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Sir Robert Akenhead was in full-time international practice as junior, from 1972 until 2007 and from 1989 as leading counsel, at Atkin Chambers based in London. During that period he also developed an international ADR practice as arbitrator, mediator and DRB board member, accepting appointments in London, Dubai and Pakistan under the International Chamber of Commerce Rules, UNCITRAL Rules and LCIA Rules.

In October 2007 Sir Robert was appointed High Court Judge sitting in the Technology and Construction Court in London and from 2010 – 2013 was Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court. Some of his well- known judgments were Walter Lilly & Company Ltd v Mackay & Anor [2012] (delays, loss and expense and defects) and Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v Her Majesty’s Attorney General for Gibraltar [2014] (unforeseen ground conditions and termination).

Retiring from the Bench in December 2015, Sir Robert has returned to being an arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator, DRB member and adjudicator, involved in disputes both in London and around the world.

He is an editor of the Building Law Reports.


Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Mediators

(Mediators) Ranked: Tier 5

Sir Robert AkenheadAtkin Chambers

Sir Robert Akenhead at Atkin Chambers is a former Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court; his mediation experience includes a dispute involving a power plant in Africa.