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4 Pump Court (Chambers of Nick Vineall QC and Sean Brannigan QC)
4 Pump Court


Barrister specialising in commercial law, including financial services, insurance and reinsurance, and related professional negligence.


Called 1997, Inner Temple.


Working knowledge of French.




Cambridge (MA Classics); City University (CPE Diploma in Law); King’s College, London (Diploma in European Law).


Tennis, rackets and real tennis.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

James Purchas4 Pump CourtOverriding strength is the responsiveness, clarity and effectiveness of the advice provided, which comes from diligence, organisation, intellectual power and attention to detail.

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.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 6

James Purchas4 Pump CourtHe is extremely thorough.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James Purchas4 Pump CourtHe’s clever, hard-working and a good lawyer with fine judgement. Most importantly, perhaps, he’s absolutely dedicated to his clients.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

James Purchas4 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.