FCA v Avacade & Ors

Nick Vineall QC 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. Following a trial […]

Business & Property Court

Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex)

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 […]

Technology & Construction Court

Jiangsu Guoxin Corp v Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd

A noteworthy judgment considering (1) the prevention principle, and (2) notice requirements for extensions of time under amended SAJ form shipbuilding contracts was handed down by Butcher J on 30 April 2020. 4 Pump Court’s Andrew Stevens and Gideon Shirazi acted for the shipyard in these s.69 appeals, arising out of a series of substantial multivessel shipbuilding arbitrations, against Roderick Cordara […]

Commercial Court

AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick & RSA Insurance PLC

James Watthey recently appeared in an interesting procedural wrangle on CPR Part 19.5(3)(a) and (b) in AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick Roofing Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 943 (TCC). This is a TCC claim where proceedings had been commenced in the name of the wrong claimant, and an application was made to correct the error after […]

Technology & Construction Court

Blackpool Borough Council v Volkerfitzpatrick Limited

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 […]

Technology & Construction Court

Qatar National Bank Q.P.S.C v The Owner Of The Yacht Force India

On 27 January 2020, the Admiralty Court (Mr Justice Teare) handed down judgment following a trial of an in rem trial brought by the Qatar National Bank against the owners of the yacht Force India. The court found that Gizmo Invest SA, a company associated with Dr Mallya, had failed to repay its loan given […]

Admirality Court

VTB Commodities Trading DAC v JSC Antipinsky Refinery

Stephen Cogley QC and Alexander Wright (together with Alan Gourgey QC, Christopher Jay and Michael Ryan) have successfully acted for VTB Commodities Trading DAC (“VTB”) in maintaining a €225 million worldwide freezing order (“WFO”) against JSC Antipinsky Refinery (“Antipinsky”). VTB had entered into prepayment agreements with Antipinsky by which it purchased effectively all of Antipinsky’s […]

Commercial Court

R (Miller) v the Prime Minister

On 24 September 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its unanimous judgment in R (Miller) v the Prime Minister [2019] UKSC 41 holding that the prorogation of Parliament had been unlawful and was null and void. Undoubtedly, the reverberations of this judgment will be felt in the legal world for some time. 4 Pump Court’s […]

Supreme Court

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