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Dr Robert Gaitskell QC practises from Keating Chambers specialising in engineering and construction disputes, often of an international nature. Robert Gaitskell predominantly acts as an arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute board member and mediator. He is both a lawyer and a professional engineer. He is the editor of ‘The Keating Construction Dispute Resolution Handbook’ (3rd edition) 2016; and a former vice-president of the IEE/ IET (Europe’s biggest professional engineering institution). He is a member of the Singapore National Electricity Market Dispute Resolution and Compensation Panel. Dr Gaitskell is the chairman of a dispute board for a €20bn nuclear energy project (the world’s biggest energy project). Dr Gaitskell is currently acting as chairman or member of various ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, IAMA, EDF, DIAC, Dubai RTA and other arbitral tribunals, dealing with matters such as oil and gas installations and pipelines, power stations, oil and gas plants, petro-chemical works, and other complex engineering and process projects. Simply as an example, he is a member of the arbitral tribunal on a very substantial Central American canal project dispute. In addition to his practice at the Bar, Robert Gaitskell is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a former Senator of the Engineering Council. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Robert Gaitskell writes extensively and lectures throughout the world on legal/engineering subjects, including for the ICC and SIAC.


Qualified engineer 1971; barrister 1978; Gray’s Inn; QC 1994; recorder (part-time judge) 2000-2010.






KCL (PhD); BSc Engineering; Barrister, FIET; FIMechE; CEng; FCIArb; AKC.


Worshipful Company of Arbitrators – Court of Assistants; Worshipful Company of Engineers.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Mediators

(Hall of Fame) Ranked: Tier 1

Robert Gaitskell QCChambers of Marcus Taverner QC

Keating ChambersRobert Gaitskell QC was first accredited as a mediator in 1999; he has since conducted over 150 mediations in the commercial, construction and IP sectors.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators) Ranked: Tier 1

Robert Gaitskell QCKeating ChambersAn outstanding and pre-eminent arbitrator with the huge advantage of an engineering as well as a legal background.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Dr Robert Gaitskell QCKeating ChambersA pre-eminent and highly sought-after arbitrator whose engineering background is a useful tool.

Keating Chambers ‘has always been one of the top sets in the construction field‘, and its global presence extends well into Asia, with particularly strong contacts in Australia and Hong Kong. Robert Gaitskell QC is popular for work in Australia. Alongside more conventional arbitration work in the Greater China region, Philip Boulding QC represents Hong Kong MTR in an inquiry into the renovation of the Hung Hom station.