Sir Robert Akenhead > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
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In continuous practice from 1973 to 2007 as a specialist construction law barrister, Sir Robert Akenhead had an extensive UK and international workload, both in court and in arbitration. His work covered a wide-ranging field of different types of construction; buildings, power stations, dams, tunnels, roads, bridges, oil and gas installations, harbours, pipelines, dredging, reclamation, mining operations, mechanical and electrical works, airports, shipbuilding and computer technology. He acted for employers, developers, governments, local/administrative authorities, contractors, sub-contractors, all types of construction-related professionals (e.g. architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers) and funding institutions.

Within this specialist field, he acted in numerous different types of case involving disputes as to defects, final accounts, measurement, delay and disruption claims, professional negligence, bonds and guarantees, contractual and statutory interpretation and the like.

His international practice took him to most parts of the world (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia, USA, Caribbean, Europe). He was involved extensively in arbitrations and disputes relating to projects inter alia in China, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Fiji, Egypt, Algeria, Ghana, Kenya, Iran, Yemen, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, Trinidad, Bahamas, Dutch Antilles, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Russia and Poland.

He also had and has an extensive practice as arbitrator, adjudicator and conciliator. He was and is involved in Dispute Adjudication/Review Boards. He is an editor of the Building Law Reports.

Over his 8 years as a High Court Judge, he dealt with all types of construction, engineering and technology case, including appeals from and challenges to arbitral awards.

Since retirement as a judge, he has acted as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert and mediator in disputes around the world, including Singapore, Australia, Central America, Europe, Hong Kong, the West Indies, the Middle East and the UK.




Called to the Bar of England and Wales


Appointed Queens Counsel


Recorder and Deputy Construction Court Judge


Bencher Inner Temple


High Court Judge (Queens Bench Division allocated to the TCC)


Judge in Charge of the TCC



Appointed to the KLRCA Panel of Arbitrators

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Sir Robert AkenheadAtkin Chambers ‘As an ex High Court judge he is very quick to reach a decision and produce an Award.’