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Atkin Chambers > The Legal 500 Rankings
London Bar > Construction Tier 1Atkin Chambers has a sterling reputation as a specialist set for construction disputes, covering a range of work in the UK and abroad. In domestic courts, Dominique Rawley KC and Jennifer Jones are instructed to act for the defendants Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and Balfour Beatty Group on Northumbria Healthcare NHS v Lendlease, a matter concerning a hospital built in 2015 alleged to have wide-ranging structural defects to the extent a temporary replacement needed to be built. Meanwhile, Simon Lofthouse KC and Omar Eljadi are acting for MPB Structures in defence of defects claims in a related case, Lendlease Construction v MPB Structures, regarding flooring and drainage work at the same hospital. Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC is acting for Morrisons supermarkets in a large multi-party dispute regarding the extension of an abattoir. Stephanie Barwise KC continues to act on behalf of the largest group of bereaved, survivors and residents in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. In addition, members of the set have seen increased instructions on fire safety defect cases and PFI-related disputes. International highlights include Manus McMullan KC and Christopher Lewis KC continuing to act for the Panama Canal Authority in a series of high-value claims arising from the Third Set of Locks Project, one of the largest engineering projects in the world at the time. Stuart Catchpole KC has joined from 39 Essex Chambers, and Rupert Choat KC took silk in March 2022. Nicholas Baatz and Sebastian Pigott retired in February 2022 and May 2022 respectively.
‘Atkin Chambers has a wealth of knowledge and experience which is second-to-none. They are the first port of call for all construction matters.’
‘Atkin Chambers provide a first-rate service with considerable strength and depth across all areas of construction law.’
‘Atkin remain the premier set for construction disputes work and their roster of advocates is second-to-none. Their continued efforts in training are also much appreciated and valuable.’
‘The team’s strengths at Atkin Chambers include its vast expertise in this area and excellent quality of legal services that are tailored towards the client’s needs.’
‘Atkin Chambers is a real construction law powerhouse acting domestically and internationally. They have real strength in depth with many leading KCs.’
‘David Barnes is still the gold standard.’
London Bar > Energy Tier 2Atkin Chambers 'has an excellent offering of construction and engineering counsel both at junior and senior levels’, with ‘incredible strength in depth'. The 'very professional and responsive set' ’s presence in this space comes from handling disputes arising construction projects in the energy and natural resources sector, the set’s work covers upstream and downstream oil and gas, coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and renewable energy projects including solar, wind, hydro and biofuels, as well as projects in the nuclear industry. Stephen Dennison KC and James Howells KC continued to act in one of the largest LMAA arbitrations by value and hearing length of the last couple of years relating to offshore construction. The highly respected David Streatfeild-James KC is currently handling major disputes in the LNG sector. Among its strong roster of juniors, Simon Crawshaw stands out. He is currently acting unled in disputes concerning onshore and offshore wind projects. Patrick Clarke has a well-established energy practice and has been heavily involved in a major oil and gas construction dispute in Central Asia.
‘A very professional and responsive set of chambers.’
‘Atkin Chambers have incredible strength-in depth.’
‘Atkin Chambers is one of my go to chambers for technical offshore disputes.’
‘The set has an excellent offering of construction and engineering counsel both at junior and senior levels.’
‘Atkins are one of the go-to chambers for construction matters and have a strong reputation for excellence.’
‘David Barnes is especially helpful, prompt and a very professional CEO and Director of Clerking.’
‘Atkin Chambers is one of my first stop chambers for construction and arbitration work.’
‘Atkin Chambers have many reputable international arbitration barristers. They work in Hong Kong, the Middle East and around the world.’
‘Atkin is the number one construction arbitration set with a great bench strength.’
‘Atkin chambers is the leading set for construction and engineering disputes. There is a wide array of counsel at every level with deep understanding of their subjects and are mostly very approachable.’
‘They have vast experience and remarkable knowledge in international arbitration and its concentration on construction matters in addition to energy and power. They have vast expertise in this area and excellent quality of legal services that are tailored towards the client’s needs.’
‘Its clerking service is top quality especially David Barnes and Justin Wilson. They provide superb service.’
‘Go-to chambers for Technology claims.‘
‘The clerks are always helpful and accommodating.‘
‘Very good on detail and technical issues.’
‘Go to chambers for construction & engineering matters.’
‘Atkin Chambers is, with Keating, the pre-eminent set for construction litigation.‘
‘Extremely bright, very friendly, very good client manner. Excellent work product.’
‘Atkin is a very set for construction and engineering law with many able Juniors and Silks.’
‘The clerks that I have dealt with are always responsive, and excellent at helping identify appropriate Counsel and looking at ways to overcome availability issues.’
Employment > Tier 5
‘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.’
‘Andrew Burrows is very responsive, pragmatic and helpful. Likewise David Barnes is exceptionally knowledgeable and resourceful.’
‘Top construction set in London.’
‘Atkin Chambers is exceptionally well run with a wonderful set of leading barristers.’
‘Excellent specialist chambers. Always a good range of experienced construction counsel available and knowledgeable and responsive clerks.’
‘Magnificent set – by far the best energy and infrastructure specialists at the bar.’
‘One of the ‘go to’ sets for construction and engineering disputes. Always good quality across the board.’
‘Very user friendly and a pleasure to work with. Always.’
Atkin Chambers > Set Profile
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:
■ Construction & Engineering
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Infrastructure & PFI/PPP
■ International Arbitration
■ IT & Telecommunications
■ Professional Negligence
■ Shipbuilding & Offshore Construction
|Mr Jonathan Acton Davis||Jonathan specialises in domestic and international litigation and arbitration in the construction,…||View Profile|
|Miss Lauren Adams||Lauren’s domestic practice involves advising on private residential work and large commercial…||View Profile|
|Sir Robert Akenhead||In continuous practice from 1973 to 2007 as a specialist construction law…||View Profile|
|Mr Mischa Balen||Mischa specialises primarily in international commercial disputes with an emphasis on construction…||View Profile|
|Miss Stephanie Barwise||Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Stephanie’s expertise lies in…||View Profile|
|Mr John Blackburn||From 1984 until 2006, John was in full-time practice as leading counsel…||View Profile|
|Mr Martin Bowdery||“Inventive intellectually and tactically superb” Martin Bowdery QC practises as an advocate, arbitrator,…||View Profile|
|Miss Lucie Briggs||Lucie specialises in construction and engineering, energy, information technology, and professional negligence…||View Profile|
|Mr Stuart Catchpole KC||Stuart Catchpole QC is recognised as one of the leading advocates at…||View Profile|
|Miss Serena Cheng||Serena Cheng QC is a commercial litigation and arbitration specialist whose practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Chennells||Mark Chennells QC was appointed silk in 2021. He has broad experience…||View Profile|
|Mr Mathias Cheung||Mathias’ domestic and international commercial practice covers all areas of Chambers’ work,…||View Profile|
|Mr Rupert Choat KC||Rupert has specialised since 1997 in construction, engineering, PFI/PPP, energy and similar…||View Profile|
|Mr Patrick Clarke||Patrick’s specialist practice principally concerns fighting claims that involve complex technical or…||View Profile|
|Mr Robert Clay||Robert specialises in litigation and arbitration, domestic and international, in the construction,…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicholas Collings||Nicholas specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration with a particular emphasis on…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Crawshaw||Simon specialises in the construction and engineering and energy sectors representing contractors,…||View Profile|
|Mr Stephen Dennison||Stephen is a leading specialist in the construction and civil engineering, energy…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicholas Dennys||Nicholas is a leading specialist in construction, civil engineering, international arbitration, professional…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicholas Dennys||Nicholas is a leading specialist in construction, civil engineering, international arbitration, professional…||View Profile|
|Miss Chantal-Aimée Doerries||Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is the current Head of Atkin Chambers and a…||View Profile|
|Miss Felicity Dynes||Felicity specialises in all aspects of Chambers’ work including in the areas…||View Profile|
|Mr Omar Eljadi||Omar Eljadi specialises in contractual and professional negligence disputes within the construction,…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Fenn||Andrew has acted as junior counsel on large litigations, international and domestic…||View Profile|
|Sir Thayne Forbes||Sir Thayne Forbes is an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator and chair…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Goddard||Andrew Goddard QC specialises in the law of commercial obligations, professional negligence…||View Profile|
|Mr Arthur Graham-Dixon||Arthur has a broad practice in all areas of Chambers’ work and…||View Profile|
|Ms Caroline Greenfield||Caroline joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in September 2019, following the…||View Profile|
|Mr Dalton Hale||Dalton has been described by clients as “knowledgeable, thorough, proactive and original…||View Profile|
|Mr Rónán Hanna||Rónán has broad experience in a wide range of construction and engineering…||View Profile|
|Mr James Howells||James specialises in infrastructure, construction, energy and IT disputes both domestic and…||View Profile|
|Mr Riaz Hussain||Riaz acts as leading counsel in high value, complex disputes and advises…||View Profile|
|Ms Laura Hussey||Laura has a domestic and international practice in all specialist areas of…||View Profile|
|Mr David Johnson||David practises in the fields of domestic and international construction, engineering, energy,…||View Profile|
|Prof Doug Jones||Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator…||View Profile|
|Miss Jennifer Jones||Jennifer practices both domestically and internationally, with a particular expertise in multi-party…||View Profile|
|Mr Samar Abbas Kazmi||Samar Abbas Kazmi specialises in commercial, construction and technology disputes. Samar has…||View Profile|
|Mr Zulfikar Khayum||Zulfikar practices across all areas of the construction, engineering, energy and IT…||View Profile|
|Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE||Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE acts as arbitrator in high-value construction and…||View Profile|
|His Honour Humphrey LLoyd||His Honour Humphrey LLoyd QC is an arbitrator and mediator. From 1963…||View Profile|
|Mr Shourav Lahiri||Shourav is a specialist construction and international arbitration lawyer with over 20…||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Land||Peter practices across all areas of construction, engineering, infrastructure, information technology and…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Lewis||Christopher practises principally in the fields of construction and engineering; energy and…||View Profile|
|Mr Marc Lixenberg||Confirming his status as a “respected junior”, Marc is a leading junior construction…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Lofthouse||Simon Lofthouse QC is widely-recognised as a leading domestic and international lawyer…||View Profile|
|Dr Nicholas Maciolek||Nicholas’ practice includes disputes relating to construction, engineering and infrastructure, energy and…||View Profile|
|Mr Manus McMullan||Manus specialises in commercial disputes with an emphasis on energy, natural resources…||View Profile|
|Mr Edmund Neuberger||Edmund specialises in all aspects of Chambers’ work for a broad range…||View Profile|
|Miss Fiona Parkin||Recognised for her particular skill in getting to the heart of complex…||View Profile|
|Mr Sebastian Pigott||Sebastian Pigott is described as “an intelligent and considered thinker” who is “very user-friendly and…||View Profile|
|Miss Katie Powell||Katie Powell specialises in commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on construction,…||View Profile|
|Caspar Ramsay||Caspar joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in September 2022, following successful…||View Profile|
|Miss Dominique Rawley||Dominique Rawley QC specialises in high value disputes in the field of…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Reid||Christopher undertakes a broad range of commercial work both domestically and internationally,…||View Profile|
|Mr Darryl Royce||Darryl Royce advises upon, and acts for parties involved in, construction projects,…||View Profile|
|Ella Rutter||Ella joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2022, following the successful…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Shane||Michael Shane is a highly-regarded international mediator and arbitrator. His career has…||View Profile|
|Miss Camille Slow||Camille’s practice covers a broad range of commercial matters with a particular…||View Profile|
|Mr David Streatfeild-James||David Streatfeild-James acts as an advocate, adviser and arbitrator in high-value commercial…||View Profile|
|Mr Ryan Turner||Ryan Turner has significant experience in a wide range of construction and…||View Profile|
|Mr Max Twivy||Max joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in 2019. He has gained…||View Profile|
|Prof Janet Walker||Professor Janet Walker is a leading international commercial arbitrator based in London,…||View Profile|
|Mr Steven Walker||Steven Walker QC specialises in advising and representing parties to complex commercial…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew White||Andrew enjoys an international reputation as a commercial silk. He regularly appears…||View Profile|
LanguagesCantonese French German Italian Mandarin Punjabi Spanish Urdu
Atkin Chambers > Set Profile
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.
LanguagesChinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
Equality and diversity
Chambers is committed to respecting and understanding the cultural needs of its diverse and global client base, and is committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services.
Chambers operates under an equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Standard Board’s Equality and Diversity Code.
Recruitment and equality and diversity
All applications (be it for staff, tenants, pupils or mini-pupils) are considered on merit alone. All selection procedures are operated without discrimination, that is to say without regard to considerations such as age, sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age. Chambers aims to follow best practice with regards to disability and reasonable adjustments.
Chambers also recognises the importance of increasing social mobility at the Bar and looks equally at applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage from graduates of all universities and from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister.
Partly in recognition of the monetary barriers to entering the Bar, Atkin Chambers offers one of the highest pupillage awards at the Bar and the opportunity to “drawdown” in advance funding towards the costs of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Chambers reimburses all reasonable travel expenses for pupillage interviewees and successful applicants to the mini-pupillage scheme can claim reasonable travel expenses and ask us to arrange overnight accommodation.
Equality and diversity at the Bar
Chambers welcomes the opportunity to work with other groups to foster equality and diversity at the Bar. Atkin Chambers supports FreeBar, a forum focused on LGBT+ people and their allies working at and for the Bar. A number of members of Atkin Chambers are founding members of The TECBAR BAME Network.
Chambers is pleased to support The 10,000 Black Interns Programme for 2021/22 which aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young black people in the UK by offering paid work experience across a wide range of industries, as well as world-class training and development. it is also pleased to be a silver partner of Bridging the Bar and to be participating in its mini pupillage programme for 2022.
In 2022 Atkin Chambers agreed to support Support Through Court as a “Changemaker Guardian” for an initial three years. In addition, Atkin Chambers has been a supporter of the work of Advocate (the Bar Pro Bono Unit) as a Pro Bono Patron since 2019.
Top Tier Set Rankings
- International arbitration: counsel
- IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)
- Professional negligence