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

Construction Tier 1

The 'extremely strong' and specialist Atkin Chambers has an international reputation for leading advocacy and advisory work in the construction, engineering, and infrastructure arenas, with the set's international projects accounting for more than 50% of its members' instructions. The 'impressive' David Streatfeild-James QC led Andrew Fenn in securing a judgment for Connect Plus in Connect Plus (M25) Ltd v Highways England Co Ltd, a £100m dispute in the TCC arising out of payment provisions in a £6bn PFI contract. Stephanie Barwise QC appeared in the TCC acting for BHC Limited in BHC Limited v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, seeking Part 8 declaratory relief as to the meaning of certain variations issued under the contract.

Leading Juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersHe has a knack for suggesting different approaches which turn issues on their head and in your favour.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersUser-friendly and quickly grasps the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersHe is experienced, diligent and capable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Clay - Atkin ChambersAn extremely talented and sharp junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersA determined, calm and collected advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersLoved by clients and commands absolute confidence in the quality of his written work and preparation of the case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Frances Pigott - Atkin ChambersCombines legal incisive understanding with a practical approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mischa Balen - Atkin ChambersHe is thoughtful and analytical.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucie Briggs - Atkin ChambersOutstanding and extremely organised.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersExcellent analytical skills, very good at legal research.
Ranked: Tier 4
Felicity Dynes - Atkin ChambersAn outstanding junior; tough and hardworking.
Ranked: Tier 4
Omar Eljadi - Atkin ChambersA future superstar of the construction Bar
Ranked: Tier 4
Ronan Hanna - Atkin ChambersAn able junior, technically very strong.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Johnson - Atkin ChambersHe is able to identify the legal issues and come up with innovative solutions to complex problems in the case. He is not afraid to take on difficult points.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jennifer Jones - Atkin ChambersEnthusiastic and very capable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersA really outstanding junior, easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Marc Lixenberg - Atkin ChambersExceptionally bright and a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edmund Neuberger - Atkin ChambersResponsive and approachable with superb analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katie Powell - Atkin ChambersExperienced in multiparty disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersAn excellent junior, well organised and industrious.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin ChambersExcellent, a standout star.
Ranked: Tier 1
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersOutstanding, probably the most sought after construction silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe very quickly sees and understands the bigger picture, both from a legal and commercial point of view.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersA superb advocate, meticulous in preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersGrasps complex, technical issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHighly recommended, very detailed and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersAn independent and strategic thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersShe is unreservedly a master of her subject.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersHis mastery of detail and work ethic is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin ChambersAn excellent strategist and extremely adroit at handling tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Acton Davis QC - Atkin ChambersCalm, authoritative and incisive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersAn aggressive advocate that is good to have in your corner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersHardworking, pragmatic, determined and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Steven Walker QC - Atkin ChambersExcellent and very bright.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersA dedicated and impressive silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersBrilliant in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 4
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersVery tenacious and meticulous in cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 5
Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersBright, hardworking, excellent client skills and tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersA superstar in the making.
Ranked: Tier 5

Energy Tier 2

Atkin Chambers is 'a "go-to" set for energy construction and engineering disputes'. Clients remark that it is 'very strong academically and has excellent counsel' and that the clerks are 'impressive, welcoming and efficient'. It is a commercial set with an international reputation in energy project disputes, including the construction of power generation plants, FPSOs, drilling rigs, and subsea cabling and pipe-laying vessels. Andrew White QC  and Mark Chennells acted in a $400m TCC action arising out of Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm project – one of the biggest cases by quantum in the TCC. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC handled a high-value claim arising from an EPC project in the Gulf.

Leading Juniors

Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersHas a reputation as a very commercially minded barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersFantastic attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersClever with good instincts and very able to run whole sections of a big case on his own.
Ranked: Tier 3
Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersUser-friendly and a good addition to any team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersAn excellent junior, popular with the clients and very good with technically complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersHappy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in; once he gets the bit between his teeth he is unstoppable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersVery hands-on and very thorough; a “go-to” silk for big-ticket energy, engineering, fabrication and construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersAn absolute star – he gets to the bottom of every case and has an incredible capacity to distil complex legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersAn independent and strategic thinker with an ability to see things differently to the crowd.
Ranked: Tier 3
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersCareful and measured in her work, she gets into the details.
Ranked: Tier 3
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersA prominent silk in disputes concerning the development and exploitation of oil and gas fields.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHe grasps complex technical issues quickly and always proves to be a valuable addition to the team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersShe has a strong practice in high-value and complex disputes, both domestically and internationally.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersVery user-friendly, calm and incredibly hardworking; he conveys an impressive sense of being on top of everything.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersAbsolutely brilliant, a razor-sharp intellect highly sought after at the construction Bar.
Ranked: Tier 4
Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersWorks well as part of a team to achieve a common goal, setting out the risks of different strategies.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersRecommended for high-value commercial disputes arising out of construction and engineering in the energy and waste sectors.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

Atkin Chambers is the 'number one set for construction law' with some 'standout barristers' whose 'competence and experience is really what you need for complex and international disputes'. The set has a hugely impressive global reach, and members are extremely experienced acting on disputes in the Middle East and Asia. In Latin America, Manus McMullan QC successfully represented the Panama Canal Authority which received another award in its favour in December 2018 as part of its ongoing series of arbitrations with Grupo Unidos per el Canal.

Leading Juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersHas a knack of popping up with slightly different answers and approaches which turn issues on their head and in your favour.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersA cerebral and creative counsel – now one of the leading juniors at the construction Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersGreat attitude, hardworking, strong advocate and easy to get along with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersParticularly skilled at highly detailed cross-examination of quantum and other experts.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersA very effective cross-examiner and communicator, who at the same time gains the tribunal’s respect with his conduct.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersExceptionally talented, very astute, and strategically on the button.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHas great poise, able to deliver difficult messages, and works well as a team player.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersExtremely hardworking, and can be entrusted with complex and substantial cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersA standout barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC  - Atkin ChambersParticularly strong in energy and infrastructure arbitrations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersA standout arbitration silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Streatfield-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe has a very nice style on his feet, and reads a Tribunal well.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersPhenomenally clever and strategically astute.
Ranked: Tier 4
Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersAn ideal choice for complex international arbitrations in the energy sector (both treaty and commercial).
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional negligence Tier 2

Atkin Chambers is an 'extremely strong construction set' and is therefore 'well placed to handle complex construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy-related professional negligence disputes.' Nicholas Baatz QC represented the developer in Bullring Ltd Partnership v Laing O'Rourke, which examined the design and construction of the iconic Selfridges store at the Birmingham Bullring. Stephanie Barwise QC is representing a group of survivors, bereaved relatives, and former residents in The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Phase 2 of the inquiry is due to commence in 2019 and will involve matters which could eventually give rise to actions for negligence. James Howells QC is leading Lucie Briggs in acting for the first defendant in Premier Inn Hotels Ltd v AP14 Ltd & S&T (UK) Ltd & SD Samuels (Special Projects) Ltd, a £6m claim brought by the hotel chain arising out of the design and specification of the cladding on its hotel at Heathrow.

Leading Juniors

Rónán Hanna - Atkin ChambersBrilliant technically and is also very commercial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Camille Slow - Atkin ChambersShe is a team player and well suited to the biggest and most complicated cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Collings - Atkin ChambersHe masters complex problems quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katie Powell - Atkin ChambersShe is a strong junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucie Briggs - Atkin ChambersShe excellent for technical cases that need a experienced head but not a silk.
Ranked: Tier 5
Omar Eljadi - Atkin ChambersA quiet power station that provides consistent solid advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jennifer Jones - Atkin ChambersExcellent legal skills.
Ranked: Tier 5
Mischa Balen - Atkin ChambersHe is thoughtful and analytical.
Ranked: Tier 6
Rupert Choat - Atkin ChambersSuper hardworking and super clever.
Ranked: Tier 6
Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersA user-friendly junior.
Ranked: Tier 6
Marc Lixenberg - Atkin ChambersHe is able to get to grips with the detail of a matter, even where that is particularly dense or industry specific.
Ranked: Tier 6
Edmund Neuberger - Atkin ChambersHe grapples with the detail well.
Ranked: Tier 6

Leading Silks

David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe is a fantastically good advocate and he really delivers.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin ChambersShe is outstanding for construction-related professional negligence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersHe works astonishingly hard, has total ownership of the evidence and detail, and knows exactly what issues will concern a judge or arbitrator and goes straight there.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersA real details person; he is more than happy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephanie Barwise QC - Atkin ChambersVery knowledgeable and extremely good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin ChambersTenacious and inventive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersHe is held in very high regard for professional negligence work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin ChambersVery experienced and dedicated.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHe is very bright and is ideal for complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersHe is experienced in energy, engineering and technology disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersHe is very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersHe has a very attractive manner in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Fiona Parkin QC - Atkin ChambersShe is steely, hard and gracious in equal measure.
Ranked: Tier 4
Steven Walker QC - Atkin ChambersHe is a very skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Product liability Tier 3

Katie Powell - Atkin ChambersHardworking and bright; without doubt a rising star.

Mediators Tier 4

Atkin Chambers' Michael Shane has mediated over 1,700 disputes; his areas of expertise include insurance, finance, construction and engineering, energy and IP disputes.

Mediators Tier 5

Sir Robert Akenhead at Atkin Chambers is a former Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court; his mediation experience includes a dispute involving a power plant in Africa.

Mediators Tier 5

Atkin Chambers' Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE is a former Technology and Construction Court (Birmingham) judge. She is regularly instructed on mediations involving construction and engineering matters.

IT and telecoms

Atkin Chambers is a set to note for IT infrastructure disputes, within which its barristers have acted both for and against software providers. In a recent work example, James Howells QC is representing PTT Limited in a dispute with Triple Point Technology Inc relating to $13m claims and counterclaims arising out of the termination of a contract for the design and implementation of IT systems across Asia and Gulf businesses.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Mark Chennells - Atkin ChambersHe offers considered analysis and instils confidence into his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersHe is user-friendly and commands absolute confidence in the quality of work.
Ranked: Tier 3

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersHe is painstakingly forensic in his analysis of the legal issues arising from an IT dispute.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe is a very good advocate with great skills in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersHe always provides level-headed, pragmatic and commercial legal advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Atkin Chambers is ‘an extremely strong construction set’ with ‘competent, down-to-earth barristers, who are commercial and demonstrate excellent client service’. Chambers has ‘an impressive number of skilled international arbitration practitioners at senior level and some of the most impressive arbitrators sitting on international disputes’. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of construction and professional negligence junior Katie Powell from 4 New Square. The clerks’ room ‘appreciate the bigger picture and need for lasting relationships’. The clerks are ‘knowledgeable, helpful, and proactive and work to find solutions to issues that arise’. Chief executive and director of clerking David Barnes is ‘a consummate professional. Provides a reassuring and reliably excellent level of service’. Chambers is ‘fortunate to have the standout’ senior clerk Justin Wilson, who is ‘impressive and particularly helpful’ to instructing solicitors. Senior practice manager Rob Bryant is ‘an up-and-coming star’. Fellow senior practice manager Andrew Burrows and practice manager Matthew Ashman are ‘very responsive and a pleasure to work with’. Offices in: London

Atkin Chambers is a set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, power, water/sanitation, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is often related to such disputes.

The set: Members have wide experience of courts and tribunals ranging from the Supreme Court to the county court, international and domestic arbitrations, public inquiries, adjudications and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Members also deal with litigation and advice in many jurisdictions around the world. They are frequently appointed as arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators.

In the UK members work on cases of all sizes in court and arbitration from domestic disputes to many landmark and high-profile cases including disputes relating to the Shard, Wembley Stadium, Heathrow T5, and London Underground, as well as major oil and gas, and renewable energy projects.

Atkin is also known for substantial international disputes. Members are regularly involved in high-value construction, energy and infrastructure projects around the globe, and appear in international arbitrations seated in all continents.

Members author and edit a number of authoritative and influential texts. Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts, the seminal work on the law relating to building and engineering contracts in the UK and internationally, has been edited in Chambers for over 50 years and is cited in many common law jurisdictions.

Types of work undertaken: Construction: members provide representation and advice on a wide range of legal issues in a domestic and international context. Projects in relation to which members’ services are sought include house construction, roadbuilding, power plants, tunnels, bridges, airports, telecommunication projects, submarines, railway construction and rolling stock disputes, and shipbuilding and ship repair projects. Clients also seek advice and representation on matters such as PFI, PPP and public procurement.

Energy: members act in connection with national and international projects relating to energy matters, including oil and gas, power generation from traditional technologies and newer technologies like solar and wind, and waste-to-energy.  Members are regularly instructed on the related commercial disputes such as shareholder, supply/sales, power purchase, offtake and farm-in agreements, and issues around feed-in tariffs.

IT and telecommunications:  disputes including those concerning hardware and software development, procurement and maintenance, systems integration, distribution, licensing and outsourcing agreements, and more general litigation involving smartcards, robotics and network infrastructures. Members have expertise in telecoms, including specification and performance, as well as regulation.

Professional indemnity: members often provide advice and representation to professionals covering such as aspects as negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Such professionals include architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, valuers, solicitors and those who provide IT services.

General commercial: members have expertise in a wide range of commercial matters, both as an adjunct to construction, energy and IT matters, but also independently of them. Services are provided in conjunction with banking, performance bonds and guarantees, insurance, PFI matters and the financing and structuring of large, multi-party commercial projects.

Department Name Email Telephone
Principal contact for counsel appointments Justin Wilson
Principal contact for arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator appointments Daniel Jones
Chief Executive & Director of Clerking David Barnes
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 JONES, Jennifer (2003)
Members of Chambers BRIGGS, Lucie (2004)
Members of Chambers PIGOTT, Frances (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 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)*
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Atkin Chambers is a leading set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on cases concerning construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, power, water/sanitation, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is often, but not always, related to such disputes.

The barristers at Atkin Chambers offer a huge breadth and depth of experience in technically complex disputes and many are recognised as being leaders in their field.

Members’ international work frequently involves complex cross-border disputes, involving parties from several jurisdictions.

Increasingly members are instructed on behalf of companies from Asia-Pacific operating overseas as they extend their international operations in projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Barristers practise in many of the world’s leading arbitration centres and are highly-experienced in handling disputes under the major international arbitration rules including:

  • The ICC, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL
  • The SIAC and SCMA (Singapore), HKIAC (Hong Kong), KCAB (South Korea), and the AIAC (Malaysia)

The barristers at Atkin Chambers have been instructed in major project disputes in the APAC region including: mixed use developments across commercial, retail, domestic and leisure; transport infrastructure across road, rail, air and sea; and energy projects including all upstream and downstream oil and gas work, power generation from traditional technologies like coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and newer technologies like solar, wind and waste-to-energy.

Members also have significant marine and submarine experience — most famously acting in the ‘Solitaire’ bulk carrier conversion dispute in Sembawang Corporation v Pacific Ocean Shipbuilding [2004] EWHC 2743 (Comm).

Since 1959, the members of Atkin Chambers have edited ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’, the seminal textbook on construction law, which is now in its 13th edition. 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.

Areas of practice:

  • Commercial
  • Construction and engineering
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Infrastructure and PFI/PPP
  • IT and telecommunications
  • Professional negligence
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction
  • Transport
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Corporate Social Responsibility

Equal opportunities

Atkin Chambers is a modern, forward-looking set with an international outlook.

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.

Please see our section on equality and diversity for further information.

Diversity at the Bar

Chambers understands the importance of the legal profession, including the Bar and the Judiciary, reflecting the make-up of society. Chambers welcomes members, pupils and staff of all ages, genders, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations/gender reassignment and those with disabilities.

Chambers is proud that members have a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  Languages spoken include Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, French, German and Italian. Chambers aims to follow best practice with regards to disability and reasonable adjustments.

25% of members are female. The proportion of female silks is also 25%.

Chambers welcomes the opportunity to work with other groups to foster equality and diversity at the Bar.

For more information about diversity at the Bar, please see the Bar Council website.

Wellness at the Bar

Recognising the importance of work-life balance and providing support to all who work at Atkin Chambers, Chambers has implemented an assistance programme with Health Assured for all members, door tenants and staff at Atkin Chambers.  The programme provides top-up support to that provided under Chambers’ private medical health insurance scheme, and that accessible through LawCare.

Atkin Chambers commends the efforts by the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Inns of Court and the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks in its development of the Wellbeing at the Bar portal which provides support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues.

Pro Bono

Atkin Chambers, and the vast majority of members have for many years actively supported the Bar Pro Bono Unit, including by being members of the panel of available barristers and through financial donations.

Members and staff of Atkin Chambers also support the London Legal Walk raising money for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Active in the community

Many members of Atkin Chambers are, in a private capacity, engaged with a range of community organisations and networks. Chambers is supporting work experience for students of a north London school where a member is on the board of governors.

Many members of Atkin Chambers are also active in the legal community for example Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC was, during 2016, Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales, Martin Bowdery QC is the recent outgoing chair of the Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)Serena Cheng QC and Felicity Dynes are on the committee and Christopher Reid edits its newsletter. Lauren Adams is a current council member of The Society of Construction Law. Serena Cheng QC and Jennifer Jones are both advocacy tutors for Lincoln’s Inn.  Simon Lofthouse QC has been an advocacy trainer for Gray’s Inn since 2004.

Living Wage employer

Atkin Chambers is an accredited Living Wage employer.