4 Pump Court has an unparalleled reputation for excellence in professional negligence disputes.

Outstanding written and oral advocacy is at the heart of 4 Pump Court’s entire practice and nowhere more so than in professional negligence disputes. But while we are renowned for our advocacy skills, we also recognise that securing excellent outcomes for our clients starts long before any final hearing. In fact, it often means avoiding litigation or arbitration altogether to achieve a commercially sensible result. We provide sound, commercial advice and meticulous drafting from the earliest stages of pre-action procedures all the way through to final determination or settlement. We bring technical knowledge and a commercial approach to every case, whatever its size.

We recognise that insurance is a key economic driver for professional liability dispute resolution. The strength of our Insurance & Reinsurance practice means that we can bring to our professional liability disputes an in-depth understanding of the insurance policy interpretation and coverage issues that shape the outcomes of such disputes across the full range of relevant policies: public liability, material damage, financial loss, project, CAR and professional indemnity.

Our professional negligence dispute experience spans a wide range of sectors including energy, construction, engineering, infrastructure and information technology. We act in domestic and international disputes for:

  • Architects
  • Design and build contractors
  • Engineers and surveyors of all disciplines
  • Information technology consultants and contractors
  • Legal professionals including solicitors and barristers
  • Project managers and other property professionals
  • Specialist subcontractors

Our experience has led members of Chambers to act for professionals all over the world, including in international arbitration, overseas litigation and an appeal to the Privy Council.

Queen's Counsel

Nick Vineall QC

Call 1988 Queen's Counsel 2006

Sean Brannigan QC

Call 1994 Queen's Counsel 2009

Lord Marks QC

Call 1975 Queen's Counsel 1995

John Rowland QC

Call 1979 Queen's Counsel 1996

Michael Douglas QC

Call 1974 Queen's Counsel 1997

Jeremy Nicholson QC

Call 1977 Queen's Counsel 2000

Nigel Tozzi QC

Call 1980 Queen's Counsel 2001

James Cross QC

Call 1985 Queen's Counsel 2006

Alex Charlton QC

Call 1983 Queen's Counsel 2008

Aidan Christie QC

Call 1988 Queen's Counsel 2008

Andrew Neish QC

Call 1988 Queen's Counsel 2009

Michael Davie QC

Call 1993 Queen's Counsel 2010

Fiona Sinclair QC

Call 1989 Queen's Counsel 2013

Rachel Ansell QC

Call 1995 Queen's Counsel 2014

Sean O’Sullivan QC

Call 1997 Queen's Counsel 2014

Benjamin Pilling QC

Call 1997 Queen's Counsel 2015

Alexander Hickey QC

Call 1995 Queen's Counsel 2016

Lynne McCafferty QC

Call 1997 Queen's Counsel 2018

James Leabeater QC

Call 1999 Queen's Counsel 2019

Jessica Stephens QC

Call 2001 Queen's Counsel 2019

Claire Packman QC

Call 1996 Queen's Counsel 2021

Alexander Wright QC

Call 2007 Queen's Counsel 2022


Allen Dyer

Call 1976

Simon Henderson

Call 1993

Kate Vaughan-Neil

Call 1994

Jonathan Lewis

Call 1996

James Purchas

Call 1997

Alison Potter

Call 1987

James Bowling

Call 1999

Jennie Gillies

Call 2000

James Watthey

Call 2000

Kate Livesey

Call 2001

Peter Oliver

Call 2002

Thomas Crangle

Call 2002

George Woods

Call 2003

James Hatt

Call 2003

Ron Chatterjee

Call 2004

Simon Goldstone

Call 2004

Luke Wygas

Call 2004

Laura Crowley

Call 2005

Richard Osborne

Call 2005

Simon Hale

Call 2006

Daniel Goodkin

Call 2008

Alice Carse

Call 2008

Iain Munro

Call 2009

Martyn Naylor

Call 2009

Sanjay Patel

Call 2010

Rani Noakes

Call 2010

Matthew Thorne

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

Anna Hoffmann

Call 2018

Kajetan Wandowicz

Call 2018

Samantha O’Brien O’Reilly

Call 2019

Alex Taylor

Call 2019

Clementine Makower

Call 2020

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