Mr Patrick Clarke > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Patrick’s specialist practice principally concerns fighting claims that involve complex technical or factual subject matter, in particular concerning construction, engineering of all kinds and IT or computing and communications disputes. He is regarded as one of the top trial lawyers in his field, recommended by the legal directories as a leading junior in construction and IT disputes, noted to be an outstanding advocate and expert cross-examiner.

He has broad experience of all methods of dispute resolution with expertise in the High Court in England as well as international arbitration, mediation and adjudication. The last few years have been marked by acting on, and appearing in, a series of large high-value arbitrations involving computer-related, oil and gas and infrastructure projects. Patrick’s international practice has recently been focused on the Gulf and Central Asia and he has acted in arbitrations in the Far East and the Americas.

Praised as being down to earth and a good communicator, Patrick’s client base is drawn from all sectors including contractors, specialist consultants, private individuals, national and local government departments, and commercial employers. The subject matter of his work ranges from private dwellings and local authority highways disputes to stadiums, drilling rigs and specialist shipbuilding and from disputes concerned with moving a single website based business to a different provider to disputes concerned with nationwide roll-out of hardware and software for a national government department.


Qualified 1997; Grays Inn.


Patrick is a member of TECBAR, COMBAR and the SCL.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Patrick Clarke Atkin Chambers ‘Patrick is a master of his game. He remains acutely focused in cases and never fails to deliver the most efficient and effective strategy. He has a thorough command over the changing dynamics of a case and clients feel protected and confident with his representation.’

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Patrick ClarkeAtkin Chambers

Recognized as a ‘go to chambers for technology claims’, the barristers at Atkin Chambers have particular expertise in high-profile IT projects, often crossing over with the set’s expertise in construction work. In British Telecommunications PLC v TII Technologies Limited, Patrick Clarke was instructed on behalf of the defendant, in a claim relating to the supply and performance of connection hardware installed across the BT Openreach network. In addition, David Streatfeild-James KC acted for an insurance company in a dispute concerning IBM’s delivery of an Extract Transform Load framework, forming part of a project aimed at updating and replacing an IT system used by the insurer to manage claims and policy renewals.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Patrick ClarkeAtkin Chambers ‘He has excellent interpersonal skills, which are really handy when you are working under pressure, and demonstrates great advocacy skills.’

Atkin Chambers ‘has an excellent offering of construction and engineering counsel both at junior and senior levels’, with ‘incredible strength in depth’. The ‘very professional and responsive set’ ’s presence in this space comes from handling disputes arising construction projects in the energy and natural resources sector, the set’s work covers upstream and downstream oil and gas, coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and renewable energy projects including solar, wind, hydro and biofuels, as well as projects in the nuclear industry. Stephen Dennison KC and James Howells KC continued to act in one of the largest LMAA arbitrations by value and hearing length of the last couple of years relating to offshore construction. The highly respected David Streatfeild-James KC is currently handling major disputes in the LNG sector. Among its strong roster of juniors, Simon Crawshaw stands out. He is currently acting unled in disputes concerning onshore and offshore wind projects. Patrick Clarke has a well-established energy practice and has been heavily involved in a major oil and gas construction dispute in Central Asia.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Patrick ClarkeAtkin ChambersAble to cut through the detail & deliver sensible, pragamatic advice, which is appreciated by clients. Always steps up when required to do so.’