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Marcus Taverner QC

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Keating Chambers (Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC)


Marcus has an extensive advisory practice and a formidable reputation as an advocate and in particular a cross-examiner (both in litigation and arbitration). Marcus is well known not only for his considerable strategic acumen and understanding of the commercial aspects of litigation but, in particular, for his mastering of the technical detail of the many complex and high value cases he undertakes. Marcus is currently Head of Keating Chambers.

Over the last 33 years he has appeared regularly as advocate in the Technology and Construction Court, Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and before Domestic and International Arbitration panels. He has advised on all types of engineering and construction projects in the UK and abroad in countries including Australia, Brazil, China, Estonia, Egypt, Italy, India, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Jordan, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, and the West Indies.

He has represented UK governmental bodies and several foreign governments. He has successfully represented many of the UK’s largest construction and engineering companies, developers and all types of construction professionals and their insurers.

His extensive experience inevitably includes the consideration of many of the standard forms of contract including: JCT, ICE, all FIDIC forms, GC Works, NEC and standard shipbuilding forms and the full gamut of disputes such as allocation of risk for design, entitlements to extensions of time and loss and expense, liability for defective works and all aspects of insurance and securities. Much of his recent work has involved issues arising out of actual or threatened termination.

As an arbitrator and adjudicator, his recent notable appointments include multi million dollar disputes involving LNG pipelines, a chemical plant in the Middle East, and a joint venture dispute in the West Indies and rail and infrastructure disputes.


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 date




Bachelor of Laws - University of Leicester 1979, Master of Laws - King's College London 1980

London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersA commanding advocate.

Within: Construction

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 QC is often involved in high-value disputes across the UK and Europe; he appeared in 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. The 'unparalleled' Alexander Nissen QC acted for the successful claimant in Grove Developments v S&T (UK) Ltd, a landmark decision on payment provisions under the Housing Grants Act.

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Within: Leading Silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersA very lively advocate and excellent cross-examiner.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersA masterful cross-examiner, and is very good at reading a Tribunal.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersHe is a skilled advocate.

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United Arab Emirates: The English bar


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Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersHis practice includes cases under ICC and DIAC rules.

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