Mr Andrew White KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn
LONDON
WC1R 5AT
England

Position

Andrew enjoys an international reputation as a commercial silk. He regularly appears as counsel in English High Court litigation, and international and domestic arbitrations, as well as mediations and expert determinations. He appeared in the House of Lords for the landmark decision of Murphy v Brentwood District Council.

Clients talk of his abilities as an authoritative, heavyweight, measured and incisive advocate with an ability to master the most complex of cases while also being a commercial team player who works “ferociously hard” on behalf of his clients.  He is regularly instructed by the world’s largest law firms on behalf of major construction, engineering and energy companies, governments and state entities.

Andrew’s practice includes large civil engineering and building disputes such as hospitals and airports, shipbuilding and ship conversion, rail and rolling stock, and significant work in energy – both oil and gas, and renewable projects.  He is also called on for related disputes, such as contracts for the sale and purchase of oil and gas, and more general commercial work.

Most of his work is international in nature and in recent years he has acted in disputes in Europe, North and South America, Australia, the UAE and across Asia. He has been instructed as counsel in the Court of Appeal in Gibraltar, in the High Court of Hong Kong and in arbitrations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels, Gibraltar, and Tanzania.

Andrew has also been appointed as an arbitrator – both as chair and party-appointed – in UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations in England, Singapore, Nigeria, Switzerland, Paris, Trinidad, Australia, New Zealand and New York. In 2018 Andrew was appointed to the approved panel of arbitrators at the Astana International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) in Kazakhstan.

He has recently worked on one of the largest claims before the TCC arising out of the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of East Anglia acting for a major Chinese state-owned multinational engineering company (Fluor v Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co, [2016] EWHC 2062 (TCC) and also [2016] EWHC 2500 (TCC), [2018] EWHC 1 (TCC), [2018] EWHC 490 (TCC)).

Other recent energy disputes include representing one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies in a dispute related to exploration operations offshore Libya; an ad hoc arbitration under an amended EPC agreement on behalf of the Chinese contractor in a dispute in relation to a coal-fired power plant in India, and a multi-million-pound ICC arbitration with an Abu Dhabi seat in relation to a contract dispute concerning the upgrading of one of the world’s largest oil refineries.

His wider commercial experience is significant. In recent years this has included a Middle East dispute over a royalty agreement. He also has considerable experience in the professional indemnity, IT and telecommunications, and procurement fields.

Career

Educated University College Cardiff, LLB (Hons), 1975-79. Megarry Scholar and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. Called to the Bar 1980, QC 1997, Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2003. Appointed to the approved panel of arbitrators at the Astana International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) 2018

Memberships

Andrew is a member of TECBAR, COMBAR and the Western Circuit.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew White QCAtkin Chambers

An excellent advocate who is the epitome of the steel fist in a silk glove.

Praised as a ‘premier construction set’ and highly regarded by law firms across the Asia Pacific region, members of Atkin Chambers are eminent in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors, with international disputes taking up a significant proportion of their time in this space. The set houses ‘top notch QCs and juniors’ who are accustomed to the main international arbitral institutions. Energy projects continue to feature heavily in members’ caseloads, and the set has seen a growth in the number of transport disputes arising in the region. Andrew White QC is well-established in the region and is noted for his expertise in shipbuilding, oil and gas, engineering and rail disputes, while Nicholas Dennys QC is increasingly appointed as an arbitrator in Korea, Singapore and India.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew White QCAtkin ChambersIncredibly hard-working and for such a senior QC is very “hands on” – will really get stuck into a case.’

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew White KCAtkin Chambers ‘Andrew is world-class; he is incredibly knowledgeable, has the ear of any leading tribunal, and has an extraordinary eye for details. He is an experienced advocate and has top-rated cross-examination skills.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew White KCAtkin Chambers ‘He is able to condense and synthesise complex factual and legal disputes to distil the key issues, and his vast international arbitration experience gives him unmatched insight into the tribunal’s thinking.’

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew White KCAtkin Chambers ‘One of the most sought-after arbitrators in the construction/commercial dispute field.’

Atkin Chambers is a top choice for international construction and engineering disputes, and this experience feeds into its arbitrator offering. Clients benefit from a good range of former judges, and practicing and retired counsel. The full time arbitrators include Doug Jones, a leading light major international commercial and investor-state disputes, and former Technology and Construction Court (TCC) judges Sir Robert Akenhead and Her Honour Frances Kirkham. The high profile arrival of Stuart Catchpole KC from 39 Essex Chambers adds weight to the bench of counsel as arbitrators, which also includes Andrew White KC.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew White KCAtkin Chambers

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew White KCAtkin Chambers ‘Incredibly hard-working and extraordinary eye for details. Consummate advocate who can lead a witness down paths they do not want to go without them noticing.’