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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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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Simply the best construction set in London’, Atkin Chambers is β€˜a cut above the rest’, offering β€˜top-quality’ and experienced counsel and arbitrators across the board, and all with β€˜in-depth construction law and engineering knowledge’. β€˜Loved across the Bar and by solicitors’, the return of β€˜Commander’ David Barnes as chief executive, following a successful stint at 39 Essex Chambers, has been welcomed by clients. Senior clerk Justin Wilson β€˜always has a solution for you’. Barnes and β€˜fantastic’ senior clerk Justin Wilson (β€˜goes the extra mile and nothing is too difficult’) make a strong leadership team in a clerks’ room that is β€˜very responsive and completely understands solicitors’ needs’; β€˜nothing fazes these clerks’. Elsewhere, β€˜Very commercial’ senior practice manager Andrew Burrows is β€˜terribly knowledgeable and helpful’, while the β€˜responsive’ Rob Bryant is a β€˜standout’ senior practice manager. Julie Demeritt is chief operating officer. 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

The β€˜renowned’ Atkin Chambers has Manus McMullan QC acting on multiple cases in the multi-billion-dollar Panama Canal litigation, while Andrew White QC and Mark Chennells were involved in Fluor Ltd v Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd, one of the largest quantum disputes in the Technology and Construction Court.

Construction – Leading silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Impressive and adds gravitas.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜One of the heavy guns to call when there is a complex, high-value construction dispute.’

Ranked: tier 1

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is to the point, strategic and principled; a hard worker and a brilliant and practical mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜She is very 'hands-on' and provides clear, firm views – excellent in conference and on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜She is clear and direct in her advice – she tells it like it is.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very bright and inventive, he likes a challenge and cares about the outcome.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He formulates imaginative legal solutions and is very tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very bright, responsive, practical and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very thorough and hands on.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A sharp mind, able to quickly distil complicated issues into straight-forward concepts, never compromising his tenacious advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Significant expertise in the water sector, she is able to understand complex engineering issues and distil them into relatively straightforward issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Acton Davis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A most eloquent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜At the top of his game: he wants to win his cases and he does so.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Walker QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Brilliant advocate, very difficult to beat.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Clear, concise advice, and commercially astute.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Thorough, user friendly, good with clients and very commercial.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright, and able to see answers that others can’t.’

Ranked: tier 1

Serena Cheng QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Bold decision maker, sticks to her guns, technically excellent, calm, confident and considered, and an excellent people person.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking, very bright, and excellent to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Clarke - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very sound, technically very good, with years of experience under his belt.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Collings - Atkin Chambers β€˜A brilliant lawyer, a superb strategist and an excellent oral and written advocate; a silk in waiting.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜Great communicator, affable and bright, with a keen eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Clay - Atkin Chambers β€˜Recommended for construction adjudications.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fenn - Atkin Chambers β€˜An impressive junior who performs above his year of call.’

Ranked: tier 3

Frances Pigott - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and quickly gets to grips with complex contractual issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Camille Slow - Atkin Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright, considered, well prepared, and excellent on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Felicity Dynes - Atkin Chambers 'A very good junior destined for great things. Bright and conscientious and very approachable.'

Ranked: tier 4

Jennifer Jones - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely good at advocacy, she is the one you want when you have a hearing.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lucie Briggs - Atkin Chambers β€˜Outstanding construction junior counsel. User friendly, practical and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Lixenberg - Atkin Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright, he certainly goes the extra mile: nothing is too much trouble for him.’

Ranked: tier 4

RΓ³nΓ‘n Hanna - Atkin Chambers β€˜Responsive, analytical, calm, technically strong, with an engaging advocacy style.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Crawshaw - Atkin Chambers β€˜Knows his field inside out, with an excellent technical grasp.’

Ranked: tier 4

Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely well prepared and very well-spoken, he delivers arguments in a very clear and concise manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Atkin Chambers

Fielding some of β€˜the top energy construction barristers in London’, Atkin Chambers provides β€˜strong service’, and its practitioners are β€˜outstandingly available’. It has been increasingly active in matters pertaining to renewable and nuclear energy, as well as in more traditional oil, gas and power work. Mark Chennells represented ZPMC in a high-profile $400m quantum case against Fluor arising out of the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Stephen Dennison QC acted for Engie in a Β£25m dispute with one of its contractors constructing upstream facilities in a North Sea gas field.

Energy – Leading silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Impressive, and adds gravitas.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A fantastic trial lawyer with a frightening ability to retain and order information.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Incredibly easy to work with; unreservedly a master of her subject, but down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 3

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Tactically shrewd and good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Very bright, likes a challenge and cares about the outcome. Inventive, hardworking and very persuasive in hearings.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Has a wealth of experience in construction-related energy disputes, and has considerable gravitas in front of tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Has a keen eye for detail, and is good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Quickly gets a handle on the issues, provides robust advice and is easy to work.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A real stand-out barrister in the energy sector; has always had a phenomenal practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Serena Cheng QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A tenacious advocate, and very strong on the advisory side.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜Provides accurate, concise and speedy advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Crawshaw - Atkin Chambers β€˜Hardworking and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜Thorough, good on detail and very client-focused.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers provides an β€˜impressive level of service’ and leverages its significant construction sector expertise to advise on large infrastructure systems disputes with IT and telecoms aspects. Members frequently act for large hardware and software providers, as well as government bodies in contractual and commercial issues.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is a very intelligent, strategic lawyer, able to deal with highly complex matters very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An extremely talented silk; he formulates imaginative legal solutions and is a very tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He absolutely masters the documents and considers the strengths and weaknesses of both side’s positions.’

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

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is extremely hardworking, very bright and excellent to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Clarke - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is commercially minded, offers attention to detail, and quickly grasps the key issues in dispute.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers has β€˜many experienced counsel and arbitrators with in-depth construction law knowledge’. The set offers an impressive range of silks and juniors, many of whom have excellent track records in major infrastructure disputes. A significant highlight has been successfully representing the Panama Canal Authority in Grupo Unidos per el Canal v Autoridad del Canal de Panama.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An excellent construction silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜His experience, professionalism and work ethic are tremendous.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Excellent on his feet and a man for big occasions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A heavyweight of the construction Bar with a formidable presence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Quick to respond and approachable, and renowned for his expertise in the construction field.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Meticulous, straight to the point, and has good advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in energy and infrastructure disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Produces compelling arguments always put with extraordinary persuasion and perfection.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Bright, hands on and good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A star junior silk, fantastically cerebral yet also pleasant to work with and has a great work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 1

Serena Cheng QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A tenacious advocate and very good at advising clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin Chambers β€˜Thorough, good on detail, and very client focused.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fenn - Atkin Chambers β€˜Absolutely first class in every respect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜Gets stuck into the detail and provides creative legal arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is praised for its β€˜excellent strength in depth’ for professional negligence and it is a β€˜key choice for complex technology, construction and engineering negligence cases’; its β€˜outstanding reputation is well deserved’. David Streatfeild-James QC appeared in Supreme Court case MT Hojgaard AS v E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Ltd and Anor, which examined the failure of offshore wind farm foundations. Meanwhile, Fiona Parkin QC represented the respondent in Court of Appeal case Lejonvarn v Burgess and Anor, which held that an architect and project manager, who supplied professional services to friends free of charge and without entering into a contract, owed a duty in tort to exercise reasonable skill and care.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Has a wealth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He has superb client skills and is a thorough and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A delight to work with and always amazes in how he can find the needle in the haystack.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chantal-AimΓ©e Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Excellent on construction-related professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Commercially astute.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is extremely commercial and can see the bigger picture.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Vastly experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Able to understand complex engineering issues and distil them into relatively straightforward issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is experienced across engineering, energy and technology disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜A great choice for construction-related disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜An extremely talented silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely reliable and never ever lets the client down.’

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Walker QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜Excellent technical advice.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2017 silks

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is exceptionally bright and will be able to see answers that others can’t.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Camille Slow - Atkin Chambers β€˜Considered, well prepared and excellent on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

RΓ³nΓ‘n Hanna - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is hardworking, reliable and his ability to get to the bottom of technical problem quickly is invaluable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Collings - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is able to identify the key factual and legal issues very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jennifer Jones - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely good at advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 5

Lucie Briggs - Atkin Chambers β€˜She is a star.’

Ranked: tier 5

Mischa Balen - Atkin Chambers β€˜He is fiercely intelligent and works with the speed and efficiency of a barrister many years beyond his call.’

Ranked: tier 6

Marc Lixenberg - Atkin Chambers β€˜He has excellent technical knowledge as well as good strategic nous, and really adds value.’

Ranked: tier 6

Omar Eljadi - Atkin Chambers β€˜He produces good written work and is a good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 6

Patrick Clarke - Atkin Chambers β€˜Strong attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 6

Rupert Choat - Atkin Chambers β€˜An intellectual heavyweight.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Simply the best construction set in London’, Atkin Chambers is β€˜a cut above the rest’, offering β€˜top-quality’ and experienced counsel and arbitrators across the board, and all with β€˜in-depth construction law and engineering knowledge’. β€˜Loved across the Bar and by solicitors’, the return of β€˜Commander’ David Barnes as chief executive, following a successful stint at 39 Essex Chambers, has been welcomed by clients. Senior clerk Justin Wilson β€˜always has a solution for you’. Barnes and β€˜fantastic’ senior clerk Justin Wilson (β€˜goes the extra mile and nothing is too difficult’) make a strong leadership team in a clerks’ room that is β€˜very responsive and completely understands solicitors’ needs’; β€˜nothing fazes these clerks’. Elsewhere, β€˜Very commercial’ senior practice manager Andrew Burrows is β€˜terribly knowledgeable and helpful’, while the β€˜responsive’ Rob Bryant is a β€˜standout’ senior practice manager. Julie Demeritt is chief operating officer. 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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