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

Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Since 1997 has specialised in construction, engineering, PFI/PPP, energy and similar disputes. Considerable experience in related claims involving professional negligence as well as bonds and guarantees. Has worked on disputes concerning projects in over 50 jurisdictions, most of which were governed by the local law. Experienced advocate from the English Court of Appeal to arbitration venues around the world. Arbitrator who has sat in ICC, SCC, DIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. Significant cases include: Hackney Empire v Aviva (guarantees/termination under JCT Conditions); Lukoil v Barclays & Doosan v MABE (both concerning on-demand bonds); ISG v Seevic (pay less notices); Deluxe v Beck (concurrent adjudications before the same adjudicator); and Al-Waddan v MAN (no functioning Engineer under FIDIC Conditions).


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.


Basic Russian.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Rupert ChoatAtkin ChambersHe is experienced, diligent and capable.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Rupert ChoatAtkin ChambersHas a reputation as a very commercially minded barrister.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Rupert ChoatAtkin ChambersA cerebral and creative counsel – now one of the leading juniors at the construction Bar.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 6

Rupert ChoatAtkin ChambersSuper hardworking and super clever.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Rupert ChoatAtkin ChambersA top-quality advocate, in particular in cross-examination.

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.