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

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Nigel Tozzi QC

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

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ Very easy to work with but remains a formidable advocate at any hearing. ’

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

4 PUMP COURT is praised for helping 'make the whole solicitor-counsel-firm-chambers dynamic feel like a proper team'. The set has made strong inroads into the banking arena, and has a talented cadre of juniors coming through to support the more well-established silks. Members have been involved in several major cases, including Golden Belt v BNP Paribas and Fortress Securities v BNP Paribas, in which Nigel Tozzi QC represented the claimants in the consolidated claims.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ A super star who is one of the most gifted advocates available. ’

Within: Commercial litigation

4 PUMP COURT is 'very good value' with 'some very good silks and juniors', so say instructing solicitors. The versatile chambers has barristers with a good spread of expertise, from acting on high-end commercial, banking, and insurance claims, to international commodities, shipping, and trade disputes. Nigel Tozzi QC recently represented Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia in a dispute with Motortrak before the Commercial Court.

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Within: Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ Very knowledgeable about the industry; his written submissions are clear and punchy and he is very good on his feet. ’

Within: Energy

4 PUMP COURT provides 'excellent service – it sets the standard for commercial sets' and one client remarks that 'the clerks really feel like part of the team'. The set brings commercial, construction and maritime expertise to bear on a broad spectrum of disputes in the energy sector, including those involving highly technical issues. Its barristers frequently act in matters in the oil and gas, renewables and power sectors. Leading light Sean Brannigan QC focuses predominantly on high-value disputes arising from energy and offshore infrastructure projects. He secured more than £35m in damages in Fluor v ZPMC, a prolonged dispute that arose from the construction of a windfarm in the North Sea. Sean O’Sullivan QC's recent work includes high-value LCIA arbitrations relating to rights to oil and gas discoveries in Europe, and the construction of offshore vessels in Asia. In CIECO v Dana, Nigel Tozzi QC represented E&P company CIECO in an application for an urgent injunction prohibiting Dana from commencing the drilling of a well off the coast of Scotland. Prominent junior Kate Livesey is involved in high-value LMAA arbitrations.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ He provides great analysis and is excellent with clients. ’

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ He is very user-friendly and extremely knowledgeable. ’

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ A very good arbitration silk. ’

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ He is a very energetic yet calming force. ’

Within: Professional negligence

4 PUMP COURT is an 'exceptionally friendly set' that 'understands the  technical aspects of professional negligence cases'. Members handle claims involving a range of professionals, with expertise that covers technology, telecoms, construction, accountancy, auditors, financial, legal, surveyors and valuers negligence. The 'efficient' set has been involved in several  high-profile solicitors' negligence cases: Nigel Tozzi QC acted for the defendant solicitors in Evans v Brabners LLP, a claim brought by professional footballer Ched Evans against the law firm which defended him in his first rape trial; Tozzi QC also appeared for the defendant solicitors in Goddard-Watts v Bristol-based Independent UK Law Firm, which alleged the firm failed to ensure the claimant made full disclosure in matrimonial ancillary relief proceedings. Elsewhere, Michael Douglas QC, Aidan Christie QC, Benjamin Pilling QC and Lynne McCafferty QC are involved in The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, which examines the causes of the fire and the role numerous core participants may have played in the occurrence and spread of the blaze.

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Within: Leading Silks

Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 PUMP COURT ‘ He is a standout barrister. ’

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