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4 Pump Court

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Head of Chambers: Nicholas Vineall QC, Sean Brannigan QC
Head Clerks: Carl Wall, Stewart Gibbs
Tenants: 66

THE CHAMBERS 4 Pump Court is one of the leading full-service commercial sets of barristers’ chambers, with high rankings in international arbitration, commercial dispute resolution, professional negligence, IT and telecoms, banking and financial services, shipping, energy, construction and engineering and insurance and re- insurance. 4 Pump Court is a modern and progressive set, with an imaginative, client-friendly and efficient team of clerks. The set prides itself on anticipating, understanding and responding to clients’ business and commercial needs and on providing a high-quality, efficient and effective service.

WORK UNDERTAKEN 4 Pump Court undertakes general commercial and contractual work, with a particular focus on the following areas:

International Arbitration:
Members of chambers represent clients in major arbitrations in a wide range of disputes across their areas of expertise, appearing before tribunals throughout the world. They also deal with ancillary domestic applications for relief in relation to arbitration proceedings in the UK. Senior members of chambers sit as arbitrators in the UK and abroad. 

 4 Pump Court is one of the three leading chambers practising in construction law. The set’s hugely experienced construction practitioners have expertise in all aspects of construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes in relation to global and domestic projects, including PFI projects. 4 Pump Court’s construction specialists are regularly instructed as advisors and advocates in all forums for dispute resolution, including adjudication, expert determination, dispute boards, ADR, arbitration and litigation. 

IT & Telecoms:
4 Pump Court’s top-ranked technology and telecoms group has enormous experience in IT, ecommerce and telecommunications law. It primarily focuses on disputes of a contractual nature, which require industry and detailed technical knowledge, understanding of software, project implementation and the underlying commercial issues. The set has been involved in the majority of the leading cases in this area, with a well-established interest in intellectual property matters and a rapidly developing profile amongst data and cyber security disputes.

 4 Pump Court’s energy practice reflects its experience in the commercial and construction fields, experience which makes it uniquely qualified to advise and represent clients in relation to offshore construction and energy-related projects. Members of chambers have broad experience of the complex issues arising from contracts for the exploitation of natural resources and particular expertise in offshore construction and shipbuilding. 

Shipping: The set has an outstanding reputation for marine related disputes including wet and dry shipping and shipbuilding. Members of chambers are instructed by international law firms and P&I clubs on behalf of ship owners, charterers, shipyards, drilling contractors, cargo interests and banks. The set’s shipping practitioners have expertise in charterparty and bill of lading disputes, ship sale and purchase, ship mortgages, liens, admiralty matters including collision, towage and pilotage, and also commercial shipbuilding, superyacht and mega yacht disputes, including brokers commission claims and disputes concerning refund guarantees. 

Professional Negligence: 4 Pump Court is one of the leading chambers in this field, with experience in claims for and against professionals across the whole spectrum of professional liability work, including breach of fiduciary duty and fraud and in all forums. The set has particular expertise in disputes concerning architects and engineers, IT consultants, solicitors and barristers, accountants and auditors, financial advisers, insurance brokers and underwriting agents, and surveyors and valuers.

Insurance: 4 Pump Court’s highly recommended insurance and reinsurance group continues to be instructed in connection with many significant events affecting the London insurance market. Members act on behalf of UK and international insurance companies and Lloyd’s syndicates, as well as insurers and brokers, both domestically and abroad. 

Financial Services & Banking: 4 Pump Court’s financial services work straddles both financial regulation and banking litigation. Members frequently act for the regulator and have in-depth knowledge of a variety of financial products, collective investment schemes, SIPPSs and experience in perimeter policing, enforcement and FSMA. Members of chambers regularly receive instructions involving IRHP / swaps mis-selling, ISDA, the GRMA, the GMSLA, FOREX trading, LIBOR manipulation, cyber fraud and various other complex financial products, as well as retail banking litigation.


Nicholas Vineall QC (1988) (QC-2006)

Sean Brannigan QC (1994) (QC-2009)

David Friedman QC (1968) (QC-1990)

Jonathan Marks QC (1975) (QC-1995)

Anthony Speaight QC (1973) (QC-1995)

John Rowland QC (1979) (QC-1996)

Michael Douglas QC (1974) (QC-1997)

Jeremy Nicholson QC (1977) (QC-2000)

Nigel Tozzi QC (1980) (QC-2001)

James Cross QC (1985) (QC-2006)

Alex Charlton QC (1983) (QC-2008)

Duncan McCall QC (1988) (QC-2008)

Aidan Christie QC (1988) (QC-2008)

Andrew Neish QC (1988) (QC-2009)

Michael Davie QC (1993) (QC-2010)

Fiona Sinclair QC (1989) (QC-2013)

Rachel Ansell QC (1995) (QC-2014)

Sean O’Sullivan QC (1997) (QC-2014)

Benjamin Pilling QC (1997) (QC-2015)

Terence Bergin (1985) (QC-2016)

Alexander Hickey QC (1995) (QC-2016)

Lynne McCafferty QC (1997) (QC-2018)

James Leabeater QC (2019)

Jessica Stephens QC (2019)

Allen Dyer (1976)

Simon Henderson (1993)

Kate Vaughan-Neil (1994)

Claire Packman (1996)

Jonathan Lewis (1996)

James Purchas (1997)

Alison Potter (1987)

James Leabeater (1999)

James Bowling (1999)

James Watthey (2000)

Kate Livesey (2001)

Jessica Stephens (2001)

Peter Oliver (2002)

Thomas Crangle (2002)

George Woods (2003)

James Hatt (2003)

Rangan Chatterjee (2004)

Matthew Lavy (2004)

Simon Goldstone (2004)

Luke Wygas (2004)

Neil Henderson (2004)

Laura Crowley (2005)

Richard Osborne (2005)

Alexander Wright (2007)

Andrew Stevens (2007)

Daniel Goodkin (2008)

Adam Temple (2008)

Iain Munro (2009)

Martyn Naylor (2009)

Sanjay Patel (2010)

Rani Noakes (2010)

Matthew Thorne (2011)

Gideon Shirazi (2012)

Ed Jones (2012)

Daniel Churcher (2012)

Robert Scrivener (2013)

Helen Dennis (2013)

Daniel Khoo (2014)

Laura Wright (2014)

Quentin Tannock (2016)

Neil Dowers (2016)

Rebecca Keating (2017)

Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard (2017)

Full-time Arbitrator: Christopher Moger QC (1972) (QC-1992)

Full-time Mediator: Anthony Trace QC (QC-1998)