4 Pump Court is a set renowned for its Commercial Litigation practice, as demonstrated by Legal 500 who say that we are ‘an excellent set to work with across a range of areas’ and ‘punches well above its weight in terms of quality and breadth of experience’.

Our barristers appear in all court and arbitration forums both domestically and internationally, including the Commercial Court and the Business & Property Courts, as well as the appellate courts. Recent high-profile cases include SKAT v. Solo Capital Partners, where SKAT, the Danish tax authority claims it is the victim of a sophisticated fraud between 2012 and 2015 by which it was induced to part with around £1.44 billion; Kestrel on Quartz Assets LLC and Others v Kestrel Coal Midco, a Commercial Court claim, in which Kestrel was being sued by lenders concerning the provision of mezzanine finance for the acquisition of mining assets from Rio Tinto for around USD2 billion and, Tata Consultancy Services and Barring Services which was a large-scale, high-value and technically complex dispute relating to the provision of IT implementation and business process transformation.

Complementing our chambers-wide expertise in fraud, shipping, technology & IT, energy, insurance and professional negligence, our members regularly deal with urgent injunctions and applications covering a wide variety of relief across the courts. These include anti-suit proceedings, applications for delivery-up, challenges to arbitration awards, Norwich Pharmacal and other disclosure applications, summary judgment and short notice/overnight injunctions.

Our barristers gain advocacy and case management experience from their second six months of pupillage and into the early stages of tenancy, giving them an unrivalled level of experience at the bar, giving them a commercial outlook on cases and also understanding how the judiciary might view a particular case.

Our practice management team have a deep understanding of the pressures involved in commercial disputes across all sectors, honed over many years, working closely with clients to find the right barrister or team of barristers for each dispute.

Our commercial team have particular expertise in the sectors of:

Our barristers provide pragmatic strategic advice on legal problems. Our focus is always on achieving the best commercial outcome for our clients, whether through a negotiated or mediated settlement or following a hard-fought trial.

Our commercial barristers have long been at the forefront of international work at the Commercial Bar, with members often acting in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, including on business to business, shareholders, companies and trusts disputes.

Our team has a truly international reach with specific experience in:

  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • Kazakhstan
  • Oman
  • Cayman Islands
  • Qatar
  • Channel Islands
  • Russia
  • China
  • Rwanda
  • Ghana
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Gibraltar
  • Singapore
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Tanzania
  • UAE
  • USA
  • Ireland


King's Counsel

Sean Brannigan KC

Head of Chambers Call 1994 King's Counsel 2009

Rachel Ansell KC

Head of Chambers Call 1995 King's Counsel 2014

Lord Marks KC

Call 1975 King's Counsel 1995

Lord Garnier KC

Call 1976 King's Counsel 1995

Jeremy Nicholson KC

Call 1977 King's Counsel 2000

Nigel Tozzi KC

Call 1980 King's Counsel 2001

Nick Vineall KC

Call 1988 King's Counsel 2006

Alex Charlton KC, FCIArb

Call 1983 King's Counsel 2008

Aidan Christie KC

Call 1988 King's Counsel 2008

Andrew Neish KC

Call 1988 King's Counsel 2009

Simon Davenport KC

Call 1987 King's Counsel 2009

Michael Davie KC

Call 1993 King's Counsel 2010

Roddy Dunlop KC

Call 1998 (Scotland) 2019 (England & Wales) King's Counsel 2010 (Scotland)

Stephen Cogley KC

Call 1984 King's Counsel 2011

Sean O’Sullivan KC

Call 1997 King's Counsel 2014

Benjamin Pilling KC

Call 1997 King's Counsel 2015

Alexander Hickey KC

Call 1995 King's Counsel 2016

Alex Potts KC

Call 2000 King's Counsel 2018

James Leabeater KC

Call 1999 King's Counsel 2019

Claire Packman KC

Call 1996 King's Counsel 2021

Alexander Wright KC

Call 2007 King's Counsel 2022

Jonathan Lewis KC

Call 1996 King's Counsel 2023

Matthew Lavy KC

Call 2004 King's Counsel 2023

Sanjay Patel KC

Call 2010 King's Counsel 2024


Allen Dyer

Call 1976

Simon Henderson

Call 1993

Kate Vaughan-Neil

Call 1994

James Purchas

Call 1997

Alison Potter

Call 1987

James Bowling

Call 1999

Jennie Gillies, FCiArb

Call 2000

James Watthey

Call 2000

Kate Livesey

Call 2001

Peter Oliver

Call 2002

George Woods

Call 2003

James Hatt

Call 2003

Ron Chatterjee

Call 2004

Simon Goldstone

Call 2004

Laura Crowley

Call 2005

Richard Osborne

Call 2005

Simon Hale

Call 2006

Andrew Stevens

Call 2007

Daniel Goodkin

Call 2008

Alice Carse

Call 2008

Iain Munro

Call 2009

Martyn Naylor

Call 2009

Rani Noakes

Call 2010

Laurence Page

Call 2010

Matthew Thorne FCIArb

Call 2011

Thomas Steward

Call 2011

Gideon Shirazi

Call 2012

Ed Jones

Call 2012

Daniel Churcher

Call 2012

Robert Scrivener

Call 2013

Helen Dennis

Call 2013

Daniel Khoo

Call 2014

Mek Mesfin

Call 2014

Quentin Tannock

Call 2016

Laura Wright

Call 2014

Neil Dowers

Call 2016

Rebecca Keating

Call 2017

Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard

Call 2017 (E&W), 2023 (NY)

Anna Hoffmann

Call 2018

Kajetan Wandowicz

Call 2018

Elliott Cook

Call 2019

Samantha O’Brien O’Reilly

Call 2019

Alex Taylor

Call 2019

Clementine Makower

Call 2020

Katy Handley

Call 2021

Jacob Haddad

Call 2021

Aphiwan Natasha King

Call 2022

Caroline Ziebart

Call 2022

Richard Nicholl

Call 2019

Full-time Arbitrators

John Rowland KC

Call 1979 King's Counsel 1996

For further information in relation to our commercial practice, please contact our Senior Clerk, Stewart Gibbs or our Practice Directors, Will Jackman, Richard Sumarno and Paul Bloxham.

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