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Marcus Taverner KC became a full time Arbitrator and Adjudicator in October 2021. He was described by Legal 500 (2020) as ‘One of the leading new generation construction arbitrators – he has a good incisive brain; listens to arguments carefully but makes his mind up and is decisive.

Marcus has received instructions as arbitrator/adjudicator for the past 20 years where he has sat on ICC, LCIA, SIAC and other Arbitral Panels as well as on Dispute Adjudication Boards in the UK and worldwide. These appointments have increased significantly in the last 7 years and his recent appointments, many as Chairman/President, comprise multi-million dollar construction and energy disputes in the UK and in jurisdictions around the world, including Australia; South Africa; the Middle East, Nigeria, the USA and Hong Kong.

Marcus is well known for his understanding of the commercial aspects of litigation and his mastering of the technical detail of complex and high value cases. The combination of “unparalleled advocacy skills” and “sound judgment” make him a popular choice for international and domestic clients.

Marcus appeared in all tiers of the UK Courts in the UK over the last 40 years. He advised and represented clients on projects around the world including Australia, Brazil, China, Dubai, Estonia, Egypt, Italy, India, Hong Kong, Jordan, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, the USA, Vietnam, and the West Indies. He acted on behalf of UK governmental bodies, foreign governments and many of the UK’s largest construction and engineering companies, developers, construction professionals and their insurers.



Called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) 1981, Keating Chambers 1985 to date, Queen’s Counsel 2000, Bencher of Gray’s Inn 2007, Head of Keating Chambers 2015 to 2020.




Bachelor of Laws – University of Leicester 1979, Master of Laws – King’s College London 1980


His interests include acting, guitar, walking, theatre, all types of music and opera. He is a Director of Stevenage FC.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Marcus Taverner QCKeating ChambersMarcus is very intelligent, cooperative, helpful and meticulous in thinking and drafting.  An excellent arbitrator.’

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Marcus Taverner KCKeating Chambers ‘Marcus is a pleasure to work with. He is intelligent, thoughtful, and astute. His drafting is excellent.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Marcus Taverner KCKeating Chambers ‘Always helpful and efficient, he is highly experienced and an excellent case manager.’

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Marcus Taverner KCKeating Chambers ‘Clever, conscientious, hard-working – an excellent 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 > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Marcus Taverner KC – Keating ChambersHis questions in conference are more challenging than in any hearing. His client management is second to one and his advocacy skills are legendary. There is no one better.’