The perils of unregulated introductions – postscript to Adams v Options SIPP after Avacade

Introduction In a previous article , we discussed in detail the judgment of the Court of Appeal judgment in Adams v Options UK Personal Pensions LLP [2021] EWCA Civ 474. In that case, an unregulated introducer was held to have carried out the regulated activity of making arrangements with a view to a person buying or […]

24th September 2021

Andrew Stevens to speak on freezing injunctions in context of fraud and default

Andrew Stevens recently obtained a US$20 million worldwide freezing injunction in the Commercial Court in a case involving underlying allegations of dishonesty and default on a loan facility.  On Wednesday 28 July 2021 he will be speaking about practical issues relating to freezing injunctions during a webinar hosted by Singapore law firm Blackstone & Gold. […]

14th July 2021

Book Launch: A Critique of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002

A Critique of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 written by our Associate Member, Abhimanyu Bhandari, and his colleague Kartika Sharma, was published on 1st February 2021. The text critically examines various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA, 2002) as well as judicial decisions in this area of law and is […]

1st February 2021

Reasons to Issue a Claim Form in UK–EU/EFTA Disputes in 2020, while the Going is Good

With the Brexit transition period set to end on 31 December 2020, this article looks at the implications for jurisdiction and the recognition & enforcement of judgments in cross-border litigation involving parties split between the UK and EU/EFTA member states, with a particular focus on litigation before the courts of England and Wales. It concludes […]

4th November 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

UK Government’s “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour” – toothless for now, but laying foundations for further measures

On 7 May 2020, the Government published a document entitled “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19 emergency” (the “guidance”). In this short article, Sean Brannigan QC and Kajetan Wandowicz summarise the guidance, and discuss its potential implications for commercial parties. It was prepared jointly by the Cabinet Office and […]

12th May 2020

James Purchas and Daniel Khoo successful for FCA in £3.6m unauthorised share scheme

On 6 May 2020 the High Court handed down judgment in The Financial Conduct Authority v Skinner and ors [2020] EWHC 1097 (Ch), a claim by the FCA relating an unauthorised scheme. The unlawful scheme involved the sale of shares in Our Price Records Limited (“OPR”) in 2014 and 2015. OPR was promoted as a commission earning […]

11th May 2020

Gideon Shirazi successfully obtains order for the sale of M/Y Force India in the latest phase of the Mallya litigation

On 27 January 2020, the Admiralty Court (Mr Justice Teare) handed down judgment following a trial of an in rem trial brought by the Qatar National Bank against the owners of the yacht Force India. The court found that Gizmo Invest SA, a company associated with Dr Mallya, had failed to repay its loan given […]

30th January 2020

Legal 500 2019 Rankings

4 Pump Court are delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of the Legal 500 UK Guide. Chambers have been described as ‘setting the standard for commercial sets’ with a ‘raft of top quality barristers’. Our clerks have been described as helping the ‘solicitor/counsel dynamic feel like a proper team’ and ‘really going out […]

27th September 2019

UK High Court rules in favour of Indian banks against businessman Mallya

In the ongoing High Court litigation against Dr Vijay Mallya, Nigel Tozzi QC has continued to act successfully on behalf of a consortium of Indian banks. Following a previous hearing in May 2018, Mr Justice Knowles decided on 22 July 2019 that documents in the possession of various third parties (other banks and auction houses) […]

24th July 2019

Legal 500 2018 and Chambers & Partners 2019 Rankings

4 Pump Court are delighted to be recognised in the latest editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. We have been described as ‘in a class of our own’ having ‘remained a leading London set for commercial, construction, and insurance/reinsurance work’. Furthermore, the success of our juniors, described as ‘a rising force’, has […]

30th October 2018

Nigel Tozzi QC and Neil Henderson successfully act for the State Bank of India

On 9 May 2018 the Commercial Court (Andrew Henshaw QC) handed down judgment dismissing the applications of the high profile Indian businessman, Dr Vijay Mallya, to set aside an order registering a final order of the Debt Recovery Tribunal, Bangalore and to discharge a worldwide freezing injunction over his assets. Nigel Tozzi QC and Neil […]

10th May 2018

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