Mr David Streatfeild-James QC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn
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David Streatfeild-James is an advocate, advisor and arbitrator of high value cases comprising legally, factually, technically and commercial issues. During 30 years of practice he has gained an outstanding professional reputation.

In acting for a wide range of clients relating to infrastructure projects worldwide David’s scope of experience encompasses the fields of construction and engineering, energy, information technology and professional negligence.

Experience includes disputes under most standard construction contracts and forms; on and off shore fabrications, power and renewable projects, water treatment and waste plants, soft and hardware computer systems, and control and communication systems.

David also has expertise with financing and service agreements and PFI / PPP contracts.


Called 1986; Inner Temple; Queens Counsel 2001.



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHe very quickly sees and understands the bigger picture, both from a legal and commercial point of view.

The ‘extremely strong‘ and specialist Atkin Chambers has an international reputation for leading advocacy and advisory work in the construction, engineering, and infrastructure arenas, with the set’s international projects accounting for more than 50% of its members’ instructions. The ‘impressive David Streatfeild-James QC led Andrew Fenn in securing a judgment for Connect Plus in Connect Plus (M25) Ltd v Highways England Co Ltd, a £100m dispute in the TCC arising out of payment provisions in a £6bn PFI contract. Stephanie Barwise QC appeared in the TCC acting for BHC Limited in BHC Limited v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, seeking Part 8 declaratory relief as to the meaning of certain variations issued under the contract.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersAn absolute star – he gets to the bottom of every case and has an incredible capacity to distil complex legal issues.

London Bar > IT and telecoms

(IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHe is a very good advocate with great skills in cross-examination.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHe is a fantastically good advocate and he really delivers.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHe deserves his reputation as one of the best.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHis style of advocacy is calm, measured and highly credible.