FCA v Avacade in the Court of Appeal

Nick Vineall QC, 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 QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge). More than 2000 consumers had transferred £91.8 million from their pensions […]

5th August 2021

Adams v Options SIPP: the perils of unregulated introductions

Introduction The Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Adams v Options UK Personal Pensions LLP [2021] EWCA Civ 474  has the potential to have very significant implications for “execution-only” SIPP providers and others in the regulated sector who accept clients brought to them by unregulated introducers. If the unregulated introducer oversteps the mark and undertakes […]

2nd June 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

Promoting unregulated investments: it’s the reality of the relationship that counts (FCA v Avacade)

In FCA v Avacade [2020] EWHC 1673 (Ch) the High Court considered several points important for the financial services sector (particularly for unregulated entities), practitioners, and the regulator. Kajetan Wandowicz has written an analysis of the judgment for LexisNexis PSL. The Defendants purported to outline to their customers the options available to them for dealing […]

6th July 2020

FCA v Avacade: SIPP Transfers Under the Spotlight

Nick Vineall QC successfully represented the Financial Conduct Authority in its claim against two companies and three individuals involved in the promotion of pension transfers into self-invested personal pensions. Nearly two thousand UK consumers transferred pensions worth over £86 million, a large percentage of which was used to invest into non-mainstream investments. Following a trial […]

30th 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

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

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

Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd v Bresco Electrical Services Ltd

The TCC has granted declarations and an injunction preventing an adjudication brought by a company in liquidation from proceeding. Thomas Crangle appeared for the successful Claimant. In Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Limited v Bresco Electrical Services Limited (In Liquidation) [2018]EWHC 2043 (TCC), Bresco commenced an adjudication alleging repudiation of a sub-sub-contract and seeking decisions as […]

1st August 2018

Publication of Adam Temple and Robert Scrivener’s book on Financial Ombudsman Service Claims

Law Brief Publishing has published the first edition of A Practical Guide to Financial Service Claims, written by Robert Scrivener and Adam Temple. The book cuts a path through the rules of the Financial Ombudsman Service (or ‘FOS’) with practical guidance on the law and procedure of FOS complaints. It provides an indispensable guide for […]

29th May 2018

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