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

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


David Streatfeild-James acts as an advocate, adviser and arbitrator in high-value commercial cases comprising legally, factually, and technically complex 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 offshore fabrications, power and renewable energy 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.

David is an accredited TECBAR arbitrator and DRB member.



Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin Chambers

His advocacy is excellent and his strengths are well-known.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersDavid well deserves his reputation. He has a profound ability to take a substantial, complex construction case, and bring a unique, often case-winning approach to how the case should be presented and argued. He is a brilliant advocate, and a master of cross examination.’


London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James KCAtkin ChambersDavid is a highly experienced construction and international arbitration specialist. He understands the construction industry well, and he is able to listen carefully to the client’s needs and then get to the heart of the matter.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James KCAtkin ChambersWithout question one of the very top London-based silks specializing in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors, he is unrivalled in his ability to find a way through the most difficult cases.

Atkin Chambers  ‘has a worthy claim to the title of top construction-specialised set in London’. For one client, ‘the set remains the first choice for barristers in international energy disputes‘ and it remains ‘a first-rate construction set, boasting a bench strength of talented experts at every level‘. Energy and natural resources cases account for a high proportion of the set’s work, drawing on its strength in international arbitration and members’ experience in complex PFI/PPP projects. The work spans upstream and downstream oil and gas, power projects including coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and renewable energy, whether solar, wind or waste-to-energy projects. Members are also involve in cases concerning the construction of supporting infrastructure including FPSOs, jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs, and dredging and subsea cabling and pipe-laying vessels. David Streatfeild-James KC is an outstanding advocate and arbitrator in high-value commercial cases involving traditional and renewable energy. Among the juniors, Rupert Choat KC, who is currently involved Commercial Court proceedings regarding a gas concession in Cameroon, is a prominent practitioner.

London Bar > Telecoms Regulation

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

David Streatfeild-James KCAtkin Chambers

A ‘first port of call for IT contract disputes,’ the set at Atkin Chambers acts in high-profile IT and communications project disputes in the construction, banking, and financial services sectors, dovetailing well with the set’s well-known area of expertise in construction projects. James Howells KC was lead counsel for the latter party, the appellant, Triple Point Technology v PTT Public Company, in which the Supreme Court considered the issue of liquidated damages for delay when contracts are terminated, in the context of the procurement of an IT system by a Thai energy company. Patrick Clarke acted for the claimant in Competent Adviser Limited v Forfront Limited, which concerned a claim for injunctions, declarations, and damages related to a long-term agreement for software, development, and website hosting support and maintenance services. David Streatfeild-James KC also handles in cases pertaining to IT infrastructure.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Streatfeild-James KCAtkin Chambers

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Streatfeild-James KCAtkin ChambersWithout question, one of the very top London-based silks specializing in the energy/construction/infrastructure sectors, and a first choice for any bet the company dispute in those areas.