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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers
15 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3AA
England

Position

Veronique Buehrlen QC has a wide ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and advisory practice with special emphasis on complex energy disputes, construction, banking, insurance, civil fraud and joint venture and shareholder disputes. Her strengths are meticulous preparation of complex, highly detailed matters requiring penetrating and determined cross examination of expert and other witnesses. Since taking Silk in 2010, Veronique Buehrlen QC has conducted as leading counsel major commercial hearings including a four week trial in the Commercial Court for Borealis AB, in respect of severe damage sustained at its integrated olefin plant in Stenungsund Sweden following the delivery of contaminated LPG, a six-week ICC arbitration for an internationally renowned global integrated energy company in a dispute arising out of the construction and installation of a subsea pipeline used in the first gravity based structure for the regasification of LNG and a heavily contested ICC arbitration concerned with the construction of a container port under FIDIC conditions of contract. 

Career

Called 1991. Silk 2010. Fountain Court Chambers, 1991-2011; Keating Chambers, 2013; Appointed Deputy High Court Judge, 2017. Veronique worked for the legal service of the European Commission and subsequently for advocate general Francis Jacobs QC at the European Court of Justice during a period of secondment in her first year of tenancy at Fountain Court. Prior to being called to the Bar, Veronique worked with KPMG’s strategic consultancy team.

Languages

Bilingual French/English.

Education

St Andrews (1988, MA Hons, French and international relations, 1st class); City University (1990, diploma in law, distinction); Middle Temple (Queen Mother’s Scholar).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QCKeating ChambersCalmly dismantles the opposition’s arguments with a sharp sense of detail and nuance.

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.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QCKeating ChambersHas a lovely measured style to her advocacy, and a huge grasp of the detail that ensures she gets her points over.