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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers


Specialises in major construction, engineering and energy disputes. Particular expertise in international arbitration work. After spending eight years with BP as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas industries, Paul Buckingham was called to the Bar in 1995. He has extensive experience of numerous arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules and has also acted on disputes involving most standard form contracts and their derivatives, including the JCT, ICE, IChemE and FIDIC Forms. Also has experience of all forms of ADR including mediation, adjudication and dispute boards. Recent reported cases: MT Højgaard a/s v E.ON [2017] UKSC 59, [2013] CILL 3356, Beck Interiors Ltd v Dr Russo [2010] 1 BLR 37, F Ltd v M Ltd [2009]1 Lloyds Rep 537, Dorchester Hotel Ltd v Vivid Interiors Ltd [2009] BLR 135 TCC, Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd v Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd [2008] All ER (D) 04 (Oct), [2007] All ER (D) 358 CA.


Chartered chemical engineer British Petroleum 1985-93; called 1995, Middle Temple; barrister Clifford Chance 1997-2004; barrister Keating Chambers 2004; editor, Construction Law Journal.


Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE); chairman, IChemE Disputes Resolution Committee; IChemE Contracts Committee; Tecbar; Society of Construction Law; COMBAR.


Birmingham University (BSc Chemical Engineering); City University (Dip Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Paul BuckinghamKeating ChambersA brilliant advocate who should soon take silk, he offers practical and creative advice.

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 Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Paul BuckinghamKeating ChambersStrong work ethic, rolls up his sleeves and gets involved.