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  1. Construction – Leading sets
  2. Construction – Leading silks
  3. Construction – 2017 silks
  4. Construction – 2018 silks
  5. Construction – 2019 silks
  6. Construction – Leading juniors

Construction – Leading silks

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Construction – 2017 silks

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    • Richard Coplin - Keating Chambers β€˜With a mastery of detail and a pleasure to work with, he constantly thinks through problems laterally to try to come up with solutions.’
    • Paul Cowan - 4 New Square β€˜He is an excellent and task-devoted construction lawyer capable of handling large international construction disputes.’
    • Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜The most competent construction advocate; very experienced in international disputes.’
    • Andrew Fenn - Atkin Chambers β€˜An impressive junior who performs above his year of call.’
    • Karen Gough - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Practical advice, amazingly perceptive, able to cut through complex questions, loved by clients for her no-nonsense approach.’
    • Paul Letman - Falcon Chambers β€˜He is a brilliant advocate, an intellectual heavyweight, and delivers great service and results.’
    • James Medd - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Articulate but also very measured and his judgement of what the court will/will not wear is usually very accurate.’
    • Rachael O’Hagan - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜She works very diligently on any role she is given.’
    • Tom Owen - Keating Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking and has an excellent technical knowledge of construction law and civil procedure.’
    • Claire Packman - 4 Pump Court β€˜Brilliant to work with: when the pressure comes on you want her on your side.’
    • Catherine Piercy - Hardwicke β€˜Simply exceptional: very bright, understands complicated technical issues and is very good at cross-examination.’
    • Frances Pigott - Atkin Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and quickly gets to grips with complex contractual issues.’
    • David Pliener - Hardwicke β€˜Very capable advocate, offering great strategic and commercial advice and excellent knowledge of the law.’
    • Michael Wheater - Hardwicke β€˜Knows construction law, procedure and technicalities inside out – his drafting and written legal submissions are second to none.’
    • Jennie Wild - Keating Chambers β€˜Senior beyond her years: very methodical in her approach and meticulous in preparation.’
    • Crispin Winser - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Provides that combination of skills that are key in a senior junior: clear strategy, concentration on what really matters combined, and strong delivery.’
    • Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Highly responsive, works incredibly hard for his clients and is always willing to go the extra mile.’
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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.

Both senior and junior members of Keating Chambers constitute a β€˜formidable line-up’. In the Supreme Court case of MT HΓΈjgaard v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited, John Marrin QC and Paul Buckingham acted for successful appellants in a case concerning the fitness for purpose of an offshore wind farm; E.ON was awarded €26.25m.

β€˜A leading construction set’, 4 Pump Court is known for its expertise in professional negligence matters. Sean Brannigan QC acted in NML v Cyden Homes, one of the most high-profile Technology and Construction Court decisions dealing with issues of concurrent delay in construction projects. Jeremy Nicholson QC was instructed in a $150m dispute in Abu Dhabi involving complex issues around delay and loss and expense under EPC contract for the design and construction of an oil and gas refinery project. Adding additional strength to chambers, Fiona Sinclair QC joined from 4 New Square.

39 Essex Chambers is β€˜superb with constructions at all levels’, with a recent spike in instructions for PFI/PPP and public procurement disputes. Several members are involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, notably Kate Grange QC who is counsel to the inquiry. The set has been strengthened of late, following the arrivals of Lindy Patterson QC from CMS, Paul Darling OBE QC from Keating Chambers and Anthony Edwards from St Philips Chambers.

4 New Square possesses β€˜true depth and knowledge to tackle almost any dispute, often on short notice and with the exceptional level of detail one has come to expect from its members’. Recent cases include Essex County Council v UBB, a dispute relating to a waste plant in Essex where termination of the 25-year PFI contract is sought by the authority; and Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd & Anor v Wilkins Kennedy, a TCC trial regarding a property development in the Caribbean where chambers were instructed on both sides. Cyril Chern joined the set from Crown Office Chambers in March 2018.

Known for its expertise in high-profile property damage cases, members of Crown Office Chambers β€˜often go beyond the call of duty, and have no issue dealing with questions and queries, something clients greatly appreciate’. David Sears QC was involved in Halsbury Homes Ltd v Adam Architecture Ltd, where the Court of Appeal held that the payment notice regime in the Construction Act 1996 did apply to final accounts.

Hardwicke β€˜has good depth in construction and a good diversity of barristers’. Key cases include Carillion Construction Ltd v Aecom & Emcor, a high-profile dispute led by Paul Reed QC concerning the Rolls Buildings, and leading case on concurrent delay; and in Ashe/Elim v DGT & HTS, David Pliener led a multi-million pound four-party TCC dispute arising out of the collapse of the City Gates Christian Centre in Ilford.

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