Nicholas Vineall QC > 4 Pump Court (Chambers of Nick Vineall QC and Sean Brannigan QC) > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration, including financial services, civil fraud and insurance, and contentious construction and shipping, particularly shipbuilding, offshore, oil/gas, and engineering disputes.

Career

Qualified 1988, Middle Temple; silk 2006.

Memberships

COMBAR; TECBAR; LCLCBA; ACIArb.

Education

MA (Cantab) (genetics); Pittsburgh (MA); City University (Dip Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas Vineall QC4 Pump CourtHe has a stellar shipbuilding practice.

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.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Nicholas Vineall QC4 Pump CourtImmensely knowledgeable completely calm and unflappable.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC4 Pump CourtHe has an engaging and persuasive advocacy style and a good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Nicholas Vineall QC4 Pump CourtJudges have immense respect for him and he is genuinely listened to by them. A brilliant all rounder.

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.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC4 Pump CourtEngaging and persuasive advocacy style. Good relationships with opposing counsel. Good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Nicholas Vineall QC4 Pump CourtHas persuasive advocacy style and good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Vineall QC4 Pump CourtEngaging and persuasive advocacy style with a good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.

4 Pump Court offers ‘an abundance of choices in the shipping area’ with several of its members enjoying a strong reputation with Asia Pacific-base firms, trading houses and P&I clubs, particularly those in Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition, Nicholas Vineall QC, joint head of chambers, has carved out a leading reputation in China with close relations with local shipyard. Elsewhere, Sean O’Sullivan’s practice covers the full array of commodity sales while Alexander Wright recently succeeded in an arbitration appeal concerning, among other issues, whether the Hague Rules serve as an exclusive code for warranties providing in a bill of lading.