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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC

15 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7544 2600
Fax:
Fax 020 7544 2700
DX:
1045 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.keatingchambers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Keating Chambers is β€˜an exceptional set’ with β€˜enormous strength in depth in construction law’ and β€˜a focus on and understanding of the complex and evolving PPP infrastructure sphere’. For some, it is not only β€˜the number-one construction set in the UK’ but also β€˜one of the go-to chambers for complex Middle Eastern matters’. The practice managers are β€˜efficient, organised and helpful’, and are led by CEO and director of clerking Declan Redmond and business development director Holly Gavaghan: Redmond is β€˜approachable and dependable – a true great in the world of clerking’, and Gavaghan has β€˜really helped develop the team’. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup is β€˜proactive, conscientious and friendly’, and the senior practice managers also garner praise: Ted Paterson is β€˜enthusiastic and committed to the development of long-term relationships’, and Will Shrubsall is β€˜particularly efficient and prepared to deal with issues quickly and effectively’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Keating Chambers has a particular strength in construction disputes, with connections to jurisdictions across Asia Pacific including Australia. Declan Redmond is the director of clerking.

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London Bar

Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Keating Chambers

From β€˜superior range and quality’ of juniors to the β€˜unsurpassed collective depth of experience’ of the silks, Keating Chambers remains at the β€˜top of its game’, especially for technically complex cases. Members display β€˜passion for their work and practice’, and are typically instructed on large-scale arbitration and litigation proceedings domestically and abroad. The quality of counsel often places barristers on both sides of a dispute, for example in Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick and others. Key cases also include Hyder Consulting v AMEC and E.ON v MT Hojgaard. Paul Darling QC recently left for 39 Essex Chambers, while Nerys Jefford QC and Finola O’Farrell QC have been appointed to the High Court Bench.

Construction – Leading silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Brilliant and ruthless advocate and a truly leading construction silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A real fighter, who is superb on his feet and great with clients; the total package.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A fantastic yet measured cross-examiner, who excels in strategy and case preparation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Furst QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A seasoned practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Williamson QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Comprehensive in his preparation and cool under judicial fire.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Excellent on his feet and in his drafting, he provides first-class service and has gravitas which resonates with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He is intellectually outstanding and a top choice for complex disputes in the Middle East.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A ridiculously hardworking team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Extremely tenacious, hands-on and great at getting stuck into the real detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Experienced in energy-related disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jane Lemon QC - Keating Chambers β€˜An exceptional silk, who finds solutions to unresolvable issues and adds real value to any case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Rowlands QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A skilled, experienced and user-friendly advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Piers Stansfield QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Inquisitive intellect, brilliant tenacity and determination concealed in his modest style.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Excellent on her feet, extremely bright and prepared to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating Chambers β€˜She is dedicated to achieving results for clients and beyond.’

Ranked: tier 5

Justin Mort QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Energetic, responsive and straight-talking.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating Chambers β€˜An enthusiastic, proactive and unflappable advocate, who oozes class in court and leaves nothing to chance.’

Ranked: tier 5

Vincent Moran QC - Keating Chambers β€˜An extremely capable and thoughtful silk, who really gets to grips with the detail.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – Leading juniors

Jonathan Selby - Keating Chambers β€˜Robust, commercial and quick to spot the points that make the difference.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Garrett - Keating Chambers β€˜She combines a can-do attitude with intellectual rigour and a frightening ability to cut through complex factual material.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜A first-class advocate with the tenacity of a pitbull and manners of an English gentleman.’

Ranked: tier 2

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜A first-rate brain.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Buckingham - Keating Chambers β€˜Very thoughtful, hardworking and reliable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Abdul Jinadu - Keating Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable as well as quick and thorough in drafting.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gideon Scott Holland - Keating Chambers β€˜Thoughtful, supportive and wise beyond his years.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gaynor Chambers - Keating Chambers β€˜Equally proficient in UK courts and international tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 4

Krista Lee - Keating Chambers β€˜She has an agile brain and is a thoughtful but robust advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Bury - Keating Chambers β€˜Calm and collected under pressure, with a remarkable grasp of detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Coplin - Keating Chambers β€˜A strategic thinker, who combines brilliant legal and engineering knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Evans - Keating Chambers β€˜A thorough draftsman with a strong technical knowledge in engineering cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Lazur - Keating Chambers β€˜His commercial acumen allows him to provide sensible advice that clients understand.’

Ranked: tier 4

William Webb - Keating Chambers β€˜A confidence-inspiring pair of hands, which shows a maturity beyond his years of call.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers houses members who β€˜always go the extra mile and are devoted to maintaining strong client relationships’. Instructions range from oil and gas disputes and matters arising from power generation plants to nuclear power projects and onshore as well as offshore windfarms. Alexander Nissen QC is defending Nuclear Delivery Authority in causation and quantum proceedings filed by EnergySolutions.

Energy – Leading silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A first-rate advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜His great analytical skills and clarity of thought make him a very strong advocate in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Always two steps ahead of the rest.’

Ranked: tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Always on top of the detail and excellent at constructing a narrative.’

Ranked: tier 3
Energy – Leading juniors

Paul Buckingham - Keating Chambers β€˜Impressive and personable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜Charming yet sharp and incisive during cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers has some of the best-known arbitrators in the market for major construction and infrastructure disputes.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Robert Gaitskell QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He is experienced, efficient, a delight to work with and has superb technical knowledge.’

John Uff QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very able, particularly for construction arbitrations.’

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He handles arbitrations well and is highly recommended.’

Richard Fernyhough QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He prepares diligently for hearings and has a great deal of presence.’

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very bright and simply excellent for Middle Eastern construction arbitrations.’

Stephen Furst QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A top construction silk and international arbitrator.’

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

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers has a first-class reputation for major infrastructure, construction and energy-related disputes. Among the silks, Marcus Taverner QC and Stephen Furst QC enjoy very strong reputations.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Supremely clever and enthusiastic, he sees around corners.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Furst QC - Keating Chambers β€˜An exceptional senior counsel, who has a sharp mind and is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Outstanding at cutting to the nub of an issue, and one of the best cross-examiners.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A leading individual.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Boulding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A hardworking silk, who commands a huge amount of detail and is a fantastic cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Unpretentious, highly detailed and always prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A terrifyingly clever and hands-on counsel, and a fierce advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A first-class legal brain, who copes effortlessly with complex legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Lucy Garrett - Keating Chambers β€˜She has a fantastic grasp of technical detail and is very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers is β€˜a leading set for construction-related professional negligence’ and β€˜due to its depth, there is always someone able to assist when needed’. Arcadis Consulting (UK) v AMEC (BCS), which concerns a Β£40m claim for alleged defective design, and CMI v Mitchell Design & Construct, which involved a subcontract for ground engineering services, are key case highlights.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A very clear and strategic thinker.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Williamson QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He is commercially minded and always provides practical and user-friendly advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very astute.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vincent Moran QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking, imaginative and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Lucy Garrett - Keating Chambers β€˜Excellent technically and she is a first-class lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Krista Lee - Keating Chambers β€˜Fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 4

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜Remarkably intelligent and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Selby - Keating Chambers β€˜Noted for his technical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Coplin - Keating Chambers β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜Personable, sharp and a persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Keating Chambers

Barristers of Keating Chambers marry β€˜strong expertise with a helpful and approachable attitude’. Sarah Hannaford QC led Simon Taylor in Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust v NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley, relating to a tender for adult community services in North Kent.

Public procurement – Leading silks

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating Chambers β€˜An exceptional and uncompromising advocate, who is not afraid to fight difficult positions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Conscientious and always on top of the detail in even the most complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 2
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Simon Taylor - Keating Chambers β€˜Very competent and practical in his approach to strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜Very intelligent, hardworking and talented.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Gollancz - Keating Chambers β€˜An expert in cases with a competition law angle.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Keating Chambers is β€˜an exceptional set’ with β€˜enormous strength in depth in construction law’ and β€˜a focus on and understanding of the complex and evolving PPP infrastructure sphere’. For some, it is not only β€˜the number-one construction set in the UK’ but also β€˜one of the go-to chambers for complex Middle Eastern matters’. The practice managers are β€˜efficient, organised and helpful’, and are led by CEO and director of clerking Declan Redmond and business development director Holly Gavaghan: Redmond is β€˜approachable and dependable – a true great in the world of clerking’, and Gavaghan has β€˜really helped develop the team’. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup is β€˜proactive, conscientious and friendly’, and the senior practice managers also garner praise: Ted Paterson is β€˜enthusiastic and committed to the development of long-term relationships’, and Will Shrubsall is β€˜particularly efficient and prepared to deal with issues quickly and effectively’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Technically able.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Thomas Lazur - Keating Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Construction

Keating Chambers is β€˜one of the leading sets in this area’; β€˜very few offer the breadth and depth of construction expertise’. Members have an Asian footprint extending across Hong Kong, South-East Asia and Australia. Philip Boulding QC is a key name for Hong Kong work, and the set also includes the South Australian-qualified Robert Fenwick Elliott, who represented CH2M Hill in several pieces of Northern Territory litigation regarding the 890km Ichthys liquefied natural gas pipeline project.

Construction – Leading silks

Dr Robert Gaitskell QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He is without doubt one of the premier construction arbitrators in the world.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Boulding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A popular choice for Hong Kong construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A popular choice for Asian contractors.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jane Lemon QC - Keating Chambers β€˜She appears in Hong Kong disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Active in Australian energy infrastructure disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Robert Fenwick Elliott - Keating Chambers β€˜Technically very strong, with very good depth of knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜Instructed in Australian dredging and construction cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Keating Chambers has a particular strength in construction disputes, with connections to jurisdictions across Asia Pacific including Australia. Declan Redmond is the director of clerking.

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