Samuel Townend > Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
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Barrister specialising in construction and engineering domestic litigation and international arbitration, professional negligence and other related fields of practice. Samuel Townend specialises in offshore and onshore construction, infrastructure, engineering, PFI, and energy disputes along with professional negligence and insurance claims related to these sectors. He regularly acts for clients in the Courts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and he has a thriving practice in international and domestic arbitration (most recently acting in two arbitrations in Australia), along with all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Samuel is frequently instructed in arbitration proceedings and related appeals, and has experience of proceeding under a variety of Rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA and ad hoc procedures. Samuel is standing counsel for the National House Building Council. Samuel has considerable expertise in adjudication work, from initial advice, drafting submissions and representation in front of adjudicators, to enforcement proceedings in the TCC.


Qualified 1999; Lincoln’s Inn. Co-author ‘Professional Negligence and Liability’; ‘Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors’ (LLP 2017)’; co-author ‘Construction Dispute Resolution Handbook’ (ICE Publishing 2016).


TECBAR; COMBAR; executive committee member of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA); elected member of the Bar Council 2006-09; vice-chairman Society of Labour Lawyers.


The Latymer School, Edmonton, London; Trinity College, Cambridge (1996 History (2(1)); City University, London (1998 Diploma in Law).


School governor in Hackney, then Kennington, involved in a number of appointment and disciplinary panels; elected councillor for the Princes Ward of the London Borough of Lambeth 2006-2009; Labour Party parliamentary candidate 2005 (Reigate) and 2010 (Bristol North West); enjoys travel, cycling and running.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Samuel TownendKeating Chambers‘Great on his feet and very user-friendly.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Samuel TownendKeating ChambersA top junior and good enough to be a silk, he is very analytical both on legal and technical matters.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Samuel TownendKeating ChambersHardworking, helpful and personable.

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Samuel TownendKeating ChambersHis pleasant and calm manner belies his tenacity, resolve and determination in presenting his client’s case.