Our members deliver first-class advocacy, technical experience, and deep sector knowledge across the full spectrum of energy related disputes. We pride ourselves in getting to the heart of the highly technical issues that often arise in this sort of dispute and explaining matters of complexity with precision and clarity.  Members of Chambers advise and represent clients on commercial litigation and international arbitration, as well as acting in mediations, adjudications and Dispute Boards.

Members of 4 Pump Court work with clients in the major global arbitration centres on projects undertaken in the key jurisdictions as well as emerging markets. They are regularly instructed to act for major energy companies, national oil companies, international engineering contractors, governments and state-owned entities, financiers, and insurers.

Our reputation as market leaders for such disputes led to our recognition as ‘International Arbitration Set of the Year’ (Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards 2022).

We have true strength in depth – the number of specialist barristers at 4 Pump Court with expertise in this sector enables us to provide teams of counsel for large and complex disputes including those relating to commercial matters, construction projects, infrastructure, supply and distribution, contractual and insurance.

Our experience within the energy sector includes, but is not limited to:

  • Construction, infrastructure and engineering
  • Energy Transition (incl. climate, decarbonisation, and sustainability)
  • Nuclear
  • Offshore, Marine and Shipping
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power and Utilities
  • Renewables (incl. Solar, Wind & Hydropower)
  • Water

Recent instructions include:

Oil and gas:  We are acting in disputes arising from the construction of some of the largest oil and gas infrastructure projects in the world, including onshore and offshore oil field developments, transcontinental pipelines, marine terminals and strategic oil and gas storage facilities. Those disputes include projects in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and South America.

We have specific expertise in disputes relating to LNG Plants, refineries and pipelines as well as the construction and hire of drillships, rigs and offshore supply vessels.

We also act regularly in joint venture disputes relating to the oil and gas sectors and have acted in major disputes relating to Joint Operating Agreements, Production Sharing Agreements and other joint venture agreements in the oil and gas sectors.

Renewables: We continue to be heavily involved in disputes concerning windfarms, biomass fired furnaces, waste power generators, hydroelectric schemes and solar power plants in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.

Power production:  We have a wealth of experience in disputes covering all aspects of power production across the globe, including disputes over mining and fuel supply agreements, the construction of all types of power plant and power purchase agreements.

Energy related work includes in particular international contracts for the construction and operation of power stations, wind-farms, oil and gas platforms and pipelines, under FIDIC and other terms.

In recent years, the increase in terrorism and piracy in resource-rich areas of the world have also meant that members of chambers have acted in energy related cases where national security risks have also played a role in energy disputes.

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

Nigel Tozzi KC

Call 1980 King's Counsel 2001

James Cross KC

Call 1985 King's Counsel 2006

Nick Vineall KC

Call 1988 King's Counsel 2006

Simon Davenport KC

Call 1987 King's Counsel 2009

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

Lynne McCafferty KC

Call 1997 King's Counsel 2018

James Leabeater KC

Call 1999 King's Counsel 2019

Jessica Stephens KC

Call 2001 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

Sanjay Patel KC

Call 2010 King's Counsel 2024


Simon Henderson

Call 1993

James Bowling

Call 1999

Jennie Gillies, FCiArb

Call 2000

James Watthey

Call 2000

Kate Livesey

Call 2001

Thomas Crangle

Call 2002

George Woods

Call 2003

James Hatt

Call 2003

Luke Wygas

Call 2004

Laura Crowley

Call 2005

Simon Hale

Call 2006

Andrew Stevens

Call 2007

Daniel Goodkin

Call 2008

Iain Munro

Call 2009

Martyn Naylor

Call 2009

Rani Noakes

Call 2010

Laurence Page

Call 2010

Matthew Thorne FCIArb

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

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

Katy Handley

Call 2021

Jacob Haddad

Call 2021

Richard Nicholl

Call 2019

Full-time Arbitrators

John Rowland KC

Call 1979 King's Counsel 1996

Christopher Moger KC FCIArb

Full-time Arbitrator

For further information in relation to our energy practice, please contact our Senior Clerk, Carl Wall or our Practice Directors,  Paul Bloxham, Niki Merison and Richard Sumarno.

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4 Pump Court shortlisted in 13 categories for The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2023

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