Alex Potts KC and Caroline Jackson co-author JIBFL article

“Crypto can be property – it is time for the debate to move on”. The ongoing swell of legal support for the proprietary potential of cryptoassets was recently challenged by Professor Robert Stevens in “Crypto is not property” (2023) LQR 139. In this responsive article, Caroline Jackson and Alex Potts KC write in defence of […]

28th March 2024

Judgment handed down in the matter of Financial Conduct Authority v (1) Wealthtek LLP (2) Jonathan Edward Dance

Judgment was handed down last week in the matter of Financial Conduct Authority v (1) Wealthtek LLP (2) Jonathan Edward Dance. This is the latest decision from the Chancery Division in these proceedings brought by the regulator arising from its investigation into WealthTek LLP and Mr John Dance in which James Purchas has been representing the FCA […]

5th March 2024

Ben Pilling KC and Ruth Bala co-author Butterworths article on shared appreciation mortgages

The trial of alleged mis-selling of shared appreciation mortgages by Bank of Scotland plc was listed for early 2024 but has very recently settled. In this article Ben Pilling KC and Ruth Bala review the issues that would have been tried. Did the ‘excessive’ finance charge generate an ‘unfair relationship’? Would the Court have used […]

12th February 2024

Ruth Bala successful in Nash v Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd [2023] EWHC 2326 (KB)

Freedman J has handed down judgment in Nash v Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd [2023] EWHC 2326 (KB). Ruth Bala successfully represented Volkswagen FS, instructed by Lester Aldridge LLP. The case concerned a newly purchased motor vehicle which had caught fire: the purchaser’s expert said that the most likely cause was an electrical defect, whereas […]

25th September 2023

Elliott Cook acts for FCA in unauthorised collective investment scheme case: ‘FCA v Forster & Ors’

On 28 July 2023, the High Court handed down judgment in The Financial Conduct Authority v Forster & Ors [2023] EWHC 1973 (Ch), a claim by the FCA relating to an unauthorised collective investment scheme. The unlawful scheme involved the sale to investors of 125-year leases in individual rooms within care homes owned by Qualia […]

7th August 2023

Ruth Bala joins 4 Pump Court

We are delighted to announce that Ruth Bala has joined 4 Pump Court. Ruth has a stellar specialist practice in banking, financial services, regulatory and advisory work. Ruth is an outstanding advocate in high demand, frequently representing clients in her sectors. She advises corporates on financial regulatory compliance and is an expert on the detailed rules governing […]

26th June 2023

Alex Potts KC appointed to the panel of Senior Decision Makers of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission

Alex Potts KC has been appointed to the panel of Senior Decision Makers of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Senior Decision Makers, sitting alone, hear GFSC enforcement cases involving contested allegations of regulatory shortcomings against a licensee and individual directors. Senior Decision Makers are also required to determine the penalties that are to be imposed. […]

14th June 2023

Legal 500 Awards Nominations 2022

We are delighted to share that 4 Pump Court has been shortlisted in 10 categories at The Legal 500 2022 Awards. Junior of the year – Luke WygasConstruction and Energy junior of the year – James BowlingConstruction and Energy set of the yearConstruction and Energy silk of the year – Sean Brannigan KCFinancial Services and Insurance junior of the year […]

6th July 2022

James Purchas and Rebecca Keating successful in substantial pension mis-selling FCA case ‘Page & Ors. V...

The Upper Tribunal handed down its judgment on Wednesday 4 May in the case of Page & Ors. V Financial Conduct Authority. James and Rebecca represented the successful Financial Conduct Authority in its case against 5 individuals involving the transfer of more than 1,500 retail customers’ pensions totalling more than £60 million, which was invested […]

6th May 2022

Sanctions: related matters

Some of our sanctions related legal work includes: Nick Vineall KC Nick appeared in the Supreme Court for the shareholders of Bank Mellat in the bank’s successful claim that British government sanctions against the Iranian bank were irrational and therefore unlawful.  Nick then led the Bank’s team on its subsequent claim for damages under the […]

12th April 2022

Podcast: “The War in Ukraine – financial and maritime implications of the sanctions regime”

Lord Garnier KC, Ian Gaunt and Anna Hoffmann share some reflections on the situation in Ukraine, the sanctions regime, the types of disputes that may arise, the new Economic Crime Act, the role of lawyers, and effective relief avenues. Nothing in this podcast constitutes legal advice and any political views expressed are the speaker’s own […]

8th April 2022

FCA v Avacade in the Court of Appeal

Nick Vineall KC, leading Adam Temple, represented the FCA in the recent pension misselling case of FCA v Avacade.  The CA has just delivered judgment dismissing various Defendants’ appeals and upholding the decision of Adam Johnston KC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge). More than 2000 consumers had transferred £91.8 million from their pensions […]

5th August 2021

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