Book Launch: Architect’s Legal Handbook

We are pleased to announce that the 10th edition of the Architect’s Legal Handbook was published on 29th January 2021. Edited by Anthony Speaight QC and Matthew Thorne, the book is the most widely used reference on the law for practicing architects and the established textbook on law for architectural students. The handbook is formed […]

29th January 2021

The Tai Prize: the Court of Appeal issues important new judgment on implied indemnities in charterparties

The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in the Tai Prize in which James Leabeater QC and Rani Noakes appeared for the appellant disponent owners and Alex Wright appeared for the respondent voyage charterers. The Court of Appeal complimented counsel on both sides for having made their written and oral submissions “with considerable […]

28th January 2021

The Supreme Court’s Judgment in the Covid-19 Business Interruption Insurance Test Case Breaks New Ground on Causation and overturns the Orient Express

On Friday 15th January, the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated Judgment in the FCA Test Case relating to Covid Business Insurance, The FCA v Arch & Others [2021] UKSC 1. This is undoubtedly one of the most significant decisions in insurance law in a long time – not just because it decides whether […]

18th January 2021

Supreme Court decision in FCA business interruption insurance test case

The Supreme Court has handed down the final judgment in the case of The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and Others. The Business interruption insurance test case determines whether existing business interruption insurance policies will cover policy holders for business lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachel Ansell QC and Martyn Naylor […]

15th January 2021

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 rankings

We are pleased to again be recognised for our work in the Asia Pacific region in the newly published Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 guide. 4 Pump Court has a total of 11 individual rankings across the areas of Commercial, Construction, energy and infrastructure and Shipping and commodities. New rankings this year were achieved by: […]

13th January 2021

SCL Adjudication Scheme Mock Adjudication with Live Q&A

Date & Time: Wednesday 20th January, 12:00pm We are pleased to be facilitating this mock adjudication scenario alongside the Society of Computers and Law. The session features a software licencing agreement dispute and follows the dispute as it progresses under the SCL Adjudication Scheme. The scenario will demonstrate its key features and what it offers […]

13th January 2021

Tech Disputes Network webinar: IT project disputes and how to run a project failure claim

Software development, implementation and transformation projects give rise to some of the most complex disputes in the tech space. Join Matthew Lavy and Gideon Shirazi for the next online event with the Tech Disputes Network where experienced panellists will answer some of the big questions about these projects and related disputes. Topics that will be covered include: • How to see […]

12th January 2021

Farrer v Holyhead Marina goes to the Court of Appeal

On 11th January 2021, the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal from the decision of Teare J in Farrer v. Holyhead Marina [2020] EWHC 1750 (Admlty) in which it was ruled that a marina constituted a “dock” for the purposes of section 191 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 and that the marina operators […]

11th January 2021

Lord Garnier QC appointed to Serious Fraud Office’s panel of external counsel

We are pleased that Edward Garnier QC has been appointed to the SFO’s list of approved external counsel. Edward’s appointment is effective from 31st December 2020 and will run until 2024. For more information about Edward’s commercial and corporate crime practice, please contact our clerks.

11th January 2021

TechLaw Chat – Episode 5

Episode 5 of Matthew Lavy and Iain Munro‘s podcast series, TechLaw Chat, is now available. The episode explores the benefits and limitations of Smart Contracts in the context of human-provided services by considering the practicalities of using Smart Contracts to regulate the contractual relationship between brands and social media influencers. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or online via

29th December 2020

COMBAR Brexit Emergency Pack

What you need to know about life after 1 January 2021. Neil Dowers has contributed to a recent COMBAR handout detailing the changes relevant to commercial practitioners following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. The handout consists of three main sections: Changes to commercial law practice by Freddie Popplewell, Essex […]

18th December 2020

Claire Packman Appointed as Queen’s Counsel

4 Pump Court are delighted to announce that Claire Packman will be appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2021. Claire is an experienced commercial barrister with over 20 years of experience. She has an exceptional reputation in the fields of construction, professional negligence and international arbitration. Claire’s practice is split between domestic work and large scale […]

17th December 2020

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