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The Chambers of Alexander Nissen KC
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London Bar > Construction Tier 1

Known as a ‘go-to set for construction disputes’, Keating Chambers regularly act on complex disputes both domestically and internationally. Piers Stansfield KC and Rachael O’Hagan are representing Cundall on Standard Life v Gleeds, a matter relating to a multi-million pound professional negligence claim against the architects and engineers a large mixed-use development. Numerous members of chambers are instructed in Martlet v Mulalley, which will be the first post-Grenfell cladding case to reach trial and relates to whether the requirements of the building regulations have changed, including Simon Hughes KC and James Frampton for the defendants, and Jonathan Selby KC and Tom Coulson for the claimants. David Thomas KC and Matthew Finn are acting on Walter Lilly v Clin, representing the claimant on a case which has industry-wide implications for the construction and planning sectors in relation to building demolition. Vincent Moran KC leads a number of members from the set on Northumbria Healthcare NHS v Lendlease, a large multi-party dispute concerning widespread defects in relation to the construction of a new specialist emergency hospital, acting for Lendlease as the defendant. Keating also continue to be involved in Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 2, with Adrian Williamson KC, Abdul Jinadu and Emma Healiss all acting for the bereaved, survivors and former residents as construction counsel. Calum Lamont KC took silk in February 2022, and Alexandra Bodnar has recently joined from 39 Essex Chambers.

Rising stars

James Frampton Keating Chambers 'Experienced and wise beyond his years - great on the law, deep into the facts and documents, and impressively on top of technical evidence and standards.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Callum Monro Morrison Keating Chambers ‘Callum is an exceptionally diligent counsel who focuses a great deal on preparation and achieves a quick grasp of the technical nature for work.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Adam Constable KCKeating Chambers ‘Adam is a real star – he combines intellectual rigor and outstanding advocacy with genuine affability.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Nissen KCKeating Chambers ‘Alexander is one of the most thorough construction silks out there. He is a compelling advocate who is extremely bright, approachable and responsive. He gets to the bottom of every issue before pleading a position comprehensively and robustly.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcus Taverner KCKeating Chambers ‘Marcus is a pleasure to work with. He is intelligent, thoughtful, and astute. His drafting is excellent.’
Ranked: Tier 1
David Thomas KCKeating Chambers ‘David is great at understanding the best strategy and leading the entire team to deliver on that. He is a very good advocate who is very persuasive. One of the best to have on your team.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Hughes KCKeating Chambers ‘Simon is brilliant. He is incredibly bright, but it is his ability to quickly set the correct strategy, his manner with clients and his output that really set him apart.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Harding KC – Keating Chambers ‘Richard is an outstanding construction lawyer and arbitrator. His knowledge of law and arbitration practice is vast. Highly skilled advocate who responds fully and without demur to the most difficult questions, whilst retaining his composure and pleasant manner.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Williamson KCKeating Chambers 'Adrian's advocacy is very effective; he focuses on the key points.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hargreaves KCKeating Chambers ‘Fantastic silk with great attention to the overall direction of the case. His quality of advice is always exceptional.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Piers Stansfield KC – Keating Chambers 'Piers’ advocacy style is quite masterful - calm, measured, astute, and persuasive. He is a really effective court performer and also good with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Veronique Buehrlen KCKeating Chambers 'Veronique is a go-to silk for big ticket international energy arbitrations. She is very sharp, intellectual, and hardworking. Her case preparation is impeccable, and she is measured in her advocacy style but absolutely fearless.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Vincent Moran KCKeating Chambers 'On his feet, he is pointed, clear, well-structured and hard hitting, and an agile thinker.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Boulding KC – Keating Chambers ‘Philip is very bright, incredibly hard-working, and he has great attention to detail. He is a ferocious cross examiner.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Garrett KCKeating Chambers 'Lucy is extremely talented with razor-sharp intellect and boundless energy. She has great client care skills and is great at innovative thinking to find solutions to achieve commercial results. Definitely someone to have on your side.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Hannaford KC – Keating Chambers 'Sarah is an absolutely superb advocate. She is crystal clear, totally in command of all the issues and the facts, and her cross-examination was a joy to watch.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Justin Mort KCKeating Chambers 'Justin is a persuasive advocate who tears through detail to get to the points that really matter. His advocacy is exceptional - clear, cogent, and compelling.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Marc Rowlands KCKeating Chambers 'Marc's experience of international transport infrastructure projects and disputes is second-to-none. He is flexible and pragmatic in the way that he works, and is a measured and very effective advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Sean Wilken KC – Keating Chambers ‘A top-class silk with a superb legal and strategic brain. Sean is a very technical operator who is able to get to grips with detailed issues of law and fact in lighting quick time.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Krista Lee KCKeating Chambers ‘Krista is very clear-minded and sees the bigger picture. Her advocacy is calm, considered, and excellent.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Selby KC – Keating Chambers 'Jonathan meticulously prepares for hearings and trials, and this shines through - his advocacy is excellent, his manner is reassuring and his cross-examination is devastatingly effective. He is a fantastic addition to any litigation team.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Fionnuala McCredie KCKeating Chambers ‘Fionnuala offers tailored and pragmatic advice. Her advocacy is always charming, impeccably structured, and forensic.’
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Samuel Townend KCKeating Chambers 'Considered and clear thinking, Sam quickly grasps complex multifaceted matters. He is very bright, careful, and also approachable.'
Samuel Townend KC - Keating Chambers 'The go to counsel on approved inspector's liability and construction insurance claims.'

2022 Silks

Calum Lamont KCKeating Chambers 'Calum has stepped into the QC role seamlessly. His advocacy is outstanding, and he is a brilliant cross-examiner. He is particularly impressive with complex technical matters and very experienced experts.'

Leading Juniors

Richard Coplin Keating Chambers 'Richard is a particularly creative and collaborative problem solver - very user friendly and practical.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Owen Keating Chambers 'Tom continues to be exceptional, always providing top-class legal advice tailored to the client's specific commercial circumstances and needs.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Buckingham Keating Chambers 'Paul is very user friendly and the quality of his written work is superb.'
Ranked: Tier 2
William Webb Keating Chambers 'Forensic in his analysis, William distils very complex points down into easy to follow and logical points. He is incredibly intelligent, user-friendly, and his advocacy is eloquent and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Abdul Jinadu Keating Chambers 'Abdul is a doyen of construction law. Being not only highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable, but commercially astute – Abdul’s tactics are effective and decisive.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachael O’Hagan – Keating Chambers ‘Rachael is incredibly hardworking and has a great mind to get to the heart of the dispute. She is a real team player, gets to grips with detail quickly, and is good on her feet. Her approach is always commercial and practical.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James Thompson Keating Chambers ‘James gets stuck into the detail and gets to grips with the issues quickly. He provides his advice with clarity and has a personable approach.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Williams Keating Chambers 'Sarah is calm, considered, and very hardworking.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexandra Bodnar – Keating Chambers ‘Alex is tenacious, practical, and invaluable to any litigation team. Her advocacy is exceptional; she knows when to push the point and when to move on, which is a skill in itself.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Sareen Keating Chambers 'Ben is quite simply a brilliant barrister. His very high intellectual ability means he is particularly strong on contract construction with an eye for a sophisticated argument.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennie Wild Keating Chambers 'Jennie is an outstandingly good junior whose brilliant legal analysis is always presented in the most attractive way both for tribunals and clients. Her work ethic is second to none. She is in reality already a star.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Lazur Keating Chambers  ‘Thomas is very skilled at getting to the nub of the issue. He instils confidence given his grasp of the detail and the law, and he has a great technical mind. He is also intelligent and assured on his feet – a skilled advocate and negotiator.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlie Thompson Keating Chambers  'Charlie is very personable, very clever, and very pragmatic. He has a sharp mind and is very assured on his feet.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Gideon Scott Holland Keating Chambers 'Gideon is a vastly experienced junior who brings calm and authority to any case. He sees all angles and works out the best way forward.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Brenna Conroy Keating Chambers 'Brenna is super bright and fantastic on her feet as an advocate. She is not only strategically brilliant in terms of the macro-picture. but is also equally willing to roll her sleeves up and get stuck into the detail of cases.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Harry Smith Keating Chambers 'Extremely bright, able to evaluate complex technical information and documentation quickly, and make submissions that are clear and easy to understand.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Brogden Keating Chambers 'Peter has superior skills in assembling and dismantling the elements of a dispute. He delivers a crisp and refined form of advocacy which is most persuasive.' 
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Bury Keating Chambers 'Paul is incredibly diligent and hardworking, and his knowledge of legal issues and procedural points is first class. His advocacy is impressive and he is very good at getting on top of very technical issues.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Gaynor Chambers Keating Chambers 'Gaynor has a great commercial and analytical brain. She is an excellent advocate, has great gravitas in the profession, and knows the relevant law inside out.'
Ranked: Tier 4
David Sheard Keating Chambers 'David is brilliant; he is incisive and detail-oriented and his advice work is second-to-none.'
Ranked: Tier 4
John McMillanKeating Chambers ‘John is simply excellent. He grasps key points quickly, and his drafting is concise and persuasive. He understands technical points and works out the best tactics to ensure success in a case.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Coulson – Keating Chambers ‘Tom is an absolute star.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Finn Keating Chambers 'Very bright, comprehensive, and tactically very good. He has the ability to distil complex legal matters down into common-sense advice.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Emma Healiss Keating Chambers  'Straight talking, knows the details, and thinks outside the box. Emma is confident, deals with questions competently and cross-examines to the level of a barrister far more senior than her.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Keating is rightly renowned as a leading construction set. Their counsel are always straightforward and easy to work with.’

‘Top class specialist set for construction and engineering disputes. It covers a wide range of highly specialist and technical work, and everyone encountered there is professional, welcoming, and friendly.’

‘Keating is one of the premier construction sets. It has excellent bench strength across the spectrum of seniority.’

‘Keating is market-leading in construction, with strong options at all levels of seniority.’

‘Keating Chambers is unrivalled at the construction bar. They have an array of world class silks and up and coming juniors who are leading experts. You know they will always exceed high expectations. Keating Chambers is what all sets should be like.’

Clerking

‘The clerks at Keating are superb. Robert Garvan is responsive and sensible. Jade Clark is superb, she knows her barristers, their cases, their instructing solicitors and shows a dedication that is inspiring.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

    Keating Chambers is a ‘top construction set’ with ‘a number of outstanding arbitrators who are regularly appointed as tribunal members‘. Construction, infrastructure and energy dominate the agenda for the set’s full-time and part-time arbitrators who have extremely good credentials for arbitrating disputes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Many of the set’s full time arbitrators were previously distinguished counsel in their own right, including Robert Gaitskell KC, John Marrin KC  and Marcus Taverner KC. Coupled with this is a deep bench of practicing barristers, including Veronique Buehrlen KC, Richard Harding KC and head of chambers, Alexander Nissen KC.

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Thay are one of the best construction chambers with a mix of excellent advocates and arbitrators. Indeed, the best advocates proceed seamlessly to assume very successful practices as arbitrators consequential on their prior reputations.’

    ‘An excellent repository of specialists in the construction field.’

    ‘Keating Chambers are very efficient and good set of Chambers.’

    ‘Top construction set with many high profile arbitrators.’

    ‘Keating Chambers has a number of outstanding arbitrators who are regularly appointed as Tribunal members.’

    Clerking

    ‘Always helpful and efficient.’

    Work highlights

      Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 1

      Rosemary Jackson QC  – Keating Chambers Keating Chambers' Rosemary Jackson KC is 'calm and thoughtful, easy to talk to, and capable of compartmentalising the issues and the parties' viewpoints'. She also impresses with her 'ability to understand the technical and contractual issues around cases, and to steer the parties to the key disputed items, having first found some areas of commonality'. A highly regarded commercial mediator in the UK, abroad and online, Jackson (drawing upon her previous experience as a barrister, part-time judge, arbitrator and adjudicator) regularly mediates complex construction, engineering, energy, offshore, professional negligence and insurance disputes, including multi-party matters and mediations that require careful project management.Fionnuala Mccredie KC - Keating Chambers  Fionnuala Mccredie KC at Keating Chambers specialises in mediating construction and engineering, public procurement, energy, environmental law, professional negligence and insurance-related claims.Robert Evans - Keating Chambers  Keating Chambers' Robert Evans is 'an extremely capable mediator. He understood the issues in dispute, established a good relationship with the parties and their legal counsel, and managed the process very effectively'. Evans specialises in construction, engineering and energy disputes, as well as professional negligence matters and ship building claims (including matters involving military vessels).

      London Bar > Energy Tier 2

      Keating Chambers is among the most prominent sets for offshore construction disputes, and has ‘the strength in depth to enable them to easily pull in junior counsel to support at pinch points in litigation’. For some ‘the pre-eminent construction chambers in the world, and the strength and depth of the senior and junior ranks is without peer’, its members handle high-value cases arising from the oil and gas, nuclear, energy-from-waste, renewables and mining sectors. Standout silk Veronique Buehrlen KC frequently advises on offshore construction and drilling contracts. Adam Constable KC has a busy international arbitration practice, focused on the Middle East, Far East and Australasia. Lucy Garrett KC is increasingly visible in high-profile cases, among them a claim concerning the construction of a platform installed on an offshore natural gas field. Promising junior Tom Owen is standing counsel to the employer at Hinkley Point nuclear project. He successfully resisted an enforcement action concerning the high-profile Wrexham Biomass Power Plant.

      Rising stars

      Emma HealissKeating Chambers ‘Straight-talking and confident, she knows the details, thinks outside the box and deals with questions competently.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Silks

      Veronique Buehrlen KCKeating Chambers ‘Her ability to untangle convoluted technical, delay and quantum issues and present them in a clear and unambiguous style is genuinely impressive.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Adam Constable KCKeating Chambers ‘Clear, approachable and strategic, he is very experienced and concise with his advice in oral and written form.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      David Thomas KCKeating Chambers ‘He is decisive and clear in his advice, but also collaborative in his approach, and great at understanding the best strategy.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Sean Wilken KCKeating Chambers ‘Incredibly clever and also very commercial, he is a superb leader who drives cases forward by paving a clear path and concentrating on important issues.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Simon Hughes KCKeating Chambers ‘A very effective oral advocate, he appreciates and understands the client's business considerations and has a thorough but pragmatic approach regarding winning strategies.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Lucy Garrett KCKeating Chambers ‘An excellent oral and written advocate, with a relatively relaxed cross-examination, she develops all of the commercial issues essential for energy-related work.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Alexander Nissen KCKeating Chambers ‘One of the most thorough construction silks out there, he will get to the bottom of every issue before pleading a position comprehensively and robustly.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Marcus Taverner KCKeating Chambers ‘Always helpful and efficient, he is highly experienced and an excellent case manager.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Charles Banner KCKeating Chambers ‘An undoubted intellect who quickly understanding a problem and offers solutions.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Vincent Moran KCKeating Chambers 'He is proving himself to be a real heavyweight in the market , and his preparation is direct, meticulous and relevant.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      2021 Silks

      Samuel Townend KCKeating Chambers ‘Considered and clear-thinking, he quickly grasps complex multi-faceted matters.’

      2022 Silks

      Calum Lamont KCKeating Chambers ‘He has stepped into the QC role seamlessly and his great strengths are his willingness to get into the detail and the ability to grapple with the most complex problems and drive a case forward.’

      Leading Juniors

      Paul BuckinghamKeating Chambers ‘He is very user-friendly and the quality of his written work is superb.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Thomas LazurKeating Chambers ‘He has excellent and personable manner with clients and is a very bright and able advocate.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Paul BuryKeating Chambers ‘He has an impressive memory and is able to assimilate and recall all of the intricate details of a case to provide innovative strategic advice.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      James ThompsonKeating Chambers ‘Having worked on some of the biggest energy disputes, he and has been instrumental in delivering results for clients.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Tom OwenKeating Chambers ‘Tom is fantastically tenacious and very client-friendly, and he will battle every point where a lot of Counsel would simply give up.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Jennie WildKeating Chambers ‘She is extremely intelligent, well prepared, detailed and persuasive in argumentation, and her demeanour tends to move the bench in her direction.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Peter BrogdenKeating Chambers ‘Peter knows the cases inside out and is technically leagues above others, and his cross-examinations are terrifyingly probing for the fact witnesses and experts.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ben SareenKeating Chambers ‘A top-pick senior junior for a complex energy case, he is intelligent, hardworking and able to think out of the box.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Keating Chambers is viewed as a pre-eminent set for counsel on complex energy and construction disputes in the APAC region. They have an impressive depth of talented lawyers at all levels which makes assembling a legal team much easier.’

      ‘The barristers at Keating Chambers continue to impress with their in-depth knowledge and advocacy for international clients in international construction arbitrations.’

      ‘Keating has the strength in depth to enable them to easily pull in junior counsel to support at pinch points in litigation. They are busy (as I would expect) but what I like about Keating is that the counsel make themselves available to answer direct calls with ad hoc queries and will put in the hours when needed to deal with urgent work.’

      ‘Keating chambers is the pre-eminent construction chambers in the world.  The strength and depth of the senior and junior ranks is without peer. ‘

      ‘The set has fantastic strength-in-depth, with particularly high quality at KC level.’

      Clerking

      ‘Great responsive clerking. Amy Barrie in particular.’

      Work highlights

        London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

        Keating Chambers is ‘one of the go-to chambers for large and complex construction arbitrations‘, fielding ‘an array of world class silks and up and coming juniors who are leading experts‘. The set’s wide international reach and strong provision of ‘publications and seminars on industry-specific matters‘ is another ‘value add‘. The set’s construction and engineering expertise extends to a broad range of industries, including power, oil and gas, nuclear, transport and social infrastructure. Multiple members were involved on either side a major energy related arbitration in Africa, with David Thomas KC and Jennie Wild   among those opposing a team in which Simon Hughes KC led Peter Brogden . A large team involving two silks and six juniors were also instructed on a dispute involving one of the worlds largest oilfields.

        Rising stars

        James Frampton  - Keating Chambers 'James is diligent, hard working and on top of the detail. He is easy to work with and has an affable style. The quality of his written work is high, and delivered timeously. He also has a good understanding of the local market.'
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Leading Silks

        Adam Constable KCKeating Chambers ‘Adam is a great team player and works effortlessly with clients, partners and associates at all levels. He has a strong sense of conviction and works tirelessly, and his advocacy skills are second to none – he is not only persuasive, but very appealing.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        David Thomas KCKeating Chambers ‘David is decisive and clear in his advice but also collaborative in his approach.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Richard Harding KCKeating Chambers 'Richard is a first rate, detailed-focused thinker and a pleasure to work with. He can absolutely hold the room with his advocacy and presentational style.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Simon Hughes KCKeating Chambers ‘Hands on, sharp and excellent in cross examination. He can easily navigate through the complex issues at stake while maintaining an eagle eye focus on the main point. His advocacy skills are pure and turns a complex subject into simple straightforward story.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Sean Wilken KCKeating Chambers ‘Sean is brilliant. He is incredibly clever and also, very commercial. He is a superb leader who drives cases forward by pathing a clear path and concentrating on important issues. He has a unique ability to find winning solutions to problematic issues and always maintains a clear and sharp direction.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Veronique Buehrlen KCKeating Chambers ‘Veronique is an extremely capable counsel. She is thorough, well prepared and a force to reckon with during cross-examination.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Marc Rowlands KCKeating Chambers ‘Excellent advocacy: concise, dry, to the point, an excellent contrast to the more flamboyant, flappy, overly dramatic counsel, thereby garnering the respect of the Tribunal.’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Justin Mort KCKeating Chambers ‘Simplifies the complicated. Knows his stuff. Great to work with.'
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Lucy Garrett KC - Keating Chambers 'Lucy is an excellent barrister who is acquiring a well deserved reputation as strong advocate and first class lawyer in the field of international arbitration. Always a joy to work with.'
        Ranked: Tier 4

        2021 Silks

        Samuel Townend KCKeating Chambers ‘Very thorough. A persuasive advocate who combines tenacity with courtesy.'

        2022 Silks

        Calum Lamont KCKeating Chambers ‘Brilliant cross-examiner, particularly impressive with complex technical matters and very experienced experts, he always knows the material better than the expert and can always find problems with expert testimony.'

        Leading Juniors

        James ThompsonKeating ChambersJames is one of the up and coming stars in the construction dispute market.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Paul BuckinghamKeating Chambers ‘Paul is very user friendly and the quality of his written work is superb.’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Abdul JinaduKeating Chambers ‘Thorough, well prepared and extremely courteous. Reads the tribunal and room well, knowing when (and not) to pursue a point.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        John McMillanKeating Chambers ‘John is a fantastic lawyer who is able to process information very quickly and come up with creative and effective legal solutions. He is remarkably efficient and can produce written work of exceptional quality in short order.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Rachael O’HaganKeating Chambers ‘Rachael is incredibly easy work with. She integrates fully into the legal team, and combines a sharp mind with excellent inter-personal skills. She is good on her feet, and excellent at building relationships with Tribunals.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Jennie Wild  – Keating Chambers ‘Jennie has incredible attention to detail. Solicitors are amazed at her knowledge of construction claims, but more so in her ability to consume detailed and technical information and break this down into language that is easily understood by witnesses and the tribunal.’ 
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Peter Brogden  - Keating Chambers 'Peter is a highly organised and incredibly effective operator. He gets through an astonishing amount of work, delivered to top drawer standard. His advocacy style is calm and persuasive, delivered in an appealing manner.'
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Testimonials

        Set

         ‘Keating Chambers has top-notch counsel, including many silks who specialise in the energy sector and in international arbitrations.  They provide publications and seminars on industry-specific matters.  Their counsel are sought after (including for international matters).’

         ‘Keating Chambers are one of the go-to chambers for large and complex construction arbitrations.  They have a strong bench and offer advocates, mediators and arbitrators.‘

         ‘Keating Chambers is a go-to chambers for construction arbitration Counsel. It continues to maintain its reputation of excellence. Members of Chambers are flexible in terms of travel, and also regularly offer seminars which serve as training for our lawyers, which is a value add.’

         ‘Keating is a very strong set for construction disputes, with an enviable bench of advocates – whenever I have required assistance, they have always had a well-qualified individual available.’

         ‘They have an array of world class silks and up and coming juniors who are leading experts. You know they will always exceed high expectations. Keating Chambers is what all sets should be like.’

         Clerking

         ‘The chambers are very professionally run, with very efficient clerks who support the various barristers.  They are client responsive and flexible in arranging suitable terms with fees on brief which needed to be adjusted when hearings had to be rearranged due to COVID numerous times.  In particular we dealt with Robert Garvan and Dominic Woodbridge.’

        London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 2

        Keating Chambers is well regarded for their work in technology and construction related professional negligence cases. Members of the chambers are often involved in domestic and international disputes, specialising in defending claims against professionals including architects, contractors and IT consultants. Adam Constable KC specialises in complex construction and engineering projects with a focus on technical claims. Alexander Nissen KC has been involved in Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd v Argo Global Syndicate, which related to the construction of a high profile and substantial 40-storey tower on Bishopsgate; it is alleged that there was a failure to perform a proper design check on a slip-form rig.

        Leading Silks

        Ranked: Tier 1
        Adam Constable KCKeating ChambersFirst class. A hugely calming influence, he has been there and won it before. Superb with clients and all members of the client team - it is noticeable how good he is at including junior lawyers.‘
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Alexander Nissen KC - Keating ChambersAlexander is technically exceptional, with a brilliant understanding of judicial thinking.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Simon Hargreaves KC - Keating ChambersHe is absolutely brilliant on his feet.
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Krista Lee KC - Keating ChambersKrista is a born advocate and an astute counsel.
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Lucy Garrett KC – Keating Chambers ‘Lucy is fierce but her advice is comprehensive and easy to follow. She is approachable and works well as part of the team. Solicitors pity the other side when they instruct Lucy.’
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Vincent Moran KC - Keating ChambersA first-class silk with an authoritative approach.
        Ranked: Tier 4

        2021 Silks

        Samuel Townend KCKeating Chambers ‘Sam is bright and careful and gets solicitors and their clients out of a lot of holes.’

        2022 Silks

        Calum Lamont KC - Keating ChambersHe is astonishingly bright and absolutely brilliant on technically complex cases. He makes sure that he leaves no stone unturned. An absolute star.

        Leading Juniors

        Richard Coplin - Keating ChambersHe is one of the best. He engages with issues and clients to provide clear robust advice on complex issues.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Alexandra Bodnar - Keating Chambers  ‘She is forthright, accessible, and quickly addresses the pertinent points of a case.
        Ranked: Tier 5
        Paul Bury - Keating ChambersHe is an excellent barrister.
        Ranked: Tier 5
        Emma Healiss - Keating ChambersA rising star - exceptionally methodical, dedicated and cuts through the complex and often opaque issues in a claim with ease, with innovative solutions and commercial advice for the client.
        Ranked: Tier 6
        Gideon Scott Holland - Keating ChambersVery approachable and a very good communicator. He is understated but not to be underestimated.
        Ranked: Tier 6
        Ranked: Tier 6
        Tom Owen - Keating ChambersTom is very well organised and thorough. A real asset on any professional negligence case.
        Ranked: Tier 6
        David Sheard - Keating ChambersDavid is a terrifically thoughtful and impressive advocate, with top notch cross-examination skills. He has a superb court manner.
        Ranked: Tier 6

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Keating chambers has been my “go to” set for many years; especially for juniors to joint the team and assist with research. The quality of juniors and the speed at which they can pick up the often complex technical nuances of a case is a massive assistance to my small litigation team.’

        ‘In the wider team they have always been able to provide barristers to match our cases whether it be us requesting those we know or trusting their recommendation on those we don’t.’ 

        ‘Sharp intellect and clear advise.’

        ‘I have used Keating Chambers for around 30 years, using the full spectrum of Barristers from Seniors and Juniors. They have great strength in depth with a breath of experience that suits a variety of cases that I have been involved in over time. I have never had any issues over the availability of a suitably good Barrister for any specific case.’

        Clerking

        Excellent.’

        ‘Very good.’

        London Bar > Public procurement Tier 2

        Keating chambers assists government bodies with both contentious and non-contentious work, and has been at the forefront of the development of procurement law. Keating Chambers is commended as ‘a chambers that has a number of excellent advocates in the field‘ including Sarah Hannaford KC who is acting for HS2 Limited in Siemens v HS2, a case revolving around the award of the contract for rolling stock used for HS2. Versatile silk Fionnuala McCredie KC regularly acts for interested parties in litigation, as does Rachael O’Hagan who since joining the set in 2019 has been involved in extremely high-profile procurement challenges as senior junior.

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Keating is a chambers that has a number of excellent advocates in the field.’    

        London Bar > European Union law

        Leading Silks

        Charles Banner KCKeating ChambersSuperb in relation to complex planning law matters, particularly where they overlap with other areas of legal control such as EU environmental law.
        Ranked: Tier 3

        London Bar > Planning

        Leading Silks

        Charles Banner KCKeating Chambers  'Charles is responsive, proactive, willing to lead to draft, great advocate and strategist.' 'Charles is brilliant on all counts; excellent oral and written advice and outstanding advocacy skills. He is very likeable as well.'
        Ranked: Tier 3

        London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

        Leading Silks

        Charles Banner KCKeating Chambers ‘Incredibly sharp and tenacious. As an advocate he is quick thinking and highly adaptable to suit the case, judge and his opponent. There are very few with more experience in the Supreme Court.’    
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Environment

        Leading Silks

        Charles Banner KCKeating Chambers ‘The environmental aspects of planning are a particular strength of his practice, and he is first port of call for this type of work.’
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

        London Bar > Shipping

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        London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

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        Keating Chambers is recognised as ‘one of the best sets for construction and engineering work’ in Asia Pacific and ‘remains a safe bet for any complex construction dispute, with an unrivalled selection of bright and able advocates’. Members provide an impressive depth of expertise on a broad range of arbitrations, including ICC, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC and SIAC. Philip Boulding QC’s clients include local authorities, government departments, national and international construction and engineering companies in Macau and the Philippines, and more recently Singapore and Australia. Several members have dual qualifications as engineers, including renowned arbitrator Robert Gaitskell QC, who specialises in engineering and energy matters in Singapore and Hong Kong. Adam Constable QC is active in construction disputes involving parties in Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

        Rising stars

        James FramptonKeating ChambersHe is proactive, thorough, collaborative and critical in his approach to legal argument and strategy.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Leading Silks

        Philip Boulding QCKeating ChambersAn excellent advocate and an absolutely ferocious and thorough cross-examiner.
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHis judgement on important strategic decisions is exceptional and he reads situations and tribunals very well.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Simon Hughes QCKeating ChambersHe has become a popular choice for complex construction arbitrations in this region.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        John Marrin QCKeating ChambersOne of the very best arbitrators in the field.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Marcus Taverner QCKeating ChambersA tough cross-examiner and one of the best advocates.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Vincent Moran QCKeating ChambersHis attention to detail has regularly been praised by solicitors around the world.
        Ranked: Tier 3

        2021 Silks

        Samuel Townend QCKeating ChambersHe is very knowledgeable on the technical details of dredging engineering.

        Leading Juniors

        Peter BrogdenKeating ChambersAmazingly good at dealing with complex technological cases.
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Richard CoplinKeating ChambersStays calm under pressure and is a skilled advocate.
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Robert Fenwick Elliott Keating ChambersVery experienced, great counsel and knows the field well.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Keating remains a very safe bet for any complex construction dispute, with an unrivalled selection of bright and able advocates.’

        ‘Great depth as specialist set. Large amount of top silks and renowned arbitrators.’

        ‘One of the best sets for construction and engineering work.’

        ‘Very strong in construction, backed up by very helpful clerking team.’

        Clerking

        ‘A very helpful and professional clerking team. James Luxmoore is a standout.’

        ‘The clerking team is focused on delivery and achieving what clients want. They are laser focused.’

        Middle East: The English Bar > Construction Tier 1

        Keating Chambers is a ‘leading set for construction disputes‘ and have ‘an excellent reputation‘. The set showcases extensive experience representing clients before DIFC courts and DIAC, ICC and LCIA arbitration proceedings for construction disputes involving anything from airports and high-rise buildings, to hotels and factories. Richard Harding QC specialises in construction and engineering disputes and has extensive experience handling disputes in the transport, energy and real estate sectors. Adam Constable QC is another key name to mention and focuses on shipbuilding and offshore construction work. Krista Lee QC has a strong engineering background and has experience advising on projects involving wind farms and power stations.

        Leading silks

        Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersAdam stands out as the leading construction silk of his generation.  He is intimidatingly clever and extremely good in best understanding how to formulate and advance difficult claims.  Clients have instant confidence in him and his abilities.'  
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Richard Harding QCKeating ChambersRichard has exceptional experience and is a powerhouse in the Gulf region.’  
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Simon Hughes QCKeating ChambersSimon is astute, a great tactician and a pleasure to work with.  Notwithstanding his seniority and experience, he is a real team player and is fully engaged with every instruction.'  
        Ranked: Tier 1
        David Thomas QCKeating ChambersDavid's intellect and fierce advocacy means he is the preferred choice for many on complex and large value construction disputes.  Clients love him.'
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Justin Mort QCKeating ChambersDedicated 100% to the matter before him. He drills down the facts like no other QC. His work ethic and focus is commendable. He made himself available so can prepare on short notice and put in a stellar show at the hearing.’  
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Marc Rowlands QCKeating ChambersSmart and persuasive. An excellent and smooth advocate. He does not get flustered, quite the opposite. We had a fully remote hearing under difficult circumstances but Marc coped admirably, especially in comparison to his counterpart. He inspires confidence.'  
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers 'Marcus is very intelligent, cooperative, helpful and meticulous in thinking and drafting.  An excellent arbitrator.'
        Ranked: Tier 2

        2020 Silks

        Krista Lee QCKeating Chambers Krista is a strong and vivacious barrister. Krista is excellent at cross examination and at assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a case and has an eagle eye for detail.'

        Leading juniors

        Ranked: Tier 1
        James Thompson – Keating Chambers ‘James stood out for his cross examination style. His manner was pleasant and engaging and it was effective in getting the most out of unassuming witnesses during cross examination. He is bright and hardworking.
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Paul Bury - Keating ChambersA go-to junior with an outstanding work ethic and an eye for detail.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Abdul JinaduKeating ChambersAbdul knows this area of the law very well and has a well-balanced approach to risk and potential outcomes. He is meticulous in his drafting, easy to deal with and a good member of the team.’  
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Jennie WildKeating ChambersJennie is extremely personable and a joy to work with when the pressure is on. A particular talent is her ability to grapple with complex contractual provisions. No doubt a star in the making.’
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Testimonials

        Set

        Keating Chambers is considered the leading set for construction disputes in the UAE and wider Gulf region.’

        Keating is market-leading in the construction space. There’s no two ways about it, they’re simply ahead of their peers.’

        Keating has a wonderful set of barristers, ably managed by a really nice bunch of clerks and marketing team.’

        A very good set of chambers – excellent reputation.’

        Keating remains a very safe bet for any complex construction dispute, with an unrivalled selection of bright and able advocates.’

        Clerking

        Declan Redmond and James Luxmoore are familiar faces in Dubai and know the market in the region very well.’

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        Keating Chambers is a leading commercial barristers’ chambers based in London, with a thriving domestic and international practice.

        We specialise in providing services across the areas of construction (onshore and offshore), energy, engineering, infrastructure, procurement, property, professional negligence, planning and environment, shipbuilding and marine engineering, and technology. With 70 barristers (including 31 silks) we have the strength in depth across the range of seniorities to support our clients’ needs. We also have a number of international members based in either Australia, Hong Kong, India or Singapore, enabling us to provide commercial and practical advice, together with a first rate flexible and client-focused service, worldwide.

        Our barristers act in the very highest value and most significant project disputes in the world. Specialists in advocacy, their ability to offer incisive and critical cross examination in conjunction with expertise in presenting a case in the best possible way is of great value to clients. We have formidable experience in all the stages of a construction dispute from procurement issues and early initial advisory work, to mediation, adjudication and litigation or arbitration. Our members appear in the UK Courts (primarily the TCC and Commercial Court), including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and in international arbitration, frequently in relation to contracts governed by foreign law. They are familiar with domestic and international, and on and offshore, standard forms of contract (including FIDIC, NEC, IChemE, LOGIC, SAJ and AWES), and regularly act in disputes concerning bespoke contracts. They also have extensive experience with PPP, PFI, and partnering and alliancing contracts. Our expertise is augmented by our experience in construction professional negligence and disputes in other project related sectors such as energy, offshore construction and marine engineering, and infrastructure and utilities.

        Internationally, members are instructed as counsel or arbitrator in arbitrations governed by many of the world’s leading appointing bodies, such as the ICC, LCIA, AIAC, DIAC, HKIAC, SIAC and VIAC. They are also instructed/appointed directly by parties to arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Members act as experts on English law in overseas jurisdictions, and some members have rights of audience in other jurisdictions (such as Dubai (DIFC), Hong Kong SAR, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland).

        We are the authors of the seminal practitioner textbook in the field, ‘Keating on Construction Contracts’ (now in its 11th Edition) and other staple industry texts include ‘Keating on NEC3’, ‘Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering Contracts’ and the ‘Keating Construction Dispute Resolution Handbook’.  We are also committed to providing training and development to clients and can offer complimentary in-house training seminars on a broad range of topics.

        The talent of our barristers and the dedication of our staff are reflected in Chambers’ success in the leading legal directories and industry awards, most recently winning The Lawyer’s “Chambers of the Year” (2020), Chambers & Partners’ “Construction Set of the Year” (2020) and “International Arbitration Set of the Year” (2019), and The Legal 500’s “Construction & Energy
        Set of the Year” (2020).

        Our clerking team is renowned for the relationships they foster with clients. The team are widely praised for being responsive, efficient, commercial and user-friendly. They are contactable outside UK working hours to ensure they provide a first-class service to our international clients.

        We endeavour to be flexible and innovative in our pricing and service delivery for our clients. Please contact our practice management teams for more information (clerks@keatingchambers.com).

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        Chief Operating Officer Alison Croslandacrosland@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2600
        Joint Deputy Senior Clerk William Shrubsallwshrubsall@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2712
        Joint Deputy Senior Clerk James Luxmoorejluxmoore@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2769
        Head of BD/Marketing Marie Sparkesmsparkes@keatingchambers.com+44 (0) 20 7544 2619
        Director of Operations Nicola Humphreysnhumphreys@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2601
        Senior Practice Manager Dominic Woodbridgedwoodbridge@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2609
        Practice Manager Jade Clarkjclark@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2679
        Practice Manager Robert Garvanrgarvan@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2696
        Practice Manager Amy Barrieabarrie@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2797
        Practice Manager Sam Kennettskennett@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2604
        ADR Clerk Oliver Goldsmithogoldsmith@keatingchambers.com+44 (0)20 7544 2701
        Assistant Practice Manager Jessica Perryjperry@keatingchambers.com+ 44 (0)20 7544 2750
        Members of Chambers NISSEN KC, Alexander (1985)
        Members of Chambers UFF CBE KC, John (1970)
        Members of Chambers FERNYHOUGH KC, Richard (1970)
        Members of Chambers THOMAS KC, Christopher (1973)
        Members of Chambers MARRIN KC, John (1974)
        Members of Chambers FURST KC, Stephen (1975)
        Members of Chambers ELLIOTT KC, Timothy (1975)
        Members of Chambers GAITSKELL KC, Robert (1978)
        Members of Chambers BOULDING KC, Philip (1979)
        Head of Chambers TAVERNER KC, Marcus (1981)
        Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON KC, Adrian (1983)
        Members of Chambers THOMAS KC, David (1982)
        Members of Chambers JACKSON KC, Rosemary (1981)
        Members of Chambers HANNAFORD KC, Sarah (1989)
        Members of Chambers HARGREAVES KC, Simon (1991)
        Members of Chambers HARDING KC, Richard (1992)
        Members of Chambers BUEHRLEN KC, Veronique (1991)
        Members of Chambers WILKEN KC, Sean (1991)
        Members of Chambers MORAN KC, Vincent (1991)
        Members of Chambers CONSTABLE KC, Adam (1995)
        Members of Chambers HUGHES KC, Simon (1995)
        Members of Chambers ROWLANDS KC, Marc (1990)
        Members of Chambers STANSFIELD KC, Piers (1993)
        Members of Chambers McCREDIE KC, Fionnuala (1992)
        Members of Chambers MORT KC, Justin (1994)
        Members of Chambers LEE KC, Jonathan (1993)
        Members of Chambers SELBY KC, Jonathan (1999)
        Members of Chambers GARRETT KC, Lucy (2001)
        Members of Chambers BANNER KC, Charles (2004)
        Members of Chambers LEE KC, Krista (1996)
        Members of Chambers TOWNEND KC, Samuel (1999)
        Members of Chambers LAMONT KC, Calum (2004)
        Members of Chambers STEYNOR, Alan (1975)
        Members of Chambers EVANS, Robert (1989)
        Members of Chambers JINADU, Abdul (1995)
        Members of Chambers BUCKINGHAM, Paul (1995)
        Members of Chambers COPLIN, Richard (1997)
        Members of Chambers CHAMBERS, Gaynor (1998)
        Members of Chambers SCOTT HOLLAND, Gideon (1999)
        Members of Chambers SIMS, Alice (2004)
        Members of Chambers BODNAR, Alexandra (2004)
        Members of Chambers WEBB, William (2005)
        Members of Chambers THOMPSON, James (2005)
        Members of Chambers LAZUR, Thomas (2005)
        Members of Chambers BROGDEN, Peter (2006)
        Members of Chambers O'HAGAN, Rachael (2006)
        Members of Chambers SAREEN, Ben (2008)
        Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Sarah (2008)
        Members of Chambers BURY, Paul (2008)
        Members of Chambers SHEARD, David (2010)
        Members of Chambers GOLLANCZ, David (2010)
        Members of Chambers CONROY, Brenna (2010)
        Members of Chambers OWEN, Tom (2011)
        Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Simon (1987)
        Members of Chambers FINN, Matthew (2011)
        Members of Chambers THOMPSON, Charlie (2012)
        Members of Chambers MCMILLAN, John (2012)
        Members of Chambers WILD, Jennie (2013)
        Members of Chambers SMITH, Harry (2014)
        Members of Chambers COULSON, Tom (2014)
        Members of Chambers HEALISS, Emma (2014)
        Members of Chambers FRAMPTON, James (2016)
        Members of Chambers MONRO MORRISON, Callum (2018)
        Members of Chambers DI FRANCESCO, Harriet (2018)
        Members of Chambers STEEL, John (2018)
        Members of Chambers SAUNDERS, Thomas (2019)
        Members of Chambers GRAFF, Ben (2019)
        Members of Chambers DONNELLY, Elizabeth (2020)
        Members of Chambers TEH, Wen Jin (2020)
        Members of Chambers WALKER, Tom (2019)
        Members of Chambers KAMBER, Isobel (2021)
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        Charles Banner photo Charles BannerCharles Banner QC (called 2004; silk 2019 – also called in Northern…
        Charles Banner photo Charles BannerCharles Banner QC (called 2004; silk 2019 – also called in Northern…
        Johan Beyers photo Johan BeyersSpecialises in construction, engineering and commercial disputes, often of substantial commercial value…
        Alexandra Bodnar photo Alexandra BodnarAlexandra Bodnar is a sought-after barrister specialising in the litigation and arbitration…
        HH Peter Bowsher photo HH Peter BowsherRetired TCC judge practising as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator.
        Peter Brogden photo Peter BrogdenOften the junior of choice for high-stakes, technical litigation, Peter is a…
        Paul Buckingham photo Paul BuckinghamAfter spending eight years with BP as a chemical engineer in the…
        Veronique Buehrlen photo Veronique BuehrlenVeronique Buehrlen QC has a wide-ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and advisory…
        Paul Bury photo Paul BuryPaul Bury is a specialist in domestic and international commercial construction, offshore,…
        Gaynor Chambers photo Gaynor ChambersGaynor Chambers had a previous career in building surveying and spent several…
        Brenna Conroy photo Brenna ConroyBrenna Conroy specialises in construction, energy, international arbitration and professional negligence work.…
        Adam Constable photo Adam ConstableAdam specialises in onshore and offshore construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology…
        Richard Coplin photo Richard CoplinRichard Coplin is a qualified engineer and spent several years in the…
        Tom Coulson photo Tom CoulsonTom Coulson has a busy practice in domestic and international construction, engineering,…
        Harriet Di Francesco photo Harriet Di FrancescoHarriet Di Francesco was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…
        Elizabeth Donnelly photo Elizabeth DonnellyElizabeth Donnelly was called to the Bar in 2020. She joined Keating…
        Timothy Elliott photo Timothy ElliottTim Elliott QC has specialised in construction, engineering, energy and professional negligence…
        Robert Evans photo Robert EvansRobert Evans predominately acts as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in international and…
        Richard Fernyhough photo Richard FernyhoughArbitrator specialising in construction and engineering law; arbitration, both international and domestic.…
        Matthew Finn photo Matthew FinnMatthew Finn has specialist expertise in the resolution of high-value, complex commercial…
        James Frampton photo James FramptonJames Frampton specialises in construction, engineering, energy and procurement disputes. He is…
        Stephen Furst photo Stephen FurstStephen Furst QC specialises in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology related…
        Robert Gaitskell photoDr Robert GaitskellDr Robert Gaitskell QC practises from Keating Chambers,  specialising in technology, engineering…
        Robert Gaitskell photoDr Robert GaitskellDr Robert Gaitskell QC practises from Keating Chambers,  specialising in technology, engineering…
        Lucy Garrett photo Lucy GarrettLucy is “a true star for her generation, who is without question…
        David Gollancz photo David Gollancz“He’s like the terminator of procurement law”, David Gollancz is recognised as…
        Ben Graff photo Ben GraffBen Graff was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a…
        Sarah Hannaford photo Sarah HannafordSarah Hannaford QC is a leading commercial barrister whose work spans both…
        Richard Harding photo Richard HardingRichard Harding QC has been described as “without a doubt the leading…
        Simon Hargreaves photo Simon HargreavesSimon Hargreaves QC specialises in disputes arising from construction, process engineering and…
        Emma Healiss photo Emma HealissEmma Healiss specialises in domestic and international construction, engineering, energy and procurement…
        Simon Hughes photo Simon HughesSimon Hughes QC is a specialist silk in major construction, engineering, shipbuilding…
        Rosemary Jackson photo Rosemary JacksonRosemary Jackson is in full-time practice as a Mediator and Conciliator. This…
        Abdul Jinadu photo Abdul JinaduAbdul Jinadu was called to the Bar in 1995 and has been…
        Isobel Kamber photo Isobel KamberIsobel was called to the Bar in 2021 and became a tenant…
        Calum Lamont KC photo Calum Lamont KCCalum is an energetic and enthusiastic lawyer, commanding a broad commercial practice…
        Thomas Lazur photo Thomas LazurThomas Lazur has a particularly commercial outlook given his background in investment…
        Krista Lee photo Krista LeeKrista Lee QC is a specialist in engineering, construction, and energy disputes. …
        Jonathan Lee photo Jonathan LeeJonathan Lee QC has a thriving domestic and international practice as a…
        Chin Lim photo Chin LimBarrister (Call: 2011, MT), also called to the Singapore bar, specialising in…
        John Marrin photo John MarrinJohn Marrin QC  specialises in construction, engineering and energy-related disputes.  His experience…
        John McMillan photo John McMillanJohn McMillan specialises in commercial arbitration and litigation, with a focus on…
        Fionnuala Mccredie photo Fionnuala MccredieFionnuala McCredie was called to the Bar in 1992 and specialises in…
        Callum Monro Morrison photo Callum Monro MorrisonCallum Monro Morrison was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…
        Vincent Moran photo Vincent MoranVincent Moran is a leading QC whose practice covers a wide range…
        Justin Mort photo Justin MortJustin Mort QC specialises in high value construction disputes with a particular…
        Alexander Nissen photo Alexander NissenAlexander Nissen was called to the Bar in 1985, became a Queen’s…
        Rachael O'Hagan photo Rachael O'HaganRachael: Specialises in high-value construction, engineering, technology, infrastructure, nuclear/energy along with professional…
        Rachael O'Hagan photo Rachael O'HaganRachael: Specialises in high-value construction, engineering, technology, infrastructure, nuclear/energy along with professional…
        Tom Owen photo Tom OwenTom Owen specialises in construction, commercial, professional negligence and energy disputes. Tom…
        Louise Randall photo Louise RandallBarrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
        Elizabeth Repper photo Elizabeth RepperRanked in the Legal 500, Elizabeth Repper is a full time mediator…
        Marc Rowlands photo Marc RowlandsMarc Rowlands QC’s practice covers the full range of construction, engineering and…
        Ben Sareen photo Ben SareenA specialist in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding, telecoms and related professional negligence…
        Thomas Saunders photo Thomas SaundersThomas Saunders was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a…
        Gideon Scott Holland photo Gideon Scott HollandRecommended for his thorough approach and ability to get on well with…
        Jonathan Selby photo Jonathan SelbyJonathan Selby QC was called to the Bar in 1999 and was…
        David Sheard photo David SheardDavid Sheard has developed a busy and wide-ranging practice, encompassing all key…
        Alice Sims photo Alice SimsAlice Sims specialises in construction and engineering disputes along with professional negligence, regulatory…
        Harry Smith photo Harry SmithHarry Smith specialises in construction and energy disputes. He is recognised by…
        Piers Stansfield photo Piers StansfieldPiers has established a reputation as a “formidable advocate” and a “superb…
        John Steel photo John SteelJohn Steel was called to the Bar in 2018 and became a…
        Alan Steynor photo Alan SteynorAlan Steynor was called to the Bar in 1975 and has been…
        Marcus Taverner photo Marcus TavernerMarcus is well known for his understanding of the commercial aspects of…
        Simon Taylor photo Simon TaylorSimon Taylor is a competition and procurement specialist, recommended in Legal 500…
        Wen Jin Teh photo Wen Jin TehWen Jin Teh was called to the Bar in 2020 and became…
        David Thomas photo David ThomasDavid is known for his forceful advocacy, incisive cross-examination skills, commercial awareness,…
        Christopher Thomas photoDr Christopher ThomasDr Christopher Thomas was called to the Bar in 1973 and appointed Queen’s…
        James Thompson photo James ThompsonJames Thompson acts in a wide range of domestic and international disputes…
        Charlie Thompson photo Charlie ThompsonCharlie is described as “just a class act with quality of work…
        Samuel Townend photo Samuel TownendSamuel Townend is a silk with a heavy practice across the spread…
        John Uff CBE photo John Uff CBEJohn Uff originally trained as a civil engineer, becoming a specialist in…
        Tom Walker photo Tom WalkerTom Walker was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a…
        Tom Walker photo Tom WalkerTom Walker was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a…
        William Webb photo William WebbDescribed in legal directories as an “one of the best juniors around”…
        Dawid Welgemoed photoMr Dawid WelgemoedDawid Welgemoed is an Advocate in South Africa (Member of the Cape…
        Jennie Wild photo Jennie WildJennie specialises in high-value, and complex, construction and energy cases, including four…
        Sean Wilken photo Sean WilkenSean Wilken QC has practised in high profile, complex, international and domestic…
        Sarah Williams photo Sarah WilliamsSarah Williams is a specialist in construction, engineering and energy disputes, appearing…
        Adrian Williamson photo Adrian WilliamsonAdrian Williamson was called to the Bar in 1983 and has been…
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        The firm: Keating Chambers is one of the UK’s leading sets of commercial barristers’ chambers, with a thriving domestic and international practice. Barristers at Keating Chambers specialise in providing their services across the areas of construction and engineering; energy and natural resources; infrastructure and utilities; international arbitration; IT and technology; offshore construction and marine engineering; procurement and competition and associated professional negligence. Currently 64 barristers-strong (including international members based in South Africa, Australia or Hong Kong), it has a thriving global practice and strength in depth across the range of seniorities to support clients’ needs. Members regularly appear in the various divisions of the High Court – but especially in the Technology & Construction Court and the Commercial Court – and also the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and Supreme Court. Chambers’ ADR expertise covers domestic and international arbitration, adjudication (statutory and contractual), mediation, dispute review boards and expert determination. Senior members are also frequently appointed as arbitrators by many of the world’s leading appointing bodies, such as the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, SIAC and VIAC. They are also appointed directly by parties to arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Members act as experts on English law in overseas jurisdictions, and some members have rights of audience in other jurisdictions (including Dubai (DIFC), Hong Kong SAR and New Zealand).

        Areas of practice: Construction and engineering: expertise covers the full range of contractual claims relating to the construction industry, including development contracts, building defects claims and construction delays. Claims expertise includes civil, mechanical and electrical engineering works relating to major international infrastructure projects such as airports, bridges, railways, roads and tunnelling. Members of Keating Chambers have been instructed as counsel in connection with many high-profile major construction projects over the years, particularly in the UK, Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

        Energy: expertise in claims relating to the construction of assets for the oil and gas industry including drilling platforms, FSPO’s, oil tankers, pipe laying ships, support vessels, undersea pipelines and on shore process and storage facilities. Members also have experience in power generation, the nuclear sector and onshore and offshore windfarm disputes. With a number of barristers having a dual qualification in engineering, they are well-equipped to handle disputes involving complex technical issues.

        Professional negligence: represents a range of clients in negligence actions including claims for and against architects, surveyors, valuers, engineers and other consultants concerned with buildings and engineering projects. Members also advise and represent parties in construction related insurance coverage disputes arising out of liability, material damage, consequential loss, project, CAR and professional indemnity policies.

        Shipbuilding and marine engineering: experience in technical marine engineering matters, advising and acting in many international shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes. Experience extends not only to vessels destined for the oil and gas industries, such as FPSOs and jack-ups but also to ferries and to cable laying, naval and general cargo vessels.

        Procurement: Keating Chambers appear in many of the most high-profile procurement cases. Members’ breadth of expertise is wide, with instructions in a variety of cases relating to transport, energy, IT and healthcare. Members have appeared recently in the cases relating to legal aid services procurement and have recently acted in the first case on new competition and procurement regulations for NHS services. They are also strategic advisers to authorities and bidders often involved at all stages of the tender process from design to debrief.

        Technology: substantial track record in dealing with IT contracts includes disputes concerning alleged failure to meet performance specifications and issues of alleged mismanagement in the development of new software.

        Clients: architects, building contractors, building and quantity surveyors, engineers, energy companies, joint ventures, government departments, professional indemnity insurers, property developers, shipyards, software developers and specialist building subcontractors.


        Keating Chambers is committed to (1) promoting and advancing equality and diversity in all its dealings, particularly in the provision of its services to its clients, the recruitment and retention of all Members, pupils and staff and fair access to work; and (2) providing a work environment in which all individuals, clients and the public are treated with dignity and respect.

        Chambers’ Equality Action Plan includes (1) the regular review and updating of its policies; (2) the requirement and provision of training in fair recruitment, equality and diversity issues; (3) bi-annual monitoring of all recruitment by sex, ethnicity and disability (4) the undertaking of an annual earnings review and (5) an annual access audit to review making chambers accessible for disabled persons.

        We aim to be at the forefront of gender diversity. We have a high percentage of females in Chambers, across barristers and staff, including a high proportion of female silks. We are strong supporters of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, which seeks to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators to achieve a fair representation as soon as practically possible, with the goal of full parity.

        In Summer 2022 we collaborated with Lamb Building to host a Summer School. This enabled us to reach a wide range of students who might not have otherwise considered coming to the Commercial Bar. The event was run virtually to ensure maximum accessibility. As well as learning what it is like to practice in these areas, sessions covered pupillage applications, interview skills, advocacy and life as a pupil.

        We recognise the importance of the “TECBAR BAME Network” and its efforts to enhance inclusion, participation and progression at the Technology and Construction Bar. We have supported this by hosting CV workshops in Chambers to provide support and encouragement to ethnic minorities considering a career at the Bar, and two Keating barristers were involved in authoring The Specialist Commercial Bar & Black Inclusion – First Steps Report.

        We are a founding partner of Bridging the Bar (BTB), a charity committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity within the Bar. BTB aims to support students from all underrepresented groups including those from a low socio-economic background, minority ethnic background, those who identify as being part of the LGBTQ+ community, students who have a disability or long-term health condition and other communities who are “statistically underrepresented in the profession”.

        We were one of the first five sets to sign up to the 10,000 Black Interns programme. This initiative aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the United Kingdom by offering paid work experience across a wide range of industries. The aim is to provide training and development opportunities and to create a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community.

        We have also adopted a contextual recruitment system for our pupillages, mini-pupillages and senior staff recruitment, which will improve our approach to secure people in Chambers from diverse backgrounds who might be disadvantaged by the traditional means of recruitment.