Piers Stansfield QC > Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers


Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional negligence and other related fields of practice. Piers is known for his ability to master technical detail, including engineering, delay analysis and forensic accountancy. He has been involved in complex and high-value claims arising out of hospitals, roads, tramways, tunnels, port facilities, shipbuilding, aircraft manufacturing, chemical plants, and power stations. Piers has a wide range of advocacy experience, in domestic and international arbitrations, in the High Court, and in alternative dispute resolution. He also has considerable experience of adjudication, including making written and oral submissions to adjudicators, advising and appearing in enforcement proceedings, and acting as adjudicator himself. Reported cases include: Mailbox v Galliford Try Building [2017] EWHC 1405, [2017] WLR(D) 411, Mailbox v Galliford Try Construction [2017] EWHC 67, 170 Con LR 219, [2017] BLR 180, Paice v Harding [2016] EWHC 2945, 168 Con LR 98, [2016] BLR 582, Stellite Construction v Vascroft Contractors [2016] EWHC 792, 165 Con LR 108, [2016] BLR 402, Henia Investments v Beck Interiors [2015] EWHC 2433, 161 Con LR 51, [2015] BLR 704, Paice v MJ Harding [2015] EWHC 661, 163 Con LR 274, [2015] 2 All ER (Comm) 1118, [2015] BLR 345, Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd v Essex Services Group & Ors [2014] EWHC 1099, [2014] TCLR 4, [2013] EWHC 3059, 151 Con LR 1, Sabic UK Petrochemicals v Punj Lloyd [2013] EWHC 2916 [2014] B.L.R. 43; [2013] Bus LR D81, Lanes Group v Galliford Try Infrastructure [2011] EWHC 1035, [2011] 1 CLC 937, [2011] BLR 438, Linklaters Business Services v McAlpine Ltd & Ors [2010] EWHC 2931, 133 Con LR 211.



Qualified 1993; QC 2012; Inner Temple; TELBAR-accredited adjudicator; trained mediator 2006.




Loretto School; Bristol University (LLB).


Road race cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Piers Stansfield QCKeating ChambersA formidable intellect. Top-rate cross-examiner. Fantastic eye for detail.

‘Pre-eminent’ set Keating Chambers continues to work on the largest and most complex construction and engineering cases both in the UK and internationally. Piers Stansfield QC and Marcus Taverner QC acted on behalf of the claimant in Essex County Council v UBB, a £100m dispute regarding a PFI waste recycling project. Jonathan Selby QC has acted for the claimant in Zagora & Others v Zurich, a  £13m claim in the TCC and Court of Appeal concerning a defective block of 104 flats, prompting the Fire Officer to order an evacuation of the building. In November 2019, Rachael O’Hagan arrived from 39 Essex Chambers, further strengthening her new chambers at the junior end, while Krista Lee took silk in early 2020. The future of chambers looks bright with Harry Smith, Emma Healiss, and James Frampton seen as rising stars in the market.