The perils of unregulated introductions – postscript to Adams v Options SIPP after Avacade

Introduction In a previous article , we discussed in detail the judgment of the Court of Appeal judgment in Adams v Options UK Personal Pensions LLP [2021] EWCA Civ 474. In that case, an unregulated introducer was held to have carried out the regulated activity of making arrangements with a view to a person buying or […]

24th September 2021

An Insurer’s Questions: Interpretation and Waiver

The questions that an insurer asks prospective insureds on an application for insurance, and the answers given in response, can have important ramifications on the parties’ rights and obligations going forward. The proper interpretation of those questions can often prove crucial in determining whether the insured has complied with their obligation to disclose material facts […]

23rd September 2021

Severability of adjudicators’ decisions, and genuine belief in sum stated as due in payment notices

Construction analysis: In Downs Road v Laxmanbhai, the Technology and Construction Court provided important guidance on when an adjudicator’s decision may and may not be severed, so as to preserve the enforceable parts of an award which has been found to be unenforceable in part. The case also provides an example of an adjudicator’s decision […]

13th September 2021

Launch Party for Architect’s Legal Handbook

Following publication earlier this year of the 10th Edition of the Architect’s Legal Handbook, contributors, academics and industry professionals gathered at the RIBA to celebrate its launch with Mrs Justice O’Farrell DBE, Judge in Charge of the TCC, who spoke to welcome its publication. The handbook is co-edited by 4 Pump Court’s Anthony Speaight QC […]

9th September 2021

Galtrade Ltd v BP Oil International Limited [2021] EWHC 1796 (Comm)

The recent decision of Adrian Beltrami QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court) provides useful guidance on the classification of the term that fuel oil must comply with contractual specifications, and addresses novel issues surrounding the calculation of damages for reliance loss and the use of counterfactuals where mitigating steps are taken […]

1st September 2021

Nominations for the Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that 4 Pump Court has been shortlisted for five awards at the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 both as a set and individual members. Our nominations are: Construction Set of the Year Construction Silk of the Year – Jessica Stephens QC IT/ IP Silk of the Year – Alex Charlton QC Professional […]

26th August 2021

James Watthey has been newly appointed to the Attorney General’s London A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown

4 Pump Court is delighted to announce that James Watthey has been appointed to the Attorney General’s London A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. The panel consists of junior counsel who undertake civil work for all government departments. Members of the A Panel are instructed in the most complex and high profile government […]

11th August 2021

Warren v DSG Retail Ltd [2021] EWHC 2168

The High Court has handed down judgment in the case of Warren v DSG Retail Ltd [2021] EWHC 2168. The judgment is of significance to claims for compensation following data breaches, particularly where breaches are accidental (e.g. following a cyber-attack). The case will also likely have an impact on the recoverability of ATE premiums, allocation […]

5th August 2021

FCA v Avacade in the Court of Appeal

Nick Vineall QC, leading Adam Temple, represented the FCA in the recent pension misselling case of FCA v Avacade.  The CA has just delivered judgment dismissing various Defendants’ appeals and upholding the decision of Adam Johnston QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge). More than 2000 consumers had transferred £91.8 million from their pensions […]

5th August 2021

The Digital Dispute Resolution Rules: the future of digital disputes

Rebecca Keating wrote an article for the Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law which has been published in the July/August edition. The article entitled “The Digital Dispute Resolution Rules: the future of digital disputes” addresses the new rules published by the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKLT), chaired by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the […]

4th August 2021

TechLaw Chat – Episode 10

Episode 10 of Matthew Lavy and Iain Munro‘s podcast series, TechLaw Chat, is now available. This episode, ‘The Emperor’s New Tokens?’, is an exploration of the legal nature of Non-Functional Tokens (NFTs) for digital art. An increasingly popular use case for NFTs involves the creation and sale of digital art. Notwithstanding that the NFT marketplace for digital art […]

30th July 2021

Simon Hale obtains dismissal of £10 million TCC claim for Breach of the CPR

LSREF 3 Tigerfalkirk Limited I S.a.r.l v Paragon Building Consultancy Ltd [2021] EWHC 2063 (TCC) Simon Hale has successfully secured the dismissal of a £10 million claim relating to allegedly defective structural foundations of a shopping centre car park in Scotland. In a hearing before Mr Justice Fraser in the TCC, Simon obtained declarations that […]

27th July 2021

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