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Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn
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Barrister specialising in energy, natural resources and utilities, construction and engineering, international arbitration, professional negligence and shipbuilding.


Called to the Bar 1992, Queen’s Counsel 2008.


German (fluent), French (working knowledge).


Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales (2016); TECBAR (Chairman 2010-2013); COMBAR.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QCAtkin ChambersCareful and measured in her work, she gets into the details.

Atkin Chambers is ‘a “go-to” set for energy construction and engineering disputes‘. Clients remark that it is ‘very strong academically and has excellent counsel‘ and that the clerks are ‘impressive, welcoming and efficient‘. It is a commercial set with an international reputation in energy project disputes, including the construction of power generation plants, FPSOs, drilling rigs, and subsea cabling and pipe-laying vessels. Andrew White QC  and Mark Chennells acted in a $400m TCC action arising out of Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm project – one of the biggest cases by quantum in the TCC. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC handled a high-value claim arising from an EPC project in the Gulf.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Chantal-Aimee Doerries QCAtkin ChambersShe is unreservedly a master of her subject.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC Atkin ChambersParticularly strong in energy and infrastructure arbitrations.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QCAtkin ChambersShe is outstanding for construction-related professional negligence.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QCAtkin ChambersWhat takes others ten pages to justify she can do in one.

Atkin Chambers‘ members represent elite contractors and leading regional employers in a range of disputes on landmark developments. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is instructed in disputes concerning flagship aviation projects in the region, as well as energy-related projects. Among the juniors, Rupert Choat – who prior to his return to the independent Bar in 2014 was head of the construction disputes practice at CMS – is active as an arbitrator. A number of contractor mandates are direct access instructions, and the set as a whole is popular with Korean contractors, in particular, active in the Arab world.  Camille Slow and Zulfikar Khayum are two examples of the set’s members who are active in DIAC arbitrations.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QCAtkin ChambersIn the field of construction law, she is very highly sought after.

Atkin Chambers is ‘one of the leading constructions sets in the world with a very long-established successful track record and a wide range of counsel to choose from‘. The set is active in disputes over agenda-setting projects across Asia, including in both Mainland China and Hong Kong (with Andrew Goddard QC popular in Hong Kong). James Howells QC has a practice that includes work across the ASEAN region, and in particular, is well-connected in Thailand; alongside arbitration instructions, he represented the Thai state oil company in the English Court of Appeal case Triple Point Technology v PTT Limited, a matter which has raised questions of the English law on liquidated damages in the context of a fraught IT project. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is a very popular silk among Korean law firms.