Head of chambers
Mr Sean Brannigan KC, Ms Rachel Ansell KC
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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.
You’ll have four pupil supervisors, each for three months. Together, they aim to give you a rounded experience of Chambers’ key practice areas. The first six months will involve training from your pupil supervisors in the work of a commercial barrister. You will accompany them to Court and conferences with clients and produce written work. They’ll review your work and provide constructive feedback. It is a steep learning curve – your supervisors will help you master skills required by successful barristers.
We will recruit for one pupillage commencing September 2024 and two pupillages commencing in 2025. 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].
We offer awards of £80,000, of which up to £25,000 may be advanced during the Bar Professional Training Course plus second six gross billing guaranteed to be at least £10,000. As a result, we are confident that we offer our pupils a highly competitive financial package.
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.
Barristers involved in this field deal with claims against professionals such as architects, accountants, solicitors and financial advisers.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.