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The Chambers of Alexander Nissen QC
Keating Chambers


Adam specialises in onshore and offshore construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology disputes along with professional negligence and insurance claims related to these sectors. His client base is both domestic and international, and he has extensive experience appearing in the UK Courts (TCC, Commercial Court and Court of Appeal), and representing multi-national clients in front of Tribunals constituted under numerous international arbitral rules, including ICC, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, NAI, UNCITRAL, SCC and LMAA. Industry commentary notes Adam’s reputation for his mastery of complex factual and technical detail, devastating advocacy with a client-friendly approach.

Adam regularly advises clients on all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and has represented clients in mediations, early neutral evaluations and expert determinations. He is regularly appointed as adjudicator, international arbitrator as both party nominated appointee and chair, and has acted as an independent expert.


Governor of the Inns of Court College for Advocacy, 2019
Approved Arbitrator, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, 2014
Inner Temple Governing Bencher, 2013
Silk, 2011
Recorder of the Crown Court, 2010
Inner Temple Advocacy Training Committee, 2010
MCIArb, 2009
Appointed as Treasury Counsel, 2002-2007
Called to the Bar, 1995


Trinity School, Croydon; Balliol College, Oxford (1st Class Hons Jurisprudence).


Family, rugby, keyboard, and the odd card trick.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHe is excellent and incredibly experienced.

A leading construction set‘, Keating Chambers is highly experienced in construction-related professional negligence cases, acting on claims against professionals ranging from architects, contractors and engineers to property developers and surveyors. The set, which is highlighted for the ‘depth of both senior and junior counsel‘, has particular expertise in claims involving complex fire safety issues: Adam Constable QC is representing one of the defendants in Premier Inn v Urban Innovations and others, a multi-party claim relating to alleged defects in the cladding of a hotel. Members of chambers including Adrian Williamson QC, Marcus Taverner QC and Rachael O’Hagan are also involved in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHe has an exceptional ability to absorb large amounts of information and distil this into clear, concise and practical advice.

Keating Chambers is ‘a go-to chambers for serious construction and energy disputes with good depth of experience and high-quality juniors and silks‘. Members frequently act in disputes in the energy sector involving complex technical issues, given that a number of the set’s barristers having a dual qualification in engineering. Their work covers high-value arbitrations concerning coal-fired power stations, oil production, LNG plants and nuclear power generation. Adam Constable QC has extensive knowledge of large-scale construction projects. Sean Wilken QC, who recently joined from 39 Essex Chambers, handled a force majeure claim arising from an international border dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire which halted international deep-water exploration in Ghana. ‘Calm and consideredPaul Buckingham is among the set’s most prominent juniors and Emma Healiss is considered a rising star in chambers. One client remarks that the set has ‘the best clerks room in the city – helpful, efficient, responsive and polite‘.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHe wrote the book on shipbuilding mandates. I would certainly work with him again given the chance.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHas a great capacity to master complex and voluminous material in a short space of time, and he is very efficient and pragmatic.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersHe has an excellent reputation and is very impressive, which means other lawyers respect his views. He is very good with clients who like his calm manner and empathy.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersMeasured and sensible in his advice and makes himself available.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Constable QCKeating ChambersA true leader in the field – he assimilates information fast and defines issues incisively.