The Legal Cheek View
“Totally absorbing: every case is like a massive chess match. Cutting edge law, global clients and very high stakes: what’s not to like? It’s why you come to the bar,” sums up the working lives of barristers at 4 Pump Court one junior tell us. The silver circle set is the home of ex-Solicitor General Lord Garnier QC and offers a diverse mix of high-end commercial practice including shipping, professional negligence, IT, banking, energy, arbitration, insurance and construction (probably its biggest cash cow).
4 Pump Court offers “probably the widest range of ‘technical’ commercial work at the bar,” one tenant reports, “from classic car frauds, to banking, to building power stations”, which always keep members on their toes. The set is recognised domestically and internationally for its specialist technology work receiving “some of the most interesting instructions in this area”. The set even has its own technology-focused podcast, ‘TechLaw’, where tenants explore topical issues in technology law, with a particular focus on AI, blockchain technology and emerging tech.
Junior barristers can expect the chance to get “involved in really big-ticket commercial trials and arbitrations all the time, [and] there’s a valuable balance between being led by QCs and doing proper advocacy on your own”. The set’s mix of work across the commercial spectrum means there is “never a dull day” as a tenant at 4 Pump Court. Big cases of late include a dispute arising from a power project on a military base in the Falkland Islands, a Supreme Court landmark arbitration decision based on the legal duties of arbitrators as well as a case involving thirty classic cars, many extremely rare, whereby two members acted successfully for the claimant, who was awarded over £13 million in damages. The set also boasts of its expertise in Islamic finance disputes, for those who can tell their murabaha from their sukuk structures.
What The Junior Barristers Say
Your journey to pupillage
Anna first attended high school in Switzerland and went onto study History and Politics at Oxford. Following her undergraduate degree, she completed a Master’s in Public Policy in Berlin at the Hertie School of Governance, followed by the GDL and BPTC, achieving distinction or equivalent in each.
On her journey, Anna participated in the Jessup Moot in 2015, going on to coach in four subsequent years, as well as various varsity and Inn competitions.
On her route to 4 Pump Court, Anna undertook several short internships including with Amnesty International and also volunteered during the refugee crisis in Berlin in 2015. Employment wise, she has worked at international law firm Homburger AG in Switzerland, environmental policy consultancy Adelphi and various policy focused internships including RAND in Cambridge.
Prior to being offered pupillage with 4 Pump Court, Anna had conducted mini-pupillages at Essex Court and 39 Essex Chambers, with several others lined up, although not completed due to her pupillage offer, which she thinks helped her applications stand out.