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Nigel Tozzi QC
Nigel has a wide ranging commercial practice, with particular expertise in commercial litigation, international arbitration, arbitral appointments, professional negligence, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, energy, ship building, information technology and Formula One and Moto GP.
Qualified 1980, Gray’s Inn (scholar); silk 2001; head of chambers at 4 Pump Court from 2008
Society for Computers & Law; Supporting member of the LMAA; Member of the LCIA Users’ Council; PNBA; BILA; COMBAR; ICC.
Exeter University (LLB Hons 1st); Bar finals (1st class, placed second in year)
Lawyer Rankings(IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3
Nigel Tozzi QC –4 Pump Court ‘A 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.’
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‘.
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.
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.
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.