FCA Business Interruption insurance test case

The Commercial Court has handed down judgment in the COVID-19 Business Interruption insurance test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and Others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm). These expedited proceedings concerned numerous sample wordings of business interruption policies from eight leading insurers and were commenced in June 2020, leading to an urgent two week […]

17th September 2020

Webinar: Bond Calls in International Commercial Courts

Date: 6th October 2020Time: 12:00 – 13:00 GST / 10:00 – 11:00 BSTVenue: Zoom, details available upon registration Join Lynne McCafferty QC and Sanjay Patel for the latest of our international webinars. Performance bonds are an important feature of construction projects and are often used for tactical purposes, particularly where market conditions are challenging.  This […]

Has a Bright Line Dispelled the Will o’ the Wisp?

SEVILLEJA (RESPONDENT) V MAREX FINANCIAL LTD (APPELLANT) Last week the Supreme Court handed down judgement (on 15 July 2020), in one of the most important commercial cases this year, Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd [2020] UKSC 31 (Sevilleja). Sevilleja was an appeal against a unanimous Court of Appeal decision to the effect that the rule […]

22nd July 2020

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

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