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Pump Court International
Hong Kong
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Barrister specialising in construction and related professional negligence disputes. Acts for employers, contractors, professional advisers, local authorities and government departments in domestic and international disputes relating to the design and construction of buildings, infrastructure and installations. She has appeared in arbitrations (international and domestic) and the courts, both the TCC and the Commercial Court (in relation to offshore energy disputes). She has experience of all standard form construction and engineering contracts (including JCT, NEC, FIDIC) and PFI/PPP disputes and has significant experience in international arbitrations (LCIA, ICC and LMAA) concerning a variety of subject matters including shipbuilding, offshore energy and infrastructure projects. She has considerable experience of all aspects of adjudication, including advising on and drafting documents within the adjudication process, and has regularly appeared at enforcement hearings, injunctions to restrain the continuation of adjudications and declarations as to the adjudicator’s jurisdiction. Jessica also has experience of disputes concerning fire, floods, asbestos, subsidence and party wall matters as well as related insurance matters. Recent reported cases: Alstom Transport v Eurostar International [2010] EWHC 2747 (Ch), [2011] EWHC 1828 (Ch), [2012] EWHC 28 (Ch); CN Associates v Holbeton [2011] EWHC 43 (TCC); Vertase FLI v Squibb Group [2012] EWHC 3194 (TCC); Roe Brickwork v Wates Construction [2013] EWHC 3417 (TCC); Devon County Council v Celtic BioEnergy [2014] EWHC 309 (TCC); Herboshe-Kiere Marine Contractors v Dover Harbour Board [2012] EWHC 84 (TCC); Lazari v London & Newcastle (Camden) [2013] EWHC 97 (TCC); Birmingham City Council v Paddison Construction [2008] EWHC 2254.


Qualified 2001, Lincoln’s Inn. Publications of note: ‘Keating on Construction Contracts’, ‘Keating on JCT Contracts’ and ‘RICS Party Walls and Rights of Light’.




University of Western Australia (1998 LLB (Hons), 1st).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

4 PUMP COURT offers ‘some very good silks and juniors who are very good value’ across the commercial, construction, and insurance/reinsurance sectors, as well as shipping, IT, arbitration, and professional negligence. Solicitors note how the set is very adept at ‘running very successful campaigns to corner a particular market’. Since the publication of our last guide, Sean Brannigan QC joins Nick Vineall QC as joint head of chambers; Rachel Ansell QC has been appointed chair of the Technology and Construction Bar Association; and James Watthey has been appointed to the council of the London Shipping Law Centre. James Leabeater QC and Jessica Stephens QC took silk in 2019, and chambers was further strengthen by the arrival of Lord Edward Garnier QC, Stephen Cogley QC, and Jennie Gillies from One Brick Court, XXIV OLD BUILDINGS, and in-house at Arup respectively, while Alexander Gunning QC joined One Essex Court. In the clerks’ room, Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs are joint senior clerks of a ‘responsive, helpful and accommodating’ team that is ‘very easy to work with, and help make the whole solicitor/counsel firm/chambers dynamic feel like a proper team’. Also of note, Lucy Burrows, formerly of 3 Verulam Buildings, has joined chambers as a new deputy senior clerk, and former chambers chief executive Carolyn McCombe is now head of ADR and professional standards at the set. Offices in: London and Hong Kong

London Bar > Construction

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Jessica Stephens QC4 PUMP COURTA highly intelligent and persuasive advocate