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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers


Barrister specialising in construction, engineering, energy and off shore disputes (TCC, Commercial Court and arbitration) together with appellate work. Simon is particularly known for his energy and off shore disputes practice, which involves representing clients around the globe. Simon has particular experience of international power-plant disputes, major infrastructure projects and ship and rig-building work, particularly in the Far East, and in disputes where the governing law is not English law. He has represented and advised clients on disputes in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Australia, Dubai and other parts of the UAE, various islands within the Caribbean and New Zealand. He has been admitted to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago and New Zealand for specific cases. Recent reported cases: HSM Offshore BV v Aker Offshore Partner Ltd [2017] EWHC 2979 (TCC); Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd v AMEC (BSC) Ltd [2016] EWHC 2509 (TCC); National Stadium Project (Grenada) Corporation v NH International (Caribbean) Ltd [2015] UKPC 6; Squibb vs London Pleasure Gardens and London Borough of Newham [2013] EWHC 3275 (TCC) (contract/no contract issues); Oakapple Homes v DTR & Others [2013] EWHC 2394 (TCC) (insurance and collateral warranties); Alstom Power Limited v Somi Impianti SRL [2012] EWHC 2644 (TCC) (vesting clauses in terms of plant brought to site).


Qualified 1995; Gray’s Inn; QC 2011.




COMBAR; TECBAR; LCLCBA; Society of Construction Law.


Magdalen College, Oxford (Scholar Double 1st Class).


Opera, ballet, all things German, a bit of gym.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Hughes QCKeating ChambersA very capable silk.

Keating Chambers is a ‘go-to set‘ for construction and infrastructure-related arbitrations, and has ‘barristers who are willing to work as part of a team and roll their sleeves up with the rest of us, which is much appreciated‘, according to solicitors, who also note chambers for having ‘many barristers with experience in the Middle East‘. Four members, led by Simon Hughes QC, are acting on a nuclear power plant-related dispute in the UAE, while a further five members, including David Thomas QC, are currently acting on either side of a major coal-fired power plant dispute in South Africa.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Hughes QCKeating ChambersAn exceptional silk, incredibly intelligent and articulate.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Hughes QCKeating ChambersHe has a keen eye for detail and works enormously hard to achieve the right result for the client.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Hughes QCKeating ChambersHe immediately fits into the team and can grasp and break down complex issues.

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.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Hughes QCKeating ChambersHe gives clear practical advice on very complex legal points in a manner that lay clients can understand.