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Atkin Chambers is a set of commercial barristers with an extensive international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Members' extensive expertise and experience includes complementary areas such as energy, information technology and telecommunications, professional negligence, shipping, and general commercial law.

The set: Members have wide experience of courts and tribunals ranging from the Supreme Court to the county court, international and domestic arbitrations, public inquiries, adjudications and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Members also deal with litigation and advice in many jurisdictions around the world. They are frequently appointed as arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators.

In the UK members work on cases of all sizes in court and arbitration from domestic disputes to many landmark and high-profile cases including disputes relating to the Shard, Wembley Stadium, Heathrow T5, and London Underground, as well as major oil and gas, and renewable energy projects.

Atkin is also known for substantial international disputes. Members are regularly involved in high-value construction, energy and infrastructure projects around the globe, and appear in international arbitrations seated in all continents.

Members author and edit a number of authoritative and influential texts. The seminal work on the law relating to building and engineering contracts in the UK and internationally – Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts – has been edited in Chambers since 1959 and is cited in many common law jurisdictions.

Types of work undertaken: Construction: members provide representation and advice on a wide range of legal issues in a domestic and international context. Projects in relation to which members services are sought include house construction, roadbuilding, power plants, tunnels, bridges, airports, telecommunication projects, submarines, railway construction and rolling stock disputes, and shipbuilding and ship repair projects. Clients also seek advice and representation on matters such as PFI, PPP and public procurement.

Energy: members act in connection with large-scale national and international projects relating to energy matters, including the exploration and exploitation of both oil and gas, often involving joint ventures, as well as utilities and renewables. Advice is given on differing aspects of the oil and gas world, including long-term natural gas contracts, joint operating agreements, tariff agreements, oil and gas transportation, pipeline installation, and the design and construction of offshore structures, including platforms and FPSOs.

IT and telecommunications: members advise clients in disputes relating to IT, including those concerning hardware and software development, procurement and maintenance, systems integration, distribution, licensing and outsourcing agreements, and in more general litigation involving smartcards, robotics and network infrastructures. Members have expertise in telecoms, including specification and performance, as well as regulation. Past disputes have concerned such matters as benchmarking, PFI and consulting.

Professional indemnity: members often provide advice and representation to professionals covering such as aspects as negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Such professionals include architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, valuers, solicitors and those who provide IT services.

General commercial: members have expertise in a wide range of commercial matters, both as an adjunct to construction, energy and IT matters, but also independently of them. Services are provided in conjunction with banking, performance bonds and guarantees, insurance, PFI matters and the financing and structuring of large, multi-party commercial projects.


  • Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Cantonese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

Asia Pacific

Atkin Chambers is a leading set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on cases concerning construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, power, water/sanitation, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is often, but not always, related to such disputes.

The barristers at Atkin Chambers offer a huge breadth and depth of experience in technically complex disputes and many are recognised as being leaders in their field.

Members’ international work frequently involves complex cross-border disputes, involving parties from several jurisdictions.

Increasingly members are instructed on behalf of companies from Asia-Pacific operating overseas as they extend their international operations in projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Barristers practise in many of the world’s leading arbitration centres and are highly-experienced in handling disputes under the major international arbitration rules including:

  • The SIAC and SCMA (Singapore), HKIAC (Hong Kong), KCAB (South Korea), and the AIAC (Malaysia)

The barristers at Atkin Chambers have been instructed in major project disputes in the APAC region including: mixed use developments across commercial, retail, domestic and leisure; transport infrastructure across road, rail, air and sea; and energy projects including all upstream and downstream oil and gas work, power generation from traditional technologies like coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and newer technologies like solar, wind and waste-to-energy.

Members also have significant marine and submarine experience — most famously acting in the ‘Solitaire’ bulk carrier conversion dispute in Sembawang Corporation v Pacific Ocean Shipbuilding [2004] EWHC 2743 (Comm).

Since 1959, the members of Atkin Chambers have edited ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’, the seminal textbook on construction law, which is now in its 13th edition. Hudson has always had a strong international element, comparing and commenting on legal developments in numerous Commonwealth and other jurisdictions, including those of Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Areas of practice:

  • Commercial
  • Construction and engineering
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Infrastructure and PFI/PPP
  • IT and telecommunications
  • Professional negligence
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction
  • Transport
  • Languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)

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