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  1. Construction – Leading sets
  2. Construction – Leading silks
  3. Construction – 2016 silks
  4. Construction – 2017 silks
  5. Construction – Leading juniors

Construction – Leading silks

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Construction – 2016 silks

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Construction – 2017 silks

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    • Serena Cheng QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Superbly organised, very intelligent and commercial.’
    • Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A very strong and tactical lawyer, who becomes part of the team and fights for success.’
    • William Godwin QC - 3 Hare Court β€˜An expert on FIDIC contracts and related arbitration.’
    • Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A true fighter, who works incredibly hard to secure a win.’
    • Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A persuasive advocate, who masters the detail and leaves no stone unturned.’
    • Tom Montagu-Smith QC - XXIV Old Buildings β€˜An extremely able advocate, who has a full command of the fact and an attractive manner with judges.’

Construction – Leading juniors

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Atkin Chambers β€˜epitomises strength in depth’, housing members with β€˜substantive experience as well as profound knowledge of the industry and its latest developments’. The specialist set is renowned for its involvement in large infrastructure project disputes on a national and international scale. Manus McMullan QC is acting in several cases arising from the $5.2m Panama Canal expansion and was recently successful in the epic Third Set of Locks dispute, while David Streatfeild-James QC is leading Mark Chennells in the Β£100m TCC proceedings of Connect Plus (M25) v Highways England.

From β€˜superior range and quality’ of juniors to the β€˜unsurpassed collective depth of experience’ of the silks, Keating Chambers remains at the β€˜top of its game’, especially for technically complex cases. Members display β€˜passion for their work and practice’, and are typically instructed on large-scale arbitration and litigation proceedings domestically and abroad. The quality of counsel often places barristers on both sides of a dispute, for example in Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick and others. Key cases also include Hyder Consulting v AMEC and E.ON v MT Hojgaard. Paul Darling QC recently left for 39 Essex Chambers, while Nerys Jefford QC and Finola O’Farrell QC have been appointed to the High Court Bench.

The β€˜progressive, dynamic and well-run’ chambers of 4 Pump Court provides β€˜real quality at all levels’ and β€˜takes ownership of the instructions as a team to ensure delivery on time and on budget’. The set is a popular choice for arbitration proceedings in the Middle East; Sean Brannigan QC led James Leabeater in an arbitration arising from the construction of a skyscraper in Dubai (successfully securing a $250m award for their clients), while Rachel Ansell QC acted in the LCIA arbitration pertaining to the EPC contract for the construction of a water desalination plant.

Members of the β€˜immensely strong’ 39 Essex Chambers are β€˜commercially focused and genuinely willing to be get involved as part of a wider legal team’. The senior end of chambers was bolstered in 2017 when Paul Darling QC joined from Keating Chambers, and Kate Grange QC and Karim Ghaly QC took silk. Prior to their appointments, Grange acted in a multimillion-pound TCC dispute pertaining to a PFI contract for the construction of schools in Bradford, and Ghaly represented the main contractor in Iliffe and another v Feltham Construction and others. Stuart Catchpole QC remains engaged in several large-scale ICC and LMAA arbitration proceedings, and is representing Kier Group in a substantial defective design claim. In the clerks’ room, Owen Lawrence provides β€˜the highest level of service at the construction Bar’ and goes β€˜above and beyond for clients’.

4 New Square’s expertise lies in construction disputes with an insurance element, for example, Mark Cannon QC handles coverage and negligence disputes arising from residential and commercial projects. Roger Stewart QC appeared in a claim against the architects and engineers responsible for a Β£600m residential development in Knightsbridge.

The β€˜top-notch’ members of Crown Office Chambers handle domestic and international disputes arising from energy and infrastructure projects. Michael Curtis QC was involved in Amey Wye Valley v The County of Herefordshire District Council, while David Sears QC was instructed by a design and build subcontractor in a dispute arising from the construction of a new campus for Barnsley College. Jane Davies Evans left for 3 Verulam Buildings.

The β€˜leading construction risks practice’ at Hardwicke includes Nigel Jones QC, who is acting for Keller in a potential liability case relating to the design and contract for the construction of a wine warehouse in Avonmouth. Paul Reed QC represented the claimant in a dispute arising from the construction of the Rolls Building.

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