Mr Martin Bowdery KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


“Inventive intellectually and tactically superb” Martin Bowdery QC practises as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in construction and engineering disputes, and has been involved in many high-profile cases in this sector. Clients comment he is “at the top of his game: he wants to win his cases and he does so”. In recent years he has appeared principally in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and before various international arbitral tribunals. He has had numerous appointments as arbitrator or adjudicator. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Technology and Construction Court.

Martin’s principal areas of expertise are complex disputes arising out of major capital projects. He has advised upon all major forms of infrastructure, transport and engineering contracts. He acts for and against all parties to the construction process, including foreign and domestic government departments, owners, employers, architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, contractors, sub-contractors and insurers.


2020                Accredited TECBAR adjudicator, arbitrator, and DRB member

2020                Governing Bencher of Inner Temple

2018                Full (Arbitrator) Member of The Society of Construction Arbitrators

2015 – 2017     Chair of TECBAR

2015                Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation (DBF)

2004                Deputy High Court Judge, Technology and Construction Court

2000                Queen’s Counsel

1980                Called to the Bar (England and Wales) Inner Temple


Martin was Chairman of TECBAR 2015 – 2017. He is a member of COMBAR, the SCL and a Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation. In 2018 he was elected a full (Arbitrator) Member of The Society of Construction Arbitrators.


1978                BA (Oxon) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Pembroke College, Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Martin Bowdery KCAtkin Chambers ‘Martin is a persuasive advocate with huge gravitas. He is a great creative thinker and has been a go-to Silk when in particular tricky situations that need considered input to achieve the best outcome possible.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Martin Bowdery KCAtkin ChambersMartin is a very fine advocate, eloquent, forceful & tenacious. He advises decisively and has an excellent way with clients. Approachable yet intellectually rigorous.’

Atkin Chambers is known for professional negligence in the construction, engineering, technology, energy and infrastructure spheres. The chambers benefits from a strong team of barristers who have specialist knowledge in construction based cases and can apply it to issues surrounding professional negligence. Stephanie Barwise KC has a diverse practice spanning a range of issues arising in construction, civil, mechanical and geotechnical engineering work. Martin Bowdery KC acts for a range of different professionals, including financial services advisers in numerous multi-million-pound professional negligence actions. Rupert Choat KC has been appointed silk as of March 2022.