Miss Dominique Rawley KC > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Barrister Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Dominique Rawley QC specialises in high value disputes in the field of technology, construction and engineering projects, and in professional negligence claims, both in the UK and abroad. She has extensive experience of complex PFI contractual arrangements in the UK. She frequently deals with commercial issues arising out of bonds, guarantees & warranties, as well as acting in disputes about the jurisdiction of UK or foreign courts or conflicts of laws.

Dominique has represented contractors, employers and their professional advisers, as well as government departments, in both arbitration and litigation (in both the High Court and the Appellate Courts). She has excellent experience of mediation, where she has represented many clients in multiparty actions leading to early stage settlements, and adjudication, having acted in over 20 adjudications in recent years.

She has handled many high profile cases, appearing in the House of Lords where she was Junior Counsel in successful appeal regarding the question of the availability of security for costs in ICC arbitrations (Coppee Lavalin N.V (S.A) v Ken-Ren Chemicals [1995] 1 AC 38) and in the Court of Appeal where she resisted an appeal by a local authority regarding liability under repair covenants and fair proportion (Fountain and Colonnade Management v Westminster [2005] EWCA Civ 1607). Dominique appeared in the high court in Cadbury v ADT, cited as one of the top 20 cases of 2011 by the Lawyer.


BA (Cantab) Law. Called to bar 1991. Silk 2012


Dominique is a member of COMBAR, TECBAR and the SCL.

She is a qualified TECBAR Adjudicator.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Dominique Rawley KC – Atkin Chambers ‘Dominique gives clear and practical advice. She is able to assimilate large amounts of information and distil the points which are most relevant and important to the case. She has an excellent understanding of PFI and PPP projects and what makes those projects, and the parties, tick.’

Retaining its firm standing as a ‘market-leading’ set for construction disputes, Atkin Chambers has continued handling high-stakes matters in the UK and internationally. As one example of the chambers’ prowess in construction-related international arbitrations, the set’s mainstay, the Third Set of Locks Project on the Panama Canal saw Manus McMullan KC  and Christopher Lewis KC represent the Panama Canal Authority in a series of high-value claims. Domestically, Dominique Rawley KC and Jennifer Jones KC (a 2024 silk appointment) defended Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and Balfour Beatty Group in Northumbria Healthcare NHS v Lendlease Construction, a case concerning alleged structural defects at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, while Simon Lofthouse KC and Omar Eljadi represented one of Lendlease’s subcontractors in the related Lendlease Construction v MPB Structures counterclaims. In an expansive multi-party dispute, among others Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC and David Streatfeild-James KC acted for Morrisons against Lorien Engineering Solutions regarding alleged defects in the refrigeration systems of its pork abattoir in Colne. Stephanie Barwise KC has been advising on cladding issues and the Building Safety Act, and has made clarification submissions on Grenfell – a number of other members of chambers have been involved in litigation surrounding related issues of cladding and fire safety. Notable internal changes include Stuart Catchpole KC joining from 39 Essex Chambers and Rupert Choat KC taking silk in March 2022.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Dominique Rawley KCAtkin Chambers ‘Dominique is an absolute powerhouse of a barrister – analytical, strategic and produces the most beautiful pleadings.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Dominique Rawley KCAtkin ChambersDominique is a very accomplished advocate and a very safe pair of hands. She has a good sense of what to include and not to include.’