Veronique Buehrlen KC > The Chambers of Alexander Nissen KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

The Chambers of Alexander Nissen KC
Keating Chambers
15 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3AA
England

Position

Veronique Buehrlen KC has a wide-ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and advisory practice with special emphasis on complex energy disputes, construction and engineering (both on and offshore). Her unique practice spans working as an International Arbitrator, Leading Counsel and Deputy High Court Judge.  As counsel, Veronique is known for her meticulous preparation of complex, highly detailed, matters requiring penetrating and determined cross examination of expert and other witnesses. As an International Arbitrator, Veronique is known for being fair, thoughtful and measured.  She has a wealth of experience of the workings of the Technology and Construction Court (in which she also sits), of the Commercial Court and of various international arbitral fora. As an expert in energy construction disputes Veronique represents parties in substantial litigation. She (for instance) represented the main contractor in a € billion ICC arbitration following the suspension and subsequent termination of the South Stream gas pipeline project.

Veronique is recommended by the leading directories for her energy, construction, and international arbitration counsel work, and as an international arbitrator. In these guides she receives praise from those she has worked with for getting “on top of complex cases in an incredibly short time” and “working at the coal face of the dispute”. Clients appreciate her “strong commercial perspective” and forensic approach to cases, and describe Veronique as a “ferocious cross-examiner” with a “razor-sharp brain” and “laser focus on the fine detail”. Veronique was shortlisted by The Legal 500 for their prestigious “international arbitration counsel of the year” (2019) and “arbitrator of the year” awards (2022).

Veronique specialises in all aspects of energy and construction disputes including termination, suspension, rights to payment, varied work, force majeure, frustration, delay and disruption and defective works. Her experience spans the full spectrum of commercial litigation encompassing major trials, jurisdiction and applicable law disputes, preliminary issues and interim relief. Veronique has worked (as counsel and International Arbitrator) on disputes arising out of projects worldwide including in (or offshore) Scotland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, Algeria, Mozambique, Nigeria, Guinea, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia and Kazakhstan.

As an international arbitrator, Veronique sits both as Chair and Tribunal Member and receives both party and institutional appointments.  Her appointments include a broad spectrum of construction and energy disputes, as well as commercial disputes in other fields (including insurance, aviation, joint ventures, sale of goods and commodities). Veronique is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the ICC’s Commission on Arbitration and ADR and of the ICC’s task force on maximizing the probative value of witness evidence and a member of the SIAC Arbitrator Panel. She has experience of most institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL etc) as well as ad hoc arrangements.

In May 2017 Veronique was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge and now sits regularly in the Technology & Construction Court on a broad range of cases. As judge, arbitrator and leading counsel Veronique has an in depth understanding of the litigation and decision making processes.  As leading counsel, Veronique fully comprehends what a Court or Tribunal requires to reach the right decision.  As judge and arbitrator, she remains mindful of the challenges and pressures facing the parties and their representatives.

Career

Deputy High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division, 2017
Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2013
Keating Chambers, 2011-present
Queen’s Counsel, 2010
Fountain Court Chambers, 1991-2011
Called to the Bar, 1991
Prior to being called to the Bar, Veronique worked with KPMG’s Strategic Consultancy team.

Languages

Bilingual French/English

Education

Queen Mothers’ Scholar (Middle Temple), 1990- 1991
Diploma in Law, City University, Distinction, 1990
MA Hons. St Andrews, First Class (French and International Relations), 1988

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)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.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

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.’

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.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Veronique Buehrlen KCKeating Chambers ‘First rate intellect coupled with a calm but firm (when necessary) demeanour. Veronique is a first-rate arbitrator.’

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.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)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.’