Mr Stuart Catchpole KC KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Barrister Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Stuart Catchpole QC is recognised as one of the leading advocates at the modern Bar, both internationally and in the UK. He has been consistently identified in the domestic and international legal directories as one of the best dispute lawyers in a variety of different fields including energy & natural resources, international commercial arbitration, construction & engineering, insurance and professional negligence. He is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Notre Dame University, Sydney, Australia.


Called, Inner Temple: 1987

Queen’s Counsel: 2002

Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration: 2020

Adjunct Professor of Law, Notre Dame University, Sydney, Australia: 2020

Visiting Fellow, Durham Law School, The University of Durham: 2021

Stuart is a CEDR-qualified mediator and a TecBar qualified adjudicator.


The Administrative Law Bar Association

The International Bar Association

The London Commercial & Common Law Bar Association

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


The Technology & Construction Bar Association

The Commercial Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Stuart Catchpole KCAtkin Chambers ‘Stuart’s advocacy is particularly impressive. He is incredibly well-prepared and a devastating cross-examiner.’

Retaining its firm standing as a ‘market-leading’ set for construction disputes, Atkin Chambers has continued handling high-stakes matters in the UK and internationally. As one example of the chambers’ prowess in construction-related international arbitrations, the set’s mainstay, the Third Set of Locks Project on the Panama Canal saw Manus McMullan KC  and Christopher Lewis KC represent the Panama Canal Authority in a series of high-value claims. Domestically, Dominique Rawley KC and Jennifer Jones KC (a 2024 silk appointment) defended Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and Balfour Beatty Group in Northumbria Healthcare NHS v Lendlease Construction, a case concerning alleged structural defects at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, while Simon Lofthouse KC and Omar Eljadi represented one of Lendlease’s subcontractors in the related Lendlease Construction v MPB Structures counterclaims. In an expansive multi-party dispute, among others Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC and David Streatfeild-James KC acted for Morrisons against Lorien Engineering Solutions regarding alleged defects in the refrigeration systems of its pork abattoir in Colne. Stephanie Barwise KC has been advising on cladding issues and the Building Safety Act, and has made clarification submissions on Grenfell – a number of other members of chambers have been involved in litigation surrounding related issues of cladding and fire safety. Notable internal changes include Stuart Catchpole KC joining from 39 Essex Chambers and Rupert Choat KC taking silk in March 2022.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Stuart Catchpole KC – Atkin Chambers ‘Stuart is a very powerful gifted advocate and a devastating cross-examiner.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Stuart Catchpole KC  –Atkin Chambers ‘Stuart is a devastating cross-examiner. He is incredibly well prepared and has an extremely impressive and persuasive advocacy style.’

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Stuart Catchpole KC  – Atkin Chambers

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Stuart Catchpole KC – Atkin Chambers ‘One of the finest construction silks of his generation. Very hard working and a feared cross -examiner, his ability to get to the core of a case and command the technical details is legendary.’

Atkin Chambers is ‘first-class, a superb construction set’, many of whose members receive frequent arbitration appointments for their expertise in disputes concerning major energy projects across exploration and extraction, power plant construction and infrastructure as well as mining and major commercial and leisure developments, IT and transport infrastructure. Full-time arbitrators include Sir Robert Akenhead and Doug Jones   . In addition to his counsel practice, Martin Bowdery KC is also a Deputy High Court Judge and was appointed to the ADGM Arbitration Centre’s Panel of Arbitrators. Janet Walker has over 20 years’ experience as sole, presiding and co-arbitrator in commercial and treaty investment arbitrations. In 2022, Stuart Catchpole KC was appointed to the panel of arbitrators of the BVI International Arbitration Centre.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Stuart Catchpole KC  – Atkin ChambersStuart has an excellent command of professional negligence. He is a ferocious cross -examiner and very hard working.’

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Stuart Catchpole KCAtkin ChambersA relentless cross-examiner and a very persuasive advocate.’

A go-to set for any construction dispute‘, Atkin Chambers maintains a strong presence across multiple Asia Pacific jurisdictions, including Singapore, Vietnam, India, the Philippines and Greater China. Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC is noted for her excellent track record in handling disputes arising from LNG and oil field projects, and Andrew White KC garners praise as ‘one of the top barristers in the field of construction and engineering disputes‘. Arbitration expert Stuart Catchpole KC is highly regarded for his ‘very extensive specialist construction expertise‘. Samar Abbas Kazmi continues to act in complex international construction and energy arbitrations, and ‘rising starMathias Cheung is ‘extraordinarily detailed and can assess critical issues quickly‘.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Stuart Catchpole KC – Atkin Chambers