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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Atkin Chambers is ‘an extremely strong construction set’ with ‘competent, down-to-earth barristers, who are commercial and demonstrate excellent client service’. Chambers has ‘an impressive number of skilled international arbitration practitioners at senior level and some of the most impressive arbitrators sitting on international disputes’. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of construction and professional negligence junior Katie Powell from 4 New Square. The clerks’ room ‘appreciate the bigger picture and need for lasting relationships’. The clerks are ‘knowledgeable, helpful, and proactive and work to find solutions to issues that arise’. Chief executive and director of clerking David Barnes is ‘a consummate professional. Provides a reassuring and reliably excellent level of service’. Chambers is ‘fortunate to have the standout’ senior clerk Justin Wilson, who is ‘impressive and particularly helpful’ to instructing solicitors. Senior practice manager Rob Bryant is ‘an up-and-coming star’. Fellow senior practice manager Andrew Burrows and practice manager Matthew Ashman are ‘very responsive and a pleasure to work with’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Atkin Chambers is ‘an unrivalled top-end construction set, with standout barristers and excellent arbitrators’. Based in London, it has strong connections across the region, ranging from South East Asia through Asean and into South Korea. In the clerks’ room, David Barnes is ‘the differentiator – the best director of clerking in the business’; senior clerk Justin Wilson is ‘also a standout’.

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London Bar

Construction
Construction - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Atkin Chambers

The 'extremely strong' and specialist Atkin Chambers has an international reputation for leading advocacy and advisory work in the construction, engineering, and infrastructure arenas, with the set's international projects accounting for more than 50% of its members' instructions. The 'impressive' David Streatfeild-James QC led Andrew Fenn in securing a judgment for Connect Plus in Connect Plus (M25) Ltd v Highways England Co Ltd, a £100m dispute in the TCC arising out of payment provisions in a £6bn PFI contract. Stephanie Barwise QC appeared in the TCC acting for BHC Limited in BHC Limited v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, seeking Part 8 declaratory relief as to the meaning of certain variations issued under the contract.

Leading Silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersA superb advocate, meticulous in preparation.

Ranked: tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe very quickly sees and understands the bigger picture, both from a legal and commercial point of view.

Ranked: tier 1

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersOutstanding, probably the most sought after construction silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin ChambersExcellent, a standout star.

Ranked: tier 1

Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersShe is unreservedly a master of her subject.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersGrasps complex, technical issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersAn independent and strategic thinker.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersHis mastery of detail and work ethic is second to none.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHighly recommended, very detailed and thorough.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersAn aggressive advocate that is good to have in your corner.

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersHardworking, pragmatic, determined and an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Acton Davis QC - Atkin ChambersCalm, authoritative and incisive.

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin ChambersAn excellent strategist and extremely adroit at handling tribunals.

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Walker QC - Atkin ChambersExcellent and very bright.

Ranked: tier 3

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersBrilliant in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersA dedicated and impressive silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersA superstar in the making.

Ranked: tier 5

Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersBright, hardworking, excellent client skills and tenacious.

Ranked: tier 5

Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersVery tenacious and meticulous in cross examination.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersHe has a knack for suggesting different approaches which turn issues on their head and in your favour.

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersUser-friendly and quickly grasps the key issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersA determined, calm and collected advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersHe is experienced, diligent and capable.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Clay - Atkin ChambersAn extremely talented and sharp junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersLoved by clients and commands absolute confidence in the quality of his written work and preparation of the case.

Ranked: tier 3

Frances Pigott - Atkin ChambersCombines legal incisive understanding with a practical approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersAn excellent junior, well organised and industrious.

Ranked: tier 4

David Johnson - Atkin ChambersHe is able to identify the legal issues and come up with innovative solutions to complex problems in the case. He is not afraid to take on difficult points.

Ranked: tier 4

Edmund Neuberger - Atkin ChambersResponsive and approachable with superb analytical skills.

Ranked: tier 4

Felicity Dynes - Atkin ChambersAn outstanding junior; tough and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 4

Jennifer Jones - Atkin ChambersEnthusiastic and very capable.

Ranked: tier 4

Katie Powell - Atkin ChambersExperienced in multiparty disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Lucie Briggs - Atkin ChambersOutstanding and extremely organised.

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Lixenberg - Atkin ChambersExceptionally bright and a persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Mischa Balen - Atkin ChambersHe is thoughtful and analytical.

Ranked: tier 4

Omar Eljadi - Atkin ChambersA future superstar of the construction Bar

Ranked: tier 4

Ronan Hanna - Atkin ChambersAn able junior, technically very strong.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersExcellent analytical skills, very good at legal research.

Ranked: tier 4

Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersA really outstanding junior, easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is 'a "go-to" set for energy construction and engineering disputes'. Clients remark that it is 'very strong academically and has excellent counsel' and that the clerks are 'impressive, welcoming and efficient'. It is a commercial set with an international reputation in energy project disputes, including the construction of power generation plants, FPSOs, drilling rigs, and subsea cabling and pipe-laying vessels. Andrew White QC  and Mark Chennells acted in a $400m TCC action arising out of Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm project – one of the biggest cases by quantum in the TCC. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC handled a high-value claim arising from an EPC project in the Gulf.

Leading Silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersHappy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in; once he gets the bit between his teeth he is unstoppable.

Ranked: tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersAn absolute star – he gets to the bottom of every case and has an incredible capacity to distil complex legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersVery hands-on and very thorough; a “go-to” silk for big-ticket energy, engineering, fabrication and construction disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersCareful and measured in her work, she gets into the details.

Ranked: tier 3

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersA prominent silk in disputes concerning the development and exploitation of oil and gas fields.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersAn independent and strategic thinker with an ability to see things differently to the crowd.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersAbsolutely brilliant, a razor-sharp intellect highly sought after at the construction Bar.

Ranked: tier 4

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersRecommended for high-value commercial disputes arising out of construction and engineering in the energy and waste sectors.

Ranked: tier 4

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersWorks well as part of a team to achieve a common goal, setting out the risks of different strategies.

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersVery user-friendly, calm and incredibly hardworking; he conveys an impressive sense of being on top of everything.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHe grasps complex technical issues quickly and always proves to be a valuable addition to the team.

Ranked: tier 4

Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersShe has a strong practice in high-value and complex disputes, both domestically and internationally.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersHas a reputation as a very commercially minded barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersFantastic attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersClever with good instincts and very able to run whole sections of a big case on his own.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersAn excellent junior, popular with the clients and very good with technically complex cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersUser-friendly and a good addition to any team.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is a set to note for IT infrastructure disputes, within which its barristers have acted both for and against software providers. In a recent work example, James Howells QC is representing PTT Limited in a dispute with Triple Point Technology Inc relating to $13m claims and counterclaims arising out of the termination of a contract for the design and implementation of IT systems across Asia and Gulf businesses.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe is a very good advocate with great skills in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHe is painstakingly forensic in his analysis of the legal issues arising from an IT dispute.

Ranked: tier 2

James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersHe always provides level-headed, pragmatic and commercial legal advice.

Ranked: tier 4
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersHe offers considered analysis and instils confidence into his clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersHe is user-friendly and commands absolute confidence in the quality of work.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is the 'number one set for construction law' with some 'standout barristers' whose 'competence and experience is really what you need for complex and international disputes'. The set has a hugely impressive global reach, and members are extremely experienced acting on disputes in the Middle East and Asia. In Latin America, Manus McMullan QC successfully represented the Panama Canal Authority which received another award in its favour in December 2018 as part of its ongoing series of arbitrations with Grupo Unidos per el Canal.

Leading Silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersExceptionally talented, very astute, and strategically on the button.

Ranked: tier 1

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersA very effective cross-examiner and communicator, who at the same time gains the tribunal’s respect with his conduct.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersExtremely hardworking, and can be entrusted with complex and substantial cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHas great poise, able to deliver difficult messages, and works well as a team player.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersA standout arbitration silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC  - Atkin ChambersParticularly strong in energy and infrastructure arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 3

David Streatfield-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe has a very nice style on his feet, and reads a Tribunal well.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersA standout barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersPhenomenally clever and strategically astute.

Ranked: tier 4

Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersAn ideal choice for complex international arbitrations in the energy sector (both treaty and commercial).

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersHas a knack of popping up with slightly different answers and approaches which turn issues on their head and in your favour.

Ranked: tier 2

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersA cerebral and creative counsel – now one of the leading juniors at the construction Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersGreat attitude, hardworking, strong advocate and easy to get along with.

Ranked: tier 3

Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersParticularly skilled at highly detailed cross-examination of quantum and other experts.

Ranked: tier 3

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Product liability
Leading Juniors

Katie Powell - Atkin ChambersHardworking and bright; without doubt a rising star.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is an 'extremely strong construction set' and is therefore 'well placed to handle complex construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy-related professional negligence disputes.' Nicholas Baatz QC represented the developer in Bullring Ltd Partnership v Laing O'Rourke, which examined the design and construction of the iconic Selfridges store at the Birmingham Bullring. Stephanie Barwise QC is representing a group of survivors, bereaved relatives, and former residents in The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Phase 2 of the inquiry is due to commence in 2019 and will involve matters which could eventually give rise to actions for negligence. James Howells QC is leading Lucie Briggs in acting for the first defendant in Premier Inn Hotels Ltd v AP14 Ltd & S&T (UK) Ltd & SD Samuels (Special Projects) Ltd, a £6m claim brought by the hotel chain arising out of the design and specification of the cladding on its hotel at Heathrow.

Leading Silks

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe is a fantastically good advocate and he really delivers.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersA real details person; he is more than happy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in.

Ranked: tier 2

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersShe is outstanding for construction-related professional negligence.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersHe works astonishingly hard, has total ownership of the evidence and detail, and knows exactly what issues will concern a judge or arbitrator and goes straight there.

Ranked: tier 2

Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersVery experienced and dedicated.

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin ChambersTenacious and inventive.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersHe is held in very high regard for professional negligence work.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin ChambersVery knowledgeable and extremely good with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersShe is steely, hard and gracious in equal measure.

Ranked: tier 4

James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersHe is experienced in energy, engineering and technology disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersHe has a very attractive manner in court.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHe is very bright and is ideal for complex cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersHe is very approachable.

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Walker QC - Atkin ChambersHe is a very skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersShe is a team player and well suited to the biggest and most complicated cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Rónán Hanna - Atkin ChambersBrilliant technically and is also very commercial.

Ranked: tier 3

Katie Powell - Atkin ChambersShe is a strong junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersHe masters complex problems quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

Jennifer Jones - Atkin ChambersExcellent legal skills.

Ranked: tier 5

Lucie Briggs - Atkin ChambersShe excellent for technical cases that need a experienced head but not a silk.

Ranked: tier 5

Omar Eljadi - Atkin ChambersA quiet power station that provides consistent solid advice.

Ranked: tier 5

Edmund Neuberger - Atkin ChambersHe grapples with the detail well.

Ranked: tier 6

Marc Lixenberg - Atkin ChambersHe is able to get to grips with the detail of a matter, even where that is particularly dense or industry specific.

Ranked: tier 6

Mischa Balen - Atkin ChambersHe is thoughtful and analytical.

Ranked: tier 6

Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersA user-friendly junior.

Ranked: tier 6

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersSuper hardworking and super clever.

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Atkin Chambers is ‘an extremely strong construction set’ with ‘competent, down-to-earth barristers, who are commercial and demonstrate excellent client service’. Chambers has ‘an impressive number of skilled international arbitration practitioners at senior level and some of the most impressive arbitrators sitting on international disputes’. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of construction and professional negligence junior Katie Powell from 4 New Square. The clerks’ room ‘appreciate the bigger picture and need for lasting relationships’. The clerks are ‘knowledgeable, helpful, and proactive and work to find solutions to issues that arise’. Chief executive and director of clerking David Barnes is ‘a consummate professional. Provides a reassuring and reliably excellent level of service’. Chambers is ‘fortunate to have the standout’ senior clerk Justin Wilson, who is ‘impressive and particularly helpful’ to instructing solicitors. Senior practice manager Rob Bryant is ‘an up-and-coming star’. Fellow senior practice manager Andrew Burrows and practice manager Matthew Ashman are ‘very responsive and a pleasure to work with’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Construction

One of the first ports of call for English construction counsel’, Atkin Chambersoffers heavy-hitting senior counsel, with quality junior members as well’. The set is highly active in arbitrated disputes covering all manner of buildings and infrastructure projects across the Asia-Pacific region. Alongside a range of heavyweight and confidential arbitration work, Andrew White QC and Mark Chennells represented Chinese steelmaker Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry in a Technology and Construction Court case concerning the construction of the 504MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm.

Construction – Leading silks

Andrew Goddard QC Atkin ChambersHe has an uncanny ability to cut to the chase with commercially-minded advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew White QC Atkin ChambersExtremely bright and equally personable.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Dennys QC Atkin ChambersInstructed in heavyweight transport infrastructure disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC Atkin ChambersInstructed in construction and engineering cases across the region.

Ranked: tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QC Atkin ChambersHe can deal with highly complex matters very quickly, and is a bright, intelligent and strategic lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2

James Howells QC Atkin ChambersInstructed in transport infrastructure and energy-related construction disputes.

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – 2017 Silks

Serena Cheng QC Atkin ChambersGood at dealing with difficult lay clients, she is willing to put in the hard yards.

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Mark Chennells Atkin ChambersA senior junior who is always enthusiastic and offers high-class work.

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

Atkin Chambers’ particular strength in energy is matters concerning the set’s wheelhouse of engineering and construction. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is particularly active in work with Korean elements including Seoul arbitrations and, alongside arbitration work, James Howells QC represents PTT in litigation before London’s Technology and Construction Court concerning the termination of a contract to design a commodities trading and charter party management IT system.

Energy – Leading silks

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC Atkin ChambersA popular choice for chaebols in energy disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QC Atkin ChambersHe has a very easy manner and can also quickly understand a client’s needs – a helpful blend of skills for a QC.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew White QC Atkin ChambersInstructed in cases with Chinese elements.

Ranked: tier 3

James Howells QC Atkin ChambersInstructed in Singapore energy arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 3

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Market overview

Atkin Chambers is ‘an unrivalled top-end construction set, with standout barristers and excellent arbitrators’. Based in London, it has strong connections across the region, ranging from South East Asia through Asean and into South Korea. In the clerks’ room, David Barnes is ‘the differentiator – the best director of clerking in the business’; senior clerk Justin Wilson is ‘also a standout’.

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