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Work 020 7404 0102
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Fax 020 7405 7456
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1033 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.atkinchambers.com

James Howells QC

Tel:
Work 020 7404 0102
Email:
Web:
www.atkinchambers.com/people/james-howells-qc/
Atkin Chambers (Atkin Chambers)

Position

James specialises in construction, engineering and IT disputes, both domestic and international. James regularly appears as an advocate in the English Courts and in international arbitration, James is regularly instructed in international arbitration in the Middle East/Africa and Asia, and has extensive experience of arbitration under all major institutional rules. James has extensive experience of other forms of dispute resolution. James' experience of domestic and international infrastructure projects has included metro and heavy rail, roads, and airports across the globe. Experience of energy disputes has included numerous claims relating to the design, construction and commercial operation of oil and gas production platforms and rigs, drill ships and FPSOs. James has extensive experience of power-related disputes ranging from coal/oil and gas fired plants and renewable energy sources including wind, wave, hydro, solar and biomass power production. IT experience includes commercial and technical disputes in respect of projects ranging from financial services/banking and commercial systems to major government IT infrastructure disputes. 

Career

MA (Cantab), BCL (Oxon). Silk 2014.

Languages

French.

Member

TECBAR, LCLCBA, COMBAR, SCL, Society for Computers and Law.


London Bar

Construction

Within: Leading Silks

James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersA dedicated and impressive silk.

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Energy

Within: Leading Silks

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

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

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

Within: IT and telecoms

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.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersPhenomenally clever and strategically astute.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

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

Within: Professional negligence

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.

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