De facto and de jure Presidents – The Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Appellant) v The Guaidó Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela

Introduction On 5th October, the Court of Appeal handed down its Judgment in The Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Appellant) v The Guaidó Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (Respondent) [2020] EWCA Civ 1249. Nicholas Vineall QC, Joint Head of Chambers of 4 Pump Court, appeared for the successful Appellant. This […]

6th October 2020

FCA v Avacade: SIPP Transfers Under the Spotlight

Nick Vineall QC and Adam Temple 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. […]

30th June 2020

Venezuelan gold dispute

Venezuelan state assets abroad include over €1bn worth of gold held by the Central Bank of Venezuela (“BCV”) in the vaults of the Bank of England.  But there are two competing claims to control it – one from the BCV board originally appointed by President Maduro, and the other by a board said to have […]

26th June 2020

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 Rankings

4 Pump Court is delighted that Members of Chambers have been recognised for their work in the Asia Pacific region by the Legal 500 Guide 2020. Those ranked in the guide are: Commercial Christopher Moger QC Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Sean Brannigan QC John Rowland QC Shipping & Commodities Nicholas Vineall QC Sean O’Sullivan QC […]

17th January 2020

Nick Vineall QC and Andrew Stevens to intervene in landmark Supreme Court international arbitration case Halliburton v Chubb

Nick Vineall QC and Andrew Stevens of 4 Pump Court are acting for the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (the LMAA) in its intervention before the Supreme Court in the appeal from the Court of Appeal’s decision in Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 817. The Supreme Court case is of major […]

31st October 2019

UK-China Arbitration Summit 2019

Nick Vineall QC and Andrew Stevens will be speaking at the UK-China Arbitration Summit this year on 10 & 11 June, where leading practitioners will discuss the latest developments in international arbitration in an Anglo-Chinese context. Nick Vineall will be a panellist for the session Choosing Chinese arbitral institutions for international disputes: An option to […]

20th May 2019

Manchester Shipping Ltd v Balfour Worldwide Ltd & Anor [2019] EWHC 194 (Comm)

On Monday 11th February Sonia Tolaney QC, sitting as a Judge of the Commercial Court, handed down judgment in Manchester Shipping Ltd v Balfour & Sochin, a multi-national shipping fraud case involving Russian charterers. The judgment ruled that Manchester Shipping Ltd had made a fair presentation at the ex parte application and that the Worldwide […]

19th February 2019

Sean Brannigan QC joins Nick Vineall QC as Joint Head of Chambers

4 Pump Court are delighted to announce that Sean Brannigan QC has joined Nick Vineall QC as joint Head of Chambers with effect from 1 January 2019. This follows Nigel Tozzi QC stepping down after more than 10 successful years in the role, to continue in practice.

7th January 2019

International Arbitration training courses in China

This October, six barristers from our international arbitration team will be running two training courses in Shanghai and Beijing. The training will be led by Nick Vineall QC and Fiona Sinclair QC along with Iain Munro, Andrew Stevens, Robert Scrivener and Neil Dowers. The course is aimed at junior lawyers who have an interest and […]

5th September 2018

The UK Court of Appeal upholds the enforcement of CIETAC Award

On Monday 23rd April the Court of Appeal handed down their judgment in Sinocore v RBRG (UK) Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 838, dismissing the appeal of RBRG against the decision of Phillips J [2017] EWHC 25614 (Comm) to permit enforcement of the CIETAC Award. The result is a resounding endorsement by the English Courts of […]

23rd April 2018

Burns v FCA: the Court of Appeal clarifies law on directors’ fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest

On 21 December 2017, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Burns v The Financial Conduct Authority [2017] EWCA Civ 2140. This case raised interesting questions about the duties owed by the directors of limited companies, building societies and friendly societies under sections 175 and 177 of the Companies Act 2006 […]

2nd January 2018

Jeremy Storey QC retires from the Bar

Jeremy Storey QC has retired from the Bar, after over 40 years at 4 Pump Court, having been appointed as the new Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man and will be stepping down as Joint Head of Chambers on 19 October 2017. Nigel Tozzi QC will continue as Joint Head of Chambers, with […]

20th October 2017

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