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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC

15 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3AA, ENGLAND
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Known worldwide as industry leaders’, Keating Chambers β€˜remains top of the tree when it comes to high-quality silks, juniors, and adjudicators at the Bar’ making it, for some, β€˜the first port of call’ for complex construction, engineering, and energy disputes, as well as β€˜one of the go-to sets’ for the growing area of public procurement litigation. Chambers is praised for ensuring regional firms β€˜receive the same level of service and care’ as those in London, which has stood them apart from other sets. The clerking team is a huge strength of chambers and β€˜is probably among the top echelon of the clerks’ rooms of any set in London’. β€˜They understand solicitors’ pressures and needs, and pull out the stops to meet our expectations.’ The β€˜down-to-earth’ clerks are collectively described as β€˜fast, responsive, and attentive; they listen to their clients and provide pricing that is always clear’. The team is well led by β€˜top-class’ chief executive and director of clerking Declan Redmond and business development director Holly Gavaghan. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup is β€˜universally liked and always willing to go the extra mile to assist’. Senior practice managers James Luxmoore and Will Shrubsall β€˜can be relied upon to recommend counsel for any particular case’. Dominic Woodbridge has joined the team from Monckton Chambers; Aimee Hallett has moved to Essex Court Chambers, and has been replaced internally by Sarah Walker. Jane Lemon QC sadly passed in April 2019. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Keating Chambers is a β€˜top construction and engineering set with leading barristers in the field sought after in almost all common law jurisidctions’. Its members have had a number of cases in Australia and Hong Kong, but are involved in disputes worldwide. Senior clerk Declan Redmond β€˜has a tremendous and immediate knowledge of the experience and specialisations of his barristers, which is very helpful’, with deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup β€˜extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with’.

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London Bar

Construction
Construction - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Keating Chambers

The 'first port of call for construction disputes', Keating Chambers' barristers appear regularly in the TCC, as well as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, in complex, high-end litigation. 'Commanding advocate' Marcus Taverner QCΒ is often involved in high-value disputes across the UK and Europe; he appeared inΒ Amec Foster Wheeler Group Ltd v TAQA Bratani Ltd acting forthe defendant in a case which concerned modifications to an oil rig in the North Sea.Β The 'unparalleled' Alexander Nissen QCΒ acted for the successful claimant inΒ Grove Developments v S&T (UK) Ltd,Β aΒ landmark decision on payment provisions under the Housing Grants Act.

Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A highly intelligent, quick-thinking and very commercial silk. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is unparalleled in his field. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A commanding advocate. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Williamson QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Fantastic advocate with good attention to detail. ’

Ranked: tier 2

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ An outstanding barrister, great with clients. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Has a deep knowledge of the market. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ An exceptional silk, incredibly intelligent and articulate. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Justin Mort QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Astonishing ability to get to the heart of complex issues quickly. ’

Ranked: tier 4

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A first-class lawyer. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Rowlands QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Sharp intellect, calm manner and good with clients. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Boulding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Pre-eminent counsel in international construction disputes. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Piers Stansfield QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A tower of strength, methodical and cool. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ She is at the forefront of the construction sector. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean Wilken QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A great barrister specialising in domestic and international litigation. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Meticulous and very thorough in his analysis. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Very personable, very bright and hardworking. ’

Ranked: tier 5

Vincent Moran QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Provides the best level of service and quality of work. ’

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Jonathan Selby QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Utterly brilliant in every respect, his mind is razor sharp. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Garrett QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A specialist and growing construction practice. ’

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜ A very impressive and intelligent senior junior. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Buckingham - Keating Chambers β€˜ Strong work ethic, rolls up his sleeves and gets involved. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Coplin - Keating Chambers β€˜ 'A great thinker, he has a fantastic ability to identify a killer point. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜ 'Great on his feet and very user-friendly. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Owen - Keating Chambers β€˜ 'He punches far above his weight in terms of years call. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Jennie Wild - Keating Chambers β€˜ She is meticulous and thorough. ’

Ranked: tier 3

William Webb - Keating Chambers β€˜ 'An excellent barrister who gives clear, succinct advice. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Abdul Jinadu - Keating Chambers β€˜ Very user friendly and always available. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Gaynor Chambers - Keating Chambers β€˜ Very highly regarded. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Gideon Scott Holland - Keating Chambers β€˜ He provides excellent pragmatic advice. ’

Ranked: tier 4

James Thompson - Keating Chambers β€˜ Calm, forensic and highly effective. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Krista Lee - Keating Chambers β€˜ Diligent, good tactically and well prepared. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Bury - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is a superb junior. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Evans - Keating Chambers β€˜ Very approachable, his arguments are well thought out. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Lazur - Keating Chambers β€˜ Has excellent attention to detail and very calm. ’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating ChambersΒ is 'pre-eminent in construction work, particularly complex energy and infrastructure disputes' and clients see it as 'a set to call upon when the facts get messy'. AΒ number of its members are dual-qualified in engineering, enabling them to handle disputes involving complex technical issues. Another client describes the set asΒ 'at the top of the tree when it comes to high-quality construction barristers' and notes that 'the clerks' room is professional and slick'.Β Adam Constable QCΒ acted inΒ Hereema Hartlepool v Engie, which concernedΒ the construction of modules to be installed offshore in the North Sea.Β Veronique Buehrlen QCΒ is involved in high-value arbitrations relating to subsea pipeline construction, logistics services to oilfields in the Middle East, and the construction of a refinery. Among the juniors,Β Thomas LazurΒ assisted the claimant inΒ Amec Foster Wheeler v TAQA, a dispute over the Cladhan Field development that is an extension and upgrade of a North Sea drilling platform.Β Paul BuckinghamΒ represented the defendant, a pipework contractor, in a case arising from the fabrication and installation of piping as part of modification works at the UK’s Drax Power Station.

Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ The star junior silk in chambers for offshore contracts disputes and energy projects cases, he produces the goods again and again. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Sean Wilken QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A specialist in the high-profile and complex, both at home or abroad. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Extremely judicial in his approach, a β€œgo-to” barrister on all things payment related, in which he is unparalleled. ’

Ranked: tier 3

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A high-quality advocate in shipbuilding and energy matters, he has the compelling and sophisticated presentation of a leading silk. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A very lively advocate and excellent cross-examiner. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He has a keen eye for detail and works enormously hard to achieve the right result for the client. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Calmly dismantles the opposition’s arguments with a sharp sense of detail and nuance. ’

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Lucy Garrett QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A highly regarded new silk in construction, energy and shipbuilding matters. ’

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Paul Buckingham - Keating Chambers β€˜ A brilliant advocate who should soon take silk, he offers practical and creative advice. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜ A top junior and good enough to be a silk, he is very analytical both on legal and technical matters. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Lazur - Keating Chambers β€˜ Very easy to deal with, highly accessible and calm. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜ Extremely hardworking and very sharp with an excellent legal mind, he will be a star of the future. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Bury - Keating Chambers β€˜ Shows judgement and ability far beyond his year of call, he is a fantastic prospect. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Brogden - Keating Chambers β€˜ A capable junior with a busy international energy practice. ’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating ChambersΒ is one of the top homes for highly experienced arbitrators of construction, engineering, and infrastructure disputes.

Leading arbitrators

Robert Gaitskell QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ An outstanding and pre-eminent arbitrator with the huge advantage of an engineering as well as a legal background. ’

John Uff QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Hugely experienced with a strong background in engineering. ’

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Outstanding – experienced, careful and very measured. ’

Richard Fernyhough QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A top name for construction and infrastructure arbitrations. ’

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Has a strong reputation for exceptionally quick and efficient disposal of procedural issues, hearings and awards, and also a first-class legal brain. ’

Stephen Furst QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Extremely well regarded for construction arbitrations. ’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating ChambersΒ is a 'go-to set' for construction and infrastructure-related arbitrations, and has 'barristers who are willing to work as part of a team and roll their sleeves up with the rest of us, which is much appreciated', according to solicitors, who also note chambers for having 'many barristers with experience in the Middle East'. Four members, led by Simon Hughes QC, are acting on a nuclear power plant-related dispute in the UAE, while a further five members, includingΒ David Thomas QC, are currently acting on either side of a major coal-fired power plant dispute in South Africa.

Leading Silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A masterful cross-examiner, and is very good at reading a Tribunal. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Has a sharp intellect, is accessible, a team player, and good with clients. ’

Ranked: tier 2

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Very impressive. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Furst QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ His analysis is very precise and his cross-examination some of the best that I have ever seen. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Continues to impress with his extraordinary knowledge of the laws of the UAE and Gulf region and how they apply to construction industry disputes. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A very capable silk. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Wilken QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He offers remarkably quick turnaround, and rigorous analysis of the position. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Has a lovely measured style to her advocacy, and a huge grasp of the detail that ensures she gets her points over. ’

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Lucy Garrett QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ The clients love her and her work is always first class. ’

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜ Offers sound strategic advice. ’

Ranked: tier 3

James Thompson - Keating Chambers β€˜ Very good at cutting through the chaos of construction disputes to identify the key legal and commercial issues. ’

Ranked: tier 3

Rachael O'Hagan - Keating Chambers β€˜ Works very diligently on any role she is given. ’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Keating Chambers

Keating ChambersΒ is 'outstanding for construction professional negligence cases' and its barristers are praised for their 'skill and approach'. Technology-related claims are also a key area of specialism for the 'formidable set'.Β Β Zagora v ZurichΒ was a key highlight for Jonathan Selby QC, and David SheardΒ Β acted for the architect defending a particularly significant professional negligence claim inΒ Burgess v Lejonvarn.

Leading Silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is a skilled advocate. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ A very strong aggressive advocate when appropriate. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Really impressive attention-to-detail. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Williamson QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is very experienced. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is excellent. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Vincent Moran QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is tough in court and is well-liked by clients. ’

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Jonathan Selby QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is excellent. ’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Garrett QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ She is a star of the future. ’

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is first-rate. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Krista Lee - Keating Chambers β€˜ She is great to deal with. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Coplin - Keating Chambers β€˜ Highly recommended for professional negligence cases. ’

Ranked: tier 4

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜ Hardworking, helpful and personable. ’

Ranked: tier 4

David Sheard - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is astronomically clever and he is gifted as a barrister. ’

Ranked: tier 6

Paul Bury - Keating Chambers β€˜ An intelligent and hardworking junior. ’

Ranked: tier 6

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Public procurement
Public procurement - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating ChambersΒ is home to some of the 'go-to counsel for public procurement matters'. 'A popular choice',Β Fionnuala Mccredie QCΒ who acted for Unipart in DHL Supply Chain Ltd v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Unipart Group Ltd in a case valued at Β£730m. The 'technically and tactically strong'Β Sarah Hannaford QCΒ combines expertise in EU-wide procurement with related competition issues to tackle high-profile cases. She acted for the Department of finance in Ireland in Eircom UK Limited v Dept of FinanceΒ in a procurement and competition law challenge concerning a telecommunications system.Β 'A junior of choice', Simon TaylorΒ combines his track record in competition law with work on a number of hefty procurement disputes in the transport and IT arenas.Β Calum LamontΒ is another highly recommended senior junior who was instructed in Openview v Merton in relation to the letting of a contract for automatic number plate recognition services.Β At the injunction stage, the case revisited the law on causation for challenging economic operators.

Leading Silks

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ 'She has fantastic black letter analysis combined with a keen eye to the client's commercial drivers.'Β  ’

Ranked: tier 1

Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ Quickly gets to grips with the detail of the case and quickly instills confidence with her grasp of legal and procedural issues. ’

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Simon Taylor - Keating Chambers β€˜ Extremely personable and easy to work with; he fits in effortlessly to the firm and clients' working preferences. ’

Ranked: tier 2

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜ A very intelligent, easy to use counsel and an impressive senior junior. ’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Known worldwide as industry leaders’, Keating Chambers β€˜remains top of the tree when it comes to high-quality silks, juniors, and adjudicators at the Bar’ making it, for some, β€˜the first port of call’ for complex construction, engineering, and energy disputes, as well as β€˜one of the go-to sets’ for the growing area of public procurement litigation. Chambers is praised for ensuring regional firms β€˜receive the same level of service and care’ as those in London, which has stood them apart from other sets. The clerking team is a huge strength of chambers and β€˜is probably among the top echelon of the clerks’ rooms of any set in London’. β€˜They understand solicitors’ pressures and needs, and pull out the stops to meet our expectations.’ The β€˜down-to-earth’ clerks are collectively described as β€˜fast, responsive, and attentive; they listen to their clients and provide pricing that is always clear’. The team is well led by β€˜top-class’ chief executive and director of clerking Declan Redmond and business development director Holly Gavaghan. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup is β€˜universally liked and always willing to go the extra mile to assist’. Senior practice managers James Luxmoore and Will Shrubsall β€˜can be relied upon to recommend counsel for any particular case’. Dominic Woodbridge has joined the team from Monckton Chambers; Aimee Hallett has moved to Essex Court Chambers, and has been replaced internally by Sarah Walker. Jane Lemon QC sadly passed in April 2019. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Leading Silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is experienced in significant shipbuilding and offshore construction mandates. ’

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Thomas Lazur - Keating Chambers β€˜ He is noted for shipbuilding disputes. ’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Construction

Keating Chambers has β€˜great depth and strength through the ranks’. The set is active in heavyweight disputes concerning infrastructure and buildings worldwide, with a particular amount of Australian work in addition to disputes in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and more exotic jurisdictions in Asean.

Construction – Leading silks

Dr Robert Gaitskell QC Keating Chambers β€˜One of the premier construction arbitrators in the world: very experienced, efficient, patient and fair.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Boulding QC Keating Chambers β€˜One of the star construction silks – he is very well-known in Asia, where most of his work is.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Thomas QC Keating Chambers β€˜Approachable, but with an aura of gravitas.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Taverner QC Keating Chambers β€˜Instructed as an arbitrator in significant disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Hughes QC Keating Chambers β€˜Exceptional in both his advice and advocacy, he has a great manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Richard Coplin Keating Chambers β€˜A very hard worker, and extremely bright and able – he also gets into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Fenwick Elliott Keating Chambers β€˜Great on detail and an excellent mediator.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samuel Townend Keating Chambers β€˜A persusasive and compelling advocate, his cross-examination is focused and efficient.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

Keating Chambers is β€˜excellent and a go-to set for anything with a construction element, but is also building an impressive reputation in energy’. Many cases involve matters at the crossroads of the two.

Energy – Leading silks

Adam Constable QC Keating Chambers β€˜Very bright and approachable, and excellent at coming up with practical solutions.’

Ranked: tier 3
Energy – Leading juniors

Peter Brogden Keating Chambers β€˜Very user friendly and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Keating Chambers is a β€˜top construction and engineering set with leading barristers in the field sought after in almost all common law jurisidctions’. Its members have had a number of cases in Australia and Hong Kong, but are involved in disputes worldwide. Senior clerk Declan Redmond β€˜has a tremendous and immediate knowledge of the experience and specialisations of his barristers, which is very helpful’, with deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup β€˜extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with’.

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