Head of chambers
Mr Nick Vineall KC, Mr Sean Brannigan KC
4 Pump Court is a leading set of commercial barristers’ chambers, with a reputation for excellence in advocacy. We pride ourselves on our reputation as an approachable, supportive and friendly place to work.
The work of chambers covers virtually every aspect of commercial law, with particular expertise in: construction and engineering; international arbitration; energy; insurance and reinsurance; technology and telecommunications; shipping; banking; and professional negligence. We are ranked highly in the legal directories in all our areas of specialism.
We look to recruit bright, independent-minded candidates with excellent academic qualifications (minimum 2.1) who have the potential to become outstanding barristers and advocates. They will be articulate and confident, and have the ability to get on with people and to demonstrate common sense and sound judgment. We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, and select candidates for pupillage and tenancy on merit.
Our pupils have three pupil supervisors (two in the first six, one in the second six) so they experience as broad a range of our work as possible. In the second six months they undertake a significant case load of their own. We place great emphasis on the development of advocacy skills and are committed to giving our pupils as much court experience as we can.
We will recruit for one pupillage commencing October 2023 and two pupillages commencing in 2024. We are outside the Pupillage Gateway but follow the same application timetable. Applications for pupillage must be made on our standard application form, which can be downloaded from our website, and submitted online, or by email to [email protected], or by post.
For 2023: a pupillage award of £70,000 plus second six earnings. For 2024: pupillage awards of £80,000, of which up to £25,000 may be advanced during the Bar Professional Training Course, plus second six earnings guaranteed to be at least £10,000. Fees earned by all pupils in their second six months are in addition to the pupillage award.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
Competition and regulatory work involves a mixture of commercial, public and European law.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.