Mr Simon Lofthouse KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Simon Lofthouse QC is widely-recognised as a leading domestic and international lawyer with particular expertise in construction, energy, natural resources and professional negligence. 

His practice covers international and domestic litigation and arbitration acting for governments, corporations and professionals. The range of disputes frequently involves engineering or construction projects, transport, professional negligence, information technology or energy projects.

He is particularly experienced in the presentation and conduct of complex cases, especially those involving delay analysis, contractual interpretation, allegations of professional negligence issues including defective design, expert determinations and final accounts, or disputed technical issues (including fraud).

The range of disputes covered is extensive, examples include large commercial developments both domestically and internationally (new-build and refurbishment), complex infrastructure works, including track installation, repair and upgrading, IT systems and installations, powers station disputes (both as to construction and operation including waste-to-energy plants), waste and water treatment technology, oil and gas platforms, piling operations onshore and offshore, construction of roads and ships, PFI/PPP, pipe laying, tunnels, pumping stations, coastal defences and effluent, and airport terminals.

His experience spans the range of different forums including mediation, adjudication, expert determination, domestic and international arbitration, and commercial court litigation. Much of his work is international in nature and throughout his career he has advised on, and appeared as advocate in, disputes in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East (he is qualified to practice in the DIFC, Dubai), and across Asia. He has been appointed by the ICC and other domestic and international bodies both as arbitrator and as legal and dispute resolution expert.

Simon also accepts appointments either as a sole arbitrator or as part of a panel and is, of course, familiar with the established domestic and international rules.



LLB (Hons) (Lond). Called to Bar of England and Wales in 1988. Recorder 2003, Silk 2006. Authorised to sit in the TCC Division of the High Court 2015. Advocacy teacher for Gray’s Inn. Chair of Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar 2011-2015; Member, Bar Standards Board 2011-2015.


COMBAR, TECBAR, registered adjudicator. Qualified to appear in the DIFC, Dubai.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Lofthouse QCAtkin Chambers

Precise and sharp on his feet in his excellent advocacy and analytical skills.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Lofthouse QCAtkin ChambersThe best cross examiner in construction cases. A force to be reckoned with.’ 

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Lofthouse KCAtkin ChambersBright, hardworking, prodigious memory, has mental agility in hearings, tactical nous, commercial, pleasant, and a team player. Simon consistently outclasses opposing silks, because he works harder and has a passion for the case that means he doesn’t just walk the extra mile, he thoroughly maps it.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Lofthouse KCAtkin ChambersHe has a good strategic overview and is good in hearings.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Lofthouse KCAtkin ChambersConsistently outclasses opposing silks, because he works harder and has a passion for the case that means he doesn’t just walk the extra mile, he thoroughly maps it and is prepared for any eventuality.

Atkin Chambers has developed an excellent reputation for international arbitration, and is praised for its ‘strength-in-depth for construction and energy related disputes‘. The set’s credentials for Asia and Middle East-related matters are especially strong, particularly when it comes to infrastructure disputes. On the transport side, Andrew White KC , Nicholas Dennys KC and Sebastian Pigott have all been involved in several high-profile rail and metro-related claims. On the social infrastructure front, Simon Lofthouse KC and Zulfikar Khayum both worked on Obrascon Huarte Lain SA (t/a OHL Internacional) & Anor v Qatar Foundation where they defeated a challenge to a partial arbitral award concerning a hospital project in Doha.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Lofthouse KCAtkin Chambers