Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel Succeed for Main Contractor and Steelworks Subcontractor in the TCC

Following a 5-week trial in February, March and April 2020, 4 Pump Court’s Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel have successfully obtained judgment in the case of Blackpool Borough Council v Volkerfitzpatrick Limited and ors [2020] EWHC 1523 (TCC). The case concerned the Starr Gate Tram Depot in Blackpool. Blackpool brought wide-ranging claims that various key […]

18th June 2020

Freezing injunctions over ships: Crowther v Crowther & ors [2020] EWCA Civ 762

James Watthey appeared in this rare re-marriage (or perhaps collision) of the Divorce and Admiralty jurisdictions in the Court of Appeal. Mr and Mrs Crowther formerly ran a business which specialised in chartering out offshore support vessels but they are now in the process of heavily contested divorced proceedings. Mrs Crowther alleges that the couple […]

16th June 2020

Contact Tracing – The Ethical and Legal Issues

Anthony Speaight QC, Iain Munro and Anna Hoffmann Three members of chambers examine the ethical debate and legal issues surrounding the adoption of a contact tracing app. They conclude that the technology which the British Government has to date favoured raises a host of ethical dilemmas and legal challenges. The technological responses to the pandemic […]

3rd 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

Substituting a New Claimant After a Limitation Period Ends: AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick and RSA Insurance PLC

James Watthey recently appeared in an interesting procedural wrangle on CPR Part 19.5(3)(a) and (b) in AIG Europe Ltd v McCormick Roofing Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 943 (TCC). This is a TCC claim where proceedings had been commenced in the name of the wrong claimant, and an application was made to correct the error after […]

1st May 2020

The Five ‘C’s for Commercial Parties

As companies react to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew Stevens sets out five practical pointers for commercial parties whose contracts have been impacted by the crisis. The full article is available here. To find out more about Andrew’s practice, please contact our clerks on +44(0)207 842 5555 or email clerks@4pumpcourt.com.

24th April 2020

Chambers Global Rankings 2020

4 Pump Court is delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of Chambers Global 2020. Our barristers have been described as ‘truly excellent’ and as ‘phenomenal advocates’, supported by an ‘incredibly commercial’ clerking team. Our barristers have been ranked in the following areas: Commercial Dispute Resolution Construction Dispute Resolution: United Arab Emirates Energy & […]

18th February 2020

Frustration and Force Majeure: A paper in light of COVID-19

Introduction 1. The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic is in full rage. The battle to cope with and ultimately defeat the pandemic has caused immediate profound changes in society and the economy (at least for now) although it is currently difficult to predict the full effects of what will happen or how long they will be felt. […]

31st March 2020

Review of Mr Justice Bryan’s judgment in AA v Persons Unknown

Laura Wright and Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard review Mr Justice Bryan’s judgment in AA v Persons Unknown, in which he considered the effect of the new guidance. In the recent Commercial Court decision AA v Persons Unknown [2019] EWHC 3556 (Comm), Bryan J held that cryptoassets such as Bitcoin are property within the meaning of English law. […]

28th January 2020

Chambers & Partners 2020 Rankings

4 Pump Court are delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2020. Our barristers have been described as ‘precise, detail-led’ and ‘top-notch overall’, supported by an ‘incredibly commercial’ clerking team, providing a ‘consistently excellent service’. Chambers and Partners have ranked 4 Pump Court in the following areas: Commercial […]

10th October 2019

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

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