4 Pump Court is not a law firm. Its individual barrister members (whether junior counsel or Queen's Counsel) do not practise as partners or work as employees. Rather, 4 Pump Court contains the separate, self-contained offices of individual barristers, each self-employed and working separately. Indeed, (as in all specialist sets) individual barristers within 4 Pump Court are commonly retained by opposing sides in the same dispute, both in litigation and arbitration. As well as acting on opposing sides, individuals regularly appear in front of other members of chambers acting as Deputy Judges or Arbitrators. Members of chambers may be instructed individually or in a team to provide a wide range and level of expertise in both contentious and non-contentious work.
We have a protocol for safeguarding confidentiality within chambers, especially where members of chambers represent conflicting interests.