Construction Newsletter – How far can you go? Anti-suit injunctions, interim relief and ICC Arbitration Rules: SRS v Chemie Tech

Introduction and background The ICC Arbitration Rules permit parties to seek interim relief before courts in support of an arbitration. But it is a breach of any exclusive arbitration clause to seek a substantive ruling from a court on issues which should be referred to an arbitration. Where, then, is the dividing line between interim […]

12th November 2020

Webinar: Common NEC issues explained

Jessica Stephens QC will join Driver Trett on 10th November for their second autumn webinar. The webinar will take the form of a mock adjudication and focus on explaining common NEC issues including defective work, key dates, late changes to Works Information and delay damages. This webinar will be of interest to all those who […]

2nd November 2020

Society of Construction Law Hong Kong – Online Annual Conference

We are delighted to be sponsoring the SCL Hong Kong Annual Conference again this year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online by way of a series of four webinars. James Leabeater QC and Jessica Stephens QC of 4 Pump Court will be speaking at sessions 3 and 2 respectively. The […]

Jessica Stephens QC examines the recent TCC judgment in Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited 2020] EWHC 1581 (TCC)

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 […]

19th June 2020

Construction Newsletter – Important Decision from the Qatar Financial Centre Court of Appeal

Demand guarantees, strict compliance, and preclusion: Qatar Financial Centre Court of Appeal upholds enforcement of guarantees and provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the URDG. Key points The Court of Appeal of the Qatar Financial Centre (part of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre) has decided its first case relating to […]

13th May 2020

Construction Newsletter – The TCC throws a spanner in the works of expert witness firms

Summary In what is likely to be a significant blow to firms providing expert witness services, the TCC has recently issued a judgment that may heavily curtail their activities. In a decision issued last week in A Company v X, Y, Z [2020] EWHC 809 (TCC) the claimant succeeded in continuing an injunction restraining the […]

9th April 2020

Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2020 – Legal Marketplace Analysis

We are delighted that Jessica Stephens QC and Sanjay Patel have been recognised in Who’s Who Legal ‘Construction 2020 – Future Leaders – Legal Marketplace Analysis’. Jessica has been listed as one of three ‘Most Highly Regarded’ Non-Partners, being described as a “highly confident and persuasive advocate”, and Sanjay has been recognised as “a top-notch practitioner credited with a ‘careful and […]

6th April 2020

Rachel Ansell QC appointed as Chair of the Technology & Construction Bar Association

Following the 2019 TECBAR AGM on 18th July, we are pleased to announce that Rachel Ansell QC has been appointed as Chair of TECBAR (the Technology and Construction Bar Association). This follows two years of Rachel sitting as Vice-Chair. Helen Dennis will also continue as a TECBAR committee member for a further term of two […]

19th July 2019

James Leabeater and Jessica Stephens are appointed Queen’s Counsel

4 Pump Court are delighted to announce that both James Leabeater and Jessica Stephens were appointed as Queen’s Counsel at the 2019 Silks ceremony in Westminster on 11th March.

12th March 2019

Queen’s Counsel Appointments 2019

4 Pump Court are delighted to announce that James Leabeater and Jessica Stephens will be appointed as Queen’s Counsel at the next ceremony in Westminster on 11th March 2019.

10th January 2019

Fiona Sinclair QC joins Chambers

4 Pump Court is delighted to announce that Fiona Sinclair QC has joined chambers from 4 New Square. Fiona is recommended as a leading silk in the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Chambers Global where she is described as “technically brilliant and a real star”. She has extensive experience across all of 4 Pump […]

8th September 2017

Adjudication Society Seminar – 14th June 2016

BIM New Challenges, New Disputes? Jessica Stephens alongside Tim Willis of Trowers will be speaking at the Adjudication Midlands Society on the 14th June. They will be considering the potential issues arising as BIM is introduced into the construction process as well as the liability and dispute issues that tribunals will have to deal with. […]

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