4 Pump Court has a strong reputation in construction and engineering disputes across the Middle East, and is noted for its involvement in significant infrastructure disputes, including rail, aviation and wider transport projects. Rachel Ansell KC is well-regarded for her international arbitration practice, particularly in relation to UAE matters. Sean Brannigan KC continues to act on large-scale, high-value infrastructure and engineering disputes and international arbitrations. Alexander Hickey KC is instructed on a range of disputes, including those involving airports and power and water projects. Claire Packman KC is another key name to note, and has been involved in a number of ICC arbitrations. Turning to the set's juniors, Thomas Crangle specialises in major transport infrastructure-related disputes, whilst Luke Wygas has been involved in disputes involving airports and hotels.
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‘Stewart Gibbs is a superb clerk, which coupled with the quality of the barristers makes 4 Pump Court top of the list for complex construction matters.’
‘One of the best clerking teams at the English Bar. Stewart Gibbs is a class act.’
‘The clerks are communicative and look to tailor their services accordingly to the client. Carl Wall and Niki Merison are standout individuals.’
‘Niki Merison is a welcome addition to the clerking team – very responsive and commercial.’
‘Will Jackman and Billy Griffiths know their barristers’ availability and expertise particularly well, and they both have good instincts when it comes to appropriate replacements.’
‘Sam Penny is endlessly helpful and leaves no problem or query unresolved. He is extremely capable at understanding what is required from a barrister and matching an appropriate barrister to a matter.’
‘The clerking team is excellent, and this sets them apart from many other chambers. Carl Wall, Billy Griffiths and Liam Williams always go the extra mile and deliver excellent client service.’
‘Stewart Gibbs and Billy Griffiths are both excellent in terms of enquires, response times and managing matters.’
Atkin Chambers is recognised as a leading set for construction, energy, and infrastructure disputes in the Middle East, with members of the set acting across a broad spectrum of large-scale and complex disputes in the region, including in the power, water, health and transportation, and mixed-use developments sectors. Andrew White KC, Simon Lofthouse KC, and David Streatfeild-James KC are key names to note that have been active on major infrastructure disputes across the region, leading numerous juniors from the set. Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC has been active in oil and gas-related disputes, among others, while Riaz Hussain KC and Camille Slow have been particularly active in disputes involving commercial and residential developments in the UAE. Andrew Fenn and David Johnson have been active on airport disputes, whilst Shourav Lahiri is another key name with experience on the ground in the region. Rupert Choat KC took silk in March 2022.
‘David Barnes continues to give stellar customer service.’
‘David Barnes and Justin Wilson are absolute stars in the clerking world for construction barristers – well-connected, always helpful and knowledgeable, and a delight to work with.’
‘David Barnes, Justin Wilson and Andrew Burrows are a brilliant team in generating business and running the clerks’ room at Atkin Chambers.’
‘The clerks and practice directors are well run and always helpful; the knowledge of David Barnes and Justin Wilson is better than anyone else in their roles in the sector.’
‘David Barnes is talented and a master of his craft.’
‘David Barnes and Justin Wilson are true gems; easy to work with, very helpful, and responsive.’
‘Helpful and communicative clerking team. Andrew Burrows particularly good at client relations.’
‘The clerks are excellent. David Barnes and Rob Bryant are always responsive, flexible, and easy to work with.’
Keating Chambers is a first-class, specialist construction set that is active on a number of high-profile and complex disputes across the Middle East, including disputes involving airports, roads and rail, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings, hotels, and factories. Richard Harding KC has been active on airport, oil and gas, and mixed-used development disputes across the Middle East. Simon Hughes KC specialises in disputes arising out of construction and energy projects. David Thomas KC is noted for his international arbitration expertise, and has been active on a number of disputes involving development projects across the region. Jennie Wild has been involved in disputes involving airports and power stations, whilst James Thompson has been active on disputes arising out of infrastructure and development projects. Calum Lamont KC was appointed silk in the 2022 round.
‘James Luxmoore is a very talented clerk who understands how to work with clients and best serve their needs.’
‘James Luxmoore is the standout clerk. Attentive and reactive, he is an excellent individual.’
‘The clerks’ room is friendly and accommodating. James Luxmoore is easy to deal with, bright, and understands client needs.’
‘Keating Chambers, and in particular James Luxmoore, are very helpful and easy to deal with.’
‘The clerks are very professional and always there to help. Amy Barrie has a great work ethic and professionalism.’
‘The clerks are excellent – very responsive and always a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Very helpful, practical and communicative clerking team.’
Crown Office Chambers has an established presence acting on construction, infrastructure, and engineering-related international arbitration and disputes in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the UAE. Roger ter Haar KC, who primarily sits as an arbitrator, and Andrew Rigney KC are both noted for their reputations in the international arbitration space, both of whom have been involved in major ICC arbitrations recently. Crispin Winser KC is also a key name to note, and has been active in disputes involving airports, commercial developments and oil and gas projects.
‘The clerks at Crown Office Chambers, and particularly Andy Flanagan, are very easy to deal with – they are quick to respond and will do their very best to assist when they can.’
‘Rob Cowup provides excellent support and guidance regarding administration and other issues.’
‘Andy Flanagan and Rob Cowup are both extremely helpful and just make things work. They are a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Andy Flanagan is undoubtedly one of the best of the construction clerks. He is commercial, responsive, and straightforward to deal with.’
‘Andy Flanagan is a brilliant person; always helpful, knowledgeable, and charming.’
‘The clerking team moves very fast so that the barrister can focus on their work. Andy Flanagan is recommended.’
‘Rob Cowup is always attentive and responsive, with a good understanding of clients’ needs and how they work.’
‘Crown Office has blossomed into a top tier of construction sets. Much of that strategic growth can be attributed Andy Flanagan.’
39 Essex Chambers has a broad construction and engineering disputes offering. Karim Ghaly KC has an active construction practice in the Middle East, and has been involved in disputes concerning private real estate developments, commercial developments, and airports. David Brynmor Thomas KC is another key individual to note, and has been acting on a range of disputes, including those in the hospitality, power, and infrastructure sectors.
‘Mark Winrow is well known in the UK market and internationally. He is considered one of the most prominent practice managers.’
‘Mark Winrow is an excellent clerk – one of the best.’
‘The clerking team are friendly, accommodating, and easy to work with.’
‘Mark Winrow provides prompt constructive responses to the clients’ queries. His dedication and team management are highly appreciated.’
‘The clerks have a great reputation in the market and are highly regarded.’
‘They are known for their outstanding legal services by providing practical solutions of complex issues. Their team coordination and client-counsel relationship are distinguished and always up to the requirements of a case.’
‘The chambers are very strong in construction disputes as a whole. All their counsel have a depth of knowledge in these matters.’
‘A very strong chambers with excellent silks, in particular.’
4 New Square Chambers covers a range of construction-related disputes and international arbitrations across the Middle East. Roger Stewart KC is well-regarded for his construction expertise, and is involved in large-scale disputes in the Middle East, including those relating to oil and gas facilities and commercial developments. Another key name to note is Timothy Chelmick, who focuses on large infrastructure projects, including airports and power stations.
‘Dennis Peck and Alex Dolby are the absolute epitome of what a clerk should be. Both are efficient, direct, precise, and extremely responsive. That is also reflective in the other clerks that they supervise.
‘With Lizzy Stewart at the helm, the clerks’ room is one of the best in London.’
‘Dennis Peck can get almost anything done.’
‘Jack Boggans and Jack Crowhurst are extremely user-friendly and will no doubt go far.’
‘Dennis Peck stands out as a clerk.’
‘The clerks are responsive, proactive, and driven by the instructing solicitors and client’s needs, which is excellent. They appreciate commercial issues and try to accommodate them.’
‘Their clerking is top notch; commercial and user friendly.’
‘Excellent service from all clerks, at all levels.’