Mr Rupert Choat KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn
LONDON
WC1R 5AT
England

Position

Rupert has specialised since 1997 in construction, engineering, PFI/PPP, energy and similar disputes. He has considerable experience in related claims involving professional negligence as well as bonds and guarantees. He has worked on disputes concerning projects in over 50 jurisdictions, with most of them governed by the local law. He is an experienced advocate from the English Court of Appeal to arbitration venues around the world.

Rupert is a practising arbitrator and has sat in ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. He has also acted as the expert in expert determinations. In addition, Rupert is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Rupert teaches on the MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution at King’s College, London.

Career

LLB Law (Hons), Warwick University; LLM Commercial Law (Hons), Cambridge University; Lincoln’s Inn – Hardwicke and Sir Thomas More scholar; teaches at King’s College, London – MSc (Construction Law & Dispute Resolution); Co-Chair of the Dispute Resolution Sub-committee of the IBA’s International Construction Projects Committee; ranked the No. 1 Thought Leader in Europe by Who’s Who Legal Construction 2017.

Languages

Basic Russian.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Rupert ChoatAtkin ChambersPhenomenal counsel who gives his 100% to deliver the results for his client. Incredibly hard working professional. A very good arbitrator too.’

London Bar > Construction

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Rupert Choat KCAtkin Chambers ‘Rupert is incredibly switched on and detailed orientated. He throws himself into the case and absorbs vast amounts of information in very short spaces of time, which makes his advocacy particularly good.’

Atkin Chambers has a sterling reputation as a specialist set for construction disputes, covering a range of work in the UK and abroad. In domestic courts, Dominique Rawley KC and Jennifer Jones are instructed to act for the defendants Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and Balfour Beatty Group on Northumbria Healthcare NHS v Lendlease, a matter concerning a hospital built in 2015 alleged to have wide-ranging structural defects to the extent a temporary replacement needed to be built. Meanwhile, Simon Lofthouse KC and Omar Eljadi are acting for MPB Structures in defence of defects claims in a related case, Lendlease Construction v MPB Structures, regarding flooring and drainage work at the same hospital. Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC is acting for Morrisons supermarkets in a large multi-party dispute regarding the extension of an abattoir. Stephanie Barwise KC continues to act on behalf of the largest group of bereaved, survivors and residents in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. In addition, members of the set have seen increased instructions on fire safety defect cases and PFI-related disputes. International highlights include Manus McMullan KC and Christopher Lewis KC continuing to act for the Panama Canal Authority in a series of high-value claims arising from the Third Set of Locks Project, one of the largest engineering projects in the world at the time. Stuart Catchpole KC has joined from 39 Essex Chambers, and Rupert Choat KC took silk in March 2022. Nicholas Baatz and Sebastian Pigott retired in February 2022 and May 2022 respectively.

London Bar > Energy

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Rupert Choat KCAtkin Chambers ‘He is helpful and patient, accommodating urgent requests for help, and he is quick to explain aspects of complex supporting evidence.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Rupert Choat KCAtkin ChambersVery organised and intelligent. He has a great grasp of the law and the facts.

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier

Rupert Choat KCAtkin ChambersSharp and extremely attentive to details.’ 

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.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Rupert Choat KCAtkin Chambers ‘Rupert is incredibly switched on and detailed orientated. He throws himself into the case and absorbs vast amounts of information in very short spaces of time. This makes his advocacy particularly good as he is able to cross refer to other evidence and react to comments from witnesses very efficiently and tactfully.’