Mr Samar Abbas Kazmi > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Samar Abbas Kazmi specialises in commercial, construction and technology disputes. Samar has a broad domestic practice as well as being particularly well-respected internationally where he has developed an excellent international arbitration practice.

He has been involved in disputes concerning parties in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean, and has particular expertise in technically complex matters concerning large developments and infrastructure projects, energy and cross-border litigation. As an advocate, he has experience of handling disputes arising from joint ventures, long-term commercial relationships and infrastructure projects.

Samar is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London, where he teaches contract administration and law.


Called 2011; Lincoln’s Inn. Publications of note: contributor to Construction Contracts: Law and Practice 3rd Ed.


Urdu, Punjabi (proficient), French (basic).


LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

International Bar Association




Society of Construction Law


Yale University, USA (2006 BA distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Samar Abbas Kazmi – Atkin Chambers

Unrivalled in terms of stamina and energy.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Samar Abbas Kazmi – Atkin Chambers

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Samar Abbas KazmiAtkin Chambers ‘Samar is an excellent all-rounder. He is bright and works extremely hard.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Samar Abbas KazmiAtkin Chambers ‘A total star, very good with clients, he is bright and works extremely hard.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Samar Abbas KazmiAtkin Chambers ‘Total star – very very good with clients.’

The barristers at Atkin Chambers have ‘vast experience and remarkable knowledge in international arbitration‘, built around a market-leading standing for global construction and engineering disputes. The set’s ‘great bench strength‘ was further enhanced by the high profile arrival of the highly esteemed Stuart Catchpole KC from 39 Essex Chambers. Clients appreciate the members’ experience of working in ‘Hong Kong, the Middle East and around the world‘. They are regularly involved in long-running infrastructure disputes covering a range of industries, a prominent example being Manus McMullan KC and Christopher Lewis KC‘s ongoing role representing the Panama Canal Authority in a series of multi-billion dollar claims arising from the Third Set of Locks Project. The set’s impressive stable of experienced juniors regularly act unled, with Shourav Lahiri  and Samar Abbas Kazmi recently involved in several high profile development disputes in the Middle East.