Decommisioning and the Petroleum Act 1998

On 17 May 2021, the Commercial Court handed down judgment in Apache UK Investment v Esso Exploration and Production UK [2021] EWHC 1283 (Comm). The judgment can be found here. The dispute revolved around decommissioning liabilities following the sale by Esso to Apache of a subsidary with licenses to hydrocarbon producing fields in the North […]

9th June 2021

Misuse of confidential information

Barristers at 4 Pump Court frequently assist clients with securing interim injunctions, to protect clients’ confidential information and intellectual property pending trial. The usual approach with respect to the costs of interim applications is that such costs are reserved pending resolution of the substantive dispute. In a recent case, Education International Services Limited and another v […]

8th June 2021

Who’s Who Legal Rankings 2021

We are delighted to have been ranked in the Who’s Who Legal 2021 Guides. Those below have been recognised for their expertise in the following areas: Arbitration Nicholas Vineall QC – National Guide Rachel Ansell QC – National Guide Civil Fraud Nigel Tozzi QC – National Leader Construction Sean Brannigan QC – Global Guide and […]

4th June 2021

Adams v Options SIPP: the perils of unregulated introductions

Introduction The Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Adams v Options UK Personal Pensions LLP [2021] EWCA Civ 474  has the potential to have very significant implications for “execution-only” SIPP providers and others in the regulated sector who accept clients brought to them by unregulated introducers. If the unregulated introducer oversteps the mark and undertakes […]

2nd June 2021

Case Note on Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Limited: Interpretation of alleged inconsistencies between bespoke terms and standard forms

Introduction 1. On 18 May 2021 the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the case of Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 718.  While the case does not change the law, it provides a helpful outline as to the approach to be taken to interpreting alleged inconsistencies between bespoke terms […]

27th May 2021

Court of Appeal hands down judgment in Elliot v Hattens

On 18 May 2021 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Elliot v Hattens: a solicitors negligence case that goes to the heart of the vexed question of when time starts ticking for the purposes of limitation. Simon Goldstone, instructed by RPC LLP represented the successful appellant. The facts were simple: Kelly Elliott had […]

18th May 2021

Mek Mesfin joins 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court are delighted to welcome Mek Mesfin to Chambers with effect from 24th May. Mek practises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular expertise in insurance & reinsurance, professional indemnity, construction, energy & infrastructure, arbitration, property damage, sale of goods, product liability, insolvency and jurisdictional/conflict of law disputes. Heads of Chambers, Nick Vineall QC […]

17th May 2021

Gideon Shirazi has been appointed to the WIPO panel of arbitrators

We are delighted to announce that Gideon Shirazi has been appointed to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) panel of arbitrators. WIPO is the global forum for IP services, policy, information and cooperation. WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the […]

29th April 2021

Hamilton & Ors v Post Office Ltd

In Hamilton & Ors v Post Office Ltd [2021] EWCA Crim 577 (23 April 2021) the Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Holroyde, Mr Justice Picken J and Mrs Justice Farbey DBE) allowed the appeals of thirty-nine sub-postmasters, sub-postmistresses, managers and counter assistants, and quashed their convictions. They had all been prosecuted by their employer and […]

26th April 2021

UK Jurisdiction Taskforce Digital Dispute Resolution Rules

Last week, the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT), chaired by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls, published its Digital Dispute Resolution Rules. The Digital Dispute Resolution Rules aim to provide a dispute resolution procedure for rapid, informal and cost-effective resolution of disputes arising out of novel digital technologies, particularly digital assets, smart contracts, blockchain and […]

26th April 2021

Simon Hale succeeds in the Commercial Court on USD 32.2M Performance Bond Call

Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Private Ltd v Yumn Ltd & Standard Chartered Bank [2021] EWHC 862 (Comm) Simon Hale has successfully resisted an injunction in the Commercial Court to restrain a USD 32.2M bond call pending ICC Emergency Arbitration proceedings, instructed by Fladgate LLP. The underlying energy project is a USD 214M power station in […]

21st April 2021

Lord Garnier QC writes for Counsel Magazine on the report into the Criminal Cases Review Commission

The Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice has recently completed its report into the work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Lord Garnier QC has co-authored a review of this report with Michelle Nelson QC in this month’s issue of Counsel Magazine. While the report emphasises the importance of the CCRC and its work, […]

20th April 2021

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