Head of chambers
Mr Nick Vineall QC, Mr Sean Brannigan QC
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 solely 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 are recruiting for pupillage commencing October 2021. We are outside the Pupillage Gateway system. Applications for pupillage must be made on our standard application form, which can be downloaded from our website, and submitted by 4pm on Friday, 10 January 2020 either online, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post.
Limited places are available throughout the year upon application by completing the application form available to download from our website, to be submitted to email@example.com.
Two funded pupillages with awards of £70,000, of which up to £15,000 may be advanced during the Bar Professional Training Course. Any fees earned in the second six months are in addition to the 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.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
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.