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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 set of leading commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and specialist advice on cases concerning construction and engineering, energy, technology and major infrastructure projects. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, oil and gas, renewables, water/sanitation, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is frequently related to such disputes.
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. In the UK members regularly appear as advocates before the Appellate Courts and High Court as well as in commercial arbitrations. The disputes are varied and often high-profile, and have included landmark 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, as well as major oil and gas, and on and offshore renewable energy projects
International work frequently involves complex cross-border disputes, involving parties from several jurisdictions. Disputes are often commercially and/or politically sensitive.
Members practise in many of the world’s leading arbitration centres and are highly-experienced in handling disputes 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 also called upon to act as arbitrators, adjudicators, mediators, 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.
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 roadbuilding, dams, power plants, tunnels, bridges, house construction, 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 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.
|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||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)*|
|Mr Samar Abbas Kazmi||Samar accepts instructions in all areas of chambers’ work, with a particular…||View Profile|
|Mr Jonathan Acton Davis QC||Jonathan Acton Davis QC specialises in domestic and international litigation and arbitration…||View Profile|
|Miss Lauren Adams||Lauren specialises in all aspects of Atkin Chambers’ work including in the…||View Profile|
|Sir Robert Akenhead||Sir Robert Akenhead was in full-time international practice as junior, from 1972…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicholas Baatz QC||Specialist in domestic litigation and domestic and international arbitration in the construction,…||View Profile|
|Mr Mischa Balen||Mischa specialises primarily in international commercial disputes with an emphasis on construction…||View Profile|
|Mr Stephanie Barwise QC||Stephanie’s practice includes all aspects of the law relating to the construction…||View Profile|
|Mr John Blackburn||From 1984 until 2006, John was in full-time practice as leading counsel…||View Profile|
|Mr Martin Bowdery QC||Martin Bowdery QC practises as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in…||View Profile|
|Miss Lucie Briggs||Lucie specialises in construction and engineering, energy, information technology and professional negligence…||View Profile|
|Miss Serena Cheng QC||Serena Cheng QC is a commercial litigation and arbitration specialist whose practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Chennells||Mark has broad experience of acting both as sole counsel retained in…||View Profile|
|Mr Mathias Cheung||Mathias’ practice covers all areas of Chambers’ work, including construction, engineering and…||View Profile|
|Mr Rupert Choat||Since 1997 has specialised in construction, engineering, PFI/PPP, energy and similar disputes.…||View Profile|
|Mr Patrick Clarke||Patrick specialises in construction, energy, information technology, professional negligence and disputes with…||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 particular emphasis on professional…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Crawshaw||Simon has wide ranging experience in domestic courts, mediations and adjudications as…||View Profile|
|Mr Stephen Dennison QC||Barrister specialising in spectrum of engineering and construction including professional negligence and…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicholas Dennys QC||Leading specialist in construction disputes and related disciplines, including information technology, professional…||View Profile|
|Miss Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC||Barrister specialising in energy, natural resources and utilities, construction and engineering, international…||View Profile|
|Miss Felicity Dynes||Felicity Dynes specialises in all aspects of chambers work, including in the…||View Profile|
|Mr Omar Eljadi||Omar specialises in contractual and professional negligence disputes within the construction, engineering,…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Fenn||Andrew specialises in domestic and international civil engineering, building, energy, shipbuilding, professional…||View Profile|
|Sir Thayne Forbes||Sir Thayne Forbes is an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator and chair of…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Goddard QC||Andrew Goddard QC specialises in international commercial arbitration, concentrating on complex construction,…||View Profile|
|Mr Arthur Graham-Dixon||Arthur Graham-Dixon is developing a broad practice and continues to gain experience…||View Profile|
|Ms Caroline Greenfield||Caroline Greenfield joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in September 2019 following…||View Profile|
|Mr Dalton Hale||Dalton has a broad practice covering all areas of Chambers’ work, including…||View Profile|
|Mr Rónán Hanna||Rónán specialises in disputes in construction, engineering, energy and natural resources, and…||View Profile|
|Mr James Howells QC||James specialises in construction, engineering and IT disputes, both domestic and international.…||View Profile|
|Mr Riaz Hussain QC||Riaz acts in high-value, complex disputes and advises clients on difficult legal…||View Profile|
|Ms Laura Hussey||Laura Hussey joined Atkin Chambers in 2018. Laura is developing a broad…||View Profile|
|Mr David Johnson||David specialises in domestic and international construction, infrastructure, energy, information technology, PFI,…||View Profile|
|Miss Jennifer Jones||Jennifer has a wide-ranging practice with experience in domestic courts (in particular…||View Profile|
|Prof Doug Jones||Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor/state arbitrator…||View Profile|
|Mr Zulfikar Khayum||Zulfikar practices across all areas of the construction, engineering, IT and energy…||View Profile|
|Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE||Frances Kirkham graduated in modern languages and initially worked in banking. She…||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 QC||Barrister specialising in construction, engineering, energy, technology and related matters.||View Profile|
|Mr Marc Lixenberg||Marc specialises in the fields of construction, engineering, infrastructure, energy, information technology,…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Lofthouse QC||Simon’s UK and international practice spans arbitration and litigation under numerous legal…||View Profile|
|Dr Nicholas Maciolek||Nicholas’ practice covers all areas of Atkin Chambers’ work, including construction, engineering…||View Profile|
|Mr Manus McMullan QC||Manus specialises in commercial disputes with an emphasis on energy, natural resources…||View Profile|
|Mr Edmund Neuberger||Edmund specialises in international and domestic commercial disputes with particular emphasis on…||View Profile|
|Miss Fiona Parkin QC||Fiona Parkin QC advises and represents multinational companies, public bodies and professional…||View Profile|
|Mr Sebastian Pigott||Sebastian Pigott has broad-ranging experience of litigation, arbitration, adjudication, ADR and non-contentious…||View Profile|
|Miss Katie Powell||Commercial practitioner with particular expertise in construction, infrastructure and professional liability disputes.…||View Profile|
|Miss Dominique Rawley QC||Dominique specialises in large-scale, high-value commercial disputes located within the UK or…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Reid||Christopher is developing a broad practice in all aspects of Chambers’ work,…||View Profile|
|Mr Darryl Royce||Darryl Royce specialises in work in the construction, engineering and infrastructure, energy,…||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 disputes with a particular…||View Profile|
|Mr David Streatfeild-James QC||David Streatfeild-James is an advocate, advisor and arbitrator of high value cases…||View Profile|
|Mr Max Twivy||Max Twivy joined Atkin Chambers in 2019 following the successful completion of…||View Profile|
|Mr Steven Walker QC||Steven specialises in disputes arising in connection with construction and engineering projects…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew White QC||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)
Corporate Social Responsibility
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 Chambers’ website for further information on equality and diversity.
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 aims to follow best practice with regards to disability and reasonable adjustments.
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 welcomes the opportunity to work with other groups to foster equality and diversity at the Bar. A number of members are founding members of the TECBAR BAME Network and Chambers supports FreeBar, a forum focused on LGBT+ people and their allies working at and for the Bar. Recent examples of events aimed at fostering equality and diversity can be found on Chambers’ website under “news and events” and include events with the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (BLAGG), and events aimed at students with BPP and King’s College London.
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 its members have, for many years, actively supported Advocate (the Bar Pro Bono Unit), including by being members of the panel of available barristers and through financial donations.
Atkin Chambers is pleased to support the work of Advocate as a Pro Bono Patron for 2020. 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, and 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). Sebastian Pigott is on the committee and Steven Walker QC and Riaz Hussain QC are co-opted committee members. Christopher Reid is editor of the Tecbar Newsletter. · The Society of Construction Law, when founded in 1983, had three members of Chambers as founder members. Lauren Adams is a current council member. · 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.