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4 Pump Court

Insurance

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Barristers at 4 Pump Court are regularly instructed in domestic and multi-jurisdictional insurance matters, with a particular focus on construction and property damage disputes. Members of the set are praised for their courtroom advocacy and adept handling of arbitrations. They offer further expertise in complex coverage issues and allegations of negligence.

Client service:

"The clerking is seamless and you don't notice the process - they work very well." "It is a commercial clerking team that approaches things intelligently and holistically. It makes our lives a lot easier." "They are super efficient and very proactive." Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs jointly lead the clerking team.

Strengths:

Aidan Christie QC
Has vast experience of handling insurance and reinsurance cases of some magnitude in domestic and international markets, and has significant experience of tackling arbitration proceedings. He is adept at insurance disputes involving professional indemnity and property policies.
"He's willing to have a quick chat about things, he recalls the details very quickly and he's commercial and thorough in his advice." "He's very approachable and very good with clients."

Strengths:

Andrew Neish QC
Maintains an insurance practice that is truly international in focus, as evidenced by his involvement in matters involving the Middle East, Africa and China to name but a few. Neish also exhibits considerable expertise in regulatory compliance.
"He's a frighteningly clever, forthright and sharp advocate." "He's very pragmatic and gets stuck into the detail but he also has a good sense of humour, which keeps the momentum going." "A tough opponent who fights his clients corner extremely hard."
Recent work: Instructed by Zurich on a claim by British Steel under property insurance for alleged damage and business interruption caused by a furnace chill at its Scunthorpe site.

Strengths:

James Purchas
Senior junior who is well regarded for his insurance practice, which sees him advising insurers on major coverage disputes and financial lines claims, as well as commercial disputes between insurance providers. He further offers wise counsel on regulatory matters. He appears as an advocate in both arbitration and court proceedings.
"He's extremely hard-working, very responsive and manages the delivery of his advice very well. Everything is very thought through, clear and helpful." "He's always excellent, he works very hard and is very diligent."
Recent work: Continued to act in AmTrust v Thames Underwriting, a coverholder dispute raising questions regarding the scope of duty of a wholesale coverholder.

Strengths:

Nigel Tozzi QC
A versatile commercial silk who frequently turns his hand to high-end insurance and reinsurance disputes. He is known for his extremely thorough preparation and his expert provision of strong coverage advice. Tozzi is skilled in representing policyholders and insurance companies in a range of coverage disputes. He is particularly adept at advising on matters relating to professional indemnity and fraud.
"He's measured, enthusiastic and positive through the process. He's also very clear about his views and the strategy to take." "He's very experienced, very good technically and provides incredible client service as well."

Strengths:

Rachel Ansell QC
Highly capable silk who has established credentials in the professional negligence, construction and property damage fields. She has a growing reputation for insurance work among instructing solicitors and exhibits considerable skill in complex coverage and subrogation disputes. Ansell is well regarded for her courtroom skills and also demonstrates strength in arbitration.
"She has incredible attention to detail, will spot the gaps and issues in a case and is incredibly good at cross-examination. If you want to win, go with Rachel."
Recent work: Acted for the John Innes Foundation and others in a £3 million dispute arising from a fire at a research facility alleged to have been caused by a battery in the power supply.

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4 Pump Court

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4 Pump Court

Temple

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Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Insurance


Aidan Christie QC
Band 2
Andrew Neish QC
Band 2
Nigel Tozzi QC
Band 3
Rachel Ansell QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Insurance


James Purchas
Band 3