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Chambers of Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC

1 ATKIN BUILDING, GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5AT, ENGLAND
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1033 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Atkin Chambers is β€˜one of the best construction and engineering chambers in the UK, if not the world’, where β€˜the strength in depth is unparalleled’. Members have β€˜substantive experience and profound knowledge of the construction industry and its latest developments’, and are also noted for their β€˜responsiveness and approachability, despite their tight schedules’. The clerks are β€˜always friendly and accommodating’, and provide β€˜a professional and attentive service’. In particular, senior clerk Justin Wilson is β€˜an asset to chambers’, who β€˜really looks after solicitors and is trusted 100% by them’; he is β€˜always reliable and transparent, and will go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction’. At senior practice manager level, Andrew Burrows is β€˜proactive and responsive’, and β€˜happy to have an open discussion about fees’, and Rob Bryant is β€˜a standout clerk’. Julie Demeritt, the chief operations officer, is another key contact. At the time of going to press, it had been announced that David Barnes would be joining from 39 Essex Chambers as director of clerking. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Atkin Chambers is β€˜a well-run set’, with a worldwide footprint in construction law. Director of clerking David Barnes, who joined from 39 Essex Chambers, is β€˜always helpful and reasonable’, and senior clerk Justin Wilson is β€˜well organised and always provides useful recommendations on counsel for different cases; he knows the Hong Kong market very well’. Daniel Jones, who manages arbitral appointments, is β€˜very helpful and responsive’.

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London Bar

Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Atkin Chambers

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 $5.2bn 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.

Construction – Leading silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is meticulous and has an excellent reading of the tribunal.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A highly sought-after silk and innovative thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A quiet assassin, who is unbelievably clever.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He has a first-rate brain and is impressive with judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A persuasive advocate, who rapidly assimilates facts and immerses himself thoroughly in every case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A ferociously clever, forensic and incisive cross-examiner; a highly effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An outstanding counsel; he is thorough, thoughtful and truly first-rate on detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Knowledgeable, precise and willing to debate the client’s commercial strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An extremely robust, meticulous and strategically excellent big-picture thinker.’

Ranked: tier 3

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A go-to silk with strong legal and commercial skills and efficient delivery.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He swiftly cuts to the real issues and understands the commercial levers at play in every case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Walker QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A reassuring presence for clients requiring pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A very strong silk with a calm approach, who grasps complex issues quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Amazingly diligent, incisive and dedicated like no other.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Acton Davis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely charming and respected by clients, solicitors and the courts alike.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Hands-on, approachable and extremely bright.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – 2016 silks

Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A very persuasive advocate and supreme strategist with a razor-sharp mind.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A persuasive advocate, who masters the detail and leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 1

Serena Cheng QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Superbly organised, very intelligent and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜A smooth operator, who knows how to tell a story to his client’s advantage.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Clarke - Atkin Chambers β€˜An excellent technical lawyer and an outstanding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜Charismatic and able to think of points that would not occur to his opponents.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Clay - Atkin Chambers β€˜He demonstrates tremendous capacity for analysis and impressive grasp of legal complexities.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Collings - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is charm personified with a brilliant style in international arbitration tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fenn - Atkin Chambers β€˜Immensely hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

Camille Slow - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very bright and engaging with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jennifer Jones - Atkin Chambers β€˜Enthusiastic and a very capable team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lucie Briggs - Atkin Chambers β€˜An active junior with a fast-growing practice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Lixenberg - Atkin Chambers β€˜He demonstrates tactical nous and translates it into shrewd and timely advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

RΓ³nΓ‘n Hanna - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very able, with a promising future ahead.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Crawshaw - Atkin Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and attentive to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin Chambers β€˜He combines a fine analytical mind with a fantastic level of commitment to the client.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is highly regarded for construction disputes in the energy sector. David Streatfeild-James QC led Mark Chennells in MT HΓΈjgaard A/S v E.ON Climate and Renewables and another, which concerns a failure of offshore wind foundations caused by the international design code.

Energy – Leading silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Attentive to detail, sharp and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A truly innovative thinker.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for projects work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Simply brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is tremendously bright and commands authority.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Solid number crunching skills and outstanding work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He grapples with the detail and has excellent technical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is a strategy machine and a superstar, who runs the show.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Crawshaw - Atkin Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and attentive to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜A well-regarded and experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Atkin Chambers

Members at Atkin Chambers have β€˜intellectual strength in depth’ and experience in handling disputes concerning IT implementations; for example, a Β£500m case arising out of the computerisation of a medical records system.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very experienced in complex and high-value cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A strong advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A diligent and personable barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is good at identifying the key points in a case and focusing on them.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Clarke - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is diligent, approachable and prepared to challenge assumptions.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is β€˜very good in construction and energy disputes’ with β€˜excellent clerking arrangements and good availability’. Members are particularly well placed for Middle Eastern and Asia-related cases. Major work includes a number of significant disputes linked to the widening of the Panama Canal.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An outstanding arbitration barrister and fantastic thinker and strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An astonishing silk, who dazzles the tribunal in a smooth way.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very good on detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Incredibly hardworking and his incisive cross-examination is a real strength.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He has substantive experience and profound knowledge of the construction industry.’

Ranked: tier 3

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A strong arbitration silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Well regarded for international arbitration and construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Phenomenally clever, strategically astute and incredibly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2016 silks

Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An excellent practitioner and ferocious cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and effective.’

Ranked: tier 1

Serena Cheng QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A new silk, who is highly rated for arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜He provides good legal analysis, stamina in evidence review and detailed pleadings.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fenn - Atkin Chambers β€˜A fantastic writer and advocate, and a very effective cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜A strategy machine and a superstar; he runs the show.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is β€˜excellent in construction, engineering and energy-related professional negligence cases’, and is an β€˜approachable set’ containing β€˜top-quality individuals’. Multiple members are instructed in ITV Properties v Capita Property and Infrastructure regarding a construction dispute, and Nicholas Baatz QC is representing The Bull Ring in proceedings against architects, engineers and design and build contractors relating to defects on the exterior of a department store.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Vast experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Imaginative, determined and legally very bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very good at making the complex simple.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Impressive and technically very able.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very able and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A solid silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Walker QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very commercial and technically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2016 silks

Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He has excellent client-handling skills and a real β€œcan-do” attitude.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very good on the detail; he won’t miss anything.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Camille Slow - Atkin Chambers β€˜She has an ability to assimilate, analyse and fully understand complex, technical information quickly and thoroughly.’

Ranked: tier 3

RΓ³nΓ‘n Hanna - Atkin Chambers β€˜Hardworking and organised.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Collings - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very astute.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jennifer Jones - Atkin Chambers β€˜She is very robust, technically sound and has a strong manner.’

Ranked: tier 5

Lucie Briggs - Atkin Chambers β€˜A top-choice barrister.’

Ranked: tier 5

Marc Lixenberg - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very user-friendly, diligent and proactive.’

Ranked: tier 6

Mischa Balen - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking and bright.’

Ranked: tier 6

Omar Eljadi - Atkin Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 6

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜Delivers practical advice and quickly identifies the issues.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Atkin Chambers is β€˜one of the best construction and engineering chambers in the UK, if not the world’, where β€˜the strength in depth is unparalleled’. Members have β€˜substantive experience and profound knowledge of the construction industry and its latest developments’, and are also noted for their β€˜responsiveness and approachability, despite their tight schedules’. The clerks are β€˜always friendly and accommodating’, and provide β€˜a professional and attentive service’. In particular, senior clerk Justin Wilson is β€˜an asset to chambers’, who β€˜really looks after solicitors and is trusted 100% by them’; he is β€˜always reliable and transparent, and will go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction’. At senior practice manager level, Andrew Burrows is β€˜proactive and responsive’, and β€˜happy to have an open discussion about fees’, and Rob Bryant is β€˜a standout clerk’. Julie Demeritt, the chief operations officer, is another key contact. At the time of going to press, it had been announced that David Barnes would be joining from 39 Essex Chambers as director of clerking. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Construction

Members of Atkin Chambers have β€˜extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the construction industry and its latest legal developments’. The set appears in a range of disputes concerning structures from power stations through to tunnels and bridges. Hong Kong is a key jurisdiction for chambers, and it also receives a number of instructions from the construction arms of South Korean chaebols.

Construction – Leading silks

Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is strong in advocacy and cross-examination, making persuasive and intelligible submissions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is highly intelligent, knows the industry and can understand volumes of information in short periods of time.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He appears for contractors and subcontractors, often regarding megaprojects and/or matters linked to Hong Kong.’

Ranked: tier 1

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Sharp and comprehensive; she can always be counted on for pragmatic and incisive advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He provides very thoughtful, technical and robust written advice, which proves critical in the pre-dispute stage.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Excellent to work with, extremely responsive and always on top of the details.’

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜A very competent and able barrister with wonderful client skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

Atkin Chambers receives a strong roster of instructions from Korean construction companies. It is also particularly noted for matters involving power station construction and LNG projects.

Energy – Leading silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very easy to work with and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A popular choice for Korean construction companies.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Instructed in power construction cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is quick to gain the confidence of clients and tribunals alike.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Market overview

Atkin Chambers is β€˜a well-run set’, with a worldwide footprint in construction law. Director of clerking David Barnes, who joined from 39 Essex Chambers, is β€˜always helpful and reasonable’, and senior clerk Justin Wilson is β€˜well organised and always provides useful recommendations on counsel for different cases; he knows the Hong Kong market very well’. Daniel Jones, who manages arbitral appointments, is β€˜very helpful and responsive’.

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