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Atkin Chambers > The Legal 500 Rankings
Construction Tier 1
Specialist construction set Atkin Chambers is 'one of the leading chambers for construction disputes.' Its long-standing expertise serves both UK and international clients. Manus McMullan QC acted as lead counsel, working alongside Christopher Lewis QC, on the Panama Canal case on its Third Set of Locks Project dispute. A series of arbitrations are ongoing with further cases continuing until 2021. On the fire safety and cladding side, Nicholas Baatz QC is leading Marc Lixenberg in Stonewater Ltd v BAM Construction Ltd & Ors a cladding dispute, wherein the scope of a builder’s responsibility for compliance with Building Regulations has been in question. At the junior end, the set's rising stars are Mathias Cheung, Lauren Adams, Dr Nicholas Maciolek, and Christopher Reid.
Energy Tier 2
Atkin Chambers is 'the unrivalled top-end construction set in the UK' and has 'an impressive range of skills and experience for construction, energy, and infrastructure'. Its members frequently act for many of the world’s energy majors in matters relating to large-scale energy projects and involving complex technical issues. Clients praise standout performers including head of chambers Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Nicholas Dennys QC, and Andrew White QC, whose work includes disputes arising from gas-related power plant and extraction projects in Africa. Rupert Choat, who handled a TCC litigation between client Equitix and its O&M contractor concerning a biomass plant in Sheffield, and Mark Chennells are among the set's outstanding juniors both in court and in international arbitration. 'The clerks are accessible and a pleasure to deal with, going above and beyond in providing patient help and assistance in complicated cases', remarks one client.
Professional negligence Tier 2
Noted for its 'very capable practitioners' and 'great strength in depth', Atkin Chambers draws on its position as 'one of the leading construction sets in the UK' to handle a wide range of construction, infrastructure and engineering-related professional negligence claims. Stephanie Barwise QC, Omar Eljadi and Jennifer Jones continue to be involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and members are acting on a number of other significant claims involving fire safety issues, including Nicholas Baatz QC and Marc Lixenberg representing the claimant housing association in Stonewater v BAM Construction, a cladding dispute which concerns builders' and architects' liability. International arbitrations relating to construction projects are also an area of expertise.
Mediators Tier 4
Michael Shane - Atkin Chambers Michael Shane at Atkin Chambers is a former trial lawyer and arbitration advocate, who has acted as mediator in more than 1,700 disputes. His mediations have involved a range of commercial disputes, particularly insurance, finance, energy, IP, and construction and engineering.
With substantial experience in IT infrastructure cases, Atkin Chambers is also a key name for contractual disputes. James Howells QC remains active for the defendant in Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Limited, which will be heard in the Supreme Court; the case evaluates liquidated damages and limitation clauses relating to the termination of a contract for the design and implementation of a trading and management IT system across Asia and Gulf businesses. Nicholas Baatz QC and David Streatfeild-James QC are also key silks to note.
Atkin Chambers is a premier construction set, with expertise across the energy, arbitration, and professional negligence sectors. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Shourav Lahiri from Reed Smith, where he was a partner in the firm’s energy and natural resources practice.
A great leader in David Barnes. All clerks know their barristers and practices well and are able to recommend relevant barristers as needed.
All swift with their responses and fee estimates and keeping fees within the estimates. Meeting rooms very good and well located.
Andrew Burrows is a first-class, top rate clerk. He is affable, available and always willing to accommodate. We trust his opinion on which barrister to use because he has an acute understanding of who would be best suited for a particular piece of work. He also has a sense of humour, which is rare in the legal world of construction.
Atkin is just about spot on – really liked their light touch, get it sorted approach. Andrew Burrows and Justin Wilson are market-leading clerks.
What David Barnes doesn’t know about the market isn’t worth knowing, brilliant with people and a real pleasure to work with. I couldn’t speak more highly of him.
Brilliant. Always a premium service. A great team from David and Justin down.
Unfailingly helpful and accommodating. You always feel that you are receiving an absolutely premium service.
Clerks are particularly responsive and work with you to get the job done. I have been specifically impressed with Andy Burrows.
Clerks are very friendly and approachable. Andy Burrows and Justin Wilson especially are always looking to help where possible and easily contactable.
David Barnes is a fantastic clerk to work with, very accessible and reasonable to deal with. He also manages to promote the set without ever having to engage in the “hard sell”.
David Barnes is a highly experienced and knowledgeable clerk, and his return to Atkin is very welcome.
David Barnes is still the gold standard. Amazing energy and continues to work hard building long-lasting relationships with firms.
Excellent clerks’ room – David Barnes, Justin Wilson and Andy Burrows in particular.
Its clerking service is top quality especially David Barnes and Justin Wilson. They are very nice, friendly and helpful, especially on Hong Kong issues like visas, tax, time difference and all the practical considerations.
Excellent, they give you five-star service – easy to deal with and proactive with no fuss.
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
|Chief Executive & Director of Clerking||David Barnesemail@example.com|
|Principal contact for counsel appointments||Justin Wilsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal contact for arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator appointments||Daniel Jonesemail@example.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*|
|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 Nicholas Baatz||Nicholas Baatz QC has extensive experience of commercial disputes in the infrastructure,…||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|
|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||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|
|Miss Chantal-Aimée Doerries||Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is the Head of Atkin Chambers and a former…||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 in…||View Profile|
|Rónán Hanna||Rónán has broad experience in a wide range of construction and engineering…||View Profile|
|Rónán Hanna||Rónán has broad experience in a wide range of construction and engineering…||View Profile|
|Mr James Howells||James practises across a broad range of disputes in litigation, arbitration, adjudication…||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|
|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|
|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|
|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 Max Twivy||Max joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in 2019. He has gained…||View Profile|
|Mr Steven Walker||Steven Walker QC specialises in advising and representing parties to complex commercial…||View Profile|
|Janet Walker||Professor Janet Walker is a leading international commercial arbitrator based in London,…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew White||Andrew enjoys an international reputation as a commercial silk. He regularly appears…||View Profile|
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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.