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

Construction Tier 1

Keating Chambers is known as ‘one of the go-to sets’ within the construction industry, its barristers acting on a number of the industry’s largest cases. Court of appeal cases include David Thomas QC and Matthew Finn acting on Walter Lilly v Clin, which may set major precedent for planning and construction law relating to building demolition, and new head of chambers Alexander Nissen QC facing Simon Hargreaves QC in C Spencer Ltd v MW High Tech Projects Ltd, relating to payment notice provisions in hybrid contacts as they relate to the Housing Grants Act. On the arbitration side, its barristers have advised both contractors and public authorities on rail disputes, and advised on key energy project disputes worldwide. Silks and juniors in chambers have continued their involvement in phase two of the Grenfell inquiry.

Rising stars

James Frampton - Keating ChambersJames is superb. The quality of his work is astonishingly good; far beyond his year of call. He is always proactive, his turnaround times are excellent and his manner with all clients has been exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry Smith - Keating ChambersHe has developed specialist knowledge in this field and is able to work to extremely tight timescales.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersAdam is outstanding because he is so user-friendly and commercial. He is willing to read the papers and have a chat to discuss his views, which is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Nissen QC - Keating ChambersAlexander is a compelling advocate, who is extremely approachable and responsive. A leader in the field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersVery bright and extremely attentive to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersDavid is poised and cerebral in his approach to advocacy. A less is more approach to cross-examination that inevitably pays dividends. He prepares meticulously and expects a high standard of those he works with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Williamson QC - Keating ChambersHis technical knowledge is second to none. Good skills with clients probably outside those who normally instruct him. He is diplomatic when dealing with a large team structure.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Harding QC - Keating ChambersRichard is formidably bright, works very quickly, and is able quickly to get to the heart of the matter. Firm in views. Excellent written and oral skills. A real star.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersA superb advocate with innovative ideas in case presentation and good client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating ChambersClear and robust opinions, and absolutely brilliant on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Piers Stansfield QC - Keating ChambersUltra-reliable with very sound judgment. He has the ear of the court and is very experienced. Painstaking prepared, and a good listener.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Boulding QC - Keating ChambersA wealth of experience in complex disputes in Hong Kong and around Asia. He is accessible, user-friendly and finds clever and simple solutions for difficult tactical and legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating ChambersShe gets on top of complex cases in an incredibly short time. She takes a very hands-on approach and gets into the details of complex questions and facts of the case without losing overview of the case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Garrett QC - Keating ChambersShe combines an incredible work ethic, an amiable personality, intellectual strength and an understanding of the commercial realities of the construction industry.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and very good at thinking on her feet. Communicates in a very effective way which distills complicated issues into very digestible and understandable way.
Ranked: Tier 4
Vincent Moran QC - Keating ChambersA first-class silk - authoritative in approach without sacrificing the ability to clearly explain complex legal analyses with clients and not lose sight of the end goal. Always willing to work as part of a team. A go-to silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Justin Mort QC - Keating ChambersJustin's grasp of the detail is excellent but, in addition to that, he understands the commercial context of the issue, which helps clients find a commercial solution.
Ranked: Tier 4
Marc Rowlands QC - Keating ChambersThe pre-eminent silk in rail disputes. He has incredible knowledge of the industry and infrastructure. Absolutely wows insurers and insureds in conference.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sean Wilken QC - Keating ChambersSean offers an excellent balance between encyclopedic knowledge of the law and commercially-focused strategic advice. A world-class silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Krista Lee QC - Keating ChambersKrista is a streetwise counsel, and has always impressed all in the litigation team with her grasp of complex legal and project-specific issues. Her ability to identify the core issues, and plot a course that all can follow. She is a born advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating ChambersFionnuala really listens and seeks to understand clients objectives to ensure that context of the matter is understood as well as the technical. She builds positive relationships with all of those contributing to a matter whilst retaining the role as team leader.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jonathan Selby QC - Keating ChambersJonathan is spot-on with his advice. But Jonathan doesn't limit himself to advising on the legal outcomes - he effectively transposes that into how this advice can be used to resolve the dispute out of court. Furthermore, Jonathan's demeanour with clients and his presence in the court room are evident.
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Samuel Townend QC - Keating ChambersExtremely capable, and effective, and a pleasure to work with. He will become a sought after silk.

Leading Juniors

Richard Coplin - Keating ChambersOne of the best. Engages with issues and clients to provide clear robust advice on complex issues. Not afraid to speak his mind.
Ranked: Tier 1
Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersCalum is the outstanding junior construction barristers in the market. He is head and shoulders above his competition, and most silks. His work rate is second to none. Furthermore, his intellect and ability to turn out first-class work is nothing short of astonishing.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Owen - Keating ChambersThe ability to combine a fastidious attention to detail and prodigious memory for every fact combined with a genuine team spirit and client-friendly approach to the role. His tenacious ability to deal with difficult cross-examinations and the talent of having just about every single fact to hand. Whilst very polite and easy to get on with, a real steel fist in a velvet glove
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Buckingham - Keating ChambersPaul is very considered and with very good legal knowledge and analysis. His background also gives him good practical insight, especially in cases with engineering elements.
Ranked: Tier 2
William Webb - Keating ChambersWill is fantastic. A really excellent legal mind, with the ability to distil detail and convey complex arguments accessibly and compellingly. He provides good commercial advice - and does not shy away from taking a stance on big points. He inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Abdul Jinadu - Keating ChambersAbdul is a doyen of construction law. However, he is not only highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable, but commercially astute – his tactics are effective and decisive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachael O'Hagan - Keating ChambersRachael has an affable character and a very sharp mind. She is both able to integrate into the solicitor team and lead on complex technical and legal matters. She is highly recommended.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Sareen - Keating ChambersBen is first-class. He is technically excellent, very responsive and easy to work with. Ben always provides clear, focused and on point advice on the relevant law, procedure, tactics and overall strategy; and the same can be said of his statements of case and submissions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennie Wild - Keating ChambersVery user-friendly and down-to-earth. She rolls her sleeves up and gets involved with you when needed. Very good written product and clear commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlie Thompson - Keating ChambersCharlie is an excellent junior barrister, hard working, intelligent and personable.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Thompson - Keating ChambersJames is very responsive and user-friendly. He is prepared to roll up his sleeves and put in the hard yards when necessary. He is incredibly perceptive when it comes to the client's needs. His case analysis is a particular strength.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Williams - Keating ChambersSarah has a good grasp of technical detail and understanding. She is able to assimilate technical issues quickly, and get to the nub of the issue.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gideon Scott Holland - Keating ChambersHe always has a very quick grasp of matters and a good understanding of the key issues involved. He is very approachable and a very good communicator.
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Brogden - Keating ChambersA fantastic barrister - sensible, hard-working, and smart. A very good eye for detail, and he understands the underlying technical aspects. A real pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Bury - Keating ChambersPaul is razor-sharp and exceptionally responsive - you can always rely on him to get the job done to a first-class standard. Paul has an impressive grasp of the technical detail of a case. A future star of the construction Bar.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gaynor Chambers - Keating ChambersStrong and decisive, mixed with practical commercialism.
Ranked: Tier 4
Brenna ConroyKeating ChambersBrenna is super-bright, quick to assimilate complex issues and detailed points. Unlike some barristers, Brenna is equally enthusiastic and able when dealing with the high level strategic points as well as the heavy, detailed work which is often required on high-value construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Finn - Keating ChambersExtremely intelligent, with mature judgement. He is accessible and very articulate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emma Healiss - Keating ChambersEmma is a terrific junior and an invaluable member of any legal team. She is able to think on her feet and cut through the complex issues easily, providing commercial and measured advice to the client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Lazur - Keating ChambersExtremely responsive and energetic, he is very user friendly and a good communicator. He also has a top rate command of dense detail.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Keating Chambers is one of the go-to sets for construction/arbitration barristers. They have an in-depth knowledge of construction and have a wide range of available barristers at different levels of seniority. Keating Chambers  hold regular seminars on various construction issues.’

‘Keating Chambers are active in the construction space and often arrange for their barristers to give lectures on topical issues facing the industry.’

‘Construction focused, consistently high performing chambers packed with talent.’

‘They have an excellent selection of dual-qualified barristers, mediators and a very good clerking and administrative team who I have always found very accommodating and easy to deal with. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending their use when it is needed.’

Clerks

The clerking team at Chambers are responsive and pragmatic – they are fully appreciative of the ebbs and flows of matters and the logistical/administrative challenges this can sometimes involve.’

‘The Keating clerks are the best in the sector. They are friendly, approachable and commercial. They have a real understanding of their barristers’ sectors and practices and that allows them to provide a better service. They are actively involved in organising and attending BD events which allows us to build relationships with them which is important. The stability and low turnover of clerks is also important and this is indicative of the general positive culture that comes across from the clerks at Keating.’

‘Declan Redmond is an excellent advocate for Keating.’

‘The clerks at Keating Chambers are second to none. They are friendly, professional, responsive, and always deliver what is needed. In particular, Sarah Walker epitomizes all these qualities. She is a pleasure to deal with, and a real asset to clerking team at Keating.’

‘Will Shrubsall is the go-to person for juniors. He is always easy to get hold of, effortlessly efficient and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Jade Clark and Amy Barrie are the clerks I deal with the most. I am always pleased with the service they provide and how willing they are to assist us.’

‘Holly Gavaghan is a particular star. Always informative, understands the market and makes things happen.’

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

There is a great deal of quality‘ in Keating Chambers which has made a strong name for itself in international arbitration, particularly construction, infrastructure and energy, where it has ‘many top arbitrators‘. Many have an excellent track record in disputes arising in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Several also sit as adjudicators, mediators and as Deputy Judges in the TCC. Among the full time arbitrators, Robert Gaitskell QC and John Marrin QC have established themselves as leading lights in this area. Several of the set’s top counsel also have active arbitrator practices, including Richard Harding QC and Veronique Buehrlen QC.

Testimonials

Set

‘Keating has a strong group of arbitrators in engineering and construction. I am never concerned if I have a tribunal member from that chambers.’

‘Very good chambers with strength in depth.’

‘Keating is a leading chambers with high quality barristers and support staff.’

‘Very good set with specialist abilities but a wide range of levels of practitioner.’

Clerking

‘Efficient and responsive.’

‘James Luxmoore, Will Shrubsall, Oliver Goldsmith and Holly Gavaghan (BD) are great, directed by the unflappable and efficient Declan Redmond.’

Mediators Tier 1

Rosemary Jackson QC  – Keating Chambers  A silk since 2006, Rosemary Jackson QC at Keating Chambers is 'an exceptionally good mediator. She quickly wins the confidence of clients with her knowledge of the issues, and appears to have endless reserves of patience, enthusiasm and optimism'. Jackson is consistently sought out for complex and high-value construction, engineering, energy and offshore disputes, particularly multi-party, PFI, professional negligence and insurance claims, as well as mediations requiring careful project management.

Energy Tier 2

Keating Chambers is ‘a go-to set for construction with a great team of very experienced and high-performing barristers’. One client reports that it is ‘a very strong set, with great strength in-depth, and it is very active and visible in the Middle East’. From its prominent role in construction disputes, the set is heavily involved in major energy cases, whether in oil and gas, nuclear power, renewable energy projects and emerging areas such as waste-to-energy plants. It continues to add to its roster of barristers with experience in energy disputes, with Charles Banner QC joining from Landmark Chambers in 2020. Banner is currently involved in a dispute concerning a project to develop a 400kV strategic link between the electricity grids of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Among the set’s leading member are Veronique Buehrlen QC, who handles high-profile energy cases in court and before arbitral tribunals, and David Thomas QC, who is currently involved in a high-value matter concerning the design and construction of a large solar photovoltaic power plant in the Gulf.

Rising stars

Emma Healiss - Keating ChambersEmma is a terrific junior who is able to think on her feet and cut through the complex issues easily.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennie Wild - Keating ChambersA legal wizard, attentive, detail-oriented, strategic and thoughtful, she has an elegant drafting style.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersKnowledgeable, insightful, and articulate, he is fiercely intelligent and always provides clear and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sean Wilken QC - Keating ChambersA brilliant strategist and leader, he is very commercially minded which makes him easy to put in front of clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating ChambersVery thoughtful and measured and not one to jump to conclusions, she listens attentively and ensures that all points are understood.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersVery quick to grasp the key issues in a brief, he is quickly able to assimilate a set of complex problems and distil them into key propositions and advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersA highly effective advocate, hugely experienced and very much on top of his brief, he works incredibly hard.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Nissen QC - Keating ChambersA compelling advocate, who is extremely approachable and responsive - a leader in the construction field.
Ranked: Tier 3
Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersSimply the best, he is an amazing counsel and arbitrator who is very bright and shows extreme attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersHe shows undoubted intellectual insight into quickly understanding a problem and being able to offer solutions without an over legalistic approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Garrett QC - Keating ChambersEnergetic and hardworking, she gets to the heart of the issue and combines depth of legal knowledge with a keen commercial outlook.
Ranked: Tier 4
Vincent Moran QC - Keating ChambersA magnificent advocate - he has a natural calmness and charisma before a tribunal that provides a platform for meticulous preparation and ferocious cross-examination skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Samuel Townend QC - Keating ChambersExtremely capable, and effective, he is a pleasure to work with and will become a sought-after silk.

Leading Juniors

Paul Buckingham - Keating ChambersHe combines a strong intellect and an impressive knowledge of the relevant law with a willingness to roll up his sleeves and immerse himself in the details of matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Lazur - Keating ChambersExtremely responsive, energetic and user-friendly, he shows top-rate command of dense detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Bury - Keating ChambersPaul is exceptional - he is incredibly organised and turns around tasks at lightning speed.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Thompson - Keating ChambersPrepared to roll up his sleeves and put in the hard yards when necessary, he is incredibly perceptive when it comes to the client's needs.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Sareen - Keating ChambersBen is great at getting into the detail and his approach is comprehensive, professional and efficient and with high work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Brogden - Keating ChambersPeter is brilliant, his drafting is superb, and his document management skills are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersAn excellent cross-examiner who is quick on his feet and gets down quickly to the core of the dispute.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Owen - Keating ChambersA fantastic barrister and a real rising star, he is incredibly hardworking and dedicated to providing the best service.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘This is a prestigious chamber. Every barrister we have worked with shows a high standard of proficiency.’

‘Chambers has depth in construction matters with strong junior support to enable cost-effective delivery of services. Good, ongoing training programmes.’

‘Keating Chambers contains some of the most knowledgeable barristers. It allows the exchange of ideas and thoughts for the benefit of their clients.’

‘My first preference is Keating in any construction dispute. They have a deep bench of barristers and expertise and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘In my view, Keating are the No 1 set for construction and engineering and related energy disputes work. They have real depth of talent and experience, and have been my go-to set for over 30 years.’

Clerks

‘The clerks are always helpful and available, even at odd times. Dominic Woodbridge is particularly helpful. He is very good at managing busy counsel’s calendars and commitments as well as giving clear direction as to availability for busy periods and hearings.’

‘The clerks know their clients and barristers well and are always helpful.’

‘The clerks room is underestimated; they work quietly and efficiently without being intrusive. James Luxmoore deserves great credit and Jade Clark is surely a rising star.’

‘The clerks are always willing to be of assistance and their service is of a high quality. They make you feel like you and your cases are a priority for them.’

‘Will Shrubsall is very responsive and always on hand to assist where necessary.’

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

Keating Chambers is 'in the top two of construction sets in London' and 'offers a superb service' . Clients appreciate the 'huge amount of strength in depth and generally good availability', and the fact that the barristers are 'excellent team players' who 'all worked very well together'. In the past few years, the set has seen some of its more senior members retire, or in the case of Marcus Taverner QC, shift towards a full time arbitrator role. Nevertheless, the set has plenty of senior silks more than able to fill their shoes, with Adam Constable QC and David Thomas QC being two notable examples. Juniors such as Calum Lamont and James Thompson have also made good names for themselves in this area.

Leading Silks

David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersA top barrister. He has very strong technical skills and very hard working. Exceptionally good advocacy and cross-examination skills. Excellent ability to read the minds of tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersA standout silk at the construction and energy Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Harding QC - Keating ChambersHands-on and into the detail from the start. He has a clear vision for how to present a case and uses his experience as an arbitrator to keep a laser-like focus on the key issues. He is also well known for his very strong Middle East practice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersContinues to excel and remains a 'go to' Silk for construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sean Wilken QC - Keating ChambersA brilliant strategist and leader and very commercially minded which makes him easy to put in front of clients. Sean is also very team orientated and is the most efficient barrister I have ever worked with – often turning around very complex pieces of advice in a short period of time.
Ranked: Tier 2
Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating ChambersShe takes a clever and measured approach to presenting cases and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Marc Rowlands QC - Keating ChambersHe is excellent; tactically astute, clear thinking, clear talking, calm, great with clients but most of all with impressive advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Mort QC - Keating ChambersAble to absorb large amount of detail and identify immediately the key issues in a case. Justin's advocacy is measured and persuasive and he builds strong relationships with the solicitor team, as well as the client's in-house team.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Samuel Townend QC - Keating ChambersHe gives very clear practical advice. His written pleadings and advocacy are very clear, logical and persuasive. His cross examination of both factual and experts goes to the heart of the matter and is very effective.

Leading Juniors

Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersAn excellent cross-examiner who is quick on his feet. Calum gets down quickly to the core of the dispute. He fights your corner.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Thompson - Keating ChambersUnderstands how to get the best results for his clients. He is good at steering strategy from a high level and getting into the detail when needed.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Buckingham - Keating ChambersVery considered and with very good legal knowledge and analysis. His background also gives him good practical insight, especially in cases with engineering elements.
Ranked: Tier 3
Abdul Jinadu - Keating ChambersThorough, courteous, displayed excellence both on paper and orally.
Ranked: Tier 3
John McMillan - Keating ChambersJohn has real star quality - able to process large volumes of information at light speed and conjure up compelling legal arguments from difficult facts. His written advocacy is top of the class and he is also very strong on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachael O'Hagan - Keating ChambersExcellent team player - arguments are clear and logical. Very personable, and developed rapport with tribunal despite a remote hearing and a language barrier.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Keating are rightly considered the leading construction chambers. The breadth and depth of their expertise is unmatched, with several leading individuals. I have always found their barristers to be exceptionally capable, responsive and lending additional gravitas to any case.’

‘Keating are the go-to set for construction. I have instructed a number of members of Keating in the last few years, from mid-level junior to senior QC, and all of them have always exceeded my (high) expectations. They understand the pressures and realities of working in the construction industry, and lay clients really appreciate the value this adds.’

‘Top set of barrister chambers, with many specialist barristers to choose from.’

‘This is a prestigious chamber. Every barrister we have worked with shows high standard of proficiency.’

‘Keating are my go-to chambers for anything involving construction & engineering issues. They always seem to attract clever, commercially-minded and approachable barristers whose knowledge of technical issues and the construction industry is second to none. ‘

Clerking

‘The clerks at Keating are excellent – personable, responsive, commercial and effective. Declan Redmond has built and leads a brilliant team and is unrivalled in developing long-terms relationships with instructing solicitors. James Luxmoore is also highly-effective and easy to deal with.’

‘The clerks at Keating Chambers are second to none. They are friendly, professional, responsive, and always deliver what is needed. In particular, Sarah Walker epitomises all these qualities. She is the person I always go to. She is a pleasure to deal with, and a real asset to clerking team at Keating.’

‘Declan Redmond is awesome. Always prepared to go above and beyond for his clients.’

‘Will Shrubsall is very responsive and always on hand to assist where necessary.’

‘The clerks’ room is professional and responsive, particularly William Shrubsall and Rob Garvan.’

Professional negligence Tier 2

Keating Chambers 'is incredibly knowledgeable in construction law', with 'incredible depth at both QC and junior level'. Construction-related professional negligence cases are the set's cornerstone area of expertise; for example, Marcus Taverner QC and Tom Owen are acting for the claimant in Standard Life v Gleeds and others, a multimillion-pound negligence claim concerning the design of the Parkway retail development in Newbury; the case involves issues of whether a claim can be proven by extrapolation and sampling. In another matter, Krista Lee QC appeared in a multi-million pound TCC-related professional negligence claim relating to alleged defects arising from a newly-patented design of five car parks located at Sainsbury's supermarkets. Bolstering the team at the senior end, Samuel Townend QC was elevated to silk in March 2021.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Nissen QC - Keating ChambersAlexander is technically exceptional, with a brilliant understanding of judicial thinking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating ChambersHe is absolutely brilliant on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vincent Moran QC - Keating ChambersA first-class silk with an authoritative approach.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Krista Lee QC - Keating ChambersKrista is a born advocate and an astute counsel.

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Calum Lamont - Keating ChambersHe is astonishingly bright and absolutely brilliant on technically complex cases. He makes sure that he leaves no stone unturned. An absolute star.
Ranked: Tier 2
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
Paul Bury - Keating ChambersHe is an excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 5
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
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

Testimonials

Set

Keating Chambers understands construction – its in the set’s DNA‘.

The set epitomises strength in depth‘.

Great set with first class barristers‘.

Clerking

Friendly, prompt service, and can never do enough to ensure a smooth instruction‘.

James Luxmoore and Will Shrubsall are knowledgeable and experienced‘.

Jade Clark is enthusiastic and user-friendly‘.

Public procurement Tier 2

Keating Chambers' members regularly appear in a wide range of public procurement work, spanning its key sector strengths in engineering and construction, as well as handling instructions from other sectors. Noteworthy instructions include Sarah Hannaford QC and Rachael O’Hagan acting in a high-profile challenge concerning the urgent procurement of automated diagnostic software for the purpose of mass testing of COVID-19, and Fionnuala McCredie QC successfully representing the Secretary of State for the Department of Transport in a long-running procurement challenge brought by Stagecoach, Virgin and Arriva, following their disqualification from competitions for new rail franchise agreements.

Rising stars

James Frampton - Keating ChambersJames is rightly seen as a rising star. He masters the detail incredibly quickly and provided proactive and commercial advice at a level you would expect from someone well beyond his year of call.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating ChambersA top-drawer procurement adviser and advocate. Robust and determined, she presents the case clearly, concisely and with a focus on the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fionnuala McCredie QCKeating ChambersFionnuala is a renowned leader at the procurement Bar and so carries gravitas with clients, opponents and the court. She has seen and done everything in procurement law, and so always has an answer or an explanation for an issue arising.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Banner QC Keating ChambersVery, very bright and astute. Charles gets to the point and focuses on the key points. Hugely energetic, enthusiastic and a real pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent and hugely respected procurement set who we use regularly for high stakes procurement matters. Counsel are all very user-friendly, responsive and down to earth and go down well with clients.’

‘Keating is excellent on public procurement work, with increasingly strong strength-in-depth from senior to junior.’

‘There’s no doubt the chambers is perceived as one of the leading chambers for public procurement.’

‘Keating Chambers is at the very top of the market in public procurement.’

Clerking

‘Very good all round service – would single out Will Shrubsall who has been excellent to work with on our recent MOD case.’

‘Approachable and commercial, in particular Will Shrubsall.’

Shipping

Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersVery good in large complex disputes involving technical and legal arguments.
Ranked: Tier 5

Planning

Leading Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersCharlie is at the top of the profession and has cemented a position as a leading planning QC over the past year. Charlie brings a commerciality to his advice which means that he always applies his knowledge with the client's commercial objectives in mind.
Ranked: Tier 3

European Union law

Leading Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating 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

Local government (including rating law)

Leading Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersVery knowledgeable and easy to work with, he listens and provides clear and concise feedback.
Ranked: Tier 4

Environment

Leading Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersAccessible, available and straightforward, he cuts to the points that matter.
Ranked: Tier 4

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Leading Silks

Charles Banner QCKeating ChambersVery good at honing in on the nub of a case and what the judges will want to have addressed and explained
Ranked: Tier 4

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 67 barristers (including 30 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 Africa, Australia, Hong Kong 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 of 10, headed up by Director of Clerking, Declan Redmond, 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).

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Operating Officer Alison Crosland acrosland@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Director of Clerking Declan Redmond clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Senior Practice Manager William Shrubsall clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Senior Practice Manager James Luxmoore clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Practice Manager Dominic Woodbridge clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Practice Manager Robert Garvan rgarvan@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Practice Manager Joel Banks jbanks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
ADR Clerk Oliver Goldsmith clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Practice Manager Jade Clark clerks@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Assistant Practice Manager Sarah Walker swalker@keatingchambers.com +44 (0)20 7544 2600
Members of Chambers NISSEN QC, Alexander (1985)
Members of Chambers UFF CBE QC, John (1970)
Members of Chambers FERNYHOUGH QC, Richard (1970)
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, Christopher (1973)
Members of Chambers MARRIN QC, John (1974)
Members of Chambers FURST QC, Stephen (1975)
Members of Chambers ELLIOTT QC, Timothy (1975)
Members of Chambers GAITSKELL QC, Robert (1978)
Members of Chambers BOULDING QC, Philip (1979)
Head of Chambers TAVERNER QC, Marcus (1981)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON QC, Adrian (1983)
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, David (1982)
Members of Chambers JACKSON QC, Rosemary (1981)
Members of Chambers HANNAFORD QC, Sarah (1989)
Members of Chambers HARGREAVES QC, Simon (1991)
Members of Chambers HARDING QC, Richard (1992)
Members of Chambers BUEHRLEN QC, Veronique (1991)
Members of Chambers WILKEN QC, Sean (1991)
Members of Chambers MORAN QC, Vincent (1991)
Members of Chambers CONSTABLE QC, Adam (1995)
Members of Chambers HUGHES QC, Simon (1995)
Members of Chambers ROWLANDS QC, Marc (1990)
Members of Chambers STANSFIELD QC, Piers (1993)
Members of Chambers McCREDIE QC, Fionnuala (1992)
Members of Chambers MORT QC, Justin (1994)
Members of Chambers LEE QC, Jonathan (1993)
Members of Chambers SELBY QC, Jonathan (1999)
Members of Chambers GARRETT QC, Lucy (2001)
Members of Chambers BANNER QC, Charles (2004)
Members of Chambers LEE QC, Krista (1996)
Members of Chambers TOWNEND QC, Samuel (1999)
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 LAMONT, Calum (2004)
Members of Chambers SIMS, Alice (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)
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 Charles Banner photo Charles Banner Charles Banner QC (called 2004; silk 2019 – also called in Northern…
 Johan Beyers  photo Johan Beyers Specialises in construction, engineering and commercial disputes, often of substantial commercial value…
 HH Peter Bowsher photo HH Peter Bowsher Retired TCC judge practising as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator.
 Peter Brogden  photo Peter Brogden Often the junior of choice for high-stakes, technical litigation, Peter is a…
 Paul Buckingham  photo Paul Buckingham After spending eight years with BP as a chemical engineer in the…
 Veronique Buehrlen photo Veronique Buehrlen Veronique Buehrlen QC has a wide-ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and advisory…
 Paul Bury  photo Paul Bury Paul Bury is a specialist in domestic and international commercial construction, offshore,…
 Gaynor Chambers  photo Gaynor Chambers Gaynor Chambers had a previous career in building surveying and spent several…
 Brenna Conroy  photo Brenna Conroy Brenna Conroy specialises in construction, energy, international arbitration and professional negligence work.…
 Adam Constable photo Adam Constable Adam specialises in onshore and offshore construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology…
 Richard Coplin  photo Richard Coplin Richard Coplin is a qualified engineer and spent several years in the…
 Tom Coulson  photo Tom Coulson Tom Coulson has a busy practice in domestic and international construction, engineering,…
 Harriet Di Francesco  photo Harriet Di Francesco Harriet Di Francesco was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…
 Elizabeth Donnelly  photo Elizabeth Donnelly Elizabeth Donnelly was called to the Bar in 2020. She joined Keating…
 Timothy Elliott photo Timothy Elliott Tim Elliott QC has specialised in construction, engineering, energy and professional negligence…
 Robert Evans  photo Robert Evans Robert Evans predominately acts as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in international and…
 Richard Fernyhough photo Richard Fernyhough Arbitrator specialising in construction and engineering law; arbitration, both international and domestic.…
 Matthew Finn  photo Matthew Finn Matthew Finn has specialist expertise in the resolution of high-value, complex commercial…
 James Frampton  photo James Frampton James Frampton specialises in construction, engineering, energy and procurement disputes. He is…
 Stephen Furst photo Stephen Furst Stephen Furst QC specialises in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology related…
 Robert Gaitskell photo Robert Gaitskell Dr Robert Gaitskell QC practises from Keating Chambers,  specialising in technology, engineering…
 Lucy Garrett photo Lucy Garrett Lucy 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 Graff Ben Graff was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a…
 Sarah Hannaford photo Sarah Hannaford Sarah Hannaford QC is a leading commercial barrister whose work spans both…
 Richard Harding photo Richard Harding Richard Harding QC has been described as “without a doubt the leading…
 Simon Hargreaves photo Simon Hargreaves Simon Hargreaves QC specialises in disputes arising from construction, process engineering and…
 Emma Healiss  photo Emma Healiss Emma Healiss specialises in domestic and international construction, engineering, energy and procurement…
 Simon Hughes photo Simon Hughes Simon Hughes QC is a specialist silk in major construction, engineering, shipbuilding…
 Rosemary Jackson QC photo Rosemary Jackson QC Rosemary Jackson is in full-time practice as a Mediator and Conciliator. This…
 Abdul Jinadu  photo Abdul Jinadu Abdul Jinadu was called to the Bar in 1995 and has been…
 Calum Lamont  photo Calum Lamont Calum is an energetic and enthusiastic lawyer, commanding a broad commercial practice…
 Thomas Lazur  photo Thomas Lazur Thomas Lazur has a particularly commercial outlook given his background in investment…
 Jonathan Lee photo Jonathan Lee Jonathan Lee QC has a thriving domestic and international practice as a…
 Krista Lee  photo Krista Lee Krista Lee QC is a specialist in engineering, construction, and energy disputes. …
 Chin Lim  photo Chin Lim Barrister (Call: 2011, MT), also called to the Singapore bar, specialising in…
 John Marrin photo John Marrin John Marrin QC  specialises in construction, engineering and energy-related disputes.  His experience…
Mr John McMillan photo Mr John McMillan John McMillan specialises in commercial arbitration and litigation, with a focus on…
 Fionnuala Mccredie photo Fionnuala Mccredie Fionnuala McCredie was called to the Bar in 1992 and specialises in…
 Callum Monro Morrison  photo Callum Monro Morrison Callum Monro Morrison was called to the Bar in 2018 and became…
 Vincent Moran photo Vincent Moran Vincent Moran is a leading QC whose practice covers a wide range…
 Justin Mort photo Justin Mort Justin Mort QC specialises in high value construction disputes with a particular…
 Alexander Nissen photo Alexander Nissen Alexander Nissen was called to the Bar in 1985, became a Queen’s…
 Tom Owen  photo Tom Owen Tom Owen specialises in construction, commercial, professional negligence and energy disputes. Tom…
 Rachael O’Hagan photo Rachael O’Hagan Rachael specialises in high-value construction, engineering, technology, infrastructure, nuclear/energy along with professional…
 Louise Randall  photo Louise Randall Barrister specialising in construction and engineering disputes (litigation, arbitration and adjudication), professional…
 Elizabeth Repper  photo Elizabeth Repper Ranked in the Legal 500, Elizabeth Repper is a full time mediator…
 Marc Rowlands photo Marc Rowlands Marc Rowlands QC’s practice covers the full range of construction, engineering and…
 Ben Sareen  photo Ben Sareen A specialist in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding, telecoms and related professional negligence…
 Thomas Saunders  photo Thomas Saunders Thomas Saunders was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a…
 Gideon Scott Holland  photo Gideon Scott Holland Recommended for his thorough approach and ability to get on well with…
 Jonathan Selby photo Jonathan Selby Jonathan Selby QC was called to the Bar in 1999 and was…
 David Sheard  photo David Sheard David Sheard has developed a busy and wide-ranging practice, encompassing all key…
 Alice Sims  photo Alice Sims Alice Sims specialises in construction and engineering disputes along with professional negligence, regulatory…
 Harry Smith  photo Harry Smith Harry Smith specialises in construction and energy disputes. He is recognised by…
 Piers Stansfield photo Piers Stansfield Piers has established a reputation as a “formidable advocate” and a “superb…
 John Steel  photo John Steel John Steel was called to the Bar in 2018 and became a…
 Alan Steynor  photo Alan Steynor Alan Steynor was called to the Bar in 1975 and has been…
 Marcus Taverner photo Marcus Taverner Marcus is well known for his understanding of the commercial aspects of…
 Simon Taylor  photo Simon Taylor Simon Taylor is a competition and procurement specialist, recommended in Legal 500…
 Wen Jin Teh  photo Wen Jin Teh Wen Jin Teh was called to the Bar in 2020 and became…
Dr Christopher Thomas photo Dr Christopher Thomas Dr Christopher Thomas was called to the Bar in 1973 and appointed Queen’s…
 David Thomas photo David Thomas David is known for his forceful advocacy, incisive cross-examination skills, commercial awareness,…
 James Thompson  photo James Thompson James Thompson acts in a wide range of domestic and international disputes…
 Charlie Thompson  photo Charlie Thompson Charlie is described as “just a class act with quality of work…
 Samuel Townend  photo Samuel Townend Samuel Townend is a silk with a heavy practice across the spread…
 John Uff CBE photo John Uff CBE John Uff originally trained as a civil engineer, becoming a specialist in…
 William Webb  photo William Webb Described in legal directories as an “one of the best juniors around”…
Mr Dawid Welgemoed  photo Mr Dawid Welgemoed Dawid Welgemoed is an Advocate in South Africa (Member of the Cape…
 Jennie Wild  photo Jennie Wild Jennie specialises in high-value, and complex, construction and energy cases, including four…
 Sean Wilken photo Sean Wilken Sean Wilken QC has practised in high profile, complex, international and domestic…
 Sarah Williams  photo Sarah Williams Sarah Williams is a specialist in construction, engineering and energy disputes, appearing…
 Adrian Williamson photo Adrian Williamson Adrian 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.