Mr James Howells KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


James specialises in infrastructure, construction, energy and IT disputes both domestic and international. James regularly appears as an advocate in the English Courts and in international arbitration in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has extensive experience of arbitration under all major institutional rules and in ad hoc references. James is regularly instructed in other forms of dispute resolution.

James’ experience of domestic and international infrastructure projects has included metro and heavy rail, roads, and airports across the globe.

Experience of energy disputes has included numerous claims relating to the design, construction of oil and gas production platforms and rigs and their commercial operation including onshore and offshore (including UDW) drilling. Numerous shipbuilding disputes have addressed some of the largest submersible/semi-submersible rigs in addition to the design and construction of drill ships and FPSOs. James has extensive experience of power-related disputes ranging from thermal and nuclear plants to waste-to-energy and renewable energy sources including wind, wave, hydro, solar and biomass production. IT experience includes commercial and technical disputes in respect of projects ranging from financial services/banking, commodities trading and commercial business systems to major government IT infrastructure and services outsourcing projects.


Contributing Editor: ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’ 12th to 14th editions.


MA (Cantab), BCL (Oxon). Silk 2014.




TECBAR, LCLCBA, COMBAR, SCL, Society for Computers and Law.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

James Howells QCAtkin Chambers

He manages client expectations very well by his objective approach, honesty and transparency.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

James Howells KCAtkin ChambersA highly intelligent and hard-working QC who is always a pleasure to deal with. His legal and strategic analysis is excellent.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

James Howells KCAtkin ChambersA master of his art, supremely prepared at all times, quick to gain the judge or tribunal’s trust and even quicker to unpick a witness in cross-examination.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

James Howells KCAtkin ChambersIncredibly hard-working, great attention to detail and very user-friendly.

London Bar > Telecoms Regulation

(IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

James Howells KCAtkin ChambersJames is an excellent barrister. In very complex cases, James has a great ability to quickly identify and clearly explain the key issues and options. James really understands his client. James is a pleasure to work with.

A ‘first port of call for IT contract disputes,’ the set at Atkin Chambers acts in high-profile IT and communications project disputes in the construction, banking, and financial services sectors, dovetailing well with the set’s well-known area of expertise in construction projects. James Howells KC was lead counsel for the latter party, the appellant, Triple Point Technology v PTT Public Company, in which the Supreme Court considered the issue of liquidated damages for delay when contracts are terminated, in the context of the procurement of an IT system by a Thai energy company. Patrick Clarke acted for the claimant in Competent Adviser Limited v Forfront Limited, which concerned a claim for injunctions, declarations, and damages related to a long-term agreement for software, development, and website hosting support and maintenance services. David Streatfeild-James KC also handles in cases pertaining to IT infrastructure.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

James Howells KCAtkin ChambersA compelling advocate with excellent analytical skills.