Commercial Court clarifies requirements for appointing arbitrators

In ARI v WXJ [2022] EWHC 1543 (Comm) Foxton J considered when an arbitrator is validly appointed under English arbitration law. James Leabeater QC and Gideon Shirazi acted for the party pseudonymised as WXJ. The facts of the case were that an LMAA arbitration clause required the arbitration respondent to appoint an arbitrator within a […]

25th July 2022

First English judgment on patent laundering

In ASSIA v BT [2022] EWHC 1707 (Ch), Falk J gave the first English judgment interpreting a patent laundering clause. Gideon Shirazi (with Nicholas Saunders QC of Brick Court) acted for the successful party, BT. Patent laundering clauses are clauses a type of clause commonly found in patent licences, especially those licensing use in the […]

22nd July 2022

US Supreme Court restricts §1782 for foreign seated arbitrations

In a case which will be of great interest to clients and arbitration practitioners globally, the United States Supreme Court today handed down its decision in ZF Automotive US, Inc. v Luxshare on the powers that US federal district courts can exercise under 28 U.S.C. §1782 to order discovery in support of foreign arbitrations. 28 […]

13th June 2022

4 Pump Court Holds Final of its Inaugural Pride Moot

In celebration of Pride Month, we hosted the final of our inaugural student Pride moot on Thursday 9th June. We are proud to be a part of an open and inclusive environment at the commercial Bar. Chambers were honoured to have Lady Justice Carr chair the judging panel alongside Rachel Ansell QC and Richard Osborne of 4 Pump Court, Paul Maddock of DWF and David […]

13th June 2022

Freezing injunction obtained in respect of ongoing adjudication enforcement proceedings (Nicholas James Care Homes Ltd v Liberty Homes (Kent) Limited)

Introduction In Nicholas James Care Homes Ltd v Liberty Homes (Kent) Limited [2022] EWHC 1203 (TCC), the Technology and Construction Court granted a freezing injunction to a claimant in underlying adjudication enforcement proceedings for what is believed to be the first time. Laurence Page acted for the successful applicant. The background Liberty Homes was contracted […]

30th May 2022

4 Pump Court is delighted to be participating in the COMBAR Mentoring Scheme for Under-Represented Groups – Now Open for Applications

“The promotion of diversity at the Commercial Bar is one of COMBAR’s core aims. It is vital that the Commercial Bar recruits from the most talented future practitioners, including, in particular, those from backgrounds that have traditionally been under-represented. This Mentoring Scheme will allow applicants from those backgrounds access to one-to-one mentoring with practitioners from 20 […]

27th May 2022

Matthew Thorne accredited as an adjudicator for CIArb

As of 17 May, Matthew Thorne has been accredited on to the Presidential Panel of Adjudicators by the Dispute Appointment Service (DAS). He is now appointed on the panel for TECBAR, UK Adjudicators and the CIArb. Matthew will continue his practice as counsel alongside his appointments.

24th May 2022

Laurence Page successful in rare application for a freezing injunction in support of ongoing adjudication enforcement proceedings

The Technology and Construction Court handed down its judgment on 19 May 2022 in the case of Nicholas James Care Homes Ltd v Liberty Homes (Kent) Limited [2022] EWHC 1203 (TCC). Laurence Page represented the successful Claimant in a rare application for a freezing injunction in support of ongoing adjudication enforcement proceedings. Liberty had issued […]

20th May 2022

James Purchas and Rebecca Keating successful in substantial pension mis-selling FCA case

The Upper Tribunal handed down its judgment on Wednesday 4 May in the case of Page & Ors. V Financial Conduct Authority. James and Rebecca represented the successful Financial Conduct Authority in its case against 5 individuals involving the transfer of more than 1,500 retail customers’ pensions totalling more than £60 million, which was invested […]

6th May 2022

Alice Carse and Thomas Steward join 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is delighted to welcome Alice Carse and Thomas Steward to Chambers. Alice practises in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on insurance and professional negligence, industrial relations and employment. She is recognised as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Thomas practises in commercial litigation and arbitration, with […]

4th May 2022

Kajetan Wandowicz successful in an important case for the law of mistake

Mrs Justice Ellenbogen has handed down her judgment in Longley v PPB Entertainment Limited & Ors [2022] EWHC 977 (QB), in which Kajetan Wandowicz appeared as sole counsel for the successful defendants. The judgment contains an analysis on whether a defence of unilateral mistake can be established on the basis of the claimant’s constructive knowledge […]

3rd May 2022

Success for Quentin Tannock in the Court of Appeal in a significant case considering pure economic loss, scope of duty of care and title to sue in bailment

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in an appeal addressing important issues in the law of negligence and the law of bailment. Quentin Tannock appeared against a QC and a junior and successfully resisted the appeal on behalf of the Defendant, Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company Limited (‘RSA’). The case, Armstead v Royal […]

29th April 2022

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