Set Profile > Atkin Chambers > London, England

Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn
LONDON
WC1R 5AT
England

London Bar > Construction Tier 1

Known for their exceptional work both domestically and abroad, the barristers at Atkin Chambers have continued to lead the construction legal market. Stephanie Barwise QC and Omar Eljadi have been acting on behalf of the largest group of victims in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and in addition, barristers who have a significant practice handling PFI disputes have been instructed on fire safety defect-related cases, including Serena Cheng QC, Dominique Rawley QC and Steven Walker QC. In the TCC, Stephen Dennison QC led Mathias Cheung and Felicity Dynes in Energy Works (Hull) Ltd v MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd & Others, a dispute relating to the termination of construction work on a waste to energy plant. Away from the London courts, members continue to be instructed in arbitrations concerning the UK’s and world’s key infrastructure projects.

Rising stars

Lauren Adams - Atkin ChambersSuccinct, tenacious, she sees through the smoke and mirrors very quickly. Easy to work with and a great team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dr Nicholas Maciolek - Atkin ChambersHe is incredibly bright and his drafting is very clear and persuasive. I have found him a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Reid - Atkin ChambersChristopher is very hard working, and thorough in his approach and at the same time very efficient. Very good in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin ChambersThe gold standard in counsel: excellent advice at all times but perfectly tailored for the client and always reliable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersBright, hardworking, prodigious memory, has mental agility in hearings, tactical nous, commercial, pleasant, and a team player. Simon consistently outclasses opposing silks, because he works harder and has a passion for the case that means he doesn't just walk the extra mile, he thoroughly maps it.
Ranked: Tier 1
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersManus always has a problem solving attitude which is very helpful in an environment when different interests are at stake. He is a brilliant cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersDavid is a highly experienced construction and international arbitration specialist. He understands the construction industry well, and he is able to listen carefully to the client’s needs and then get to the heart of the matter.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersAndrew is a leading light at the construction Bar and an absolute delight to work with. He has massive gravitas but at the same time is humble and approachable. A real heavyweight who understands the industry and provides exceptional client service.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHighly skilled at grasping the key issues and advising clearly in easy to understand language and concepts. My clients are always impressed by Nick and his approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHe is excellent, thorough and calm under pressure. He is an absolute joy to work with and a true team player.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersClearly an expert in her field, with the ability to provide strong technical and commercial advice in a complex area of law that the client was able to understand and appreciate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin ChambersA well-spoken advocate who is thoroughly prepared and quick on his feet. His case law knowledge is detailed and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Acton Davis QC - Atkin ChambersHe is immensely charming, which he uses to great effect on his feet. He's done it all before, which gives clients enormous confidence in him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersThorough and decisive with a good eye for detail. A good strategist.
Ranked: Tier 3
Riaz Hussain QCAtkin ChambersRiaz is very personable and user friendly, and he goes the extra mile. He is tenacious and leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersShe is excellent. Tenacious, an effective advocate, thorough, clever and with good judgement. A pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersAn expert on PPP/PFI projects and clearly has an in-depth knowledge of where arguments are likely to have merit which is invaluable when strategically assessing the strength of a client's position.
Ranked: Tier 3
Steven Walker QC - Atkin ChambersHis great skill is making the complicated appear simple, and communicating that clearly to clients and the courts.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersA highly intelligent and hard-working QC who is always a pleasure to deal with. His legal and strategic analysis is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersSerena is obviously a very skilled and effective counsel with a good understanding of how to persuade a technical tribunal.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersVery thorough and efficient, but humble and easy to work with
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Mark Chennells QC - Atkin ChambersMark is able to absorb a considerable amount of information, and also is able to get to the core of the problem and identify the key issues. He is hardworking and focuses on the detail.

Leading Juniors

Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersExtremely bright and is always cool, calm and collected under pressure. He has a wonderful advocacy style which commands respect and is a fantastic team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersRupert is extremely focused and detailed orientated. He gets thoroughly involved in all aspects of the case, giving you confidence he has grasped all issues fully and comprehensively.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Clay - Atkin ChambersHe gets to grip with the key issues quickly and is a well-spoken advocate who is well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersA strong team player who is great with clients. Rolls sleeves up and gets into the detail - he is able to assimilate a lot of information quickly. Very reliable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucie Briggs - Atkin ChambersLucie is very clear and concise in her dealings with us. She is able to explain matters in a way that is easy to understand and is also commercially aware in her approach
Ranked: Tier 3
Omar Eljadi - Atkin ChambersHe contributes deep knowledge and expertise in construction arbitration and that is always portrayed in his work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersAndrew has a first-class brain and his ability to guide clients through an international arbitration inspires great respect and gratitude.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Johnson - Atkin ChambersOne of the best barristers I've worked with. Amazing work ethic and consistently produces the highest quality work
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Jones - Atkin ChambersJennifer is one of the team and rolls up her sleeves up and gets on with the work. Her advice is always clear and straightforward and she is extremely engaging with clients. She is a true trusted advisor.
Ranked: Tier 3
Samar Abbas Kazmi - Atkin ChambersSamar has a first-class brain, a commercial mindset and an unparalleled work ethic. Clients love him, as do judges and tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shourav Lahiri - Atkin ChambersShourav is one of the finest construction lawyers with very good technical appetite. His understanding of technical aspects of the disputes is very strong, which is essential in winning construction disputes
Ranked: Tier 3
Sebastian Pigott - Atkin ChambersHe is excellent at digesting complex issues and explaining it in a straightforward way to clients. He has a very reassuring style.
Ranked: Tier 3
Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersCamille is exceptional and is extremely easy to work with whilst providing insightful and concise advice on strategy and legal issues. She is always on top of papers, practical, commercial and among the best cross-examiners I have seen.
Ranked: Tier 3
Katie Powell - Atkin ChambersKatie is quick to grasp the facts of a case, extremely pleasant to work with, hard-working and very bright.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mischa Balen - Atkin ChambersVery bright, ferociously efficient and able to see straight to the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mathias Cheung - Atkin ChambersMathias is top notch. He assimilates information at record pace and quickly gets to grips with the issues. He is great with clients - approachable, dependable, nothing is too much trouble.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersSimon is very thorough, professional, hard working and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Felicity Dynes - Atkin ChambersA very measured and well prepared advocate, who takes any last minute instructions and variations in her stride.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rónán HannaAtkin ChambersVery precise, he focuses on the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersZulf is absolutely reliable and works like no one I have ever dealt with. Zulf leaves no stone unturned and where the devil is in the detail in construction cases, he hunts that devil down.
Ranked: Tier 4
Marc Lixenberg - Atkin ChambersMarc is extremely approachable and accessible. Very user friendly. I liked his presentation of the arguments by way of our submissions. He also provided clear advice throughout.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edmund Neuberger - Atkin ChambersA quick and thorough mind able to work well with clients and solicitors. Easy to use and very helpful.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘A very strong set for construction work. Would not use any other. The depth of knowledge, even for younger members of the set is impressive.’

‘A top set of chambers for construction law, good choice of excellent barristers.’

‘Atkins are an excellent set of construction specialist counsel with a good range of junior to senior counsel. They are a go-to chambers for construction sector advice. They are pragmatic and approachable for clients; willing to provide a commercial view as well as excellent advice.’

Clerks

‘The clerks are great. Always helpful and swift to respond – even during the Covid issues. I have found all clerks who I have dealt with similarly professional and helpful. They all know to manage the fee estimate aspects and this is a great relief.’

‘Excellent clerking – the best in this area. Justin Wilson and David Barnes are peerless.’

‘Clerks always helpful and efficient. Particularly Andy Burrows whose understanding of your needs and matching them to the specialisms of the barristers is always spot on.’

‘The immaculate and quite brilliant David Barnes understands the legal process second to none. Always there to help.’

London Bar > Energy Tier 2

Atkin Chambers  ‘has a worthy claim to the title of top construction-specialised set in London’. For one client, ‘the set remains the first choice for barristers in international energy disputes‘ and it remains ‘a first-rate construction set, boasting a bench strength of talented experts at every level'. Energy and natural resources cases account for a high proportion of the set’s work, drawing on its strength in international arbitration and members’ experience in complex PFI/PPP projects. The work spans upstream and downstream oil and gas, power projects including coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and renewable energy, whether solar, wind or waste-to-energy projects. Members are also involve in cases concerning the construction of supporting infrastructure including FPSOs, jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs, and dredging and subsea cabling and pipe-laying vessels. David Streatfeild-James QC is an outstanding advocate and arbitrator in high-value commercial cases involving traditional and renewable energy. Among the juniors, Rupert Choat, who is currently involved Commercial Court proceedings regarding a gas concession in Cameroon, is a prominent practitioner.

Rising stars

Mathias Cheung - Atkin ChambersIncredibly hard working, responsive and helpful, he gets into the detail and is a highly skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHe leads superbly with calm authority, with a very clear and persuasive style. He is one of the best in the business in high-value and complex offshore construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersWithout question one of the very top London-based silks specializing in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors, he is unrivalled in his ability to find a way through the most difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersAndrew understands energy disputes inside out, showing forensic attention to detail and getting stuck into the heart of the dispute.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersTechnically exceptional, she exhibits market-leading responsiveness and availability and is always an absolute pleasure to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersHe has an intuitive understanding of important areas and an impressive strategic overview.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersA master of his art, supremely prepared at all times, quick to gain the judge or tribunal's trust and even quicker to unpick a witness in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersHe shows precision to detail and strategic planning and has an extremely high intellect and extensive experience in international arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 3
Steven Walker QC - Atkin ChambersUnderstated on his feet but comes with a bite, he is a master tactician who is calm under pressure but deeply forensic in his analysis.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHe is highly skilled at grasping the key issues and advising clearly in easy-to-understand language and concepts.
Ranked: Tier 4
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersAn absolute first-rate advocate who reads tribunals very well and astutely formulates arguments for very effective and persuasive delivery.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersHe combines a sense of fairness and openness in his advocacy with an ability to quickly identify the key points.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersHe has a good strategic overview and is good in hearings.
Ranked: Tier 4
Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersHighly experienced and very client-focused, she is a strategic thinker who provides very clear and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersDominique is a careful and considered practitioner who draws from a very deep well of expertise and deploys it magisterially.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Mark Chennells QCAtkin ChambersMark is very adept at seeing the commercial issues and cutting through irrelevant material to focus on the issues.

Leading Juniors

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersHe shows excellent commerciality and ability to identify the points which a court or tribunal will be interested in.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersSimon is very thorough, professional, hardworking and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersPatrick is extremely bright and is always cool, calm and collected under pressure, and has a wonderful advocacy style which commands respect.
Ranked: Tier 3
Samar Abbas Kazmi - Atkin ChambersBright, likeable and a persuasive advocate, Samar has great tenacity and skill, and his drafting is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mischa Balen - Atkin ChambersMischa is a class act and a formidable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersA strong team player who is great with clients and is able to assimilate a lot of information quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shourav Lahiri - Atkin ChambersA very sound, meticulous and capable advocate, he thinks things through and is a very good cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘In my view, Atkin Chambers has a worthy claim to the title of top construction-specialised set in London. In practice, Atkin is typically the first place I look for assistance in high-value and complex energy, construction and infrastructure disputes under English law because of their impressive talent at all levels of seniority.’

‘A high-quality construction set operating also in the energy space.’

‘This was my first experience of working with Atkin Chambers and I was very impressed. I’m aware of their strength in construction cases.’

‘A first-rate construction set, boasting a bench strength of talented experts at every level.’

‘The set remains the first choice for barristers in international energy disputes.’

Clerks

‘Justin Wilson is very responsive.’

‘David Barnes is obviously a generational talent and Justin Wilson is also absolutely first-rate. Both gentlemen are truly gifted at what they do. Andrew Burrows, Rob Bryant and Daniel Jones are also unfailingly personable and efficient.’

‘David Barnes is exceptional, and an asset to this set.’

‘I have dealt with Andrew Burrows who is extremely helpful and very pragmatic. He has also been very patient in recent times!’

‘A clerking team par excellence. Clerks work closely with members to seamlessly provide first-rate services and support.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

Atkin Chambers has developed an excellent reputation for international arbitration, and is praised for its 'strength-in-depth for construction and energy related disputes'. The set's credentials for Asia and Middle East-related matters are especially strong, particularly when it comes to infrastructure disputes. On the transport side, Andrew White QC , Nicholas Dennys QC and Sebastian Pigott have all been involved in several high-profile rail and metro-related claims. On the social infrastructure front, Simon Lofthouse QC and Zulfikar Khayum both worked on Obrascon Huarte Lain SA (t/a OHL Internacional) & Anor v Qatar Foundation where they defeated a challenge to a partial arbitral award concerning a hospital project in Doha.

Leading Silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersThe leading light at the construction Bar and an absolute delight to work with. He has massive gravitas but at the same time is humble and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersExtremely highly intellectual and substantial knowledge on relevant areas of law, and extensive experience with international arbitration which shines through in his work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHe is excellent, thorough and calm under pressure. He is an absolute joy to work with and a true team player.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC  - Atkin ChambersOne of the go-to counsel for complex cross-border construction disputes. She has an active international practice, especially in Asia. She understands what clients want and exceeds their expectations.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersA top barrister who is not just excellent in the law, but offers broader advice on strategy and good ideas on alternative approaches.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersIncredibly hard-working, great attention to detail and very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersConsistently outclasses opposing silks, because he works harder and has a passion for the case that means he doesn't just walk the extra mile, he thoroughly maps it and is prepared for any eventuality.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersWithout question, one of the very top London-based silks specializing in the energy/construction/infrastructure sectors, and a first choice for any bet the company dispute in those areas.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersA great silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersA superstar. He is extremely affable to work with and is a meticulously prepared and forceful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersGreat attention to detail, highly adept at mastering areas of law outside his usual practice area.
Ranked: Tier 3
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersA brilliant advocate, subtle and measured. There is an almost hypnotic quality to her oral advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Mark Chennells QC - Atkin ChambersVery quick to get on top of the detail and difficult concepts, user friendly and an excellent advocate.

Leading Juniors

Samar Abbas KazmiAtkin ChambersHas a first-class brain, a commercial mindset and an unparalleled work ethic. Clients love him, as do judges and tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersExtremely sharp, attentive to details, brilliant cross-examinator. An advantage in any construction arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersAn excellent team leader. He is very personable, understands the demands of building a case, seeks to draw the best work from those around him and build on it to advance the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersHis ability to read, digest and understand complex matters over vast swaths of paperwork in a short timeframe is wonderful.
Ranked: Tier 3
Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersIntelligent, hardworking and very quick on his feet. Also very enthusiastic and passionate about his work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sebastian Pigott - Atkin ChambersCommercial in the application of the advice and aware of the bigger picture whilst retaining an eye for detail and finessing the best approach in the drafting.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Atkin is one of the two preeminent construction sets. They have considerable strength in depth at all levels. The barristers are generally competitive and academic colleagues and opponents.’

‘One of my first ports of call when looking for construction and arbitration counsel.’

‘The reputation as one of the best sets for construction and arbitration is well deserved.’

‘Atkin is typically the first place I look for assistance in high-value and complex energy/construction/infrastructure disputes under English law because of their impressive talent at all levels of seniority.’

‘A peerless set for construction, with great strength in depth.’

Clerking

‘Its clerking service is top quality especially David Barnes and Justin Wilson. They are very experienced at dealing with the issues faced when working in Hong Kong.’

‘Responsive and helpful clerks, accommodating on fees.’

‘David Barnes is exceptional. A great asset to the set.’

‘Justin Wilson and David Barnes are knowledgeable, well-respected and provide an excellent service.’

‘The clerks are always hands on as they remind the team of important deadlines. Their strengths include good organization and management which is extremely helpful for the team as it enables them to only focus on the case at hand.’

London Bar > IT and telecoms Tier 2

A ‘first port of call for IT contract disputes,’ the set at Atkin Chambers acts in high-profile IT and communications project disputes in the construction, banking, and financial services sectors, dovetailing well with the set’s well-known area of expertise in construction projects. James Howells QC was lead counsel for the latter party, the appellant, Triple Point Technology v PTT Public Company, in which the Supreme Court considered the issue of liquidated damages for delay when contracts are terminated, in the context of the procurement of an IT system by a Thai energy company. Patrick Clarke acted for the claimant in Competent Adviser Limited v Forfront Limited, which concerned a claim for injunctions, declarations, and damages related to a long-term agreement for software, development, and website hosting support and maintenance services. David Streatfeild-James QC also handles in cases pertaining to IT infrastructure.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersJames is an excellent barrister. In very complex cases, James has a great ability to quickly identify and clearly explain the key issues and options. James really understands his client. James is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - 2021 Silks

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersWell thought-out, logical arguments, client friendly, measured and considered approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘My first port of call for IT contract disputes.’

Clerking

‘Good clerks. Matthew Ashman is very helpful.’

‘Excellent clerks, very helpful.’

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 2

Atkin Chambers is 'a very solid professional negligence set' with 'great depth of talent', and due to its reputation as 'a leading chambers for construction and engineering', members have established expertise in handling claims arising from engineering, construction and infrastructure matters. In a recent example, Marc Lixenberg and Katie Powell are acting in Victoria Beckham Limited v Farshid Moussavi Architecture Limited and NJ Richards Project Limited, a claim against the architects of the former Spice Girl's fashion store in London. Members of the set have also been instructed in professional negligence claims against the backdrop of the cladding scandal.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersShe is a very accomplished, quick-thinking silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin ChambersStephanie has a supreme sense of gravitas and clients immediately trust her. An authority in cladding-related claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersSerena is a very skilled counsel, who quickly gets on top of her brief.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersA compelling advocate with excellent analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersManus is simply fantastic. He is extremely intelligent yet so user friendly, and clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin ChambersA well spoken advocate, who is thoroughly prepared and quick on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersA very supportive silk who always provides great advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Steven Walker QC - Atkin ChambersExceptionally bright, with a calm yet authoritative demeanour which helps cuts through the most difficult of issues. Brilliant on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersCamille is tenacious and incisive. A quality mind and a successful strategist.
Ranked: Tier 2
Omar Eljadi - Atkin ChambersOmar is thorough and gets on top of his area. Excellent written work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rónán HannaAtkin ChambersA junior with a very precise eye.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Jones - Atkin ChambersJennifer is responsive, approachable and client-focused, as well as exceptionally technically able. Her advice is always clear and straightforward, and she is extremely engaging with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersNicholas is measured and thoughtful. His advice is carefully delivered.
Ranked: Tier 4
Marc Lixenberg - Atkin ChambersA very personable junior who is robust in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mischa Balen - Atkin ChambersMischa is diligent, and has a good manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lucie Briggs - Atkin ChambersShe is pragmatic, responsive and attentive, and provides clear and concise advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersVery organised and intelligent. He has a great grasp of the law and the facts.
Ranked: Tier 6
Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersA very calm, very experienced advocate who provides sound analysis.
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

Set

A real powerhouse‘.

An excellent set‘.

Clerking

The clerks are extremely helpful and responsive‘.

Justin Wilson is always a pleasure to work with: sensible, pragmatic and very knowledgeable‘.

Rob Bryant is excellent. He quickly grasps the issues, and is perceptive, responsive and personable‘.

Andy Burrows is very helpful and pragmatic‘.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 3

Atkin Chambers is undoubtedly one of the top choice sets for those seeking arbitrators with experience in construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes. The set's members have strong experience arbitrating claims in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, many having been (or continue to be) leading advocates in this field. The arbitrators come from a wide range of backgrounds, with Doug Jones having been an eminent solicitor in this field at Clayton Utz before becoming a full-time arbitrator. Former judges such as Sir Robert Akenhead have made a seamless switch to the tribunal and are extremely in demand, while Andrew White QC juggles his high profile counsel role with his regular high-end arbitrator work.

Testimonials

Set

‘Atkin Chambers is always on my go to list for Counsel/arbitrators. It has a full complement of excellent counsel at all levels. Counsel at Atkin Chambers regularly provide training for my team.’

‘Atkin Chambers are well-known market leaders with some of the best construction barristers in the business.’

Clerking

‘The clerking service at Atkin Chambers is excellent. It has been very consistent over the years and I have been dealing with David Barnes and Justin Wilson for 25 years.’

‘Helpful and friendly clerking team.’

‘Excellent. Justin Wilson and Andrew Burrows stand out, as does the leadership of David Barnes.’

‘David Barnes and Justin Wilson are very responsive, sensible and easy to work with.’

‘The Clerks are highly efficient and friendly. It is well staffed both front of house as well as in the back rooms’

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 4

Michael Shane – Atkin Chambers  Michael Shane at Atkin Chambers is known for 'grasping the details of the underlying facts and the legal issues, but also getting what drives the parties commercially'. A full-time mediator and arbitrator for approximately 25 years, Shane's experience includes mediating over 1,500 major disputes, including a multitude of commercial, IP and banking-related matters.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure Tier 1

Praised as a ‘premier construction set’ and highly regarded by law firms across the Asia Pacific region, members of Atkin Chambers are eminent in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors, with international disputes taking up a significant proportion of their time in this space. The set houses ‘top notch QCs and juniors’ who are accustomed to the main international arbitral institutions. Energy projects continue to feature heavily in members’ caseloads, and the set has seen a growth in the number of transport disputes arising in the region. Andrew White QC is well-established in the region and is noted for his expertise in shipbuilding, oil and gas, engineering and rail disputes, while Nicholas Dennys QC is increasingly appointed as an arbitrator in Korea, Singapore and India.

Rising stars

Mathias Cheung – Atkin ChambersExceeds pre-requisites for a junior barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Nicholas Dennys QCAtkin ChambersHe is an excellent strategist and highly regarded advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QCAtkin ChambersVery thorough, meticulous and in high demand for Asian disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Goddard QCAtkin ChambersHe understands the construction industry and brings a very pragmatic approach to his advice and advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew White QCAtkin ChambersAn excellent advocate who is the epitome of the steel fist in a silk glove.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Howells QCAtkin ChambersHe manages client expectations very well by his objective approach, honesty and transparency.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHis advocacy is excellent and his strengths are well-known.
Ranked: Tier 2
Serena Cheng QCAtkin ChambersShe is very clever, meticulous and is excellent with details and foreshadowing issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Lofthouse QCAtkin ChambersPrecise and sharp on his feet in his excellent advocacy and analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Mark Chennells QCAtkin ChambersHe is fiercely intelligent and has a knack for seeing alternative approaches to what appears to be difficult problems.

Leading Juniors

Shourav Lahiri Atkin Chambers 'Very thorough, meticulous, extremely hardworking and also an accomplished advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Samar Abbas Kazmi – Atkin ChambersUnrivalled in terms of stamina and energy.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

Excellent specialist chambers. Always a good range of experienced construction counsel available, as well as knowledgeable and responsive clerks.’

An outstanding set with deep bench strength of top experts in construction arbitration. Equally impressed with the quality of the juniors.’

‘Atkin Chambers is the premier construction set.’

‘Atkin chambers has a wealth of experience in construction and energy disputes and is rightfully seen as one of the best. They have top notch QCs and juniors.’

‘Excellent construction set with a heavyweight stable of construction barristers.’

Clerking

‘Andrew Burrows is very responsive, pragmatic and helpful. Likewise David Barnes is exceptionally knowledgeable and resourceful.’

‘David Barnes is, quite simply, the best in the business and Justin Wilson is also absolutely first-rate.’

‘Top rate clerking team led by very capable David Barnes. Very in tune with the needs and concerns of clients and prepared to work flexibly to meet exigencies.’

‘David Barnes remains the gold standard that others try to emulate. Good at building and maintaining relationships with solicitors.’

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

Atkin Chambers is 'a strong set with a wealth of construction experience', and continues to host many of the cream of London's practitioners. On top of his work as arbitrator and arbitration counsel, Rupert Choat represented the claimant in Tecnicas Reunidas Saudia for Services and Contracting Co Ltd v Korea Development Bank, a London TCC case concerning demand guarantees relating to Saudi Aramco's Fadhili gas processing plant. Of late, Andrew Fenn has been active in Omani matters among others, and Shourav Lahiri - who has a following among Indian contractors - joined from Reed Smith's Dubai office in April 2020. Among the set's silks, Simon Lofthouse QC is well-connected in Qatar.

Leading silks

Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersAlways brilliant to work with, he is not frightened to roll up his sleeves and put in the hard yards - very robust in cross-examination, he has no fear in taking on the most eminent of experts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersImperturable, energetic and with a commanding presence, he is always 100% committed to the cause.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHis drafting is concise and packs a punch, and his advocacy is careful, measured and reflective of his deep understanding of the issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersShe has a no-nonsense approach and is very user-friendly - her drafting is clear and straightforward.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading juniors

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersVery strong at thinking outside the box, he knows the law so thoroughly that he comes up with creative solutions to otherwise hopeless problems.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersExtremely bright, practical and commercial - and an excellent advocate who is clear and concise in his explanation of difficult concepts confident without a hint of arrogance.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rónán HannaAtkin ChambersAn impressive junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersVery easy to work with, he is very intelligent and gets across the point quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Shourav Lahiri-Atkin ChambersExperienced and seasoned counsel for any construction dispute, he gets in to the detail and puts clients' positions to the tribunal clearly and intensively.

Ranked: Tier 1
Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersImpressively detail-oriented even when working to tight deadlines under a large amount of pressure, her written advocacy is strong and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Katie Powell-Atkin ChambersHer drafting is concise and packs a punch, and her advocacy is careful, measured and reflective of her deep understanding of the issues.

Ranked: Tier 2

Atkin Chambers is a leading set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and specialist legal advice on cases concerning construction and engineering, energy, technology and major infrastructure projects.

The members of Atkin Chambers offer a huge breadth and depth of experience in disputes which are often complex both in terms of the law and the technical nature of the underlying dispute. They are recognised as being leaders in their field.

The disputes in which members are instructed are extremely varied and include transport, oil and gas, renewables, water/sanitation, IT and telecommunications, shipbuilding and conversion, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is frequently related to such disputes.

Disputes are often commercially and/or politically sensitive and high-profile, and have included landmark UK cases such as disputes relating to The Shard, Wembley Stadium, the Olympic Village, the Channel Tunnel, The British Library, The Rolls Building, Heathrow T5, the M25 and London Underground. International work is equally substantial with major transport infrastructure and energy projects being a common feature – frequently cross-border and/or involving parties from several jurisdictions.

In the UK members regularly appear as advocates before the High Court and Appellate Courts, including the Supreme Court, and represent clients in commercial arbitrations seated in London and around the world. Members practise in many of the world’s leading arbitration centres and are highly-experienced in handling international arbitration matters conducted under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC, SIAC and numerous others.

Members and door tenants are called upon to act as arbitrators, adjudicators, mediators, in expert determination, and as members of international dispute boards and chairs of public inquiries.

A number of authoritative and influential texts are authored and edited in Chambers including the Building Law Reports and the International Construction Law Review. The seminal work on the law relating to building and engineering contracts — Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts — has been edited by Chambers since 1959 and is cited in many common law jurisdictions.

International and UK dispute resolution:

■ Commercial
■ Construction & Engineering
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Infrastructure & PFI/PPP
■ International Arbitration
■ IT & Telecommunications
■ Professional Negligence
■ Shipbuilding & Offshore Construction
■ Transport

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive & Director of Clerking David Barnes dbarnes@atkinchambers.com
Principal contact for counsel appointments Justin Wilson jwilson@atkinchambers.com
Principal contact for arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator appointments Daniel Jones djones@atkinchambers.com
Members of Chambers DOERRIES QC, Chantal-Aimée (1992)
Members of Chambers DENNYS QC, Nicholas (1975)
Members of Chambers ACTON DAVIS QC, Jonathan (1977)
Members of Chambers WHITE QC, Andrew (1980)
Members of Chambers BAATZ QC, Nicholas (1978)
Members of Chambers BOWDERY QC, Martin (1980)
Members of Chambers DENNISON QC, Stephen (1985)
Members of Chambers STREATFEILD-JAMES QC, David (1986)
Members of Chambers GODDARD QC, Andrew (1985)
Members of Chambers BARWISE QC, Stephanie (1988)
Members of Chambers LOFTHOUSE QC, Simon (1988)
Members of Chambers McMULLAN QC, Manus (1994)
Members of Chambers PARKIN QC, Fiona (1993)
Members of Chambers RAWLEY QC, Dominique (1991)
Members of Chambers WALKER QC, Steven (1993)
Members of Chambers HOWELLS QC, James (1995)
Members of Chambers HUSSAIN QC, Riaz (2001)
Members of Chambers LEWIS QC, Christopher (1998)
Members of Chambers CHENG QC, Serena (2000)
Members of Chambers ROYCE, Darryl (1976)
Members of Chambers CLAY, Robert (1989)
Members of Chambers COLLINGS, Nicholas (1997)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Patrick (1997)
Members of Chambers CHOAT, Rupert (1998)
Members of Chambers SLOW, Camille (2002)
Members of Chambers CHENNELLS, Mark (2002)
Members of Chambers LAHIRI, Shourav (2002)
Members of Chambers JONES, Jennifer (2003)
Members of Chambers BRIGGS, Lucie (2004)
Members of Chambers PIGOTT, Sebastian (1994)
Members of Chambers CRAWSHAW, Simon (2005)
Members of Chambers LIXENBERG, Marc (2005)
Members of Chambers POWELL, Katie (2005)
Members of Chambers HANNA, Rónán (2006)
Members of Chambers FENN, Andrew (2007)
Members of Chambers KHAYUM, Zulfikar (2006)
Members of Chambers LAND, Peter (2007)
Members of Chambers NEUBERGER, Edmund (2008)
Members of Chambers ELJADI, Omar (2009)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, David (2010)
Members of Chambers DYNES, Felicity (2010)
Members of Chambers BALEN, Mischa (2011)
Members of Chambers KAZMI, Samar Abbas (2011)
Members of Chambers ADAMS, Lauren (2013)
Members of Chambers REID, Christopher (2013)
Members of Chambers MACIOLEK, Nicholas (2013)
Members of Chambers CHEUNG, Mathias (2015)
Members of Chambers HALE, Dalton (2015)
Members of Chambers HUSSEY, Laura (2016)
Members of Chambers GRAHAM-DIXON, Arthur (2017)
Members of Chambers GREENFIELD, Caroline (2017)
Members of Chambers TWIVY, Max (2018)
Members of Chambers AKENHEAD, Sir Robert *
Members of Chambers BLACKBURN QC, John (1969)*
Members of Chambers FORBES, Sir Thayne *
Members of Chambers JONES, Professor Doug (Australia)*
Members of Chambers KIRKHAM CBE, Her Honour Frances *
Members of Chambers LLOYD QC, His Honour Humphrey (1979)*
Members of Chambers SHANE, Michael (USA)*
WALKER, Professor Janet*
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Mr Jonathan Acton Davis photo Mr Jonathan Acton Davis Jonathan specialises in domestic and international litigation and arbitration in the construction,…
Miss Lauren Adams  photo Miss Lauren Adams Lauren’s domestic practice involves advising on private residential work and large commercial…
Sir Robert Akenhead  photo Sir Robert Akenhead In continuous practice from 1973 to 2007 as a specialist construction law…
Mr Nicholas Baatz photo Mr Nicholas Baatz Nicholas Baatz QC has extensive experience of commercial disputes in the infrastructure,…
Mr Mischa Balen  photo Mr Mischa Balen Mischa specialises primarily in international commercial disputes with an emphasis on construction…
Miss Stephanie Barwise photo Miss Stephanie Barwise Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Stephanie’s expertise lies in…
Mr John Blackburn  photo Mr John Blackburn From 1984 until 2006, John was in full-time practice as leading counsel…
Mr Martin Bowdery photo Mr Martin Bowdery “Inventive intellectually and tactically superb” Martin Bowdery QC practises as an advocate, arbitrator,…
Miss Lucie Briggs  photo Miss Lucie Briggs Lucie specialises in construction and engineering, energy, information technology, and professional negligence…
Miss Serena Cheng photo Miss Serena Cheng Serena Cheng QC is a commercial litigation and arbitration specialist whose practice…
Mr Mark Chennells  photo Mr Mark Chennells Mark Chennells QC was appointed silk in 2021. He has broad experience…
Mr Mathias Cheung  photo Mr Mathias Cheung Mathias’ domestic and international commercial practice covers all areas of Chambers’ work,…
Mr Rupert Choat  photo Mr Rupert Choat Rupert has specialised since 1997 in construction, engineering, PFI/PPP, energy and similar…
Mr Patrick Clarke  photo Mr Patrick Clarke Patrick’s specialist practice principally concerns fighting claims that involve complex technical or…
Mr Robert Clay  photo Mr Robert Clay Robert specialises in litigation and arbitration, domestic and international, in the construction,…
Mr Nicholas Collings  photo Mr Nicholas Collings Nicholas specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration with a particular emphasis on…
Mr Simon Crawshaw  photo Mr Simon Crawshaw Simon specialises in the construction and engineering and energy sectors representing contractors,…
Mr Stephen Dennison photo Mr Stephen Dennison Stephen is a leading specialist in the construction and civil engineering, energy…
Mr Nicholas Dennys photo Mr Nicholas Dennys Nicholas is a leading specialist in construction, civil engineering, international arbitration, professional…
Miss Chantal-Aimée Doerries photo Miss Chantal-Aimée Doerries Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is the Head of Atkin Chambers and a former…
Miss Felicity Dynes  photo Miss Felicity Dynes Felicity specialises in all aspects of Chambers’ work including in the areas…
Mr Omar Eljadi  photo Mr Omar Eljadi Omar Eljadi specialises in contractual and professional negligence disputes within the construction,…
Mr Andrew Fenn  photo Mr Andrew Fenn Andrew has acted as junior counsel on large litigations, international and domestic…
Sir Thayne Forbes  photo Sir Thayne Forbes   Sir Thayne Forbes is an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator and chair…
Mr Andrew Goddard photo Mr Andrew Goddard Andrew Goddard QC specialises in the law of commercial obligations, professional negligence…
Mr Arthur Graham-Dixon  photo Mr Arthur Graham-Dixon Arthur has a broad practice in all areas of Chambers’ work and…
Ms Caroline Greenfield  photo Ms Caroline Greenfield Caroline joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in September 2019, following the…
Mr Dalton Hale  photo Mr Dalton Hale Dalton has been described by clients as “knowledgeable, thorough, proactive and original in…
 Rónán Hanna  photo Rónán Hanna Rónán has broad experience in a wide range of construction and engineering…
 Rónán Hanna  photo Rónán Hanna Rónán has broad experience in a wide range of construction and engineering…
Mr James Howells photo Mr James Howells James practises across a broad range of disputes in litigation, arbitration, adjudication…
Mr Riaz Hussain photo Mr Riaz Hussain Riaz acts as leading counsel in high value, complex disputes and advises…
Ms Laura Hussey  photo Ms Laura Hussey Laura has a domestic and international practice in all specialist areas of…
Mr David Johnson  photo Mr David Johnson David practises in the fields of domestic and international construction, engineering, energy,…
Prof Doug Jones  photo Prof Doug Jones Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator…
Miss Jennifer Jones  photo Miss Jennifer Jones Jennifer practices both domestically and internationally, with a particular expertise in multi-party…
Mr Samar Abbas Kazmi photo Mr Samar Abbas Kazmi Samar Abbas Kazmi specialises in commercial, construction and technology disputes. Samar has…
Mr Zulfikar Khayum  photo Mr Zulfikar Khayum Zulfikar practices across all areas of the construction, engineering, energy and IT…
Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE  photo Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE acts as arbitrator in high-value construction and…
His Honour Humphrey LLoyd  photo His Honour Humphrey LLoyd His Honour Humphrey LLoyd QC is an arbitrator and mediator. From 1963…
Mr Shourav Lahiri  photo Mr Shourav Lahiri Shourav is a specialist construction and international arbitration lawyer with over 20…
Mr Peter Land  photo Mr Peter Land Peter practices across all areas of construction, engineering, infrastructure, information technology and…
Mr Christopher Lewis photo Mr Christopher Lewis Christopher practises principally in the fields of construction and engineering; energy and…
Mr Marc Lixenberg  photo Mr Marc Lixenberg Confirming his status as a “respected junior”, Marc is a leading junior construction…
Mr Simon Lofthouse photo Mr Simon Lofthouse Simon Lofthouse QC is widely-recognised as a leading domestic and international lawyer…
Dr Nicholas Maciolek  photo Dr Nicholas Maciolek Nicholas’ practice includes disputes relating to construction, engineering and infrastructure, energy and…
Mr Manus McMullan photo Mr Manus McMullan Manus specialises in commercial disputes with an emphasis on energy, natural resources…
Mr Edmund Neuberger  photo Mr Edmund Neuberger Edmund specialises in all aspects of Chambers’ work for a broad range…
Miss Fiona Parkin photo Miss Fiona Parkin Recognised for her particular skill in getting to the heart of complex…
 Sebastian Pigott photo Sebastian Pigott Sebastian Pigott is described as “an intelligent and considered thinker” who is “very user-friendly and…
Miss Katie Powell  photo Miss Katie Powell Katie Powell specialises in commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on construction,…
Miss Dominique Rawley photo Miss Dominique Rawley Dominique Rawley QC specialises in high value disputes in the field of…
Mr Christopher Reid  photo Mr Christopher Reid Christopher undertakes a broad range of commercial work both domestically and internationally,…
Mr Darryl Royce  photo Mr Darryl Royce Darryl Royce advises upon, and acts for parties involved in, construction projects,…
Mr Michael Shane  photo Mr Michael Shane Michael Shane is a highly-regarded international mediator and arbitrator. His career has…
Miss Camille Slow  photo Miss Camille Slow Camille’s practice covers a broad range of commercial matters with a particular…
Mr David Streatfeild-James photo Mr David Streatfeild-James David Streatfeild-James acts as an advocate, adviser and arbitrator in high-value commercial…
Mr Max Twivy  photo Mr Max Twivy Max joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in 2019. He has gained…
Mr Steven Walker photo Mr Steven Walker Steven Walker QC specialises in advising and representing parties to complex commercial…
 Janet Walker  photo Janet Walker Professor Janet Walker is a leading international commercial arbitrator based in London,…
Mr Andrew White photo Mr Andrew White Andrew enjoys an international reputation as a commercial silk. He regularly appears…
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Atkin Chambers is a leading set of barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on commercial disputes relating to construction and engineering, technology, energy and infrastructure projects.

The members of Atkin Chambers have worked across Asia-Pacific over several decades during which time members and the clerking team have built long-standing relationships with many of the leading law firms and individual lawyers in the region. As a consequence they have acquired a detailed understanding of the commercial landscape within which disputes arise throughout Asia-Pacific

As specialist and practised advocates, members’ expertise in building and presenting a case to international arbitral tribunals makes them in high demand They possess genuine expertise in cases which are legally, factually and technically complex.

Members’ experience with commercial disputes in the region is broad but frequently concerned with infrastructure projects across transport (highways, streets, roads, and bridges; mass transit; airports and airways), energy and power generation (including but not limited to nuclear, oil and gas and renewables), water (supply and wastewater management), waste (management and treatment), and telecommunications. Members also have significant offshore marine and submarine experience from ports to pipe-laying, as well as shipbuilding and conversion/repairs.

Disputes and claims upon which members are instructed relate to commercial obligations and/or tortious issues, and may lead to litigation, arbitration, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.

Members have also acquired significant experience of presenting cases conducted under the auspices of the leading arbitral institutions including but not limited to the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC),  Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre  (HKIAC),  International Chamber of Commerce (ICC),  Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB),  London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).

Members of Atkin Chambers are authors of authoritative and influential legal texts including The Building Law Reports and The International Construction Law Review. The members of Atkin Chambers have edited ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’, the seminal textbook on construction law since 1959.  Hudson has always had a strong international element, comparing and commenting on legal developments in numerous Commonwealth and other jurisdictions, including those of Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

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