Mr Riaz Hussain KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Barrister Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Riaz acts as leading counsel in high value, complex disputes and advises clients on difficult legal and tactical issues. 

Clients describe his working style as “wonderfully hands-on, with a real ‘can do’ attitude, excellent client skills, very calm under pressure, highly responsive, hardworking, proactive, efficient, user friendly, approachable and always a pleasure to work with.”

Commendations of his legal ability describe him as “a supreme strategist, a top-notch legal mind who always provides excellent and clear advice, has a commercial and pragmatic approach, is quick to spot solutions that other counsel may miss, concise, incisive and very good at getting to the point.”

As an advocate he is commended as “brilliant in court and hearings, a very persuasive advocate, who is a tough, forensic, ferocious and excellent cross examiner.”

Riaz has direct access rights and is often instructed directly by in house counsel from governmental bodies and commercial organisations. He has been appointed as arbitrator in ICC, UNCITRAL and DIFC-LCIA arbitrations including as chair of a tribunal. He is on the LCIA list of arbitrators and a member of the Nomination Commission for the ICC for the UK.


Called 2001, Gray’s Inn. Queen’s Counsel 2016.




University College, London (LLB First Class).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Riaz Hussain KCAtkin Chambers ‘Riaz is extremely attentive to key strategic issues. His advocacy is sharp and powerful, hitting on the key issues underpinning the case.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Riaz Hussain KCAtkin Chambers ‘Riaz stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best senior silks of the construction Bar: He is a marvellous trial advocate and has a firm grasp of construction law and indeed a good knowledge of the technical aspects. He is a fantastic advocate and his strength is cross-examination of both lay and expert witnesses. He rolls his sleeves up, works with the team, and gets the job done.’

Atkin Chambers boasts a well-respected ‘strong bench at various levels of counsel’, adept at resolving international arbitrations arising out of complex construction, energy, technology and infrastructure disputes across multiple jurisdictions. Instructions are frequently received in high-profile arbitrations in the Middle East, recent examples include Riaz Hussain KC, leading Marc Lixenberg, acting in a dispute regarding high rise commercial and residential towers in the UAE and experienced Camille Slow KCacting for a key Dubai developer. Slow also acted for the claimant in an interim application concerning the construction of a major road project in eastern Europe. Nicholas Collings is instructed on an ICC arbitration on behalf of the claimant design and build contractor for various claims relating to works to a highway in South America. The Panama Canal multi-billion-dollar dispute continues with Manus McMullan KC, Christopher Lewis KC and Peter Land.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Riaz Hussain KCAtkin ChambersA strong advocate who very persuasive and doesn’t give up.’

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Riaz Hussain KCAtkin Chambers ‘Riaz is thorough, client friendly, and has brilliant advocacy skills.’

Atkin Chambers is renowned for its proficiency in construction, energy, and infrastructure disputes, notably mixed-use, transportation, and power developments. Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC often handles disputes arising from the development of sizeable infrastructure and industrial facility projects. Andrew White KC, Fiona Parkin KC, and Simon Lofthouse KC act as counsel in arbitrations across the Gulf while David Streatfeild-James KC is experienced in renewable energy and mixed-use construction projects. James Howells KC specialises in contentious power mandates, and Riaz Hussain KC is often instructed by sizeable contractors and developers. Zulfikar Khayum is principally focused on international arbitration, and Samar Abbas’ recent caseload includes transport and water infrastructure projects. Christopher Reid is also a key member of the set.