Tenke Fungurume Mining S.A. v Katanga Contracting Services S.A.S. [2021] EWHC 3301 (Comm): High Court upholds award of third-party funding costs

The recent decision of Mrs Justice Moulder DBE in a challenge to an arbitration award brought under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (“the 1996 Act”) reinforces the reluctance of the English courts to intervene in arbitration appeals. Most importantly, the decision confirms the approach taken in Essar Oilfields Services Ltd v Norscot Rig […]

11th January 2022

Decommisioning and the Petroleum Act 1998

On 17 May 2021, the Commercial Court handed down judgment in Apache UK Investment v Esso Exploration and Production UK [2021] EWHC 1283 (Comm). The judgment can be found here. The dispute revolved around decommissioning liabilities following the sale by Esso to Apache of a subsidary with licenses to hydrocarbon producing fields in the North […]

9th June 2021

Who’s Who Legal Rankings 2021

We are delighted to have been ranked in the Who’s Who Legal 2021 Guides. Those below have been recognised for their expertise in the following areas: Arbitration Nicholas Vineall QC – National Guide Rachel Ansell QC – National Guide Civil Fraud Nigel Tozzi QC – National Leader Construction Sean Brannigan QC – Global Guide and […]

4th June 2021

Mek Mesfin joins 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court are delighted to welcome Mek Mesfin to Chambers with effect from 24th May. Mek practises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular expertise in insurance & reinsurance, professional indemnity, construction, energy & infrastructure, arbitration, property damage, sale of goods, product liability, insolvency and jurisdictional/conflict of law disputes. Heads of Chambers, Nick Vineall QC […]

17th May 2021

Simon Hale succeeds in the Commercial Court on USD 32.2M Performance Bond Call

Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Private Ltd v Yumn Ltd & Standard Chartered Bank [2021] EWHC 862 (Comm) Simon Hale has successfully resisted an injunction in the Commercial Court to restrain a USD 32.2M bond call pending ICC Emergency Arbitration proceedings, instructed by Fladgate LLP. The underlying energy project is a USD 214M power station in […]

21st April 2021

Mott Macdonald Ltd v Trant Engineering Ltd

Members of 4 Pump Court were involved on both sides of a recent TCC dispute arising from a power project on a military base in the Falkland Islands. In the judgment given on 30 March 2021, HHJ Eyre QC considered an application concerning the proper interpretation of various exclusion and limitation clauses in the contract […]

19th April 2021

Webinar: Spotlight on… Energy Disputes

On 18th March, Thomas Crangle will be joining Damian James, Delay and Quantum experts, along with Rob Wilson, Partner and Head of Energy at CMS, for a discussion focusing on energy disputes. The panel will cover a range of topical issues currently facing the sector, including: What are the biggest risks on energy projects and […]

11th March 2021

Chambers Global Rankings 2021

4 Pump Court is delighted to be recognised in the 2021 edition of Chambers Global. Our barristers have been described as ‘fantastic litigators’ and ‘skilled cross-examiners’, supported by a ‘stellar’ clerking team. Members of Chambers have been ranked in the following areas: Construction Dispute Resolution: Commercial Dispute Resolution (UAE): The English Bar Energy & Natural […]

18th 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

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

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

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

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