is incredibly user friendly and calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtGreat with clients, great on his feet, great on paper.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lynne McCafferty QC - 4 Pump CourtShe is one of the best silks around.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is practical, pragmatic, fiercely intelligent and a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

James Leabeater QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has an excellent grasp of the legal and technical issues and is very user friendly. He has the ability to assimilate detail into clear and concise pleadings.

Leading Juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump CourtKate is an absolute star. She is brilliant: a silk in all but name.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Henderson - 4 Pump CourtHe is exceptional on complex professional negligence disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hale - 4 Pump CourtSimon is very talented and though hugely intelligent wears it lightly. He cuts through the morass and gets right to the heart of the issues with alacrity – with the focus and intensity of a laser beam. His thoroughness and attention to detail is fast becoming the stuff of legend.
Ranked: Tier 3
Luke Wygas - 4 Pump CourtHe is inventive, flexible and tenacious. Extremely confident which clients like.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Vaughan-Neil - 4 Pump CourtShe is very able and experienced.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Bowling - 4 Pump CourtHe is a well-prepared, articulate and persistent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Claire Packman - 4 Pump CourtShe is a real star.
Ranked: Tier 5
James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtHe is extremely thorough.
Ranked: Tier 6
Matthew Thorne - 4 Pump CourtHe is an excellent advocate, his written work is thorough and considered, and he is always thinking strategically.
Ranked: Tier 6

Construction Tier 2

The 'outstanding' and 'excellent' barristers at 4 Pump Court undertake construction disputes in the UK and abroad, especially the Middle East. The set's members continue to be instructed on landmark buildings, large-scale energy projects and PFI/PPP projects. The 'thorough and persuasive' Fiona Sinclair QC is representing the respondent in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd, a case addressing the interplay between the statutory construction adjudication process and the statutory insolvency regime. Rachel Ansell QC is acting for Westfield Europe Ltd and White City Acquisitions Ltd in Westfield Europe Ltd; (2) White City Acquisitions Ltd v O’Keefe Construction (Greenwich) Ltd,  in a claim for damages arising from the breach of the structural slab above the Central Line.

Leading Silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtSean is the best construction silk bar none. Great to work with. Very easy manner. Brilliant on strategy, tactics and big picture thinking. His cross-examination can be brutal but devastatingly effective. You would definitely want him on your side rather than against you.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtExceptional talent in relation to expert evidence. Very good in cross-examination. A strategic thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump CourtA go-to silk for complex construction litigation, very calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Sinclair QC - 4 Pump CourtFiona is an excellent communicator and advocate and provides robust practical legal advice. She has an excellent rapport with clients and instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is a highly skilled advocate who is able to put the case forcefully and clearly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Anthony Speaight QC - 4 Pump CourtFights his clients' corner in court with charm and great tenacity.
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtCalm, lucid, user-friendly, knowledgeable and good court performer.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtEngaging and persuasive advocacy style. Good relationships with opposing counsel. Good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Cross QC - 4 Pump CourtExcellent advocate, communicates advice in a commercial, sensible and down to earth, which clients love. A great team player.
Ranked: Tier 5
Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump CourtAlexander has an excellent grasp of detail both from a legal and technical sense.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lynne McCafferty QC - 4 Pump CourtLynne is rigorous, unpretentious, approachable and tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

James Leabeater QC - 4 Pump CourtJames is very bright and extremely user friendly with both lawyers and clients alike. He is equally good on paper and on his feet.
Jessica Stephens QC - 4 Pump CourtAn outstanding barrister well able to see the wood from the trees. An excellent cross-examiner.

Leading Juniors

James Bowling - 4 Pump CourtSuper bright. He is knocking on the door of silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Henderson - 4 Pump CourtAn outstanding construction junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Livesey - 4 Pump CourtThorough, very clever, receptive to ideas, the first junior I would always turn to.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Wygas - 4 Pump CourtGood communicator, robust at making his case, and has a commercial outlook.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump CourtA good barrister with a solid construction practice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Hale - 4 Pump CourtSimon is very engaging and dedicated. He has good judgement and technical knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Lewis - 4 Pump CourtBorn to litigate, he has an impressive and enviable ability to dismember every single one of his opponents' arguments point-by-point.
Ranked: Tier 3
Claire Packman - 4 Pump CourtStrong knowledge of the law; advocacy skills are first rate; ability to manage the client and solicitor.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Thorne - 4 Pump CourtHe is very bright and a future star of the construction Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Crowley - 4 Pump CourtA first-class junior, bringing all the skills and dedication to the team that anyone could want.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ed Jones - 4 Pump CourtSound technical ability and excellent strategic instincts. Hard-working, intelligent and quick-thinking.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Osborne - 4 Pump CourtRichard is a hard-working and responsive junior, who is a great asset to have on your team. He picks things up phenomenally quickly and is always reassuring with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sanjay Patel - 4 Pump CourtIncredibly sharp – has an unbelievable work ethic, masters detail incredibly quickly and is very good on technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gideon Shirazi - 4 Pump CourtIncredibly dedicated and hard-working; nothing is ever too much for him.
Ranked: Tier 4

Energy Tier 2

4 Pump Court is 'really strong in construction cases with very good silks and a number of impressive up-and-coming juniors and senior juniors'. Sean Brannigan QC frequently handles high-value arbitrations for national governments and large contractors. He recently acted in a £2bn ICC Arbitration arising from the construction of an LNG plant in Africa. Sean O’Sullivan QC has rapidly become a prominent name in the energy sector and he handled a complex LCIA arbitration concerning the rights to oil and gas discovered in East Germany under a joint operating agreement. 'Very capable and intelligent' new silk James Leabeater QC and 'simply outstanding' junior Kate Livesey are also among the set's prominent members for energy disputes. Senior clerks Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs lead a team that is 'easy to talk to, gives good service and represents the chambers very well'.

Leading Silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtA fantastic advocate with a robust but charming style, his legal and industry knowledge is first class.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtOne of the most down to earth and user-friendly silks you could ever hope to meet, he has real expertise in offshore construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtFriendly but robust, he is a clear expert and is able to grasp the nub of a case quickly and come up with tactical solutions to difficult problems.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Cogley QC - 4 Pump CourtVery tenacious, commercial and strategically astute, he can distil incredibly complex issues down to their bare essence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtHas a talent for understanding technical issues in large-scale energy, construction and engineering disputes across the globe.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump CourtA trusted barrister and a go-to QC for construction matters, he is very clear, precise, smart, principled and kind.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lynne McCafferty QC - 4 Pump CourtA go-to QC for renewables cases, she is rigorous, unpretentious, approachable and tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has an engaging and persuasive advocacy style and a good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

James Leabeater QC - 4 Pump CourtVery user-friendly, commercial and good on his feet, he provides succinct advice and punches above his level.

Leading Juniors

Kate Livesey - 4 Pump CourtShe is brilliant. Extremely bright, independent, unbelievably hardworking, great with clients and a delight to work with, she is great to have on your team.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Crangle - 4 Pump CourtHardworking and highly rated.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Wright - 4 Pump CourtA hardworking junior who shows maturity beyond his years of call.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sanjay Patel - 4 Pump CourtIncredibly sharp with an unbelievable work ethic, he masters detail incredibly quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commodities

Leading Silks

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtA very good, very dependable and straightforward silk who is calm and clever.
Ranked: Tier 2

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 3

4 Pump Court's members act for insured parties and for insurers and reinsurers in disputes, both within the UK market and internationally. Andrew Neish QC acted for Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in Commercial Court proceedings, which concerned the enforcement of a Dubai arbitration award against various layers of London market insurers. Aidan Christie QC is sought out for high-value insurance and reinsurance work with substantial international features, including in relation to the US, Caribbean, Russia, Korea, Africa, Australia, and Ireland. James Purchas acted in AmTrust v Thames Underwriting Ltd, a coverholder dispute that raised novel questions about the scope of duty of a wholesale coverholder under a binding authority.

Leading Silks

Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtHighly intelligent and deeply respected by clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtAlways extremely calm, responsive and collaborative, and yet supremely authoritative with huge gravitas - number one on our list for insurance silks!
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA very experienced and highly regarded silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtA very talented silk.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump CourtGreat for very technical and complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtHighly rated for marine and non-marine cases.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtOverriding strength is the responsiveness, clarity and effectiveness of the advice provided, which comes from diligence, organisation, intellectual power and attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Goldstone - 4 Pump CourtHe is clearly hardworking and focused on providing a good outcome for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

4 Pump Court has 'excellent strength in depth' with 'fantastic counsel, good clerks and a deep sector knowledge'. The set is considered 'go-to for IT and telecoms disputes', while in 'construction arbitration, some genuinely star performers stand out'. Clients also acknowledge the set's 'genuine commitment overseas' in terms of being 'very active working and maintaining relationships in various jurisdictions', including the Middle East and Asia. Highlight cases include Pakistan v Broadsheet, in which Nigel Tozzi QC was among several members involved representing Broadsheet. Sean O’Sullivan QC also led a team, including Alexander Wright, on a dispute related to a major Asian shipyard.

Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtShows his ability to quickly cut through things, simplifying the issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtOne of the most down to earth and user-friendly silks you would ever hope to meet - instantly a member of any team, he gives sensible advice from the get-go while pushing for his client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtHas gained a prodigious international arbitration practice. She is an extremely strong advocate and devours large amounts of information.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtA fantastic advocate and has a robust but charming style, his legal and industry knowledge is first class, as is his knowhow of the Middle East Civil Codes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump CourtHas a very sharp mind and a clear view of his case theory.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump CourtVery competent and incisive. Great cross-examination skills. Great ability to grasp all the details of a large case very quickly. Performs extremely well under great pressure of time. Very smart, principled and kind - he is magnificent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is practical, pragmatic, fiercely intelligent and a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtHas persuasive advocacy style and good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtVery clever, client-friendly, responsive and quick, he is helpful and extremely able, and is a very good choice for work with Chinese elements.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sanjay Patel - 4 Pump CourtIncredibly sharp - has an unbelievable work ethic, masters detail incredibly quickly and is very good on technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Wright - 4 Pump CourtA star in the making if he is not one already.
Ranked: Tier 3

Offshore

Leading Juniors

James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtHe’s clever, hard-working and a good lawyer with fine judgement. Most importantly, perhaps, he’s absolutely dedicated to his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Defamation and privacy

Leading Silks

Lord Edward Garnier QC - 4 Pump CourtHis experience is second to none and he is a true leader in the field.
Ranked: Tier 3

Shipping Tier 3

4 Pump Court’s shipping specialists are frequently involved in international arbitration as well as appearing before the English courts. James Leabeater QC successfully acted in the Commercial Court case Elin, a case regarding the exclusion of liability for the carriage of cargo on deck, while Nicholas Vineall QC represented the LMAA in its intervention in the Supreme Court case Chubb v Halliburton. Sean O’Sullivan QC is active in arbitrations, particularly those in the Far East, an area in which fluent Mandarin speaker Andrew Stevens also excels. Alexander Wright appeared in the Court of Appeals case Silverburn Shipping Co IoM (Ltd) v Ark Shipping LLC, leading Ed Jones.

Leading Silks

Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is incredibly good.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has a stellar shipbuilding practice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is a very experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

James Leabeater QC - 4 Pump CourtA very capable and intelligent barrister.

Leading Juniors

Alexander Wright - 4 Pump CourtAn astonishingly good barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Watthey - 4 Pump CourtExtremely personable with clients and instructing solicitors alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Hatt - 4 Pump CourtA very good, pragmatic and calm junior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 3
Neil Henderson - 4 Pump CourtHe is very highly rated.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rani Noakes - 4 Pump CourtShe is very experienced in shipping matters and has good instincts.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtVery familiar with China and a very good choice for work with Chinese elements.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ed Jones - 4 Pump CourtA very diligent and efficient junior who is flexible, bright and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gideon Shirazi - 4 Pump CourtBright and quick on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 4

4 Pump Court is praised for its 'relationship-led approach'. The set has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in banking disputes who are regularly instructed by the major banks. This has included significant roles in major FX, PPI and derivatives disputes that have dominated the market since the 2008 financial crisis. Members are also called upon for disputes with an international dimension, such as State Bank of India v Mallya, in which Nigel Tozzi QC led the team on behalf of the Indian banks. Tozzi also led Adam Temple in IDBI Bank v Axcel, also on behalf of the Indian bank.

Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has immense gravitas and huge ability, he never lets you down.
Ranked: Tier 2
Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtVery clever, very responsive, his drafting is excellent (clear, concise, and to the point), he is also very commercial and gets the wider picture.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation Tier 4

4 Pump Court offers 'consistently excellent service and expertise, backed by top rate clerking'. The set does well to merge its strengths in more specialised areas, such as IT, construction, insurance, and shipping, with the broader commercial litigation sphere. Multijurisdictional disputes typically feature high on the agenda, and Stephen Cogley QC and Alexander Wright recently worked together on a major claim in the Russian energy sector. Nigel Tozzi QC led a team from chambers, on behalf of the Indian banks, in State Bank of India and 12 others v Mallya, while Nicholas Vineall QC represented Bank Mellat in the high profile Bank Mellat v HMT Treasury.

Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtExtremely effective, a ruthless cross-examiner and a real trial advocate who comes into his own in the high pressure environment of a trial.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Cogley QC - 4 Pump CourtA very effective commercial silk and a pleasure to work with. He has a good eye for detail, prepares very thoroughly and is a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtJudges have immense respect for him and he is genuinely listened to by them. A brilliant all rounder.
Ranked: Tier 5
Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtA genuine expert, superb with clients, and brilliant with complex and sensitive legal and tactical issues.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Alexander Wright - 4 Pump CourtAn extremely bright young barrister and definitely a star for the future.
Ranked: Tier 4

Aviation

Leading Silks

Stephen Cogley QC - 4 Pump CourtFabulous intellect and really tenacious. Great advocate. Incredibly commercial and ability to cut through complex data sets to identify the key facts.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms

4 Pump Court attracts praise as 'one of the strongest sets for IT disputes in the UK' fielding 'stand-out barristers who are genuine specialists in the arena' and act in commercial, technical and IP-related cases. Noteworthy silk Alex Charlton QC is acting for the claimant in CIS General Insurance Ltd v IBM UK Ltd, a case arising from IBM's termination of a contract for the supply, installation and maintenance of a new insurance system; Nigel Tozzi QC and Matthew Lavy are representing the defendant. Terence Bergin QC is also singled out by clients as 'one of the top names in tech disputes'.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump CourtAlex has a fierce intellect and a sharp focus on how to win a case. He is a careful and clever advisor and a very strong strategist. He works well with challenging clients and is very supportive of solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is extremely approachable and provides clear and succinct advice that gets right to the nub of the issue.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is calm, measured and pragmatic. He quickly hones in on the key issues and has good strategic sense.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA clear expert in the field and able to grasp the nub of a case quickly and come up with tactical solutions to difficult problems. Makes you feel comfortable with "throwing the dice" of litigation if you have weighed up all other options.
Ranked: Tier 3
Terence Bergin QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is undoubtedly one of the top names in tech disputes and with good reason. He has a brilliant grip of the underlying technology but also maintains a real rigour in his analysis.
Ranked: Tier 4
Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is a highly skilled silk with a very sharp mind.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump CourtHe is highly experienced, has good judgement, is quick on the ball, and is very agreeable to work with. It is always reassuring to have him on the team.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Lavy - 4 Pump CourtHe is very intelligent, hardworking and a pleasure to work with. Matthew is very knowledgeable about IT, engaged and interested in the law and subject matter. His particular strength is that he handles software copyright as well as projects work. He is very good with clients and is reliable and fun to work with. He is a great addition to our team and we look for opportunities to involve him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Osborne - 4 Pump CourtHe gives considerable attention to detail and is meticulous in his drafting. Overall, a very strong technology junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gideon Shirazi - 4 Pump CourtA good operator whose key strength is his ability to absorb an enormous amount of detail and get to the nub of a dispute very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Benefiting from offices in London and Hong Kong, 4 Pump Court is particularly strong in the areas of professional negligence, construction, and energy disputes, as well as insurance and shipping. The set was recently bolstered after Scottish silk Roddy Dunlop QC joined chambers in June 2020 in order to advance his English practice. Dunlop QC has since also been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in July 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks offer a very good service. They are always approachable, efficient and responsive. They are prepared to engage constructive, open and transparent discussions around budgets and fees, and put forward helpful solutions. Overall, very easy to deal with.

Stewart is fantastic – very commercial, reciprocal, sensible on fees.

Mr Gibbs is particularly affable and I enjoy dealing with him. Whilst issues have been few and far between, whenever they have arisen he has dealt with them quickly and fairly.

First rate – very responsive and helpful. We had a tricky issues on fees and they were able to help us work with the client to achieve a successful outcome.

Bill Griffiths is very responsive and approachable.

Carl Wall is very smooth and gets you what you need.

A very well-managed set. Practice manager Stewart Gibbs knows the market well and the clerks are all good to deal with.

Stewart Gibbs, Sam Penny and Carl Wall are all excellent. Responsive, friendly and work as part of the team to provide our ultimate client with value for money and a timely service.

Set:

4 Pump Court is an excellent chambers. They have a modern approach, answering questions directly and quickly. In relation to construction they have some excellent specialist barristers/silks that we frequently use.

I have worked with several counsels from 4 Pump Court. They always have counsels who are ready to provide their professional service to my client and me. We have never been disappointed.

4 Pump Court are very good at offering a team of barristers that can work well together on appropriate cases.

4 Pump Court has a very strong reputation in IT – both at a senior and junior level.

The juniors at 4 Pump Court that I have worked with are all very user-friendly and are good with clients too.

The legal updates published by 4 Pump Court are of a high standard.

A set you can have full confidence in for construction related matters. Excellent at building long term relationships. Proactive and relevant training and seminar programmes.

4 Pump Court is an outstanding set. They have strength in depth. I know that we will receive an excellent service from them.

The Chambers 4 Pump Court is a leading commercial set of barristers’ chambers. Members provide specialist advocacy, advice and support, with expertise in arbitration, dispute resolution, litigation and regulation for UK and international clients worldwide.

The set Chambers comprises 74 barristers, including 27 Queen’s Counsel. Commercial advocacy is central to the set’s offering and practitioners appear before tribunals at every level. This is combined with a user-friendly, client-centric house style. A distinguishing feature is commercial work with complex technical and factual detail, a theme that runs through all sectors.

Members provide commercial, practical and innovative advice. Professional service is provided efficiently and thoroughly, with the highest standards. This is completed by some of the most experienced, persuasive and skilled advocacy available, uniquely honed from the earliest stage.

Advocates appear in domestic and international cases, with members receiving instructions heard in local courts, to major international or cross-border disputes. Barristers act on matters arising in the UK, Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. In particular 4 Pump Court has an established presence in the Middle East and the Far East, assisted by its office in Hong Kong.

Barristers at 4 Pump Court understand the pressures that solicitors, in-house lawyers and clients operate under and the need to work together as a team. The set takes the time to invest in client relationships and understand their business needs.

Pupillage 4 Pump Court attracts the best calibre candidates coming to the Commercial Bar, ensuring high standards and continued growth. Pupils benefit from an unusual number of court instructions, providing vital experience that continues through Chambers.

The clerks’ room, led by senior clerks Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs, is recognised and renowned for being responsive, commercially aware and efficient, with high standards. They consistently deliver an exceptional professional service, with an experienced and knowledgeable team able to tailor recommended counsel, teams and financial options for clients.

Work Undertaken 4 Pump Court have a particular focus on the following areas:

Arbitration: Members act in a broad range of domestic and international arbitrations covering all areas, including institutions such as CIETAC, DIAC, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

Commercial Dispute Resolution: 4 Pump Court is a leading commercial set, providing practical, effective advice across the full spectrum of commercial practice areas.

Construction: 4 Pump Court has a reputation as one of the leading construction sets, covering all aspects of construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes, both domestic and international, across all forums including adjudication, dispute boards and expert determination.

Energy: Uniquely combining the strongest elements of commercial, construction and maritime expertise. Work includes on and offshore, renewable and pipeline, and is often cross-border.

Financial Services & Banking: Work comprises both financial regulation and investment / retail banking litigation. Members frequently act for regulators and have in-depth knowledge of a variety of financial products, collective investment schemes, SIPPSs, perimeter policing, enforcement and FSMA. They regularly receive instructions involving ISDA, the GRMA, the GMSLA, cyber fraud, FOREX trading, LIBOR manipulation, IRHP / swaps mis-selling, PPI and various other complex instruments.

Insurance: Chambers’ highly recommended insurance and reinsurance group are instructed on numerous significant events affecting the global insurance markets. Members act on behalf of UK and international insurance / reinsurance companies, Lloyd’s syndicates, brokers and insureds. Barristers appear in domestic and international arbitrations (including Bermuda Form), and all tiers of domestic courts.

Professional Negligence: The professional negligence team at 4 Pump Court is one of the most formidable and largest at the Bar. Members have experience in claims for and against professionals across the whole spectrum of liability, including breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Chambers has particular expertise in disputes concerning architects, engineers, IT consultants, solicitors and barristers, accountants and auditors, financial advisers, insurance brokers and underwriting agents, and surveyors and valuers.

Shipping: 4 Pump Court has an outstanding reputation for marine related disputes, including wet and dry shipping, shipbuilding and marine insurance. Members are instructed by international law firms and P&I clubs on behalf of ship owners, charterers, shipyards, drilling contractors, cargo interests and banks. Barristers have expertise in charterparty and bill of lading disputes, ship sale and purchase, ship mortgages, liens, admiralty matters including collision, towage and pilotage. Barristers also specialise in commercial shipbuilding and super / mega yacht disputes, including brokers commission claims and disputes concerning refund guarantees.

Technology & Telecoms: 4 Pump Court is recognised both domestically and internationally as the leading set for technology disputes. Barristers are uniquely positioned to deal with commercial, technical and intellectual property disputes now challenging the world’s top lawyers and businesses in a complex and rapidly-changing technological environment. The set has been involved in the majority of leading cases, where work on data and cyber security disputes ensures they retain their presence at the forefront of this constantly developing commercial area.

Other: Additional areas of expertise include aviation, corporate advisory, defamation and privacy, financial crime including fraud, and offshore work. Non-UK jurisdictions in addition to those above include the Channels Islands, the Isle of Man, the Caribbean, Bermuda and beyond.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Carl Wall cwall@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Senior Clerk Stewart Gibbs sgibbs@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Deputy Senior Clerk Oliver Miney ominey@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Deputy Senior Clerk Lucy Burrows lburrows@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Head of Business Operations Jon Robinson jrobinson@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Head of Business Operations Neil Dougall ndougall@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Marketing Executive Isobel Holland iholland@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Marketing Executive Kate Guckian kguckian@4pumpcourt.com +44 (0) 20 7842 5555
Joint Head of Chambers VINEALL QC, Nicholas (1988)
Joint Head of Chambers BRANNIGAN QC, Sean (1994)
Member of Chambers MOGER QC, Christopher (1972)
Member of Chambers MARKS QC, Jonathan (1975)
Member of Chambers SPEAIGHT QC, Anthony (1973)
Member of Chambers GARNIER QC, Edward (1976)
Member of Chambers ROWLAND QC, John (1979)
Member of Chambers DOUGLAS QC, Michael (1974)
Member of Chambers NICHOLSON QC, Jeremy (1977)
Member of Chambers TOZZI QC, Nigel (1980)
Member of Chambers CROSS QC, James (1985)
Member of Chambers CHARLTON QC, Alex (1983)
Member of Chambers McCALL QC, Duncan (1988)
Member of Chambers CHRISTIE QC, Aidan (1988)
Member of Chambers NEISH QC, Andrew (1988)
Member of Chambers DAVIE QC, Michael (1993)
Member of Chambers DUNLOP QC, Roddy (1998)
Member of Chambers COGLEY QC, Stephen (1984)
Member of Chambers SINCLAIR QC, Fiona (1989)
Member of Chambers ANSELL QC, Rachel (1995)
Member of Chambers O'SULLIVAN QC, Sean (1997)
Member of Chambers PILLING QC, Benjamin (1997)
Member of Chambers BERGIN QC, Terence (1985)
Member of Chambers HICKEY QC, Alexander (1995)
Member of Chambers McCAFFERTY QC, Lynne (1997)
Member of Chambers LEABEATER QC, James (1999)
Member of Chambers STEPHENS QC, Jessica (2001)
Member of Chambers DYER, Allen (1976)
Member of Chambers HENDERSON, Simon (1993)
Member of Chambers VAUGHAN-NEIL, Kate (1994)
Member of Chambers PACKMAN, Claire (1996)
Member of Chambers LEWIS, Jonathan (1996)
Member of Chambers PURCHAS, James (1997)
Member of Chambers POTTER, Alison (1987)
Member of Chambers BOWLING, James (1999)
Member of Chambers GILLIES, Jennie (2000)
Member of Chambers WATTHEY, James (2000)
Member of Chambers LIVESEY, Kate (2001)
Member of Chambers OLIVER, Peter (2002)
Member of Chambers CRANGLE, Thomas (2002)
Member of Chambers WOODS, George (2003)
Member of Chambers HATT, James (2003)
Member of Chambers CHATTERJEE, Rangan (2004)
Member of Chambers LAVY, Matthew (2004)
Member of Chambers GOLDSTONE, Simon (2004)
Member of Chambers WYGAS, Luke (2004)
Member of Chambers HENDERSON, Neil (2004)
Member of Chambers CROWLEY, Laura (2005)
Member of Chambers OSBORNE, Richard (2005)
Member of Chambers HALE, Simon (2006)
Member of Chambers WRIGHT, Alexander (2007)
Member of Chambers STEVENS, Andrew (2007)
Member of Chambers TEMPLE, Adam (2008)
Member of Chambers GOODKIN, Daniel (2008)
Member of Chambers MUNRO, Iain (2009)
Member of Chambers NAYLOR, Martyn (2009)
Member of Chambers PATEL, Sanjay (2010)
Member of Chambers NOAKES, Rani (2010)
Member of Chambers THORNE, Matthew (2011)
Member of Chambers SHIRAZI, Gideon (2012)
Member of Chambers JONES, Ed (2012)
Member of Chambers CHURCHER, Daniel (2012)
Member of Chambers SCRIVENER, Robert (2013)
Member of Chambers DENNIS, Helen (2013)
Member of Chambers KHOO, Daniel (2014)
Member of Chambers TANNOCK, Quentin (2016)
Member of Chambers WRIGHT, Laura (2014)
Member of Chambers DOWERS, Neil (2016)
Member of Chambers KEATING, Rebecca (2017)
Member of Chambers SCHAFFER-GODDARD, Jonathan (2017)
Member of Chambers HOFFMANN, Anna (2018)
Member of Chambers WANDOWICZ, Kajetan (2018)
Member of Chambers COOK, Elliott (2019)
Member of Chambers O'BRIEN O'REILLY, Samantha (2019)
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 Alex Charlton QC photo Alex Charlton QC Barrister specialising in all commercial and technical disputes with particular experience in…
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 Laura Crowley  photo Laura Crowley General commercial law, including construction, insurance and professional negligence.
 Michael Davie QC photo Michael Davie QC Barrister specialising in property damage insurance; jurisdiction/choice of law; professional negligence; and…
 Helen Dennis  photo Helen Dennis General commercial practice in line with chambers’ expertise, specialising in construction, energy,…
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 Allen Dyer  photo Allen Dyer Barrister specialising in professional indemnity, construction, contract and other commercial cases; has…
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 Jennie Gillies  photo Jennie Gillies Jennie Gillies is a commercial barrister specialising in construction, engineering and adjudication,…
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 Daniel Goodkin  photo Daniel Goodkin Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, insurance, construction, professional negligence and shipping.
 Simon Hale  photo Simon Hale Simon is an experienced commercial litigator with a particular emphasis on construction,…
 James Hatt  photo James Hatt Barrister specialising in commercial law and international arbitration. Substantial experience as an…
 Simon Henderson  photo Simon Henderson Barrister specialising in commercial work, with an emphasis on information technology, construction…
 Neil Henderson  photo Neil Henderson Shipping and international trade: cargo claims, charterparty disputes, arrests, bunker disputes, shipbuilding…
 Alexander Hickey QC photo Alexander Hickey QC Barrister specialising in litigation, domestic and international arbitration and adjudication of disputes…
 Anna Hoffmann  photo Anna Hoffmann Anna is regularly instructed in a broad range of commercial and regulatory…
 Ed Jones  photo Ed Jones Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration with particular expertise in…
 Rebecca Keating  photo Rebecca Keating Rebecca has a broad commercial practice with experience in banking and financial…
 Daniel Khoo  photo Daniel Khoo Commercial practice including litigation and arbitration with particular experience in civil fraud;…
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 Jonathan Lewis  photo Jonathan Lewis Commercial barrsiter principally specialising in construction and engineering disputes in litigation, arbitration and…
 Kate Livesey  photo Kate Livesey General common law and commercial law, including insurance, professional negligence, energy and…
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 Iain Munro  photo Iain Munro Professional negligence; commercial; information technology; construction; general common law, shipping, international arbitration.
 Martyn Naylor  photo Martyn Naylor Barrister with broad commercial experience across all of chambers’ principle practice areas.…
 Andrew Neish QC photo Andrew Neish QC Barrister specialising in general commercial law including insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence…
 Jeremy Nicholson QC photo Jeremy Nicholson QC Barrister and arbitrator specialising in commercial disputes including construction & engineering, energy,…
 Rani Noakes  photo Rani Noakes Complex international commercial litigation and arbitration in line with chambers’ profile with…
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 Richard Osborne  photo Richard Osborne Barrister specialising in general commercial and common law, including contractual disputes, insurance,…
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 Claire Packman  photo Claire Packman Barrister specialising in professional negligence, construction and general commercial litigation.
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 Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard  photo Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard Jonathan has a broad commercial practice. He is presently instructed in a…
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 Gideon Shirazi  photo Gideon Shirazi Barrister with a broad commercial practice with expertise in banking and finance;…
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 Matthew Thorne  photo Matthew Thorne Commercial – broad range of work; insurance – secondment at major international…
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