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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers


Practices in all areas of construction, energy, shipbuilding and related professional negligence. Widely experienced as both counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration, and adjudication. Adam’s client base is both domestic and international, and he has extensive experience appearing in the UK Courts (TCC and Commercial Courts), and representing multinational clients in front of tribunals constituted under numerous international arbitral rules, including ICC, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, UNCITRAL, SCC and LMAA. Industry commentary notes Adam’s reputation for his mastery of complex factual and technical detail, devastating advocacy with a client-friendly approach.  Adam regularly advises clients on all forms of alternative dispute resolution and has represented clients in mediations, early neutral evaluations and expert determinations. He is regularly appointed as adjudicator, arbitrator (as either co-arbitrator or chair) and independent expert. 


Attorney-General’s B Panel 2004; recorder 2010; QC 2011; Governing Master of the Bench, Inner Temple 2013.


TECBAR; COMBAR; LCLCBA; PNBA; Adjudication Society; UKELG; Society of Construction Law.


Trinity School, Croydon; Balliol College, Oxford (1st Class Hons Jurisprudence).


Family, golf, rugby, wine, the odd card trick.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersThe star junior silk in chambers for offshore contracts disputes and energy projects cases, he produces the goods again and again.

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 > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersA highly intelligent, quick-thinking and very commercial silk.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHas a sharp intellect, is accessible, a team player, and good with clients.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersA very strong aggressive advocate when appropriate.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHe is experienced in significant shipbuilding and offshore construction mandates.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersPersonable, relaxed and unperturbed by the considerable difficulties with cases.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersVery bright and user-friendly, he is easy to work with and produces great written advocacy.