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

Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn
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James specialises in construction, engineering and IT disputes, both domestic and international. James regularly appears as an advocate in the English Courts and in international arbitration, James is regularly instructed in international arbitration in the Middle East/Africa and Asia, and has extensive experience of arbitration under all major institutional rules. James has extensive experience of 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 and commercial operation of oil and gas production platforms and rigs, drill ships and FPSOs. James has extensive experience of power-related disputes ranging from coal/oil and gas fired plants and renewable energy sources including wind, wave, hydro, solar and biomass power production. IT experience includes commercial and technical disputes in respect of projects ranging from financial services/banking and commercial systems to major government IT infrastructure disputes. 


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




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

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > IT and telecoms

(IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

James Howells QCAtkin ChambersHe is first-class. His style and approach is a great fit as a supplier to our business. James has the ability to spot issues previously unidentified. He is our “go-to” barrister for issues critical to the business. His advice is thorough and well communicated.

With substantial experience in IT infrastructure cases, Atkin Chambers is also a key name for contractual disputes. James Howells QC remains active for the defendant in Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Limited, which will be heard in the Supreme Court; the case evaluates liquidated damages and limitation clauses relating to the termination of a contract for the design and implementation of a trading and management IT system across Asia and Gulf businesses. Nicholas Baatz QC and David Streatfeild-James QC are also key silks to note.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

James Howells QCAtkin ChambersHe is experienced in energy, engineering and technology disputes.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

James Howells QCAtkin ChambersIncredibly hardworking and very bright.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

James Howells QCAtkin ChambersHe is incredibly hardworking, very bright and exceptionally approachable with a strong eye for detail.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

James Howells QCAtkin ChambersJames has excellent analytical skills and is a compelling advocate. We would have no hesitation in recommending him for any complex construction cases.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

James Howells QCAtkin ChambersAlways makes time for clients, his approachability is a real strength.

Undisputedly one of the best sets for construction, engineering and infrastructure’, members of Atkin Chambers are ‘strong at all levels, from newly called through to QCs’. Its members are highly regarded by law firms across the entirety of Asia Pacific and operate across a varied caseload which of late has spanned major transport and prestige leisure schemes in addition to a wealth of energy projects. In one example of the calibre of chambers’ recent work, James Howells QC served as lead counsel to Mitra Energy in a claim against Total arising from its failure to drill committed oil and gas exploration wells in the Sulu Sea. Nicholas Dennys QC is increasingly active in India, Singapore and Korea-based arbitrations while Andrew White QC’s extensive track record encompasses oil and gas, civil engineering, rail and shipbuilding disputes.