Leading Silks

Philip Boulding QC - Keating ChambersExtremely hardworking, extremely bright, and a ferocious cross-examiner.
Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersIntelligence personified, cuts directly to the issues.
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersHe sees things differently, bringing a useful fresh angle to some tricky problems.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersShe has all the qualities one would expect, she is confident and articulate and speaks with enormous gravitas.
Dr Robert Gaitskell QC - Keating ChambersHugely knowledgeable in the construction sector and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersExtremely bright, hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.
Alexander Gunning QC - One Essex CourtA pleasure to work against as an opponent, he keeps you at your best.
Peter Rees QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn accomplished arbitrator, immensely knowledgeable about the energy business.
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersHe is methodical, calm under pressure and frank and accurate in his advice.
Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtVery well-liked by clients for the pragmatic advice, and easy to work with from the solicitors' perspective.
Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersMeasured and sensible in his advice and makes himself available.
Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is very commercially astute and lifts the burden of anyone instructing him.
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersAlways makes time for clients, his approachability is a real strength.
Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersAlways ready to help and able to come up with brilliant solution.
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersHe is a master of detail, very effective as a calm and penetrating cross-examiner.
Charles Manzoni QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the most robust senior barristers in Hong Kong.
John Marrin QC - Keating ChambersHugely experienced, one of the truly great construction arbitrators.
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is is very, very clever and has the gift of making very complex points in an extremely simple way.
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersFew manage so well to combine charm and agility with gravitas and hard work.
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersDefinitely a first-class all round silk, he has a very powerful mind when it comes to analysis.
John Rowland QC - 4 Pump CourtAn acclaimed advocate and arbitrator licensed to practice in Australia.
Marion Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn amazing, first-class barrister who is organised and excellent at managing teams of lawyers and experts.
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe has an impressive capacity to master the issues of law and complex pertinent facts.
Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersOne of the very best construction silks at the Bar, who is increasingly he is building a reputation as a first-rate arbitrator.
David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersProvides clear strategic guidance and is able to cut through complex factual and legal issues.
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersConscientious and technically very knowledgeable in construction contracts.
Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersVery sharp and concise, simplifying what otherwise would be a complicated case.
Paul Darling QC - 39 Essex ChambersHighly experienced in Hong Kong and Singapore-based arbitrations.
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersTechnically excellent with very clear communication, he learns the brief inside out.
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersVery bright, responsive, practical and user-friendly.
Vincent Moran QC - Keating ChambersHe has a track record in a number of high-profile Hong Kong arbitrations.
Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BR 'A highly-regarded and respected professional.'
Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersHe delivers in-depth subject knowledge coupled with extensive experience, a first-class service.
Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtHe seamlessly combines with any team, leading from the front in a fashion which takes everyone with him.
Colin Ong QC - 36 Stone ‘He has very deep specialist knowledge and is able to quickly get on top of complex issues and marshall a highly effective case for his clients.

2019 Silks

Christopher Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersResponsive, clever, and prepared to get stuck in.

2021 Silks

Mark Chennells QC - Atkin ChambersGreat cross-examination skills, provides a calm and thorough approach.
Samuel Townend QC - Keating ChambersHe has excellent judgement and feel for how a tribunal will respond to submissions.

Leading Juniors

David Bateson - 39 Essex ChambersEnormously experienced and has a broad range of experience and ability.
Jonathan Bellamy  - 39 Essex Chambers 'Incisive with his legal mind, astute with a disarming manner.'
Peter Brogden - Keating ChambersHe has a superior forensic capability enabling him to distil complex points and identify risks and issues.
Richard Coplin - Keating ChambersExcellent in cross-examination, he has a lot of experience and it shows.
Robert Fenwick Elliott  - Keating Chambers ‘A deeply experienced Australian construction counsel and mediator, persuasive, and effective.
Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery experienced, a master of detail and a very effective counsel.
Denys Hickey - 39 Essex ChambersWell-known for his work as an arbitrator in Asia Pacific.
David Hopkins - 39 Essex ChambersHis particular strength is advising in a way that is very client friendly, he cuts out legal jargon and gets to the point.
Samar Abbas Kazmi - Atkin ChambersEffective, efficient, and well-prepared, like a well-oiled machine.
Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a well-respected arbitrator, particularly in Singapore.
Andrew Pullen - Fountain Court ChambersHe is very personable and collaborative, a pleasure to work with and is always on top of the detail.
Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtHe can quickly gasp the key point of the dispute and understands the client’s needs.

Rising Stars

Mathias Cheung - Atkin ChambersUnderstands highly complex and technical subject matter and is very detail-oriented and organised in working with witnesses and analysing oral transcripts.
James Frampton - Keating ChambersHe has an excellent eye for detail and provides clear, concise, commercially sound advice; he is very user friendly and is always willing to go the extra mile.
Robert Scrivener - 4 Pump CourtHe has a great ability to predict the other side's strategy and is extremely diligent in identifying and focusing on minor issues which later become critical.

Construction, energy and infrastructure in Asia Pacific: The English Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

At 3 Verulam Buildings, Jane Davies Evans is esteemed for energy and natural resources disputes across the entirety of the Asia Pacific region, serving as both advocate and arbitrator.

36 Stone

At 36 Stone, Colin Ong QC is the key contact for construction and energy disputes and arbitrations. He is called to the Singapore, Brunei, and English Bars and serves as both counsel and arbitrator.

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers enjoys a significant presence in Asia Pacific’s construction, energy and infrastructure dispute market, hosting a number of the leading juniors and silks. Peter Rees QC, distinguished through his in-house experience as former legal director of Shell, is well-regarded both as an advocate and as an arbitrator, particularly in Hong Kong. Elsewhere, Paul Darling QC is a go-to name for a range of matters, including stadia, shopping centre and hotel projects, with a track record in the SIAC, HKIAC, ICC and LCIA, among other bodies. Also qualified as an engineer, Charles Manzoni QC is a member both of this set and Temple Chambers in Hong Kong.

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is instructed for a broad variety of matters in the construction, energy and infrastructure space. It has carved out a strong reputation for its work on large oil and gas infrastructure projects, handling funding, contractual and prospecting disputes among others. Sean Brannigan QC, John Rowland QC and Sean O’Sullivan QC are the star names for the set which is primarily focused on the Sinosphere, though has expanded its presence in India and Singapore over recent years. It has also noted an uptick in work relating to onshore and offshore Australia-based projects.

Atkin Chambers

Undisputedly one of the best sets for construction, engineering and infrastructure’, members of Atkin Chambers are ‘strong at all levels, from newly called through to QCs’. Its members are highly regarded by law firms across the entirety of Asia Pacific and operate across a varied caseload which of late has spanned major transport and prestige leisure schemes in addition to a wealth of energy projects. In one example of the calibre of chambers’ recent work, James Howells QC served as lead counsel to Mitra Energy in a claim against Total arising from its failure to drill committed oil and gas exploration wells in the Sulu Sea. Nicholas Dennys QC is increasingly active in India, Singapore and Korea-based arbitrations while Andrew White QC’s extensive track record encompasses oil and gas, civil engineering, rail and shipbuilding disputes.

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court ChambersAnneliese Day QC holds an acclaimed track record, particularly in Singapore and Australia, for her involvement in a number of ultra-high-value construction, energy and infrastructure disputes. Also of note is Andrew Pullen, who is primarily engaged for arbitrations seated in Singapore where he is based full-time; he is also active across the entirety of the Asia Pacific region, serving as an arbitrator, advisor and advocate.

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambershas always been one of the top chambers in the construction field, providing ‘tremendous strength-in-depth’ and ‘good availability’. Its members are extensively experienced in a variety of arbitrations, including ICC, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC and SIAC, with a handful of members, including Australia-based Robert Fenwick Elliott, operating full-time from Asia Pacific. Robert Gaitskell QC is particularly reputed for his work as an arbitrator in Singapore and Hong Kong while Philip Boulding QC enjoys strong contacts in the Macau and the Philippines, among other jurisdictions. In a standout work highlight, he acted for Hong Kong MTR in the Hung Hom Public Inquiry, a matter which notably involved the Hong Kong Government and pertained to alleged defects in construction and extension of the Hung Hom Station.

One Essex Court

Alexander Gunning QC of One Essex Court is an arbitration specialist with an undisputed track record in disputes relating to infrastructure, energy, offshore and natural resources projects. He is extremely active in East and South-East Asia.

Quadrant Chambers

An immediate go-to chambers for energy and natural resources disputes’, Quadrant Chambers is home to ‘a fantastic group of barristers who understand the clients' needs and work well as a team’. Energy is a major area of focus for the set which acts on the full array of mandates in the oil and gas industry, including both upstream and downstream matters. In addition to this arbitration strength, head of chambers, Simon Croall QC, was recently successful in the London case of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Ltd v Euler Hermes Europe SA; he represented a Japanese bank which, along with others, sought to enforce several security rights following its financing of a problematic waste to energy plant in Derby.