ExplAIning Artificial Intelligence

In a recent article for the Society of Computers and Law, Terence Bergin QC and Quentin Tannock look at the importance of explaining Artificial Intelligence, outlining recent guidance from Project ExplAIn and discussing explanation related challenges for organisations that deploy Artificial Intelligence to process personal data. Read the full article on the Society of Computers […]

3rd August 2020

International Construction Law Conference

In association with King’s College London, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution and the Academy of Experts. We are pleased to invite you to join us for an international construction law conference. This conference unites the foremost international construction law practitioners from 24 leading law firms, chambers and expert consultancies, along with a number […]

23rd July 2020

Has a Bright Line Dispelled the Will o’ the Wisp?

SEVILLEJA (RESPONDENT) V MAREX FINANCIAL LTD (APPELLANT) Last week the Supreme Court handed down judgement (on 15 July 2020), in one of the most important commercial cases this year, Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd [2020] UKSC 31 (Sevilleja). Sevilleja was an appeal against a unanimous Court of Appeal decision to the effect that the rule […]

22nd July 2020

Two New Tenants for 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is delighted to announce that Elliott Cook and Samantha O’Brien O’Reilly will become tenants of chambers, following a year of pupillage, from 1 October 2020. Elliott Cook Elliott has a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia. He was a judicial assistant […]

20th July 2020

Roddy Dunlop QC appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates

Roddy Dunlop QC has been appointed the new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates having previously served as Treasurer of Faculty from April 2017 until February 2020 when he was elected as Vice-Dean of Faculty. The official press release for Roddy’s appointment is available here.

14th July 2020

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

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