Mr Stephanie Barwise QC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Stephanie’s practice includes all aspects of the law relating to the construction and civil engineering industry in litigation, arbitration and adjudication. She has also acted as adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator of highly-complex disputes (relating to pipelines overseas, wind farms and locks on the Panama Canal). Her experience includes major road and tunnel construction, construction of railways, defects and locomotives, ship refurbishment, North Sea oil rig construction, refinery construction including seismic factors, biofuels plants, Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry, LUL Piccadilly and Jubilee line upgrades, offshore wind farms and fully computer automated gantry cranes in Hong Kong as well as experience in various other disputes related to computer software including IT systems in locomotives. Her practice also involves the causes and spread of fire, firefighter lifts and ventilation systems. She is representing a group of bereaved and survivors at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and professional negligence in general, in particular of architects, engineers and surveyors. She also has extensive experience in procurement and PFI. Stephanie has experience of all major forms of contracts. 


Called to the Bar 1988. Joined Atkin Chambers 1989. Silk 2006. Bencher Middle Temple 2010. Vice chair of Middle Temple Estates Committee 2014. Chair of Middle Temple Estates Committee 2015.


She is fluent in French and competent in German.



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephanie Barwise QCAtkin ChambersExcellent, a standout star.

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.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Stephanie Barwise QCAtkin ChambersVery knowledgeable and extremely good with clients.

Atkin Chambers is an ‘extremely strong construction set‘ and is therefore ‘well placed to handle complex construction, engineering, infrastructure and energyrelated 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.