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Chambers of Alexander Nissen QC
Keating Chambers
15 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3AA
England

European Union law

2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersBeautifully written submissions, identifies very early on the most salient issues. Knows how to get the judges interested, never takes a bad point, and very collaborative. Not afraid to make his points under the time allocated to him during a hearing.

Administrative and public law (including elections)

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersAbility to assimilate a great deal of material very quickly, ability to cut to the important and determinative issues quickly and formulate case strategy. Good bedside manner with clients.

Local government (including rating law)

2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating Chambers Superb analysis, hard worker, particularly resilient under cross fire in court, excellent presentational skills in writing and orally, good with the clients.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersStrong and confident advocacy style. He has the ability to distill complex arguments into accessible statements.

Planning

2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersAbility to assimilate a great deal of material very quickly, ability to cut to the important and determinative issues quickly and formulate case strategy. Good bedside manner with clients.

Environment

2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersOne of the real all-round talents at the Bar, he is an adaptable practitioner with a very strong profile.

Construction Tier 1

'Pre-eminent' set Keating Chambers continues to work on the largest and most complex construction and engineering cases both in the UK and internationally. Piers Stansfield QC and Marcus Taverner QC acted on behalf of the claimant in Essex County Council v UBB, a £100m dispute regarding a PFI waste recycling project. Jonathan Selby QC has acted for the claimant in Zagora & Others v Zurich, a  £13m claim in the TCC and Court of Appeal concerning a defective block of 104 flats, prompting the Fire Officer to order an evacuation of the building. In November 2019, Rachael O’Hagan arrived from 39 Essex Chambers, further strengthening her new chambers at the junior end, while Krista Lee took silk in early 2020. The future of chambers looks bright with Harry Smith, Emma Healiss, and James Frampton seen as rising stars in the market.

Rising stars

James Frampton - Keating ChambersHe is a star junior, absolutely incredible, consistently providing a brilliant level of service.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Healiss - Keating ChambersEmma is a formidable advocate. She has an incisive advocacy style, particularly in conducting cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry Smith - Keating ChambersHis written advice is stellar, matched by his skills in court. Would not hesitate to put Harry's intellect against any other more senior member of the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersHe has an excellent reputation and is very impressive, which means other lawyers respect his views. He is very good with clients who like his calm manner and empathy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Nissen QC - Keating ChambersAlexander is a compelling advocate, who is extremely approachable and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersOne of the very best construction silks at the Bar. Increasingly he is building a reputation as a first-rate arbitrator.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Harding QC - Keating ChambersPossesses the best Middle East practice, fluent in Arabic, a phenomenal barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersIncredibly cerebral, always proactive and very client friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersReally good at managing big cases. A standout performer. His advocacy is brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Williamson QC - Keating ChambersClear thinking, concise, focused. Gets to the nub of the matter swiftly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating ChambersSimon is always impressive and a joy to work with. He has outstanding experience on PFI disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Piers Stansfield QC - Keating ChambersA formidable intellect. Top-rate cross-examiner. Fantastic eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Mort QC - Keating ChambersJustin has a powerful intellect, works incredibly hard and is a forceful and persuasive in oral argument. He can get to grips with complex claims very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Marc Rowlands QC - Keating ChambersMarc is a bright lawyer who combines intellect with a real appetite for understanding the technical aspects a of case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sean Wilken QC - Keating ChambersFiercely intelligent, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is a great strategic thinker.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Boulding QC - Keating ChambersPopular in the Far East - very nice and gregarious, very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating ChambersAn all-round superb barrister. She has the analytical abilities, attention to detail and presentational skill to be expected of senior counsel at Keating but she also brings a commercial approach and excellent case management.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Marrin QC - Keating ChambersHeavyweight advocate with decades of experience.
Ranked: Tier 4
Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating ChambersShe has significant strength in energy related arbitration, often with technical elements involved.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lucy Garrett QC - Keating ChambersLucy is hands-on, approachable and very bright. Excellent legal analysis and a real expert in construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 5
Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating ChambersConscientious, combining strong analytical skills and sound judgement.
Ranked: Tier 5
Vincent Moran QC - Keating ChambersAbsolutely brilliant. His advocacy is superb, and he's very popular.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jonathan Selby QC - Keating ChambersGreat legal brain. A formidable opponent who gives clear, punchy advice. Adored by clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Krista Lee QC - Keating ChambersExcellent grasp of detail. Quickly spots the best and worst points of a case. Very approachable and easy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Richard Coplin - Keating ChambersRichard is a very talented advocate. His ability to quickly get to grips with complicated and highly technical issues leads to well-constructed and thought-out arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersCalum's intellect, ability to find solutions to seemingly impossible problems and work-rate are unparalleled at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Owen - Keating ChambersHe is irrepressible, incredibly well prepared and absorbs enormous amounts of information in very short time-frames. He is very commercial, very client-friendly and always has the correct facts at his fingertips. On his feet, he is quick, pragmatic and always ready with the right answer or question.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Buckingham - Keating ChambersCalm and considered. Always appears completely in control. Incredibly likeable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Samuel Townend - Keating ChambersThinks through issues and is helpful with strategies and has useful analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
William Webb - Keating ChambersWilliam develops an exceptional grasp of the factual and technical detail. He is approachable and commercial which makes him popular with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachael O'Hagan - Keating ChambersHighly intelligent and brilliant with clients. She has a strong domestic and international practice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennie Wild - Keating ChambersShe gives excellent, clear, commercial advice. She is a master tactician and someone you want on your team.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Brogden - Keating ChambersA terrific junior, great with clients, strong background with software work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Bury - Keating ChambersGreat with clients and very good written skills and advocacy. He will certainly go far in his career as he has an ability that is beyond his years.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gaynor Chambers - Keating ChambersImpressive senior junior, particularly in respect of complex technical and engineering-related litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Evans - Keating ChambersRobert is quick to grasp the issues in a dispute and handles clients well.
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Finn - Keating ChambersMatthew is astute, quick to respond and able to deal with the fundamental issues directly, concisely and persuasively.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gideon Scott Holland - Keating ChambersProvides clear, succinct advice and gets on top of technical issues very quickly. Approachable, user-friendly and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Abdul Jinadu - Keating ChambersReliable, determined and charming with the Bench.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Lazur - Keating ChambersHas excellent attention to detail and very calm.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Sareen - Keating ChambersVery hard-working, diligent, grasps issues quickly, excellent understanding of the law relating to construction and has a magnificent ability to write.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charlie Thompson - Keating ChambersClearly a highly regarded construction junior, with an excellent grasp of technical information and regulations.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Thompson - Keating ChambersAbility to engage in the issues at all levels from the procedural to the complex factual issues extant in the particular case in question.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Williams - Keating ChambersProvides both excellent legal representation and commercial advice. She is always one step ahead of the game.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Keating Chambers is 'an excellent set of well-managed chambers' with 'a collection of impressive individuals'. The set has 'a number of leading arbitrators specialising in international engineering and construction disputes'. The set has a strong flow of full and part-time arbitrators, with extremely good track records for arbitrating disputes in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Full-time practitioners such as Robert Gaitskell QC, John Marrin QC, John Uff CBE QC, Stephen Furst QC and Timothy Elliott QC have established themselves as leading figures in the market, while Richard Harding QC and Marcus Taverner QC enjoy strong reputations as both counsel and arbitrator.

Mediators Tier 1

Rosemary Jackson QC  - Keating Chambers  Rosemary Jackson QC at Keating Chambers 'invests the time to listen to all parties and really understands what is important to them in moving forward the settlement discussions. Her style is unobtrusive, relaxed and confident but she is prepared to deliver difficult and hard messages when the situation requires. It is testament to her years of experience as a mediator that she makes a very difficult job look relatively easy'. Jackson is widely regarded as a leading mediator for complex commercial, construction and engineering disputes, drawing on her previous experience as a barrister, part-time judge, arbitrator and adjudicator. A silk since 2006, she has practised full-time as a mediator for approximately five years, and has mediated complex commercial multi-party disputes.

Energy Tier 2

Keating Chambers is 'a go-to chambers for serious construction and energy disputes with good depth of experience and high-quality juniors and silks'. Members frequently act in disputes in the energy sector involving complex technical issues, given that a number of the set's barristers having a dual qualification in engineering. Their work covers high-value arbitrations concerning coal-fired power stations, oil production, LNG plants and nuclear power generation. Adam Constable QC has extensive knowledge of large-scale construction projects. Sean Wilken QC, who recently joined from 39 Essex Chambers, handled a force majeure claim arising from an international border dispute between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire which halted international deep-water exploration in Ghana. 'Calm and considered' Paul Buckingham is among the set's most prominent juniors and Emma Healiss is considered a rising star in chambers. One client remarks that the set has 'the best clerks room in the city – helpful, efficient, responsive and polite'.

Rising stars

Emma Healiss - Keating ChambersShe has an incisive advocacy style and handles questions from the bench or opponents with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating ChambersShe is incredibly intelligent, very thorough and gets to grips with issues very quickly, tackling knotty legal issues with aplomb.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersHe has an exceptional ability to absorb large amounts of information and distil this into clear, concise and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sean Wilken QC - Keating ChambersA brilliant strategist who is incredibly intelligent, sharp and has an innate ability to cut through the noise to focus on the important issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersHe is a real star, very hardworking and very well known in the Middle East.
Ranked: Tier 3

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers ‘He has a very commercial mindset that makes him stand out and he really understands complex issues whether technical or legal.

Ranked: Tier 3
Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersHe is very talented, a hard worker and one of the very best construction silks at the bar.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersApproachable but with an aura of gravitas, his legal analysis is first-rate and he is able to quickly get to the critical point.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vincent Moran QC - Keating ChambersA good advocate who is great on his feet and gets to the answer quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Paul Buckingham - Keating ChambersHe is calm, considered and incredibly likeable and he always appears completely in control.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Bury - Keating ChambersHe quickly grasps the detail of complex claims and provides measured and sensible commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Lazur - Keating ChambersHe is extremely hardworking, incredibly user-friendly and highly responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Samuel Townend - Keating ChambersA first-class mind, he is very pragmatic and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves to help out.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Brogden - Keating ChambersA strong junior who performs well in international arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 4
Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersHe gets on well with clients and he is a real rising star - one to watch.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Thompson - Keating ChambersHe has a brilliant analytical mind and is adept at navigating the complex technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

Keating Chambers is a 'go-to construction and energy set' with 'a ready availability of counsel'. The barristers are 'real specialists who know their trade inside out', and have 'a very strong domestic and international arbitration tradition'. Aside from its 'unparalleled strength in depth', which was increased following the arrival of Sean Wilken QC and Rachael O’Hagan from 39 Essex Chambers, clients also appreciate the set's 'very informative and well-run webinars'. Major recent cases included an African power dispute in which David Thomas QC led a team of four juniors, including Jennie Wild, while Simon Hughes QC led the four-member team of opposing counsel.

Rising stars

Jennie Wild - Keating ChambersA highly skilled and talented barrister - her attention to detail, knowledge of the facts and law, and ability to produce thoughtful, concise submissions and advice sets her apart.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersOne of the very best construction silks at the bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersSimon really is top notch - he is incredibly user friendly, the client loves him, he is also ferociously clever with a tremendous work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersVery detail oriented and accurate in what he delivers, his legal analysis is first rate and he is able to quickly get to the critical point.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersHas a great capacity to master complex and voluminous material in a short space of time, and he is very efficient and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating Chambers ‘She provides excellent service at all times and is fantastic to work with - she has great commercial acumen and provides clear and useful tactical advice.

Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Harding QC - Keating ChambersHe has particular expertise in the Middle East market which is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Wilken QC - Keating ChambersIncisive cross-examination, and succinct and punchy submissions - one of the most user-friendly QCs and always willing to listen to other views.
Ranked: Tier 3
Marc Rowlands QC - Keating ChambersA bright lawyer who combines intellect with a real appetite for understanding the technical aspects of a case - he reads a tribunal well and is able to "control" a witness during cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

James Thompson - Keating ChambersTechnically excellent and an absolute pleasure to work with, which makes him our first-choice advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Buckingham - Keating ChambersA qualified chemical engineer, solicitor and barrister who utilises his background to great effect especially when dealing with matters with a technical background.
Ranked: Tier 3
Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersA real rising star and one to watch.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachael O'Hagan - Keating ChambersHer drafting is excellent - incredibly detailed and frames complex arguments in an unfussy way.
Ranked: Tier 3
Samuel Townend - Keating ChambersVery accessible, works well with instructing solicitors as part of a cohesive team and is excellent in relation to matters concerning dredging and reclamation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

'A leading construction set', Keating Chambers is highly experienced in construction-related professional negligence cases, acting on claims against professionals ranging from architects, contractors and engineers to property developers and surveyors. The set, which is highlighted for the 'depth of both senior and junior counsel', has particular expertise in claims involving complex fire safety issues: Adam Constable QC is representing one of the defendants in Premier Inn v Urban Innovations and others, a multi-party claim relating to alleged defects in the cladding of a hotel. Members of chambers including Adrian Williamson QC, Marcus Taverner QC and Rachael O’Hagan are also involved in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.

Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersHe is excellent and incredibly experienced.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersHe is in the Premier League of silks for construction professional indemnity work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Nissen QC - Keating ChambersHe is incredibly hands-on, intelligent and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Williamson QC - Keating ChambersHe is very experienced in the professional negligence field.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating ChambersHis cross-examination is thorough and incisive. He easily gains clients' confidence and is a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vincent Moran QC - Keating ChambersHe gets to grips with the detail very quickly and maintains a clear approach to advising on risks and strategy.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Krista Lee QC - Keating Chambers ‘Her understanding of construction-related professional indemnity claims is excellent. Her advice is accurate and strategic and she also recognises the commercial concerns of clients.

Leading Juniors

Richard Coplin - Keating ChambersHe is technically brilliant, commercial and user friendly. Provides strong advice on legal issues and also excellent guidance on commercial and strategic considerations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersHe is ridiculously bright and all over the detail. Has an innate ability to identify key issues quickly and his drafting is extremely polished.
Ranked: Tier 3
Samuel Townend - Keating ChambersHe is an excellent advocate, dealing with points in a forthright, efficient manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Bury - Keating ChambersA future super-star. He understands commercial needs of the client and is incredibly responsive.
Ranked: Tier 5
Rachael O'Hagan - Keating ChambersA complete star.
Ranked: Tier 6
Tom Owen - Keating ChambersHe is inventive and intuitive, with great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 6
David Sheard - Keating ChambersHis cross-examination is superb. David is brilliantly responsive and client focused with fantastic attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 6

Public procurement Tier 2

Keating Chambers is highlighted for providing 'a great level of service' in addition to its 'strength and depth of expertise’. This growing set is instructed on both sides of disputes; regularly instructed by government bodies, local authorities, and industry clients. Its members handle large-scale transport matters in addition to cases involving healthcare or military equipment. 'A top choice for advocacy' Sarah Hannaford QC, who can make her points ‘with killer precision’, acted for the Ministry of Defence defending a claim by the unsuccessful bidder for a procurement valued at over £1bn. 'Super advocateFionnuala Mccredie QC co-led a large team acting for the Department of Transport in respect of the procurement challenges commenced by Stagecoach and others. Simon Taylor's expertise includes EU and competition law, while James Frampton is notable for both construction and procurement matters.

Rising stars

James Frampton - Keating ChambersIncredibly cerebral, always proactive.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating ChambersShe is everything you could wish for in an advocate: She retains the facts, she knows the law, and she makes her points with killer precision.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating ChambersGreat with clients. Quickly and efficiently grasped the issues and complex IT aspects of the case. Worked tirelessly on the case. A super advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Simon Taylor - Keating ChambersA truly excellent advocate and his writing is beautifully polished.
Ranked: Tier 2

Shipping

Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersHe wrote the book on shipbuilding mandates. I would certainly work with him again given the chance.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Thomas Lazur - Keating ChambersHe is noted for shipbuilding disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Commercial set Keating Chambers is a leader in the field of construction, engineering, and energy disputes, as well as public procurement and professional negligence. Chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of Charles Banner QC from Landmark Chambers and John McMillan, formerly counsel at WilmerHale, as well as the elevation to silk of Krista Lee QC. Also of note, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers pledged £20,000 through the Criminal Bar Association to secure an award for a criminal pupillage that would have otherwise been withdrawn due to financial pressures faced by criminal sets.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Will Shrubsall is very proactive and helpful

Always helpful and prompt. Declan Redmond provides a great service.

Approachable clerks, with a desire to make our lives easier.

Best clerks room in the city. They are helpful, efficient, responsive and polite. I cannot fault them.

Clerking is of the highest quality. Polite, friendly, down to earth and very efficient. There is a particularly fast turn around in terms of confirming availability and providing fee estimates.

Jade Clark is a very impressive clerk. She is unfailingly positive and delivers consistently responsive and high quality service. Nothing is ever too much trouble and she always goes the extra mile.

Due to Jade’s efforts and tenacity with Court officers we got an urgent application before the head TCC Judge in lightning quick time. This proved the decisive factor in settling a matter on very advantageous terms for a client.

Clerks are approachable, on the ball and provide quick responses to queries.

Clerks are great and very responsive. Rob Frankish and James Luxmore are a pleasure to deal with and always find someone who is the right fit for the client.

Clerks are very attentive.

Clerks at Keating have always been strong. They are very commercial, approachable and user friendly. I particularly rate Jade and James.

Clerks room very efficient and again approachable and very accommodating

Declan Redmond is a seasoned veteran and that shows with the service provided by the clerks’ room. We are increasingly working with James Luxmoore who has an excellent bedside manner and made a strong impression, I believe him to be a rising star.

Declan Redmond is a stand out director of clerking – one of the best around.

Will Shrubsall has always gone the extra mile and I would always approach him first. The chambers are very slick and their IT familiarity is second to none.

Set:

A great chambers for procurement law, offering several well known QCs and juniors.

A great set and my ‘go to’ for construction and procurement. QCs are ably assisted by an exceptional set of Juniors.

An absolutely excellent set, full of talent.

An excellent set comprising a number of very experienced arbitrators.

An excellent set of chambers that contains a large number of experienced and well regarded arbitrators.

An excellent set of chambers that is well managed. A collection of impressive individuals.

An extremely supportive and knowledgeable set

At the top of every list for Construction and Engineering chambers with leading individuals across the board.

Chambers are known as specialists and are up there amongst the top public procurement sets. Excellent QCs in Fionnuala McCredie QC and Sarah Hannaford QC and and increasing pool of talented juniors with public procurement expertise. Simon Taylor is a very good ‘senior junior’ able to run with complex cases or work with a QC where necessary.

Excellent depth and breadth of service

Excellent strength in depth across the board. The juniors are very good.

Very strong set in terms of procurement disputes. Chambers has two very strong QC leads with in-depth specialist knowledge that are very hands on and become truly a part of the lawyer team with the client.

The set is well organised, excellent at providing updates and looking after clients.

Keating Chambers is a leading commercial barristers’ chambers based in London, with a thriving domestic and international practice.

We specialise in providing services across the areas of construction (onshore and offshore), energy, engineering, infrastructure, procurement, property, professional negligence, shipbuilding and marine engineering, and technology. With 60 barristers (including 27 silks) we have the strength in depth across the range of seniorities to support our clients’ needs. We also have a number of international members based in either Africa, Australia, Hong Kong or Singapore, enabling us to provide commercial and practical advice, together with a first rate flexible and client-focused service, worldwide.

Our barristers act in the very highest value and most significant project disputes in the world. Specialists in advocacy, their ability to offer incisive and critical cross examination in conjunction with expertise in presenting a case in the best possible way is of great value to clients. We have formidable experience in all the stages of a construction dispute from procurement issues and early initial advisory work, to mediation, adjudication and litigation or arbitration. Our members appear in the UK Courts (primarily the TCC and Commercial Court), including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and in international arbitration, frequently in relation to contracts governed by foreign law. They are familiar with domestic and international, and on and offshore, standard forms of contract (including FIDIC, NEC, IChemE, LOGIC, SAJ and AWES), and regularly act in disputes concerning bespoke contracts. They also have extensive experience with PPP, PFI, and partnering and alliancing contracts. Our expertise is augmented by our experience in construction professional negligence and disputes in other project related sectors such as energy, offshore construction and marine engineering, and infrastructure and utilities.

Internationally, members are instructed as counsel or arbitrator in arbitrations governed by many of the world’s leading appointing bodies, such as the ICC, LCIA, AIAC, DIAC, HKIAC, SIAC and VIAC. They are also instructed/appointed directly by parties to arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Members act as experts on English law in overseas jurisdictions, and some members have rights of audience in other jurisdictions (such as Dubai (DIFC), Hong Kong SAR, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland).

We are the authors of the seminal practitioner textbook in the field, ‘Keating on Construction Contracts’ (now in its 10th Edition) and other staple industry texts include ‘Keating on NEC3’, ‘Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering Contracts’ and the ‘Keating Construction Dispute Resolution Handbook’.  We are also committed to providing training and development to clients and can offer complimentary in-house training seminars on a broad range of topics.

The talent of our barristers and the dedication of our staff are reflected in Chambers’ success in the leading legal directories for construction litigation and arbitration and the awards we have won. We were shortlisted for “Set of the Year” in 2018 by The Lawyer Awards, British Legal Awards and Legal Business Awards.

Our clerking team is renowned for the relationships they foster with clients. The team of 10, headed up by CEO and Director of Clerking, Declan Redmond, are widely praised for being responsive, efficient, commercial and user-friendly. They are contactable outside UK working hours to ensure they provide a first-class service to our international clients.

We endeavour to be flexible and innovative in our pricing and service delivery for our clients. Please contact our practice management teams for more information (clerks@keatingchambers.com).

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO/Director of Clerking Declan Redmond clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
BD Diirector Holly Gavaghan clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Deputy Senior Clerk Rob Cowup clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Senior Practice Manager William Shrubsall clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Senior Practice Manager James Luxmoore clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Practice Manager Rob Frankish clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Practice Manager Dominic Woodbridge clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Practice Manager Jade Clark clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
ADR Clerk Oliver Goldsmith clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Head of Chambers TAVERNER QC, Marcus (1981)
Members of Chambers UFF CBE QC, John (1970)
Members of Chambers FERNYHOUGH QC, Richard (1970)
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, Christopher (1973)
Members of Chambers MARRIN QC, John (1974)
Members of Chambers FURST QC, Stephen (1975)
Members of Chambers ELLIOTT QC, Timothy (1975)
Members of Chambers GAITSKELL QC, Robert (1978)
Members of Chambers BOULDING QC, Philip (1979)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON QC, Adrian (1983)
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, David (1982)
Members of Chambers JACKSON QC, Rosemary (1981)
Members of Chambers NISSEN QC, Alexander (1985)
Members of Chambers HANNAFORD QC, Sarah (1989)
Members of Chambers HARGREAVES QC, Simon (1991)
Members of Chambers HARDING QC, Richard (1992)
Members of Chambers BUEHRLEN QC, Veronique (1991)
Members of Chambers MORAN QC, Vincent (1991)
Members of Chambers CONSTABLE QC, Adam (1995)
Members of Chambers HUGHES QC, Simon (1995)
Members of Chambers ROWLANDS QC, Marc (1990)
Members of Chambers STANSFIELD QC, Piers (1993)
Members of Chambers McCREDIE QC, Fionnuala (1992)
Members of Chambers MORT QC, Justin (1994)
Members of Chambers LEE QC, Jonathan (1993)
Members of Chambers SELBY QC, Jonathan (1999)
Members of Chambers GARRETT QC, Lucy (2001)
Members of Chambers STEYNOR, Alan (1975)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Robert (1989)
Members of Chambers JINADU, Abdul (1995)
Members of Chambers BUCKINGHAM, Paul (1995)
Members of Chambers LEE, Krista (1996)
Members of Chambers COPLIN, Richard (1997)
Members of Chambers CHAMBERS, Gaynor (1998)
Members of Chambers TOWNEND, Samuel (1999)
Members of Chambers SCOTT HOLLAND, Gideon (1999)
Members of Chambers REPPER, Elizabeth (2002)
Members of Chambers LAMONT, Calum (2004)
Members of Chambers SIMS, Alice (2004)
Members of Chambers WEBB, William (2005)
Members of Chambers THOMPSON, James (2005)
Members of Chambers LAZUR, Thomas (2005)
Members of Chambers BROGDEN, Peter (2006)
Members of Chambers SAREEN, Ben (2008)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Sarah (2008)
Members of Chambers BURY, Paul (2008)
Members of Chambers SHEARD, David (2010)
Members of Chambers GOLLANCZ, David (2010)
Members of Chambers CONROY, Brenna (2010)
Members of Chambers OWEN, Tom (2011)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Simon (1987)
Members of Chambers FINN, Matthew (2011)
Members of Chambers THOMPSON, Charlie (2012)
Members of Chambers WILD, Jennie (2013)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Harry (2014)
Members of Chambers COULSON, Tom (2014)
Members of Chambers HEALISS, Emma (2014)
Members of Chambers FRAMPTON, James (2016)
Members of Chambers MONRO MORRISON, Callum (2018)
Members of Chambers DI FRANCESCO, Harriet (2018)
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Mr Charles Banner QC photo Mr Charles Banner QC Charles Banner was called to the Bar of England and Wales in…
 Johan Beyers  photo Johan Beyers Specialises in construction, engineering and commercial disputes, often of substantial commercial value…
 HH Peter Bowsher QC photo HH Peter Bowsher QC Retired TCC judge practising as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator.
 Peter Brogden  photo Peter Brogden Barrister specialising in construction, engineering and technology law. Peter has extensive experience…
 Paul Buckingham  photo Paul Buckingham Specialises in major construction, engineering and energy disputes. Particular expertise in international…
 Veronique Buehrlen QC photo Veronique Buehrlen QC Veronique Buehrlen QC has a wide ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and…
 Paul Bury  photo Paul Bury Barrister specialising in domestic and international commercial construction, offshore, energy, professional negligence,…
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 Brenna Conroy  photo Brenna Conroy Brenna specialises in construction, professional negligence and property damage work. She has…
 Adam Constable QC photo Adam Constable QC Practices in all areas of construction, energy, shipbuilding and related professional negligence.…
 Richard Coplin  photo Richard Coplin Barrister specialising in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and…
 Tom Coulson  photo Tom Coulson Tom Coulson was called to the Bar in 2014. He became a…
 Harriet Di Francesco  photo Harriet Di Francesco Harriet Di Francesco was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…
 Timothy Elliott QC photo Timothy Elliott QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering and related professional negligence. Clients include…
 Robert Evans  photo Robert Evans Barrister specialising in litigation and arbitration, primarily in the field of building,…
 Richard Fernyhough QC photo Richard Fernyhough QC Arbitrator specialising in construction and engineering law; arbitration, both international and domestic.…
 Matthew Finn  photo Matthew Finn Matthew Finn is a specialist in resolving commercial disputes. Matthew accepts instructions to…
 James Frampton  photo James Frampton James Frampton was called to the Bar in 2016 and became a…
Prof Michael Furmston  photo Prof Michael Furmston Professor Michael Furmston is an internationally acknowledged authority on contract and commercial…
 Stephen Furst QC photo Stephen Furst QC Stephen Furst QC specialises in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology related…
 Robert Gaitskell QC photo Robert Gaitskell QC Dr Robert Gaitskell QC practises from Keating Chambers specialising in engineering and…
 Lucy Garrett QC photo Lucy Garrett QC “A force of nature” and “extremely bright, hard-working and a good cross-examiner,”…
 David Gollancz  photo David Gollancz Barrister specialising in advice and litigation in connection with public procurement, state…
 Sarah Hannaford QC photo Sarah Hannaford QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering, arbitration (domestic and international), litigation and…
 Richard Harding QC photo Richard Harding QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes arising out of projects in…
 Simon Hargreaves QC photo Simon Hargreaves QC Barrister specialising in all aspects of litigation (court, arbitration and adjudication) concerning…
 Emma Healiss  photo Emma Healiss Emma Healiss undertakes a wide range of work relating to construction, energy,…
 Simon Hughes QC photo Simon Hughes QC Barrister specialising in construction, engineering, energy and off shore disputes (TCC, Commercial…
 Rosemary Jackson QC photo Rosemary Jackson QC Commercial Mediator, Adjudicator and Arbitrator specialising in construction and engineering law, including…
 Abdul Jinadu  photo Abdul Jinadu Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
 Calum Lamont  photo Calum Lamont Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
 Thomas Lazur  photo Thomas Lazur Construction, engineering, related professional negligence, financial services and insurance industry. His work…
 Krista Lee  photo Krista Lee Krista specialises in engineering, construction, and energy disputes. She has a BSc…
 Jonathan Lee QC photo Jonathan Lee QC Barrister specialising in construction, engineering and information technology litigation, arbitration, adjudication and…
 Chin Lim  photo Chin Lim Barrister (Call: 2011, MT), also called to the Singapore bar, specialising in…
 John Marrin QC photo John Marrin QC John Marrin QC  specialises in construction, engineering and energy-related disputes.  His experience…
 Fionnuala Mccredie QC photo Fionnuala Mccredie QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering, professional negligence (including architects, engineers, surveyors…
 Callum Monro Morrison  photo Callum Monro Morrison Callum Monro Morrison was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…
 Vincent Moran QC photo Vincent Moran QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
 Justin Mort QC photo Justin Mort QC Barrister specialising in disputes arising out of construction, energy, infrastructure and process…
 Alexander Nissen QC photo Alexander Nissen QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering law, including adjudication, arbitration and professional…
 Tom Owen  photo Tom Owen Tom Owen specialises in construction, commercial, professional negligence and energy disputes. Tom…
 Louise Randall  photo Louise Randall Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
 Elizabeth Repper  photo Elizabeth Repper Ranked in the Legal 500, Elizabeth Repper is a full time mediator…
 Marc Rowlands QC photo Marc Rowlands QC Marc Rowlands QC’s practice covers the full range of construction, engineering and…
 Ben Sareen  photo Ben Sareen Ben is a commercial barrister specialising in construction, engineering and IT disputes…
 Gideon Scott Holland  photo Gideon Scott Holland Barrister specialising in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and…
 Jonathan Selby QC photo Jonathan Selby QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
 David Sheard  photo David Sheard Barrister specialising in construction, energy and professional negligence. David has undertaken a…
 Alice Sims  photo Alice Sims Recognised specialist in construction, engineering, and utilities disputes along with professional negligence,…
 Harry Smith  photo Harry Smith Harry has a broad and busy commercial practice and undertakes work principally…
 Piers Stansfield QC photo Piers Stansfield QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
 Alan Steynor  photo Alan Steynor Barrister specialising in building and engineering disputes including arbitrations; also property work,…
 Michael Stimpson  photo Michael Stimpson Barrister specialising in construction, energy and mediation. Cases include: Uniform Construction Limited…
 Marcus Taverner QC photo Marcus Taverner QC Marcus has an extensive advisory practice and a formidable reputation as an…
 Simon Taylor  photo Simon Taylor Simon practises in the area of public procurement law, competition, regulation and…
Dr Christopher Thomas QC photo Dr Christopher Thomas QC Dr Thomas has over 30 years experience acting for clients in the…
 David Thomas QC photo David Thomas QC Specialises in construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence, and commercial arbitration and…
 James Thompson  photo James Thompson Construction, engineering, energy and international arbitration. James acts in a wide range…
 Charlie Thompson  photo Charlie Thompson Charlie specialises in construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, related insurance,…
 Samuel Townend  photo Samuel Townend Barrister specialising in construction and engineering domestic litigation and international arbitration, professional…
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 William Webb  photo William Webb Construction, engineering and related professional negligence. William has a busy specialist practice…
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 Jennie Wild  photo Jennie Wild Jennie Wild’s practice covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international commercial…
 Sarah Williams  photo Sarah Williams Sarah’s practice has developed to encompass a diverse range of cases, including…
 Adrian Williamson QC photo Adrian Williamson QC Barrister specialising in construction and engineering law; professional negligence; disputes concerning substantial…
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The firm: Keating Chambers is one of the UK’s leading sets of commercial barristers’ chambers, with a thriving domestic and international practice. Barristers at Keating Chambers specialise in providing their services across the areas of construction and engineering; energy and natural resources; infrastructure and utilities; international arbitration; IT and technology; offshore construction and marine engineering; procurement and competition and associated professional negligence. Currently 64 barristers-strong (including international members based in South Africa, Australia or Hong Kong), it has a thriving global practice and strength in depth across the range of seniorities to support clients’ needs. Members regularly appear in the various divisions of the High Court – but especially in the Technology & Construction Court and the Commercial Court – and also the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and Supreme Court. Chambers’ ADR expertise covers domestic and international arbitration, adjudication (statutory and contractual), mediation, dispute review boards and expert determination. Senior members are also frequently appointed as arbitrators by many of the world’s leading appointing bodies, such as the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, SIAC and VIAC. They are also appointed directly by parties to arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Members act as experts on English law in overseas jurisdictions, and some members have rights of audience in other jurisdictions (including Dubai (DIFC), Hong Kong SAR and New Zealand).

Areas of practice: Construction and engineering: expertise covers the full range of contractual claims relating to the construction industry, including development contracts, building defects claims and construction delays. Claims expertise includes civil, mechanical and electrical engineering works relating to major international infrastructure projects such as airports, bridges, railways, roads and tunnelling. Members of Keating Chambers have been instructed as counsel in connection with many high-profile major construction projects over the years, particularly in the UK, Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

Energy: expertise in claims relating to the construction of assets for the oil and gas industry including drilling platforms, FSPO’s, oil tankers, pipe laying ships, support vessels, undersea pipelines and on shore process and storage facilities. Members also have experience in power generation, the nuclear sector and onshore and offshore windfarm disputes. With a number of barristers having a dual qualification in engineering, they are well-equipped to handle disputes involving complex technical issues.

Professional negligence: represents a range of clients in negligence actions including claims for and against architects, surveyors, valuers, engineers and other consultants concerned with buildings and engineering projects. Members also advise and represent parties in construction related insurance coverage disputes arising out of liability, material damage, consequential loss, project, CAR and professional indemnity policies.

Shipbuilding and marine engineering: experience in technical marine engineering matters, advising and acting in many international shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes. Experience extends not only to vessels destined for the oil and gas industries, such as FPSOs and jack-ups but also to ferries and to cable laying, naval and general cargo vessels.

Procurement: Keating Chambers appear in many of the most high-profile procurement cases. Members’ breadth of expertise is wide, with instructions in a variety of cases relating to transport, energy, IT and healthcare. Members have appeared recently in the cases relating to legal aid services procurement and have recently acted in the first case on new competition and procurement regulations for NHS services. They are also strategic advisers to authorities and bidders often involved at all stages of the tender process from design to debrief.

Technology: substantial track record in dealing with IT contracts includes disputes concerning alleged failure to meet performance specifications and issues of alleged mismanagement in the development of new software.

Clients: architects, building contractors, building and quantity surveyors, engineers, energy companies, joint ventures, government departments, professional indemnity insurers, property developers, shipyards, software developers and specialist building subcontractors.