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

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


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 > 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.

With substantial experience in IT infrastructure cases, Atkin Chambers is also a key name for contractual disputes. James Howells QC remains active for the defendant in Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Limited, which will be heard in the Supreme Court; the case evaluates liquidated damages and limitation clauses relating to the termination of a contract for the design and implementation of a trading and management IT system across Asia and Gulf businesses. Nicholas Baatz QC and David Streatfeild-James QC are also key silks to note.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHe is effortlessly brilliant.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersA true specialist, his advocacy reflects his style of analysis: precise, efficient, incredibly structured and effective.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersDavid is one of the finest advocates in the construction Bar. He is perhaps unmatched on a good day.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersAn extraordinary ability to reduce the complex (factual and legal) issues to a simple expression of the main point, I am yet to find a factual matrix that he couldn’t master – as an instructing solicitor, he is very accessible and a delight to work with.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHe has an impressive capacity to master the issues of law and complex pertinent facts.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersHis drafting is concise and packs a punch, and his advocacy is careful, measured and reflective of his deep understanding of the issues.