Leading Silks

Sean Brannigan KC – 4 Pump Court ‘Sean is incredibly clever, a good strategic thinker, reads tribunals well, and is excellent on his feet. He is a leading star.’
Chantal-Aimée Doerries KCAtkin Chambers ‘Chantal is very intelligent and is quick to understand complex factual and legal circumstances. She is calm under pressure, approachable, and great to work with.’
Karim Ghaly KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Karim’s advocacy skills are unparalleled. His cross-examination technique delivers deathly blows. He is also commercially minded and is able to deal with client’s queries practically.’
James Howells KCAtkin Chambers ‘James is an excellent lawyer who is very bright and strategically astute.’
Simon Hughes KCKeating Chambers ‘Simon is an excellent strategist, and has very good judgement. On difficult issues to which there is no clear answer, Simon will invariably be right as to which way the tribunal will lean.’
Riaz Hussain KCAtkin Chambers ‘Riaz is thorough, client friendly, and has brilliant advocacy skills.’
Simon Lofthouse KCAtkin Chambers ‘Simon is an excellent barrister with extraordinary ability, and he is constantly asking the right questions. His attention to detail is mind blowing.’   
Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Andrew is a forceful advocate. He is always well-prepared and engages with clients very well, he makes them feel fully heard, even during a hearing. He is excellent in cross-examination.’
Marc Rowlands KCKeating Chambers ‘Marc simplifies the most complex of matters with ease. He gets to grips with matters very quickly and this is shown when he holds a consultation.’
Roger Stewart KC4 New Square Chambers ‘Roger has excellent judgement, and his very hard work makes him a go-to silk.’
David Streatfeild-James KCAtkin Chambers ‘One of the brightest silks in the world and an incredible work ethic. ’
David Thomas KCKeating Chambers ‘With his wealth of experience, David brings a cool and calm presence to the dispute and is concise and clear with instructing solicitors and clients as to the immediate and overall strategy.’
Andrew White KCAtkin Chambers ‘His ability to grasp complex technical issues and present them in a simple and understandable way, makes him standout. He is a very passionate and dedicated lawyer and communicates very well.’
Serena Cheng KCAtkin Chambers ‘Serena's key strengths lie in her attention to detail, communication, and ability to simplify complicated legal arguments for all. She is excellent, and is always well-prepared.’
Timothy Elliott KC – Keating Chambers 'A leading construction silk, with highly regarded advocacy skills.'
Neil Hext KC4 New Square Chambers ‘Bright, hard-working, well-prepared, persuasive, and an excellent cross-examiner.’
Adrian Hughes KC39 Essex Chambers 'Adrian is an exceptional leader. He has superb client handling skills, excellent case management, and a persuasive manner with the court or tribunal. His communication skills and strategic nous are exemplary.'
James Leabeater KC4 Pump Court ‘James is precise and thorough. He works well as part of a team and is hugely responsive to instructing solicitors and clients alike.’
Krista Lee KCKeating Chambers ‘She is excellent, thorough, and has in-depth knowledge of the law. A very effective advocate and arbitrator who inspires confidence.’
Lynne McCafferty KC4 Pump Court ‘Lynne has excellent cross examination skills and is able to get to grips with complex issues very quickly.'
Justin Mort KCKeating Chambers ‘Justin is very smart and is able quickly to master large amounts of detail. He identifies the most persuasive and effective way of presenting a case.'
Claire Packman KC4 Pump Court ‘Her advocacy is excellent. She clearly completes extensive and thorough preparation. She is extremely personable and easy to work with. Her construction knowledge is a real asset as well.’
Fiona Parkin KC – Atkin Chambers ‘She is extremely hard working and manages large volumes of detail well. She is good to work with and is supremely well-prepared in advocacy.’
Marion Smith KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Marion is simply a pleasure to work with, a seasoned international arbitration practitioner respected by all those who have worked with her. She is definitely amongst the elite.'
Marcus Taverner KCKeating Chambers ‘Mastery of his subject, allied to extensive experience. Marcus is a joy to work with.’
Roger ter Haar KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘A clever and commercial barrister who is a skilled arbitrator.’
Crispin Winser KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Crispin is extremely sharp, direct, focused, and concise, his skill in cross-examination is superb.’

2022 Silks

Calum Lamont KC – Keating Chambers 'An excellent cross-examiner, who is brilliant on the detail, and a master of disputes.'

Leading Juniors

Tim Chelmick4 New Square Chambers ‘Tim is very pragmatic, understands complex legal and factual issues, and is superb on his feet. He is also willing to propose both traditional and more nuanced strategies.’
Thomas Crangle4 Pump Court ‘He is a fantastic advocate and is very good with clients.’
Andrew FennAtkin Chambers ‘He is an absolute star. He is brilliant on documents, has a very keen eye, and can always take a fresh approach or see a new angle in order to drive a case home successfully.’
Rónán HannaAtkin Chambers ‘Ronan is a pleasure to deal with and makes himself available to solicitors and clients alike. He builds an encyclopaedic knowledge of tens of thousands of pages of arbitration record and is diligent in developing a case strategy.’
Shourav Lahiri – Atkin Chambers ‘Shourav demonstrates a high level of expertise in the field of construction law. His in-depth knowledge and experience are evident in his advice.’
Anna Laney Crown Office Chambers 'Anna is an incredibly strong advocate: she is a real go-to on complex construction matters. When working with her you know you have a really strong, safe pair of hands.'
Camille SlowAtkin Chambers ‘Responsiveness and attention to detail. Her advocacy work has been first rate.’
James Thompson – Keating Chambers ‘James has a huge amount of experience of the trickiest construction disputes, including those in the Middle East. He is able to bring order to chaos and is excellent in front of clients and tribunals alike. ’
Jennie WildKeating Chambers ‘Jennie is meticulous, mature, practical, and good with clients.’
Luke Wygas4 Pump Court ‘Luke is very easy to work with, he really understands the technical issues and gets to grips with them very quickly.’  
Alexander Burrell39 Essex Chambers ‘Alexander is very professional and takes care of his conduct throughout the proceedings. His legal approach and analytical skills to deal with complex issues are extremely impressive.’
Nicholas CollingsAtkin Chambers ‘Nicholas’ advocacy is excellent. He presents the case powerfully, professionally and respectfully.’
Simon CrawshawAtkin Chambers ‘Simon is an excellent barrister, and is constantly asking the right questions. In years to come, Simon will for sure become a great KC.’
Stephen Doherty – Outer Temple Chambers  ‘His legal approach and analytical skills to deal with complex technical issues are very impressive. He is good at conducting research along with his ability of performing the tasks in an organised and efficient manner.'
Omar Eljadi  – Atkin ChambersA superb junior in the construction field. He is deeply knowledgeable with a calm, effective advocacy style that suggests a maturity beyond his years and a great future.’
James Frampton Keating Chambers ‘James is an energetic, exceptionally bright, and robust barrister. He is hands-on, down-to-earth, and a good team player. He is also proactive and drives matters forward, with skilled drafting.’
Simon Hale4 Pump Court ‘Very client friendly, hard working, well-prepared, and excellent advocacy.'
Abdul JinaduKeating Chambers ‘Abdul provides excellent advice on the law, and is unruffled in his advocacy. He puts the best arguments forward and good at team management and leadership.’
David JohnsonAtkin Chambers 'David Johnson is very down to the detail in terms of his work. He is very persuasive in terms of his opening and closing submissions and also excellent in cross examining the experts.'
Christopher Reid – Atkin Chambers 'Christopher is extremely intelligent and has a particular skill for forensic examination of expert evidence. His advocacy is clear and he has a good manner with tribunals.'
Samar Abbas Kazmi – Atkin Chambers ‘Calm, commercial, and an excellent team player. His quality of drafting is superb.'

Construction in Middle East: The English Bar

4 Pump Court

Boasting in-depth expertise in the full gamut of construction and engineering matters, 4 Pump Court remains at the forefront of airport, hospital, and university developments. Rachel Ansell KC is often instructed on significant energy and engineering disputes, Sean Brannigan KC is reputed for his strength in infrastructure arbitration, and Alexander Hickey KC is a key port of call for energy and natural resources matters across the Gulf. Claire Packman KC’s expertise includes cases with professional negligence elements, while Thomas Crangle has experience of work concerning railways. Simon Hale is noted for his international energy arbitration capabilities, while Laurence Page is also a key member of the set.


‘The clerks room is efficient and forward thinking with Carl Wall and Niki Merison being the standout clerks.’

‘4 Pump Court remains one of the premier go-to sets for construction infrastructure disputes. All members of chambers I have instructed or seen as opposing counsel are of a consistently high calibre.’

‘As well as counsel, there are also a number of leading arbitrator individuals from 4 Pump Court who we would recommend and look to when nominating an arbitrator.’

‘A fantastic set – they know how to work seamlessly with solicitors. A delight to work with.’

‘They are incredibly well-run and now have some of the best silks in the market: as a result the chambers is now the go-to chambers for many serious players.’

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Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is renowned for its proficiency in construction, energy, and infrastructure disputes, notably mixed-use, transportation, and power developments. Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC often handles disputes arising from the development of sizeable infrastructure and industrial facility projects. Andrew White KC, Fiona Parkin KC, and Simon Lofthouse KC act as counsel in arbitrations across the Gulf while David Streatfeild-James KC is experienced in renewable energy and mixed-use construction projects. James Howells KC specialises in contentious power mandates, and Riaz Hussain KC is often instructed by sizeable contractors and developers. Zulfikar Khayum is principally focused on international arbitration, and Samar Abbas’ recent caseload includes transport and water infrastructure projects. Christopher Reid is also a key member of the set.


‘David Barnes is very proactive and a good first point of contact.’

‘Atkin Chambers is superbly run by the charismatic David Barnes and the friendly Justin Wilson.’

‘The clerks were outstanding, the chambers is home to top professionals.’

‘The clerk’s room is responsive and sensible; they are an enjoyable set to work with.’

‘Strength in construction and engineering. The barristers and clerks are very proactive.’

The Atkin Chambers clerks are great to work with. They will always provide a variety of options suitable for a matter.’

‘Their number one reputation is well-deserved. A first class set with huge strength in depth.’

‘We work a lot with Atkin Chambers and appreciate the service.  They are always available and happy to assist.’

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Keating Chambers

Experienced in DIAC, ICC, and LCIA arbitration, Keating Chambers is well-informed in heavyweight construction disputes arising from airport, road, and rail development projects. David Thomas KC enjoys a regional footprint and his broad construction experience encompasses Saudi Arabian mixed commercial developments. Simon Hughes KC and Justin Mort KC specialise in disputes arising from energy projects, while Calum Lamont KC is often engaged in international marine construction arbitration. James Thompson is knowledgeable of disputes arising from commercial and educational facility developments, while Paul Buckingham KC and William Webb KC took silk in 2023.


‘The clerks are always available and are very responsive. James Luxmoore in particular is my key contact and is very helpful and willing to have difficult conversations.’

‘James Luxmoore heads the clerking team brilliantly. He will always find resources for us at the highest calibre when needed.’

‘The clerks are personable, and it is easy to pick up the phone and call them if there are ever any questions.’

‘Undoubtedly the best set of chambers for construction claims in the UK.’

‘Keating Chambers remains, rightly, as one of the leading specialist construction sets. All counsel we have encountered, whether as arbitrators, senior or junior counsel, are of a consistently high calibre.’

‘Keating Chambers are unmatched in their depth of experience and expertise in construction law. They are always able to offer us counsel of the very highest standard.’

‘Keating Chambers are outstanding – my ‘go to’ set for international construction arbitration.’

‘Keating Chambers is a well-regarded specialist construction set. They are high calibre, with leading construction barristers.’

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Crown Office Chambers

Boasting a strong track record in international disputes, Crown Office Chambers’ key strengths lie in construction and engineering arbitration across the Middle East. Key members of the set include Andrew Rigney KC, full-time arbitrator Roger Ter Haar KC, and Crispin Winser KC, the latter pair enjoy a strong reputation in energy and infrastructure arbitration. Anna Laney’s broad caseload encompasses airport, residential, and stadium developments.


‘The clerks that I worked with: Andy Flanagan and Rob Cowup were always completely professional and helpful. Their organizational skills were very good.’

‘The clerks at Crown Office Chambers are personable, approachable, and a pleasure to work with. Andy Flanagan is seemingly unflappable and is always at the end of the phone if you have an urgent matter.’

‘The chambers, clerks, and barristers are well-organised, respond quickly, and are totally professional at all times.’

‘Crown Office is a strong chambers, both in respect of their barrister offering, but also in respect of arbitrators with a solid construction background.’

‘We were totally satisfied with the service.’

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39 Essex Chambers

With a broad construction offering spanning Dubai, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, 39 Essex Chambers is adept in contentious infrastructure as well as energy and natural resources matters. David Brynmor Thomas KC is well-versed in disputes concerning public transport projects and renewable power scheme developments. Marion Smith KC is an established arbitrator and counsel, while Karim Ghaly KC is experienced in airport, hotel, skyscraper, and sports stadia construction disputes. Alexander Burrell enjoys a strong reputation in the energy sector.


‘Darcey Bourne is doing an excellent job.’

‘Darcey Bourne is a bright and very capable individual with a very clear understanding of the tasks at hand. She is very personable and a great character.’

‘The clerks are always responsive.’

’39 Essex Chambers have very efficient and capable counsels with excellent communication and response times.’

‘39 Essex Chambers are an excellent set and provide high quality advocates to deal with matters in the construction and engineering sectors.’

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4 New Square Chambers

Often instructed by major contractors, 4 New Square Chambers is well-regarded for its construction dispute capabilities, notably claims involving delay and disruption. Roger Stewart KC’s broad caseload encompasses international arbitration, and he is particularly proficient in oil and gas facility disputes. Tim Chelmick is primarily engaged in sizeable infrastructure projects, including airports, oil refineries, and power stations.


‘Dennis Peck is excellent, if he can’t make something happen, it cannot be done.’

‘The clerks are easy to work with and are very responsive to queries.’

‘Good service from clerks.’

‘All set members were very helpful and proactive.’

‘A very good set all around, with some excellent heavy-weights and promising juniors. Good availability.’

‘4 New Square Chambers has excellent availability; the barristers are very approachable and pleasant to work with.’


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