Can marina operators limit liability under s.191 Merchant Shipping Act? Holyhead Marina Ltd v Farrer &ors [2020] EWHC 1750 (Admlty)

James Watthey appeared in this case before the Admiralty Judge involving a very rare dispute on the right in principle to limit under s.191. The case provides the only authority for the timebeing in English law on the main point in dispute: whether a marina is (or can in certain circumstances be) a “dock” for […]

7th July 2020

Depots, Design Life and Donkeys

Simon Hale has co-written a short article with Richard Moody and Beth Jenkinson of Clyde & Co on the recent decision in Blackpool Borough Council v Volkerfitzpatrick Limited which addresses a range of important issues, including: (i) design life; (ii) contribution claims; and (iii) the instruction of experts. The full article is available on Clyde […]

30th June 2020

FCA v Avacade: SIPP transfers under the spotlight

Nick Vineall QC and Adam Temple successfully represented the Financial Conduct Authority in its claim against two companies and three individuals involved in the promotion of pension transfers into self-invested personal pensions. Nearly two thousand UK consumers transferred pensions worth over £86 million, a large percentage of which was used to invest into non-mainstream investments. […]

30th June 2020

Venezuelan gold dispute

Venezuelan state assets abroad include over €1bn worth of gold held by the Central Bank of Venezuela (“BCV”) in the vaults of the Bank of England.  But there are two competing claims to control it – one from the BCV board originally appointed by President Maduro, and the other by a board said to have […]

26th June 2020

Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale – The Supreme Court Judgment

Analysis written by George Woods. The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale [2020] UKSC 25. It has returned the law to where it was before the first instance judgment and has made a firm statement that there is jurisdiction for insolvent construction companies to refer […]

22nd June 2020

Jessica Stephens QC examines the recent TCC judgment in Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited 2020] EWHC 1581 (TCC)

Judgment was issued yesterday in Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited 2020] EWHC 1581 (TCC) following a six week trial heard last year before Mr Justice Pepperall in the TCC. Daniel Churcher of 4 Pump Court appeared as junior counsel for Essex, instructed by Slaughter and May alongside Marcus Taverner QC, Piers Stansfield […]

19th June 2020

Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel Succeed for Main Contractor and Steelworks Subcontractor in the TCC

Following a 5-week trial in February, March and April 2020, 4 Pump Court’s Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel have successfully obtained judgment in the case of Blackpool Borough Council v Volkerfitzpatrick Limited and ors [2020] EWHC 1523 (TCC). The case concerned the Starr Gate Tram Depot in Blackpool. Blackpool brought wide-ranging claims that various key […]

18th June 2020

Freezing injunctions over ships: Crowther v Crowther & ors [2020] EWCA Civ 762

James Watthey appeared in this rare re-marriage (or perhaps collision) of the Divorce and Admiralty jurisdictions in the Court of Appeal. Mr and Mrs Crowther formerly ran a business which specialised in chartering out offshore support vessels but they are now in the process of heavily contested divorced proceedings. Mrs Crowther alleges that the couple […]

16th June 2020

Contact Tracing – The Ethical and Legal Issues

Anthony Speaight QC, Iain Munro and Anna Hoffmann Three members of chambers examine the ethical debate and legal issues surrounding the adoption of a contact tracing app. They conclude that the technology which the British Government has to date favoured raises a host of ethical dilemmas and legal challenges. The technological responses to the pandemic […]

3rd June 2020

Roddy Dunlop QC joins 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court are delighted to announce that Roddy Dunlop QC is joining chambers. Roddy was Legal 500 Scottish Silk of the Year for 2019, and is now expanding his practice to include matters in England and Wales. He is the only Scottish silk ranked in 8 practice areas by Chambers UK, and is ranked […]

1st June 2020

James Purchas and Daniel Khoo successful for FCA in £3.6m unauthorised share scheme

On 6 May 2020 the High Court handed down judgment in The Financial Conduct Authority v Skinner and ors [2020] EWHC 1097 (Ch), a claim by the FCA relating an unauthorised scheme. The unlawful scheme involved the sale of shares in Our Price Records Limited (“OPR”) in 2014 and 2015. OPR was promoted as a commission earning […]

11th May 2020

Substituting a New Claimant After a Limitation Period Ends: AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick and RSA Insurance PLC

James Watthey recently appeared in an interesting procedural wrangle on CPR Part 19.5(3)(a) and (b) in AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick Roofing Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 943 (TCC). This is a TCC claim where proceedings had been commenced in the name of the wrong claimant, and an application was made to correct the error after […]

1st May 2020

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