David Thomas QC > Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers
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Specialises in construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence, and commercial arbitration and litigation; recent experience includes PFI and PPP disputes, ICC arbitrations, various railway industry claims, the coal mining industry, power stations, office, hotel, hospital, residential and leisure developments and road building; design liability and copyright issues; various accountancy issues; represented many leading contractors, employers and professional firms. David is known for his forceful advocacy, incisive cross-examination skills, commercial awareness and the clarity and practicality of his advice. He has been consistently recommended as one of the leading practitioners in his fields by Chambers, Chambers Global and the Legal 500 and he is frequently instructed on high-value disputes before international arbitral and other tribunals including the Dubai World Tribunal, as well as the English Courts. A large part of his practice now arises from GCC countries and Asia. In the UK, he is a regular and notably successful Court of Appeal advocate and frequently appears before the Technology and Construction Court on high-profile matters. Recent reported cases: Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd v Galliford Try Building Ltd [2017] EWHC 1405 (TCC); Hackney Empire v Aviva Insurance Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1716; [2013] B.L.R. 57; 146 Con. L.R. 1; Hackney Empire Ltd v Aviva Insurance UK Ltd [2011] BLR 728 TCC; Rust Consulting Ltd v PB Ltd (decision of Edwards-Stuart J) [2011] EWHC 1622 (TCC); [2011] PNLR 33; [2011] All ER(D) 201 (Jun); in the Court of Appeal: [2012] EWCA Civ 1070; [2012] BLR 427; (2012) 144 Con LR 63.


Called 1982; Middle Temple; called Gibraltar 1996; Queen’s Counsel 2002; CEDR-accredited mediator 2003.


Basic French.




Midhurst Grammar School; Wadham College, Oxford (1981 1st Class Hons).


Gardening, cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Thomas QCKeating ChambersVery impressive.

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

David Thomas QCKeating ChambersAn outstanding barrister, great with clients.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Thomas QCKeating ChambersA high-quality advocate in shipbuilding and energy matters, he has the compelling and sophisticated presentation of a leading silk.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Thomas QCKeating ChambersHis intellect and fierce advocacy means he is the preferred choice for many on complex and large value construction disputes.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Thomas QCKeating ChambersHis legal analysis is first rate and he is able to quickly get to the critical point.