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4 Pump Court

Information Technology

10 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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4 Pump Court is widely recognised as "the leading technology set," and remains the pre-eminent chambers in the realm of IT-related disputes. Chambers boasts an enviable bench of experienced and highly regarded barristers who are regularly instructed in significant cases, and who offer particular expertise in high-stakes contractual disputes. The set's clientele includes prestigious names in software development, as well as major consumers in the corporate and public spheres. Key recent matters include the continuing high-value dispute between Co-op Insurance and IBM, which arose from the latter's termination of a contract for the supply of a new insurance system.

Client service:

"They're very user-friendly and commercial, and they know how to flex for different clients." "They deliver things in a timely, efficient manner and I get access to the barristers I need." Stewart Gibbs and Carl Wall are the senior clerks.

Strengths:

Alex Charlton QC
Alex Charlton QC has a highly respected IT practice, and brings his technical expertise to bear in acting for major private and public entities in the most significant cases. He has recently been active in disputes involving government bodies and concerning large-scale contracts.
"He is incredibly well prepared and thorough, and he has a very robust examination style which can land some serious punches." "Both in the courtroom and in conference, he makes clients feel like everything will be okay."
Recent work: Represented Rolls-Royce in claims brought by Topalsson relating to the failure of a project to create a vehicle visualisation sales system.

Strengths:

Gideon Shirazi
Gideon Shirazi is a talented junior who handles contentious IT disputes, and frequently acts as sole counsel in cases concerning cybersecurity, and both the formation and termination of contracts. He has a varied client base that includes the likes of digital transformation companies, global IT network suppliers and entities in the fintech space.
"Gideon Shirazi is practical, proactive and confident in his delivery, and he provides effective solutions." "Gideon is enthusiastic and responsive, and he quickly gets to grips with matters." "He's clear, hands-on and practical."
Recent work: Acted for Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas in a dispute with Advanced Control Systems, regarding delays to an IT system project for Bengaluru's IT electricity distribution network.

Strengths:

Iain Munro
Iain Munro is experienced in handling high-profile IT-related disputes, for both sides of the supplier-customer relationship. He demonstrates notable strength in issues around project failure, across industries ranging from telecoms and e-commerce to the automotive and healthcare sectors.
"He's responsive, user-friendly, and he really gets into the detail." "He can speak very knowledgeably with experts on quite complicated issues." "He already has a really impressive legal mind, and he works very diligently."
Recent work: Defended Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in a dispute brought by Topalsson following the termination of its contract to provide photo-realistic vehicle configuration software.

Strengths:

Lynne McCafferty QC
Lynne McCafferty QC represents clients ranging from specialist software providers to large-scale government bodies. She is recognised for her ability to make complex technical material comprehensible.
"She's not afraid to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in, she approaches the work in a very collaborative way and her advice is very clear and commercial." "She's really knowledgeable and very good in court, and she's also really nice to work with and very diligent."
Recent work: Represented 247 Commerce in claims by Julies Bookshop that the e-commerce software it had provided was not fit for purpose.

Strengths:

Matthew Lavy
Matthew Lavy draws on technical expertise gained in his previous role as a software developer, and is able to advise on the most sophisticated technology disputes and projects. He is especially valued by clients for his knowledge of cybersecurity matters, and is well versed in business-critical systems for corporate and banking entities. He is also sought out for hotly contested IP-related litigation.
"He has a great understanding of a lot of IT matters, and he's very sharp and astute legally as well." "He combines his knowledge of the law with a deep understanding of software issues. He's brilliant with clients and his pleadings are accurate and well drafted."
Recent work: Defended claims that Oak Smart breached Facebook's terms by selling on data from the platform to advertisers.

Strengths:

Michael Douglas QC
Michael Douglas QC is particularly recognised for representing governmental organisations and major corporations in resolving contractual disputes, especially those concerning defence-related systems. He also tackles a range of outsourcing and software licensing matters, employing his technical skill as both an arbitrator and a litigator to great commercial effect. Douglas is noted for the quality of his advice when it comes to pre-litigation strategy.
"He's really experienced, thorough, lovely to deal with and good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Prosper Procurement in a dispute against J6, a consortium of landlords, regarding fees owed following the termination of a software development contract.

Strengths:

Nigel Tozzi QC
Nigel Tozzi QC is a talented silk who brings a broad range of expertise to bear in his varied technology practice. He is especially recognised for handling IT software disputes in relation to insurance providers, airports, hotels and universities. He has recently been engaged in sizeable disputes, and insurance-related matters feature prominently in his caseload.
"He's very clear, super fast and very strategic, and he understands the dynamics of the case." "He has a very effective style of advocacy which is very calm and measured."
Recent work: Defended IBM against a claim brought by Direct Line relating to the design and construction of a new enterprise data warehouse.

Strengths:

Richard Osborne
Richard Osborne is a well-regarded junior whose flourishing IT practice has been built on his experience as part of the government's team in the largest ever IT arbitration in the UK. He now also represents suppliers and consumers in the sector. His clients include many of the major global IT and telecoms suppliers, such as IBM and Ericsson, and he is also engaged by a number of government departments.
"He's very approachable, and he's good at formulating arguments, writing correspondence to the other side and thinking on his feet." "He is very bright, agile and user-friendly with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Reply Portaltech in its disputed claim for payment against Iceland Supermarkets, regarding the development and hosting of the retailer's website.

Strengths:

Simon Henderson
Simon Henderson is a highly regarded junior who is equally experienced acting in both litigation and arbitration for clients on the supplier and consumer sides of technology disputes. He has acted for some of the biggest global telecoms providers and software companies.
"He is a fantastic team player because he challenges others constructively and brings a wealth of experience." "He is willing to roll his sleeves up and get stuck into the detail, and he has a great manner with clients."
Recent work: Advised provider Sopra Steria on its dispute with customer Interserve Service Futures, which was in turn a provider of offender rehabilitation to the Ministry of Justice.

Strengths:

Terence Bergin QC
Terence Bergin QC has breadth and depth of technical expertise and represents both suppliers and consumers. Clients include retailers, government bodies and global telecoms providers. His broad experience includes acting in disputes relating to gambling and e-commerce platforms.
"He is particularly strong at identifying the key issues and providing commercial and pragmatic advice, and he is also highly responsive." "He's very robust and forthright, he's a pleasure to deal with and he's particularly good at analysing the overall picture."
Recent work: Acted for JD Williams & Co in its dispute with Welcom Digital around the failure to put in place a strategic e-commerce and customer service platform.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Information Technology


Alex Charlton QC
Band 1
Lynne McCafferty QC
Band 3
Michael Douglas QC
Band 3
Nigel Tozzi QC
Band 3
Terence Bergin QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Information Technology


Gideon Shirazi
Band 3

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