4 Essex Court boosts commercial by four

The chambers of 4 Pump Court has been hit by the loss of three tenants, including respected commercial specialist Lindsay Boswell QC, to shipping and commercial chambers 4 Essex Court, which has also hired the eminent Littleton Chambers silk Julian Malins QC.

The hires, which bring the number of tenants to 44, including 13 silks, follow a successful financial year that has seen turnover rocket by 25 per cent to £12.5m.

The set has targeted international commercial work and aviation in a bid to shed its image as a shipping and insurance specialist. This is reflected in the recruitment of both Malins, a commercial, banking and shipping expert who appears regularly in courts in the Caymans and Bermuda, and Boswell, who has a strong international aviation practice and is building up expertise in overseas conflict of laws and energy disputes.

Boswell joins 4 Essex Court with former 4 Pump Court tenants Kirsten Houghton and Yash Kulnarni. Both have broad commercial practices. Also joining is senior junior Stephen Cogley, formerly of Manchester set Merchant Chambers, who is described as one of the biggest earners in the regions at his level. Cogley is currently acting in the pay dispute between pop star Morrissey and The Smiths’ former drummer Mike Joyce.

Boswell commented: “We’re moving to a set which has a very strong clerking team and is committed to democratic administration. I think 4 Essex is on the up. We all have a strong loyalty to the set we’ve been at for a long time. I was at 4 Pump Court for 20 years, but sometimes one has to face up to the fact that somewhere else is better.

“It also complies with Bar-mark and the disciplines of Barmark, which is attractive in itself, and it has a strategic vision for the future, particularly for international work.”

4 Pump Court was unavailable for comment.