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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers


Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes arising out of projects in the UK and Middle East, oil and gas disputes, and professional negligence. He studied Arabic and Persian at Oxford University and in Egypt, and was then called to the English Bar. He acts as counsel for governments, private employers, contractors and professionals, and is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in international commercial matters. He often acts in cases, as either counsel or arbitrator, under the laws of the Middle East, and has particular experience of the laws of the UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan. As counsel, he is instructed by law firms (particularly from UK, the Middle East and USA) and also directly by in-house counsel and professionals. He is the current and founder Chairman of the Society of Construction Law in the Arabian/ Persian Gulf, and is the Middle East co-ordinator for the ICC Task Force on the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards.


Called 1992; Middle Temple; chairman Society of Construction Law (Gulf); QC 2009.


Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Persian.


TECBAR; COMBAR; LCLCBA; Society of Construction Law (UK); Society of Construction Law (Gulf); list of arbitrators of: ICC, LCIA, Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre, ACIC Tehran.


Latymer Upper School; Pembroke College, Oxford (1990 MA Oxon Oriental Studies (Arabic, Persian)); University of Alexandria, Egypt; Common Professional Examination (1991).


Cricket, rugby, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Harding QCKeating ChambersHas a deep knowledge of the market.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators) Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Harding QCKeating ChambersHas a strong reputation for exceptionally quick and efficient disposal of procedural issues, hearings and awards, and also a first-class legal brain.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Harding QCKeating ChambersContinues to impress with his extraordinary knowledge of the laws of the UAE and Gulf region and how they apply to construction industry disputes.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Harding QCKeating ChambersAuthoritative, calm and a real pleasure to work with.

Members of Keating Chambers are active both as counsel and arbitrators in the Middle East. Richard Harding QC is the founding and current chairman of the Society of Construction Lawyers in the Gulf, and Simon Hughes QC‘s cases include some of the Middle East’s most high-profile energy projects. Krista Lee followed in the footsteps of many of the set’s senior silks by sitting as an arbitrator alongside her counsel practice – prior to her own appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2020.