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Construction Tier 1
The 'first port of call for construction disputes', Keating Chambers' barristers appear regularly in the TCC, as well as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, in complex, high-end litigation. 'Commanding advocate' Marcus Taverner QC is often involved in high-value disputes across the UK and Europe; he appeared in Amec Foster Wheeler Group Ltd v TAQA Bratani Ltd acting for the defendant in a case which concerned modifications to an oil rig in the North Sea. The 'unparalleled' Alexander Nissen QC acted for the successful claimant in Grove Developments v S&T (UK) Ltd, a landmark decision on payment provisions under the Housing Grants Act.
Energy Tier 2
Keating Chambers is 'pre-eminent in construction work, particularly complex energy and infrastructure disputes' and clients see it as 'a set to call upon when the facts get messy'. A number of its members are dual-qualified in engineering, enabling them to handle disputes involving complex technical issues. Another client describes the set as 'at the top of the tree when it comes to high-quality construction barristers' and notes that 'the clerks' room is professional and slick'. Adam Constable QC acted in Hereema Hartlepool v Engie, which concerned the construction of modules to be installed offshore in the North Sea. Veronique Buehrlen QC is involved in high-value arbitrations relating to subsea pipeline construction, logistics services to oilfields in the Middle East, and the construction of a refinery. Among the juniors, Thomas Lazur assisted the claimant in Amec Foster Wheeler v TAQA, a dispute over the Cladhan Field development that is an extension and upgrade of a North Sea drilling platform. Paul Buckingham represented the defendant, a pipework contractor, in a case arising from the fabrication and installation of piping as part of modification works at the UK’s Drax Power Station.
Keating Chambers is one of the top homes for highly experienced arbitrators of construction, engineering, and infrastructure disputes.
Keating Chambers is a 'go-to set' for construction and infrastructure-related arbitrations, and has 'barristers who are willing to work as part of a team and roll their sleeves up with the rest of us, which is much appreciated', according to solicitors, who also note chambers for having 'many barristers with experience in the Middle East'. Four members, led by Simon Hughes QC, are acting on a nuclear power plant-related dispute in the UAE, while a further five members, including David Thomas QC, are currently acting on either side of a major coal-fired power plant dispute in South Africa.
Mediators Tier 2
Keating Chambers' Rosemary Jackson QC gave up advisory and advocacy work approximately four years ago to focus on her full-time mediation practice. She is highly rated for her mediation of complex construction, engineering, energy and offshore disputes, particularly multi-party matters and insurance claims.
Public procurement Tier 2
Keating Chambers is home to some of the 'go-to counsel for public procurement matters'. 'A popular choice', Fionnuala Mccredie QC who acted for Unipart in DHL Supply Chain Ltd v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Unipart Group Ltd in a case valued at £730m. The 'technically and tactically strong' Sarah Hannaford QC combines expertise in EU-wide procurement with related competition issues to tackle high-profile cases. She acted for the Department of finance in Ireland in Eircom UK Limited v Dept of Finance in a procurement and competition law challenge concerning a telecommunications system. 'A junior of choice', Simon Taylor combines his track record in competition law with work on a number of hefty procurement disputes in the transport and IT arenas. Calum Lamont is another highly recommended senior junior who was instructed in Openview v Merton in relation to the letting of a contract for automatic number plate recognition services. At the injunction stage, the case revisited the law on causation for challenging economic operators.
Shipping Tier 3
Professional negligence Tier 3
Keating Chambers is 'outstanding for construction professional negligence cases' and its barristers are praised for their 'skill and approach'. Technology-related claims are also a key area of specialism for the 'formidable set'. Zagora v Zurich was a key highlight for Jonathan Selby QC, and David Sheard acted for the architect defending a particularly significant professional negligence claim in Burgess v Lejonvarn.
‘Known worldwide as industry leaders’, Keating Chambers ‘remains top of the tree when it comes to high-quality silks, juniors, and adjudicators at the Bar’ making it, for some, ‘the first port of call’ for complex construction, engineering, and energy disputes, as well as ‘one of the go-to sets’ for the growing area of public procurement litigation. Chambers is praised for ensuring regional firms ‘receive the same level of service and care’ as those in London, which has stood them apart from other sets. The clerking team is a huge strength of chambers and ‘is probably among the top echelon of the clerks’ rooms of any set in London’. ‘They understand solicitors’ pressures and needs, and pull out the stops to meet our expectations.’ The ‘down-to-earth’ clerks are collectively described as ‘fast, responsive, and attentive; they listen to their clients and provide pricing that is always clear’. The team is well led by ‘top-class’ chief executive and director of clerking Declan Redmond and business development director Holly Gavaghan. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup is ‘universally liked and always willing to go the extra mile to assist’. Senior practice managers James Luxmoore and Will Shrubsall ‘can be relied upon to recommend counsel for any particular case’. Dominic Woodbridge has joined the team from Monckton Chambers; Aimee Hallett has moved to Essex Court Chambers, and has been replaced internally by Sarah Walker. Jane Lemon QC sadly passed in April 2019. Offices in: London
Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC > Firm Profile
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|CEO/Director of Clerking||Declan Redmondemail@example.com||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|BD Diirector||Holly Gavaghanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|Deputy Senior Clerk||Rob Cowupemail@example.com||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|Senior Practice Manager||William Shrubsallfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|Senior Practice Manager||James Luxmooreemail@example.com||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|Practice Manager||Rob Frankishfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|Practice Manager||Dominic Woodbridgeemail@example.com||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|Practice Manager||Jade Clarkfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0)20 7544 2600|
|ADR Clerk||Oliver Goldsmithemail@example.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)|
|Mr Charles Banner QC||Charles Banner was called to the Bar of England and Wales in…||View Profile|
|Johan Beyers||Specialises in construction, engineering and commercial disputes, often of substantial commercial value…||View Profile|
|HH Peter Bowsher QC||Retired TCC judge practising as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator.||View Profile|
|Peter Brogden||Barrister specialising in construction, engineering and technology law. Peter has extensive experience…||View Profile|
|Paul Buckingham||Specialises in major construction, engineering and energy disputes. Particular expertise in international…||View Profile|
|Veronique Buehrlen QC||Veronique Buehrlen QC has a wide ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and…||View Profile|
|Paul Bury||Barrister specialising in domestic and international commercial construction, offshore, energy, professional negligence,…||View Profile|
|Gaynor Chambers||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and…||View Profile|
|Brenna Conroy||Brenna specialises in construction, professional negligence and property damage work. She has…||View Profile|
|Adam Constable QC||Practices in all areas of construction, energy, shipbuilding and related professional negligence.…||View Profile|
|Richard Coplin||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and…||View Profile|
|Tom Coulson||Tom Coulson was called to the Bar in 2014. He became a…||View Profile|
|Harriet Di Francesco||Harriet Di Francesco was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…||View Profile|
|Timothy Elliott QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering and related professional negligence. Clients include…||View Profile|
|Robert Evans||Barrister specialising in litigation and arbitration, primarily in the field of building,…||View Profile|
|Richard Fernyhough QC||Arbitrator specialising in construction and engineering law; arbitration, both international and domestic.…||View Profile|
|Matthew Finn||Matthew Finn is a specialist in resolving commercial disputes. Matthew accepts instructions to…||View Profile|
|James Frampton||James Frampton was called to the Bar in 2016 and became a…||View Profile|
|Prof Michael Furmston||Professor Michael Furmston is an internationally acknowledged authority on contract and commercial…||View Profile|
|Stephen Furst QC||Stephen Furst QC specialises in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology related…||View Profile|
|Robert Gaitskell QC||Dr Robert Gaitskell QC practises from Keating Chambers specialising in engineering and…||View Profile|
|Lucy Garrett QC||“A force of nature” and “extremely bright, hard-working and a good cross-examiner,”…||View Profile|
|David Gollancz||Barrister specialising in advice and litigation in connection with public procurement, state…||View Profile|
|Sarah Hannaford QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering, arbitration (domestic and international), litigation and…||View Profile|
|Richard Harding QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes arising out of projects in…||View Profile|
|Simon Hargreaves QC||Barrister specialising in all aspects of litigation (court, arbitration and adjudication) concerning…||View Profile|
|Emma Healiss||Emma Healiss undertakes a wide range of work relating to construction, energy,…||View Profile|
|Simon Hughes QC||Barrister specialising in construction, engineering, energy and off shore disputes (TCC, Commercial…||View Profile|
|Rosemary Jackson QC||Commercial Mediator, Adjudicator and Arbitrator specialising in construction and engineering law, including…||View Profile|
|Abdul Jinadu||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…||View Profile|
|Calum Lamont||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…||View Profile|
|Thomas Lazur||Construction, engineering, related professional negligence, financial services and insurance industry. His work…||View Profile|
|Krista Lee||Krista specialises in engineering, construction, and energy disputes. She has a BSc…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Lee QC||Barrister specialising in construction, engineering and information technology litigation, arbitration, adjudication and…||View Profile|
|Chin Lim||Barrister (Call: 2011, MT), also called to the Singapore bar, specialising in…||View Profile|
|John Marrin QC||John Marrin QC specialises in construction, engineering and energy-related disputes. His experience…||View Profile|
|Fionnuala Mccredie QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering, professional negligence (including architects, engineers, surveyors…||View Profile|
|Callum Monro Morrison||Callum Monro Morrison was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…||View Profile|
|Vincent Moran QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…||View Profile|
|Justin Mort QC||Barrister specialising in disputes arising out of construction, energy, infrastructure and process…||View Profile|
|Alexander Nissen QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering law, including adjudication, arbitration and professional…||View Profile|
|Tom Owen||Tom Owen specialises in construction, commercial, professional negligence and energy disputes. Tom…||View Profile|
|Louise Randall||View Profile|
|Elizabeth Repper||Ranked in the Legal 500, Elizabeth Repper is a full time mediator…||View Profile|
|Marc Rowlands QC||Marc Rowlands QC’s practice covers the full range of construction, engineering and…||View Profile|
|Ben Sareen||Ben is a commercial barrister specialising in construction, engineering and IT disputes…||View Profile|
|Gideon Scott Holland||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Selby QC||View Profile|
|David Sheard||Barrister specialising in construction, energy and professional negligence. David has undertaken a…||View Profile|
|Alice Sims||Recognised specialist in construction, engineering, and utilities disputes along with professional negligence,…||View Profile|
|Harry Smith||Harry has a broad and busy commercial practice and undertakes work principally…||View Profile|
|Piers Stansfield QC||View Profile|
|Alan Steynor||Barrister specialising in building and engineering disputes including arbitrations; also property work,…||View Profile|
|Michael Stimpson||Barrister specialising in construction, energy and mediation. Cases include: Uniform Construction Limited…||View Profile|
|Marcus Taverner QC||Marcus has an extensive advisory practice and a formidable reputation as an…||View Profile|
|Simon Taylor||Simon practises in the area of public procurement law, competition, regulation and…||View Profile|
|David Thomas QC||Specialises in construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence, and commercial arbitration and…||View Profile|
|Dr Christopher Thomas QC||Dr Thomas has over 30 years experience acting for clients in the…||View Profile|
|Charlie Thompson||Charlie specialises in construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, related insurance,…||View Profile|
|James Thompson||Construction, engineering, energy and international arbitration. James acts in a wide range…||View Profile|
|Samuel Townend||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering domestic litigation and international arbitration, professional…||View Profile|
|John Uff CBE QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering, particularly in international arbitration; appointed arbitrator,…||View Profile|
|William Webb||Construction, engineering and related professional negligence. William has a busy specialist practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Dawid Welgemoed||Dawid Welgemoed is an Advocate in South Africa (Member of the Cape…||View Profile|
|Jennie Wild||Jennie Wild’s practice covers a broad spectrum of domestic and international commercial…||View Profile|
|Sarah Williams||Sarah’s practice has developed to encompass a diverse range of cases, including…||View Profile|
|Adrian Williamson QC||Barrister specialising in construction and engineering law; professional negligence; disputes concerning substantial…||View Profile|
Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC > Firm Profile
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.
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