Richard Coplin > Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers
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Barrister specialising in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and other related fields of practice. Richard is a qualified engineer and spent several years in the energy industry working on large nuclear and alternative energy projects (wind and wave power). He has particular strengths in understanding and advising in respect of legal issues arising out of complex engineering issues, particularly in the fields of mechanical and structural engineering and in areas such as energy and power, acoustics, manufacturing, materials science, corrosion and transportation. Richard’s extensive experience of complex construction contracts has seen his career develop into related commercial fields, successfully arguing cases as diverse as the proper construction of election rules for an unincorporated association, the effects of promises not to sue, and the application of the Football League and Football Association rules to a transfer dispute before an FA tribunal. Arbitration in the UK and abroad is another important element of Richard’s practice, having worked on several multi million pound arbitration claims in recent years in the UK, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Europe and the Middle East, including DIAC arbitrations under UAE law. Recent reported cases: CIP Properties v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd [2015] WHC 481 (TCC); Liberty Mercian Ltd v Cuddy Civil Engineering Ltd [2013] EWHC 2688 (TCC); Leander Construction Ltd v Mulalley & Company Limited [2011] PNLR 12 (TCC) and [2011] EWHC 3449 (TCC); Tinseltime Limited v Eryl Roberts and others [2011] BLR 515 (TCC) and [2011] EWHC 1199 (TCC); Priory Caring Services Limited v Capita Property Services Limited [2010] 129 Con LR 81 (CA), and [2010] EWCA Civ 226.


Qualified 1997; Middle Temple.


TECBAR; COMBAR; LCLCBA; Society of Construction Law.


City University (1996 Dip Law); BA Engineering Science.


Family, football.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard CoplinKeating ChambersVery bright and a wonderful team member.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Richard CoplinKeating Chambers‘A great thinker, he has a fantastic ability to identify a killer point.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Richard CoplinKeating ChambersHighly recommended for professional negligence cases.