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4 Pump Court (Sean Brannigan KC and Rachel Ansell KC)
4 Pump Court


Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular expertise in shipping and commodities disputes, energy, insurance/reinsurance, construction and professional negligence.


Called 2007, Middle Temple; pupillage 4 Pump Court; tenant 4 Pump Court since 2008.


COMBAR (Executive Committee); TECBAR; PNBA; SCL; YMP (committee member); LMAA (supporting member).


Oundle School; Peterhouse, Cambridge University (2005 BA Hons, first class; 2009 MA); City University (2006 CPE, distinction); Inns of Court School of Law (2007 BVC).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Wright KC4 Pump CourtA very bright and committed barrister, with good knowledge of the area and great attention to detail.

With a deep bench of practitioners, 4 Pump Court remains a go-to set for clients in the shipping sector and handles disputes in the Commercial and High Court as well as in arbitration. . James Leabeater KC and Rani Noakes acted on behalf of the appellant disponent owners and Alexander Wright KC, who took silk in 2022, was instructed by the respondent voyage charterers in The Tai Prize, where the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision that voyage charterers are not liable towards owners for losses caused by an inaccurate bill of lading. Whether a marina as a whole could be defined as a dock for the purposes of limitation was the central question in Holyhead Marina Ltd v Farrer and Others, in which James Watthey acted on behalf of insurers and owners of damaged vessels. Sean O’Sullivan KC continues his involvement in a number of high-profile cases, including CV Stealth about a vessel that was detained in Venezuela after an attempt to export oil from the country, which the government alleges was a breach of local law. Thomas Steward, whose practice encompasses international arbitration and commercial litigation in shipping and shipbuilding, joined the set from The 36 Group in 2022, while Neil Henderson left for an in-house position at Gard AS the same year.

London Bar > Energy

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Wright KC4 Pump Court ‘Self-confident and robust, he is very effective in arbitration and has no problem advancing a weaker case, putting it with force and vigour.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Wright KC4 Pump Court ‘ Can prevail in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Wright KC4 Pump Court ‘Alex is a skilled arbitration advocate, with that confidence and poise which convinces tribunals. He is able to deal with parties and arbitrators from different legal systems.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 0

Alexander Wright KC –4 Pump Court

His key strengths are a stellar combination of hard work and intelligence.

The ‘great4 Pump Court is a leading set in maritime dispute resolution, with members bringing their expertise to shipping and commodities cases which are often high value, complex disputes. Members are frequently instructed in regions such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore. One of the chambers’ leading cases is the ongoing Noble Chartering v Priminds Shipping Hong Kong Co – also known as The Tai Prize – in which James Leabeater and Rani Noakes  acted for the appellant and Alexander Wright KC acted for the respondent in a case which raised issues of general importance to the shipping industry concerning whether a voyage charterer warrants the accuracy of statements, such as in bills of lading, made as to the apparent order and condition of cargo – the matter went in to the England and Wales Court of Appeal in 2021.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier

Alexander Wright KC4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is a leading construction, energy and engineering set within the Asia Pacific region, with members having experience in all forms of energy and can deal with construction issues resulting from projects such as mining, drilling and exploration. Member of chambers can handle international disputes from all major arbitral centres and against bodies such as the ICC and LCIA. Sean Brannigan KC continues to be a first choice of counsel for many complex and high quantum construction cases. Alexander Wright KC was made silk in March 2022.