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Global Guide

Construction (The Bar) — UK

Band 1

From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET

Premier set comprising an array of highly regarded construction law barristers. Members of chambers are consistently involved in the sector's most high-profile domestic and international disputes. Their clients include contractors, public bodies, insurers and leading construction companies as well as large corporations in various fields. They recently participated in the gargantuan litigation arising out of the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Client service: Justin Wilson leads the clerking team. "They always seem to find a way to accommodate the client's needs. They're very efficient and helpful." "I have found them very helpful indeed. They've never let me down."

SILKS

Manus McMullan QC
Star silk who draws praise for his advocacy skills and tactical nous. He regularly acts in high-value construction disputes and arbitrations around the world, and is particularly good at litigious infrastructure cases.
Strengths: "Brilliant with clients, accessible and always responsive. He's a good, measured advocate and very strategic. Everyone likes Manus." "He's clever and good at rolling up his sleeves and getting to the issue quickly. He comes across well with clients. They like him."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Linder Depa v Qatar, a contract termination claim regarding the construction of the luxury first class and business lounges at the new airport in Doha, Qatar.

David Streatfeild-James QC
Highly lauded silk with a sector-wide reputation as a powerful and unyielding cross-examiner. He is routinely instructed on the most technically complex construction litigation and arbitration. He routinely receives praise for the high calibre of his written and oral advice.
Strengths: "He's absolutely superb: extremely sensible, calm, experienced and user-friendly. If it's a big and difficult case then he's on point." "Cuts straight to the chase and gives unbelievably good commercial advice. He's intellectual and academic but when the need arises for brutal commercial advice he will do that too."
Recent work: Acted in a GBP100 million dispute in the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) arising out of payment provisions in a 30-year PFI DBFO contract for the operation of the M25.

Andrew White QC
Highly distinguished silk offering unparalleled advice across areas such as oil and gas and renewables. He regularly advises major clients in high-profile construction disputes at both the national and international levels.
Strengths: "He's impressive and adds gravitas." "Extremely experienced and wise."

Stephanie Barwise QC
Top-drawer silk who advises on high-value adjudications and TCC litigation. She has a diverse practice ranging across areas such as housing disputes and energy projects. In the last year she has been particularly active in matters arising out of construction projects in the Caribbean.
Strengths: "A leading specialist in construction who provides excellent service which is clear, concise and to the point." "Brings an enormously energetic and enthusiastic approach to her work and is very much liked by clients. Her advice is clear and she understands the commercial context."
Recent work: Acted for Chiorino, the claimant, in a dispute with James West relating to a design and build contract.

Stephen Dennison QC
A prominent silk who is noted for his expertise in both domestic disputes and international arbitration. He is an experienced litigator who regularly acts for significant clients, particularly in the healthcare, transport and engineering sectors.
Strengths: "He's an absolute pleasure to work with and always delivers an excellent-quality product." "Stephen is very down-to-earth but also technical and has a good commercial approach."

Nicholas Dennys QC
Highly regarded silk with a strong international practice. He is particularly noted for his vast experience working with government bodies and large multinational organisations. He regularly advises on major projects, covering areas such as transport infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas.
Strengths: "Co-operative and easy to deal with." "Very user-friendly and experienced." "His intellectual ability is very good."

Steven Walker QC
Talented strategist who regularly acts for contractors in a wide range of disputes, both nationally and internationally. He has a stellar reputation for his work in domestic adjudications and regularly appears before the TCC. His diverse practice is well suited to disputes involving large-scale residential developments and public projects.
Strengths: "Thorough, dedicated and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has an excellent manner with clients." "Steven delivers advice in a no-nonsense, straightforward and very clear manner. He has a calm, reassuring presence and is on top of the detail very quickly without losing sight of the overall strategy."
Recent work: Defended Interserve in claims of GBP11 million brought by Devon County Council regarding alleged design and construction defects in a newly built eco-friendly school.

Nicholas Baatz QC
Highly respected barrister with a sterling reputation for his experience in construction disputes, with a noted specialism in those concerning insurance or professional negligence issues. His practice is active in domestic litigation and international arbitration, and his incisive mind and legal acumen garners much respect.
Strengths: "Nicholas has exceptional legal knowledge, excellent advocacy skills and is very pleasant to deal with. He never fails to add a huge amount of value." "Excellent lawyer with absolutely brilliant client skills."
Recent work: Acted on a subcontractor's adjudication claim for in excess of GBP10 million in connection with a power station project in England.

Jonathan Acton Davis QC
Senior silk who regularly acts in large-scale construction disputes. He offers experience in both major international arbitration and high-value domestic litigation. He acts for a range of clients, most notably contractors and engineering firms.
Strengths: "Cool as a cucumber under pressure and has a calming influence on clients when they find themselves in difficult situations." "Incredibly easy to work with, charming, persuasive and imaginative."

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Highly rated silk who draws particular praise for her international tribunal work in the Far East. She also counts several public bodies in the UK among her diverse clientele. She served as chair of the Bar Council in 2016 and now serves as head of chambers.
Strengths: "Chantal grasped the relevant issues and asked the right questions to get to the solution. Her legal analysis was very sound." "Very bright, strategic and a team player." "Measured and client-friendly."

Dominique Rawley QC
Sought-after silk with a particular focus on domestic infrastructure matters and disputes arising from PPP and PFI arrangements. She is a regular participant in proceedings at the TCC and also has an active international arbitration practice.
Strengths: "Strategically astute and commercially aware. She will always think of a different approach which could be taken to resolve an issue and is prepared to delve into the detail. Very effective and clever." "Excellent with clients, knows her stuff and has a very nice manner about her."
Recent work: Defended a German process engineering company against a GBP15 million damages claim brought by a major UK contractor for delay to commissioning works and alleged defective design with respect to three mechanical and biological waste treatment facilities constructed in Greater Manchester.

Andrew Goddard QC
High-quality silk who regularly appears in big-ticket construction disputes and has particular knowledge of the housing and infrastructure sectors. He has experience of both domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration, and has developed a significant practice in Hong Kong.
Strengths: "Measured, creative and a good thinker." "Clients warm to him very quickly as he is commercial and cuts straight to where the battleground is."

Martin Bowdery QC
Experienced silk who advises on a range of construction disputes, including domestic PFI actions and international arbitration. Market sources extol his imaginative approach and lateral thinking.
Strengths:"An extremely bright barrister who is creative and prepared to give strong advice." "He provides a very commercial and lateral-thinking approach."
Recent work: Acted for Manolete Partners, assignees of Stylus Sports, in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a dispute with Hastings Borough Council regarding Hastings Pier.

Simon Lofthouse QC
High-quality silk with a diverse practice that is oriented towards international arbitration. He acts for a range of major clients from across the globe, including governments and contractors. He is typically instructed to handle disputes arising in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Strengths: "A very good advocate with an impressive grasp of all the technical and legal issues on complex disputes." "He's an absolute workhorse and is there for you the whole time."

Fiona Parkin QC
Noteworthy silk who acts in TCC litigation, domestic adjudications and international arbitration. She frequently represents public bodies and private contractors in disputes arising from large infrastructure projects.
Strengths: "Very impressive, tenacious and extremely hard-working." "Gets to grip with the issues quickly, very client-friendly and easy to work with."
Recent work: Retained to provide independent expert advice on behalf of the Gibraltar government-owned development company as to English law issues arising out of the termination of a Spanish building contractor’s building contract to construct a large-scale residential development in Gibraltar.

JUNIORS

Mark Chennells
Experienced senior junior who is frequently led in large-scale disputes covering areas such as renewables and property development. He increasingly acts as sole counsel in domestic disputes and various forms of ADR.
Strengths: "Extremely hard-working, a real team player and great to have in any dispute team." "Incredibly bright and fiercely hard-working, with an excellent style on his feet. He's one of the best."
Recent work: Acted in Fluor v ZPMC, a USD400 million TCC action arising out of the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project.

Rupert Choat
Draws on his previous experience as a specialist construction solicitor at CMS to inform his well-rounded practice. He acts in adjudication enforcement matters and real estate redevelopment disputes, domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "Rupert considers every angle. He is on the ball and responsive to client needs." "Bright, professional, experienced and creative. He is someone you would want to have in your team."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for Devon County Council in a GBP10 million claim against architects and contractors regarding a defective new eco-school.

Nicholas Collings
Highly respected senior junior who often acts as sole counsel in high-value disputes in the UK and the Middle East. He represents clients across a range of areas such as mixed-use development issues and transport infrastructure matters.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who provides sensible, pragmatic advice and is well liked by clients." "He is always available and gives a very quick turnaround. He has a very good grasp of the technical issues and is very engaged."

Andrew Fenn
Sought-after junior who often appears unled in domestic litigation and international arbitration. He advises on a range of matters, including infrastructure projects and final account disputes. He is increasingly concentrating his practice on large-scale construction and engineering disputes in the Middle East.
Strengths: "Accomplished well beyond his years and incredibly easy to deal with." "Incredibly bright and very user-friendly."

Camille Slow
Highly skilled advocate who acts in a range of matters for employers and contractors, with notable experience in multiparty disputes. She receives a steady stream of instructions from clients in the social housing and PFI sectors, and regularly appears unled in cases.
Strengths: "A real team player who is prepared to roll up her sleeves and get stuck into the evidence to come up with compelling and well thought-through arguments." "Camille is very thorough and excellent with clients. Her advocacy is her real strength and where she punches well above her weight."
Recent work: Acted for Laing O'Rourke in a dispute regarding a PFI hospital project in Newcastle.

Patrick Clarke
Noted junior with a professional engineering background whose attention to detail is widely admired by fellow practitioners. He advises on a range of matters, domestically and abroad, with a particular emphasis on residential properties and infrastructure works.
Strengths: "Very good at distilling complicated legal, technical and factual issues into a comprehensible and compelling case." "Excellent and very capable junior who grasps the technicalities and commercial issues very quickly."

Robert Clay
Experienced senior junior who draws praise from solicitors for his written work. He is regularly called upon by a diverse client base across a number of sectors including major contractors.
Strengths: "Quickly grasps complex issues, produces excellent drafting and has a good manner with clients." "Very considerate and easy to work with."
Recent work: Brought a multimillion-pound rectification claim in the TCC on behalf of Milton Keynes Council in connection with a contract for a recycling project.

Jennifer Jones
Noted junior with considerable experience in matters concerning renewables, infrastructure, energy and professional negligence. She routinely handles high-value litigation and arbitrations in the UK and abroad, and is increasingly active in multiparty TCC disputes.
Strengths: "Very impressive and a clear thinker." "Effective and thorough." "An excellent barrister who is very responsive and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for one of four defendants in a claim of over GBP11 million resulting from a fire that destroyed two stores in Warrington.

Frances Pigott
Has a well-rounded practice and is regularly called upon by a varied clientele. Her areas of expertise cover areas such as energy, infrastructure and residential developments. She has significant experience appearing before both the TCC and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Always thorough and efficient, and excellent at cross-examination and in court." "Has substantial experience, being a solicitor-turned-barrister, and has a down-to-earth approach."
Recent work: Acted on an employer's claim for GBP18 million in damages for the defective design, supervision and construction of many aspects of a shopping, leisure and residential complex at Birmingham Plaza.

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Band 1

From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET

Outstanding set harbouring a team of first-class construction barristers adept at handling major disputes. Members of chambers are routinely embroiled in high-value cases in domestic courts and international arbitrations. They enjoy a substantial following among heavyweight participants in the sector, including engineers, architects, developers, contractors and governmental organisations. They have recently been involved in a string of significant cases, such as Biffa v M & W, a multimillion-pound TCC action regarding the design and construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Sussex.

Client service: The clerking team is led by Declan Redmond. "The clerks are very customer-focused. They're a dynamic team and very commercial." "You get an excellent service from the clerks and can always get hold of someone."

SILKS

Marcus Taverner QC
Widely admired by barristers and solicitors alike, he is regularly instructed in high-value disputes for blue-chip players throughout the construction industry. He has a formidable practice and is regularly involved in major cases at both the domestic and international levels.
Strengths: "An extremely strong advocate who brings great insight to his work. He exercises exceptional strategic judgement honed over many years of work on important cases." "A force to be reckoned with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, Biffa, in a GBP20 million TCC action concerning the design and construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Sussex.

Adam Constable QC
Top-drawer construction silk who specialises in complex and technical construction and engineering disputes. He has an enviable domestic and international litigation and arbitration practice, with particular expertise in energy and offshore construction issues.
Strengths: "Truly exceptional and everything you could want in a leading counsel. He is very hard-working, a superb advocate and has excellent judgement and client-facing skills." "First-rate ability as an advocate. His ability to recall facts is unparalleled. He's first choice counsel for any serious construction matter."
Recent work: Represented the cladding contractor in multimillion-pound TCC litigation relating to glass failures at 125 Old Broad Street in the City of London.

Alexander Nissen QC
Widely praised silk who acts for prominent employers and contractors in a range of disputes spanning the breadth of the construction industry. He has vast experience in high-value multiparty matters at both national and international level. He is also noted for his excellent handling of cases involving oil and gas and rail projects.
Strengths: "Pragmatic and has unrivalled experience of playing a key role in major multiparty TCC litigation." "Alexander is superb. He has a cool head, a quick brain and an easy manner. We trust him with some of our most difficult and complex work and he delivers every time."
Recent work: Acted for Grove Developments in multiple disputes against Balfour Beatty including litigation at first instance and in the Court of Appeal over interim payments valued at GBP40 million.

David Thomas QC
Top-class silk with a sterling practice in both the UK and overseas. He is acknowledged as a leading expert on NEC contracts, and has significant experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal, TCC, ICC and Dubai World Tribunal. The quality of his written work is the source of much client praise.
Strengths: "Calm, measured and excellent with clients. He is also a skilful advocate and has very good judgement of a tribunal." "A leading expert in all things NEC and brilliant on paper. He's good at providing clear, erudite advices."

Adrian Williamson QC
Highly regarded silk with considerable experience representing contractor clients in adjudications and appearing before the TCC. He has particular expertise in cases containing a professional negligence element.
Strengths: "A very persuasive advocate. He knows which points to run and gets the court to listen to what he has to say." "Cerebral and incisive. Quick to grasp the issues and a pleasure to work with."

Piers Stansfield QC
Noteworthy silk whose practice includes frequent instruction in large and complex TCC cases. He counts a number of major contractors and engineering firms among his clients. He is highlighted for his scrupulous approach and attention to detail, particularly with respect to NEC contract issues.
Strengths: "He's very meticulous and his clarity of thought and writing are phenomenal. He thinks about things very deeply and his output is always excellent." "Gets stuck into the legal, factual and technical details of a case. He has a calm demeanour and advises with a quiet confidence."
Recent work: Acted for Sir Robert McAlpine in connection with a GBP20 million claim arising out of the residential part of the Emirates Stadium development.

Simon Hargreaves QC
Outstanding silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile cases across a range of sectors such as transport, oil and gas and energy. He frequently acts in domestic disputes, adjudications and international arbitration.
Strengths: "Detailed, comprehensive and practical advice delivered in a user-friendly manner for both solicitors and clients. Prompt and supportive." "Simon is excellent: user-friendly, great with clients and experts, approachable and a strategic thinker."

Simon Hughes QC
Silk with a standout reputation given his sterling work on prominent cases at both the national and international levels. He has recently been instructed in high-value litigation, adjudication and international arbitration cases running the full gamut of construction issues. He is highlighted for his deep knowledge of construction contract law, especially within the FIDIC framework.
Strengths: "Will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in and really be part of the team. Clients and attorneys alike are impressed with his approach and personality. He is definitely in it to win it, and it shows." "Technically able and commercially astute."
Recent work: Acted in Arcadis v Amec, a TCC case concerning a contractual cap in the context of a claim worth more than GBP40 million against Hyder arising out of a problem with a shopping centre and car park complex.

John Marrin QC
Highly regarded senior silk with a pre-eminent reputation as an arbitrator. As counsel, he has significant experience in domestic litigation and international arbitration and is widely recognised for his appeals work. He also serves as a deputy judge in the TCC.

Marc Rowlands QC
Has a robust construction practice and particular expertise in the transport and infrastructure sectors. He has significant experience both domestically and abroad, and has been called to the Bars of Bermuda and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "A quick thinker with an engaging court manner. Urbane, unflappable and tactically astute." "Superb. He provides excellent client service and goes that extra mile."
Recent work: Acted for the developer of Park Hyatt St. Kitts in Range v KHT, a complex USD50 million dispute in the courts of St. Kitts against a US master developer.

Sarah Hannaford QC
Gifted silk with a diverse practice that includes an industry-acknowledged specialism in construction procurement. She has considerable experience of acting for public sector bodies in disputes and adjudications, and has notably represented the UK government in several major cases.
Strengths: "A clear thinker who has excellent presentational skills and is client-focused." "The go-to on construction-related procurement issues."
Recent work: Represented NPS Property Consultants in relation to a high-value dispute brought by the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey for negligent design and cost reporting relating to redevelopment works at a school.

Vincent Moran QC
Strong practitioner with a reputation for producing high-quality trial and tribunal work. His practice includes a focus on construction-related professional negligence and he regularly acts in large-scale cases in the TCC. His persuasive advocacy attracts praise from market observers.
Strengths: "Cuts to the key issues in a case with ruthless efficiency. Very down to earth, accessible and approachable." "Vince is first class. He is accessible, client-friendly, incisive and a brilliant advocate."
Recent work: Advised and represented M+W High Tech Properties in a GBP20 million TCC action related to the design and construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Sussex.

Lucy Garrett QC
Acclaimed new silk who is regularly instructed on high-value construction litigation and arbitration worldwide. Her sector expertise includes areas such as energy and shipbuilding.
Strengths: "Lucy is a force of nature. She's very good and has a gravitas that exceeds her years of call." "Lucy approaches work with great vigour and tenacity and is incredibly experienced, bright and feisty."
Recent work: Acted in ISG v Amazon Properties, a series of disputes arising out of four high-value residential redevelopments of central London properties for the ultra-luxury market.

Jonathan Selby QC
Impressive silk who draws praise for his top-notch work in high-value matters, particularly before the TCC but also regarding adjudications and international arbitration. He regularly acts unled and has appeared before both the Court of Appeal and Privy Council.
Strengths: "Absolutely at the top of his game. Clever, meticulous, commercial and a real fighter." "Top-rate construction barrister with a good turnaround time for work, an eye for detail and the ability to advise on complex matters in a straightforward manner."
Recent work: Acted in ISG v Amazon Properties, a series of disputes arising out of four high-value residential redevelopments of central London properties for the ultra-luxury market.

JUNIORS

Calum Lamont
Highly acclaimed junior who is frequently instructed on large construction disputes both nationally and in the Middle East. He advises on infrastructure issues and professional negligence matters among other areas, and has acted unled in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and able to easily distil complex issues into straightforward arguments." "He has a real eye for detail and is really rigorous in the way he approaches problems."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Nisbets v St Mowden, a case concerning the defective design and construction of a floor system at an operational cutlery warehouse in Bristol.

Paul Buckingham
Excellent junior whose science and engineering background informs his practice. He regularly acts in a range of highly technical and complex construction disputes. His sterling work in the energy and renewables sectors, both in the UK and abroad, is particularly noteworthy.
Strengths: "Paul is a pleasure to work with. He immediately engages with a case and stays on top of every element of it for the duration. As well as being a strong technical lawyer, Paul also provides astute tactical advice." "Very thoughtful, hard-working and reliable. Displays excellent judgement and never puts a foot wrong on the law."

Richard Coplin
Excellent junior with a growing practice in both domestic and cross-border matters. His prior employment as an engineer allows him expert insight into professional negligence cases. He is frequently instructed to represent clients in TCC matters. He is also well versed in adjudication claims, particularly those with enforcement issues.
Strengths: "He has a highly impressive ability to master complex background facts. His drafting is excellent and he is one of the most client-friendly barristers I have come across." "An able lawyer who understands technical issues."
Recent work: Acted in CIP v Galliford Try High, a high-value dispute arising out of defects at a shopping centre.

Samuel Townend
Gifted junior who is increasingly entrusted to act as sole counsel on valuable disputes before the TCC and arbitration worldwide.
Strengths: "Methodical, thorough and tenacious." "Very bright, knowledgeable and has great attention to detail."

William Webb
Impressive practitioner who elicits much praise for his advocacy skill and intellectual prowess. He has appeared in court as both junior and sole counsel and his practice includes high-value matters in domestic litigation and international arbitration.
Strengths: "One of the best juniors around. Cerebral, friendly and gives no-nonsense advice." "A confidence-inspiring pair of hands with an ability to grasp facts quickly and think outside the box."
Recent work: Acted for Grove, the developer of a hotel near London's O2 Arena, in a case against Balfour Beatty at the High Court and the Court of Appeal concerning the extent of the contractor's right to interim payments.

Gaynor Chambers
Has considerable experience in adjudications and domestic litigation. She is regularly instructed by major contractors in the energy, utilities and leisure sectors.
Strengths: "Good at distilling lots of information down to what's important. Approachable and practical." "Impressive at getting to the crux of the matter quickly and very user-friendly."

Abdul Jinadu
Experienced practitioner with a strong adjudication element to his practice. He regularly appears in domestic litigation and arbitration and has advised an array of clients including public sector bodies, developers and contractors. He is a regular participant in proceedings at the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Extremely experienced and a pleasure to work with. Very accessible and has a keen eye for the commerciality of a dispute." "He has the ability to articulate a point precisely in order to persuade. He is very easy to deal with, accessible and down-to-earth."
Recent work: Served as counsel to Universal Piling and Construction in a series of adjudication enforcements against VG Clements.

Gideon Scott Holland
Experienced junior whose practice includes frequent instruction in contractual disputes. He has been active in arbitration and litigation cases involving property development and process engineering, among other areas. His extensive contractual expertise extends across JCT, ICE, NEC and PFI formats.
Strengths: "He's got an ability to get on top of very complicated construction disputes. I was very impressed with him." "Excellent junior who is calm and collected under pressure."
Recent work: Appeared in Arcadis Consulting v AMEC, a case involving claims and counterclaims for declarations as to the existence and meaning of a contract.

Alice Sims
Quality practitioner who regularly acts in high-profile cases in the TCC and before international tribunals. Her practice spans a wide range of the construction sector, with clients in the energy, renewables and commercial development spheres, among others.
Strengths: "Forthright and very precise in her approach, she develops relationships with others on the case really well."

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Band 2

From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET

Highly respected set with an international reputation in construction. Its highly experienced members are active in jurisdictions worldwide and attract acclaim for their consummate handling of disputes for leading market entities. In particular, barristers at 4 Pump Court regularly receive instructions to provide counsel on Middle and Far Eastern matters. Recent highlights include Fluor v ZPMC, relating to the construction of the Greater Gabbard wind farm, as well as acting for Arups in TCC disputes regarding the Selfridges Building in Birmingham.

Client service: The clerking team is led by Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs. "4 Pump Court is a first-class set whose clerks are always responsive and helpful." "The clerking is excellent. They make an effort to get to know you and are easy to talk to. It is my chambers of choice."

SILKS

Sean Brannigan QC
Top-drawer silk widely hailed for his courtroom presence. He regularly acts in high-value domestic cases and on major international arbitration seated worldwide, with an emphasis on work in the Far and Middle East.
Strengths: "An extremely bright and gutsy individual who doesn't waver and makes sensible calls. He is very practical and a great advocate. Clients like him because he's down-to-earth and easy to work with." "One of our first ports of call for really serious international or heavy domestic construction disputes."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for over USD25 million by an African contractor against a developer arising from the termination of a contract to construct a methane extraction and power plant facility in Rwanda.

Rachel Ansell QC
A highly lauded advocate with a burgeoning reputation for her high-quality casework, domestically and in the Middle East. She is regularly instructed by major clients, such as prominent contractors, on matters in the energy and infrastructure spheres.
Strengths: "Very hard-working and great at asking difficult questions and considering the bigger picture as well as detail. She will take no nonsense and pursue issues as far as necessary to get to the bottom of a point." "She gives her soul to her cases and provides probably the best client experience I can think of."
Recent work: Acted in a series of disputes arising out of an EPC contract for a water desalination plant in the Middle East.

Duncan McCall QC
Excellent silk whose practice runs the full spectrum of construction and engineering claims. He has a particular focus on cases involving major infrastructure and commercial projects both nationally and abroad. His practice continues to grow in the Middle East and Asia.
Strengths: "Excellent at gauging the mood of the tribunal and has a very good, calm manner with clients." "He is great to work with and gives thoughtful and considered advice. He is both responsive and calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted for an engineering contractor in a claim for design costs relating to a bridge and viaduct.

Jeremy Nicholson QC
Highly experienced silk who offers particular expertise in large-scale international arbitration. He is also noted for his adroit handling of professional negligence and insurance-related construction disputes. His forensic approach garners widespread praise.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough silk with a detailed grasp of complex construction technicalities." "Provides fantastic attention to detail and gives complete confidence that he's looked at the case from every angle."
Recent work: Acted for a plant manufacturer and its insurers in a GBP10 million claim for a fire at a hospital alleged to have been caused by a defect in plant that was manufactured and installed.

Fiona Sinclair QC
Impressive silk with an increasingly prominent practice that has seen her appear in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Her considerable domestic offering is supplemented by her involvement in large international arbitration.
Strengths: "Fiona has an exceptional legal mind. She is always clear and concise in her distillation of complex legal arguments." "Great with clients and gets to grip quickly with complex issues and documents."
Recent work: Defended the architects in a dispute about the construction of One Kensington Gardens, a luxury residential development opposite Kensington Palace in London.

Benjamin Pilling QC
Quality QC with a substantial practice in both the UK and the Middle East. He has worked on a number of large-scale construction disputes in the renewables, infrastructure and transport remits.
Strengths: "His advice is crisp, clear and impeccably reasoned. He does not sit on the fence on issues." "Commercially sensible, very approachable and skilled."
Recent work: Instructed by the claimant in a USD650 million claim arising from an infrastructure contract relating to the construction of a new city in the Middle East.

James Cross QC
Highly regarded practitioner with a broad practice. He is particularly noted for his quality work in professional negligence-related construction matters. His clients include a wide range of prominent players in the construction industry, including government departments and major insurers from the UK and abroad.
Strengths: "Tenacious and has a fantastic grasp of the detail." "Totally in control of everything and very good to work with."
Recent work: Acted in a major dispute concerning a new airport on a remote island in the South Atlantic where no commercial flights can land because of wind shear.

Anthony Speaight QC
Senior silk with significant experience acting in the TCC on high-value claims relating to energy, infrastructure and upscale residential developments. He stands out for his experience in handling construction-related professional misconduct cases.
Strengths: "Very approachable and responsive. His advice is clear and unequivocal." "Very good with clients and hard-working. He's prepared to take his coat off and get down to the nitty gritty."
Recent work: Acted in Jawaby Property Investments v Interior Group, a TCC dispute between a contractor and an employer under a JCT contract concerning a high-rise office building in Holborn.

David Friedman QC
Hugely respected senior silk whose expansive practice covers all types of construction and engineering disputes, particularly those with a professional negligence aspect.
Strengths: "Brings confidence and insightful analysis to any complex, large-value dispute."

Lynne McCafferty QC
Lauded for her skill in complex, highly technical construction disputes. Her robust domestic practice complements her impressive international arbitration offering, which is focused in the Middle East. She is particularly active in disputes involving aspects of professional negligence, energy and infrastructure.
Strengths: "Very hard-working, user-friendly, accessible and provides excellent pleadings." "Very calm and thorough and gives good, clear advice."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in a large multiparty dispute arising out of the construction of a biological waste treatment plant. There are multiple claims and cross-claims relating to delay, defective works, and contractual compensation, and the sums at stake amount to GBP15 million.

JUNIORS

James Bowling
Excellent junior who regularly appears in both domestic and international arbitration and frequently advises on complex litigation and adjudications in the UK. He is increasingly instructed to act unled by a client base that includes multinational corporations and governments.
Strengths: "He has an encyclopaedic brain and understands both the legal and construction process, so his advice is relevant, practical and commercial." "Mixes intelligence with tenacity. Able to get straight to the heart of what really matters on even the most complicated of instructions."
Recent work: Acted in Caring Homes v DWA Architects, a dispute regarding negligent design and supervision by a firm of architects in relation to the construction of a care home.

James Leabeater
Leading junior whose construction practice regularly sees him represent prominent contractors. He has acted in large claims nationally and in both Africa and the Middle East.
Strengths: "Commercial, client-focused and extremely capable." "He has an exceptional grasp of the facts and is developing into a strong and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Instructed to represent Arups in a TCC dispute in relation to claims for GBP8 million made by the owners of the Selfridges Building in Birmingham concerning the hi-tech facade.

Kate Livesey
Prominent junior who frequently appears unled in the TCC and before international tribunals, with a particular emphasis on construction-related professional negligence cases. She has represented an array of clients including contractors, subcontractors and insurers in a number of high-value disputes. Her diligent attention to detail earns her consistent praise from commentators.
Strengths: "Bright, hard-working and really thorough. I was very impressed." "Careful, measured, meticulous and appreciates that the devil is in the detail."
Recent work: Acted in a multiparty dispute between contractors, subcontractors and insurers in the Belfast High Court regarding defects and corrosion of pipework systems at a new unit constructed at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Thomas Crangle
Quality junior with a robust domestic offering and a burgeoning international arbitration practice centred in the Far East. He receives particular praise for his written advocacy. He is increasingly acting as sole counsel in arbitration, adjudication and TCC proceedings.
Strengths: "A very user-friendly senior junior who is very commercial and extremely savvy strategically." "A very thoughtful and thorough person in the way he prepares written submissions."
Recent work: Acted in a GBP6 million dispute concerning global claims for loss and expense and extensions of time with regard to the construction of a power station in the UK.

Jessica Stephens
Acclaimed junior with a heavyweight domestic practice and an international offering that includes disputes in construction markets worldwide. She has appeared unled before the TCC in an impressive range of construction cases, including those concerning energy, utilities and infrastructure.
Strengths: "An excellent barrister. Very punchy and with a great grasp of the detail." "Very user-friendly, committed and intelligent with a can-do attitude."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute for GBP20 million in respect of solicitors' negligence in the handling of an arbitration claim involving delays to a substantial construction project.

Luke Wygas
Well-regarded junior who frequently advises on complex construction disputes, arbitrations and adjudications. He is able to draw upon his previous experience as a civil engineer to inform his burgeoning practice. The geographical scope of his practice continues to expand as he handles disputes arising out of projects in Africa and Asia.
Strengths: "His technical background meant he very quickly got to grips with the construction issues and was able to speak the same language to clients and engineers." "Wise beyond his apparent youth."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Waco v Leeds City Council, a case which set a precedent in relation to waiver, estoppel and payment notices in construction contracts.

Simon Henderson
Widely respected senior junior who has acted in an impressive range of construction disputes and related professional negligence claims. His diverse client base includes major players in the energy, banking and telecoms sectors.
Strengths: "Brilliant, bright and always very easy to work with. His work ethic is amazing and he's good at what he does." "He has a very user-friendly, practical approach."
Recent work: Defended WYG Engineering and Galliford Try in a case brought by Barnsley College alleging defective air conditioning in a new college building.

Jonathan Lewis
Strong senior junior who regularly represents prominent clients such as major public bodies and large contractors. He has acted in high-profile disputes, adjudications and arbitrations. He is noted for his ability to handle cases overlapping between the disciplines of construction and insolvency law.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate with a stinging intellect and a thoroughly approachable manner. He is able to precisely dissect the most complex case and reduce it to its bare essentials." "Exceptionally bright, commercially sharp and an excellent, pragmatic team player."
Recent work: Acted for Wandle Housing Association in a GBP25 million case concerning major construction defects in a six year old housing development in central London, which necessitated the demolition of a large part of the development.

Claire Packman
Robust senior junior who advises a diverse client base including major contractors, engineers and government departments. Her nationwide practice includes significant engagements in high-value adjudications and TCC cases. She is particularly adept at dealing with disputes concerning engineering or design failures, as well as those with professional negligence elements.
Strengths: "A bright, down-to-earth, hard-working and enthusiastic construction junior with a very user-friendly approach." "She's incredibly bright and her written work is exceptional."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a claim for GBP3 million by a builder against offshore property development companies in relation to 11 different construction projects.

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Band 3

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET

A widely respected set that includes in its line-up a number of experienced and sought-after construction barristers. Top-drawer contractor, developer and employer clients look to chambers for representation in heavyweight disputes both in the UK and the world over, most notably in the Middle East. Members have expertise spanning the full range of construction and engineering industry issues, including power, building and infrastructure, as well as ancillary areas such as health and safety and professional negligence. They recently acted in Shangri-La v Sisk, a headline-grabbing dispute concerning the construction of a hotel at The Shard in London.

Client service: Chris Sunderland is the senior commercial, construction and energy clerk. "A very well-run set with a great clerking and administrative team which makes them easy to deal with. They deliver each time they are instructed." "They're very proactive in getting to know instructing solicitors. They were very commercial, responsive and effective, and made a real effort to provide added value."

SILKS

Roger ter Haar QC
Acclaimed senior silk who is highly experienced across a broad spectrum of construction matters, with a particular emphasis on major projects in the Middle East.
Strengths: "Formidable in court, and his ability to absorb an argument that is made, digest it and articulate a response while on his feet is really impressive." "A very good advocate with fantastic instincts. He's dynamic, responsive and easy to work with."

Andrew Rigney QC
Eminent silk who regularly acts in high-value litigation and arbitration in the UK and internationally. His work on construction cases throughout the energy sector elicits particular praise. His diverse practice covers a range of disputes, relating to such matters as infrastructure projects, oil and gas plants and large mixed-use developments.
Strengths: "Not only is he an absolute pleasure to work with, he is extremely intelligent and hard-working." "Very user-friendly and fantastic at getting to the heart of the matter."

David Sears QC
Represents major clients from both public and private sectors in disputes covering the full range of construction matters. His significant professional negligence practice complements his lauded construction offering.
Strengths: "Has a gravitas which goes down well in court." "Very bright, calm, confident and gives clear advice. He is very approachable and liked by clients."
Recent work: Represented the building subcontractor in McLaren Construction v Jacobs One & Others, a multiparty dispute concerning liability for the defective foundations and resulting subsidence in a number of units on an industrial estate.

JUNIORS

Anna Laney
Impressive junior who is regularly instructed in large and technically complex litigation and arbitration. She has also advised on a number of notable and valuable disputes in the Persian Gulf.
Strengths: "Enthusiastic, hard-working and a tremendous team player. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She's a very effective advocate." "Proactive, commercial, clever and resourceful."
Recent work: Acted in Lulu Construction v Mulalley & Co, an adjudication enforcement decision where the key issue was whether it was possible to recover the costs of running the adjudication itself.

Charles Pimlott
Talented junior who acts in arbitration, adjudications and adjudication enforcements in the TCC. He advises on matters in a wide range of sectors including utilities and commercial development. He handles a variety of disputes regarding infrastructure projects, process plants, stadiums and other matters.
Strengths: "Very calm, considered and logical as an advocate." "His thorough and no-nonsense approach is particularly valued."
Recent work: Successfully recovered GBP10 million for Herefordshire District Council in a TCC adjudication enforcement hearing against Amey arising out of a ten-year highway maintenance contract.

Crispin Winser
Lauded junior whose practice extends from domestic residential development work and PFI matters to large-scale international arbitration. He has tackled a raft of disputes originating in the Middle East.
Strengths: "A clever and practical construction specialist who is concise, clear and very helpful." "Very thorough and commercially astute. A tenacious advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the owners of a mews house in a dispute with the owner of the neighbouring property over the construction of a basement.

James Medd
Strong senior junior whose construction practice is complemented by his background in insurance law. He regularly advises contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in cases across the UK.
Strengths: "He has a capacity for obtaining a thorough grasp of complex information and documentation in high-value cases and of adding considerable value to the case and overall client strategy." "A class act."
Recent work: Successfully defended Northumbrian Water against a claim brought by householders alleging that one of the company’s sewage pipes had fallen into disrepair, leaked and so caused the sloping land by which their bungalow is supported to collapse.

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Band 3

From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET

39 Essex houses an impressive group of experienced construction barristers who complement chambers' broader offering. Members garner praise for their handling of a vast range of construction disputes, particularly in relation to projects in the energy, utilities, infrastructure and PFI/PPP sectors. The set is utilised by contractors, developers and public entities to offer counsel both domestically and in jurisdictions the world over, including the Caribbean, the Middle East and East Asia, where its presence is bolstered by offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Recent major instructions include Kier Build v Cameron Taylor One and Octagon v J Laing.

Client service: "The set is very well run, professional and friendly. The clerks are very helpful and understand commercial, legal and procedural issues." "39 Essex offer an incredible service in terms of thinking how they can assist and trying to understand our needs." Lindsay Scott is the director of clerking.

SILKS

Stuart Catchpole QC
Masterful silk extolled for his courtroom presence and intellectual prowess. He has a renowned domestic practice and is widely respected for his international arbitration work.
Strengths: "Very bright, analytical, a great strategist and a formidable presence in court. He combines a superb understanding of the law with a very commercial approach." "Fearsomely intelligent and incisive. Most impressive."

Paul Darling QC
Heavyweight silk with a strong global practice that often involves tribunal work in the Far and Middle East. His domestic work sees him regularly appearing before the TCC in an array of high-value cases.|
Strengths: "Extremely talented and a great man to have on your side. He knows how to win." "Paul is a larger than life personality and has a real presence which intimidates the opposition."
Recent work: Acted in Stellite Construction v Vascroft Contractors, a High Court adjudication enforcement decision involving the principles concerning natural justice and jurisdiction and the circumstances in which an adjudicator's decision may be severed.

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC
Highly regarded senior silk who is particularly well known for his adroit handling of matters involving guarantees, performance bonds and related professional negligence claims. He has developed a sterling practice, both in the UK and abroad, which is supplemented by his regular work as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "Always one of our first choices for serious, heavyweight construction matters." "Super clever, very strategic and has got a very good bedside manner with clients."
Recent work: Represented AES Maritza in a EUR150 million claim on a bond issued by Crédit Agricole in relation to the construction of a power plant in Bulgaria by Alstom.

Adrian Hughes QC
Skilled silk with a robust domestic practice and a particular interest in infrastructure and PFI work. His international arbitration offering is notable, and he undertakes significant work in the Middle and Far East, notably in China.
Strengths: "Extremely personable and handles clients brilliantly."

Sean Wilken QC
A formidable QC with a diverse practice, he regularly undertakes high-profile work in complex international arbitration and domestic litigation. His clients include public entities, contractors and developers. He regularly handles cases in the infrastructure, energy and insurance sectors and is recommended for his intimate knowledge of PFI projects.
Strengths: "His advice is direct, concise and enables clients to formulate a successful commercial strategy without delay." "Has excellent advocacy skills. Sean is calm, certain and measured."
Recent work: Acted in Costain and Ferrovial v Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council, a GBP10 million claim relating to the construction of a school in Bradford under a PFI project.

Adam Robb QC
Well regarded practitioner who is regularly sought after by household-name law firms to assist with high-value disputes.
Strengths: "A phenomenally determined counsel who is extremely hard-working and a team player. He's a great asset to have on any case." "Able to identify the crux of a case almost immediately and a fine advocate."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel in a multimillion-pound claim arising out of defective foundations to a large Sainsbury's store.

JUNIORS

Alexandra Bodnar
Quality junior whose growing practice regularly sees her being led by prominent silks in big-ticket disputes. She offers expertise across litigation, arbitration and adjudication proceedings and regularly appears in the TCC and the Commercial Court.
Strengths: "Her clarity of thought is astounding. She has an ability to grasp the nettles the first time she gets the papers and her written work is staggering." "Hard-working and a pleasure to work with. Delivers practical and user-friendly advice."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for both defendants in Vectis Holdings v Lynn Pit Landfill and Westridge, a claim for injunctions and damages for nuisance and negligence arising out of a landslip from land on which the second defendant operates a landfill business.

Rachael O'Hagan
Gifted junior increasingly instructed in valuable litigation and arbitration for a diverse client base including major contractors and government bodies. Her body of work includes significant matters in energy, infrastructure and residential development. She is increasingly acting as sole counsel in large disputes.
Strengths: "She's charming with clients, incredibly hard-working and has got a very good working knowledge of construction law." "Calm advice and comprehensive thought."

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Band 3

From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET

4 New Square is much admired by contractors, developers, insurers and public bodies for its assured handling of complex and high-value construction disputes. Barristers at the set receive instructions in the full range of construction matters and are renowned for their unparalleled experience in cases with significant insurance and professional negligence issues. They are a regular presence in proceedings at the TCC and other domestic courts, as well as in international arbitration. Recent standout cases include Aspect Contracts v Higgins Construction and Birmingham City Council v Amey.

Client service: Lizzy Stewart is the senior clerk. "It is a well-run set and the clerks are very helpful and responsive." "If ever we had a query or needed something sorted they would be able to sort it out. The backroom staff are excellent."

SILKS

Roger Stewart QC
Highly regarded senior silk with a strong reputation for work in construction-related professional negligence. He has acted for major clients in top-level disputes in the UK, the Middle East and South America. He is increasingly active in high-stakes international arbitrations.
Strengths: "He gives clear, forthright and forceful views and is a very calm leader. He does not get rattled or flustered." "He comes up with constructive and practical ideas as to how to deal with something."
Recent work: Acted for the designers and builders of 100 high-quality flats in Knightsbridge in a claim against the architects and engineers.

Ben Patten QC
Strong silk who advises on big-ticket matters including all manner of domestic disputes and international arbitration. His practice is complemented by an acclaimed professional negligence offering. His loyal client base includes contractors, developers and professional indemnity insurers.
Strengths: "Very easy to engage with and always provides sound commercial advice." "He is amazingly calm under pressure, which gives the entire team confidence."
Recent work: Acted for the contracting arm of the government of Trinidad and Tobago in successfully recovering USD58 million in respect of performance bonds issued for works carried out by a Brazilian contractor.

Mark Cannon QC
Demonstrates particular prowess in professional negligence and insurance-related construction matters. He regularly acts for prominent contractors and consultants.
Strengths: "Phenomenally quick with a tremendous intellect and a keen commercial eye." "He's extremely bright and absorbs information very quickly."
Recent work: Acted in Lagan Homes v MV Kelly, a claim against a specialist subcontractor and engineers for allegedly negligent design and specification of the basement car park in a residential development.

Justin Fenwick QC
Senior QC whose construction practice is focused on complex, high-value disputes, both in the UK and overseas. His considerable experience in the related fields of professional liability, professional negligence and civil fraud add further value to his offering.
Strengths: "One of the go-to barristers for construction insurance advice. He's very genial and clever." "Tenacious trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Harlequin SVG v Wilkins Kennedy, a high-value TCC claim concerning the construction of a hotel development in the Caribbean.

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Senior Statesperson

David Friedman QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

David Friedman QC  
Hugely respected senior silk whose expansive practice covers all types of construction and engineering disputes, particularly those with a professional negligence aspect.
Strengths: "Brings confidence and insightful analysis to any complex, large-value dispute."

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Star Individuals

Sean Brannigan QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Sean Brannigan QC  
Top-drawer silk widely hailed for his courtroom presence. He regularly acts in high-value domestic cases and on major international arbitration seated worldwide, with an emphasis on work in the Far and Middle East.
Strengths: "An extremely bright and gutsy individual who doesn't waver and makes sensible calls. He is very practical and a great advocate. Clients like him because he's down-to-earth and easy to work with." "One of our first ports of call for really serious international or heavy domestic construction disputes."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for over USD25 million by an African contractor against a developer arising from the termination of a contract to construct a methane extraction and power plant facility in Rwanda.

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Star Individuals

Stuart Catchpole QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Stuart Catchpole QC  
Masterful silk extolled for his courtroom presence and intellectual prowess. He has a renowned domestic practice and is widely respected for his international arbitration work.
Strengths: "Very bright, analytical, a great strategist and a formidable presence in court. He combines a superb understanding of the law with a very commercial approach." "Fearsomely intelligent and incisive. Most impressive."

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Star Individuals

Manus McMullan QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Manus McMullan QC 
Star silk who draws praise for his advocacy skills and tactical nous. He regularly acts in high-value construction disputes and arbitrations around the world, and is particularly good at litigious infrastructure cases.
Strengths: "Brilliant with clients, accessible and always responsive. He's a good, measured advocate and very strategic. Everyone likes Manus." "He's clever and good at rolling up his sleeves and getting to the issue quickly. He comes across well with clients. They like him."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Linder Depa v Qatar, a contract termination claim regarding the construction of the luxury first class and business lounges at the new airport in Doha, Qatar.

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Star Individuals

David Streatfeild-James QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

David Streatfeild-James QC 
Highly lauded silk with a sector-wide reputation as a powerful and unyielding cross-examiner. He is routinely instructed on the most technically complex construction litigation and arbitration. He routinely receives praise for the high calibre of his written and oral advice.
Strengths: "He's absolutely superb: extremely sensible, calm, experienced and user-friendly. If it's a big and difficult case then he's on point." "Cuts straight to the chase and gives unbelievably good commercial advice. He's intellectual and academic but when the need arises for brutal commercial advice he will do that too."
Recent work: Acted in a GBP100 million dispute in the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) arising out of payment provisions in a 30-year PFI DBFO contract for the operation of the M25.

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Star Individuals

Marcus Taverner QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Marcus Taverner QC 
Widely admired by barristers and solicitors alike, he is regularly instructed in high-value disputes for blue-chip players throughout the construction industry. He has a formidable practice and is regularly involved in major cases at both the domestic and international levels.
Strengths: "An extremely strong advocate who brings great insight to his work. He exercises exceptional strategic judgement honed over many years of work on important cases." "A force to be reckoned with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, Biffa, in a GBP20 million TCC action concerning the design and construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Sussex.

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Star Individuals

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrew White QC 
Highly distinguished silk offering unparalleled advice across areas such as oil and gas and renewables. He regularly advises major clients in high-profile construction disputes at both the national and international levels.
Strengths: "He's impressive and adds gravitas." "Extremely experienced and wise."

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Band 1

Stephanie Barwise QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephanie Barwise QC  
Top-drawer silk who advises on high-value adjudications and TCC litigation. She has a diverse practice ranging across areas such as housing disputes and energy projects. In the last year she has been particularly active in matters arising out of construction projects in the Caribbean.
Strengths: "A leading specialist in construction who provides excellent service which is clear, concise and to the point." "Brings an enormously energetic and enthusiastic approach to her work and is very much liked by clients. Her advice is clear and she understands the commercial context."
Recent work: Acted for Chiorino, the claimant, in a dispute with James West relating to a design and build contract.

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Band 1

Adam Constable QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Adam Constable QC
Top-drawer construction silk who specialises in complex and technical construction and engineering disputes. He has an enviable domestic and international litigation and arbitration practice, with particular expertise in energy and offshore construction issues.
Strengths: "Truly exceptional and everything you could want in a leading counsel. He is very hard-working, a superb advocate and has excellent judgement and client-facing skills." "First-rate ability as an advocate. His ability to recall facts is unparalleled. He's first choice counsel for any serious construction matter."
Recent work: Represented the cladding contractor in multimillion-pound TCC litigation relating to glass failures at 125 Old Broad Street in the City of London.

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Band 1

Stephen Dennison QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephen Dennison QC 
A prominent silk who is noted for his expertise in both domestic disputes and international arbitration. He is an experienced litigator who regularly acts for significant clients, particularly in the healthcare, transport and engineering sectors.
Strengths: "He's an absolute pleasure to work with and always delivers an excellent-quality product." "Stephen is very down-to-earth but also technical and has a good commercial approach."

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Band 1

Nicholas Dennys QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Dennys QC
Highly regarded silk with a strong international practice. He is particularly noted for his vast experience working with government bodies and large multinational organisations. He regularly advises on major projects, covering areas such as transport infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas.
Strengths: "Co-operative and easy to deal with." "Very user-friendly and experienced." "His intellectual ability is very good."

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Band 1

Alexander Nissen QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Nissen QC
Widely praised silk who acts for prominent employers and contractors in a range of disputes spanning the breadth of the construction industry. He has vast experience in high-value multiparty matters at both national and international level. He is also noted for his excellent handling of cases involving oil and gas and rail projects.
Strengths: "Pragmatic and has unrivalled experience of playing a key role in major multiparty TCC litigation." "Alexander is superb. He has a cool head, a quick brain and an easy manner. We trust him with some of our most difficult and complex work and he delivers every time."
Recent work: Acted for Grove Developments in multiple disputes against Balfour Beatty including litigation at first instance and in the Court of Appeal over interim payments valued at GBP40 million.

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Band 1

4 New Square

From the Chambers Global guide

Roger Stewart QC  
Highly regarded senior silk with a strong reputation for work in construction-related professional negligence. He has acted for major clients in top-level disputes in the UK, the Middle East and South America. He is increasingly active in high-stakes international arbitrations.
Strengths: "He gives clear, forthright and forceful views and is a very calm leader. He does not get rattled or flustered." "He comes up with constructive and practical ideas as to how to deal with something."
Recent work: Acted for the designers and builders of 100 high-quality flats in Knightsbridge in a claim against the architects and engineers.

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Band 1

Roger ter Haar QC

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Roger ter Haar QC  
Acclaimed senior silk who is highly experienced across a broad spectrum of construction matters, with a particular emphasis on major projects in the Middle East.
Strengths: "Formidable in court, and his ability to absorb an argument that is made, digest it and articulate a response while on his feet is really impressive." "A very good advocate with fantastic instincts. He's dynamic, responsive and easy to work with."

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Band 1

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

David Thomas QC  
Top-class silk with a sterling practice in both the UK and overseas. He is acknowledged as a leading expert on NEC contracts, and has significant experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal, TCC, ICC and Dubai World Tribunal. The quality of his written work is the source of much client praise.
Strengths: "Calm, measured and excellent with clients. He is also a skilful advocate and has very good judgement of a tribunal." "A leading expert in all things NEC and brilliant on paper. He's good at providing clear, erudite advices."

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Band 1

Adrian Williamson QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Adrian Williamson QC  
Highly regarded silk with considerable experience representing contractor clients in adjudications and appearing before the TCC. He has particular expertise in cases containing a professional negligence element.
Strengths: "A very persuasive advocate. He knows which points to run and gets the court to listen to what he has to say." "Cerebral and incisive. Quick to grasp the issues and a pleasure to work with."

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Band 2

Jonathan Acton Davis QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Jonathan Acton Davis QC
Senior silk who regularly acts in large-scale construction disputes. He offers experience in both major international arbitration and high-value domestic litigation. He acts for a range of clients, most notably contractors and engineering firms.
Strengths: "Cool as a cucumber under pressure and has a calming influence on clients when they find themselves in difficult situations." "Incredibly easy to work with, charming, persuasive and imaginative."

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Band 2

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Rachel Ansell QC 
A highly lauded advocate with a burgeoning reputation for her high-quality casework, domestically and in the Middle East. She is regularly instructed by major clients, such as prominent contractors, on matters in the energy and infrastructure spheres. 
Strengths: "Very hard-working and great at asking difficult questions and considering the bigger picture as well as detail. She will take no nonsense and pursue issues as far as necessary to get to the bottom of a point." "She gives her soul to her cases and provides probably the best client experience I can think of."
Recent work: Acted in a series of disputes arising out of an EPC contract for a water desalination plant in the Middle East.

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Band 2

Nicholas Baatz QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Baatz QC
Highly respected barrister with a sterling reputation for his experience in construction disputes, with a noted specialism in those concerning insurance or professional negligence issues. His practice is active in domestic litigation and international arbitration, and his incisive mind and legal acumen garners much respect.
Strengths: "Nicholas has exceptional legal knowledge, excellent advocacy skills and is very pleasant to deal with. He never fails to add a huge amount of value." "Excellent lawyer with absolutely brilliant client skills."
Recent work: Acted on a subcontractor's adjudication claim for in excess of GBP10 million in connection with a power station project in England.

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Band 2

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Darling QC  
Heavyweight silk with a strong global practice that often involves tribunal work in the Far and Middle East. His domestic work sees him regularly appearing before the TCC in an array of high-value cases.|
Strengths: "Extremely talented and a great man to have on your side. He knows how to win." "Paul is a larger than life personality and has a real presence which intimidates the opposition."
Recent work: Acted in Stellite Construction v Vascroft Contractors, a High Court adjudication enforcement decision involving the principles concerning natural justice and jurisdiction and the circumstances in which an adjudicator's decision may be severed.

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Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Anneliese Day QC of Fountain Court Chambers 
Standout silk with an enviable domestic practice that regularly sees her instructed in high-profile arbitration, litigation and adjudications. Her international offering includes work in the Far East, Middle East and the Caribbean. She joined Fountain Court Chambers from 4 New Square in December 2016.
Strengths: "Really approachable and capable senior barrister. Very strong advocate." "She's good on her feet and at taking a strategic, commercial view."
Recent work: Instructed to act as lead counsel in an arbitration concerning a large part of Trinidad’s road network following the Trinidadian government’s termination of a USD350 million FIDIC contract with the Brazilian contractor.

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Band 2

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC 
Highly rated silk who draws particular praise for her international tribunal work in the Far East. She also counts several public bodies in the UK among her diverse clientele. She served as chair of the Bar Council in 2016 and now serves as head of chambers.
Strengths: "Chantal grasped the relevant issues and asked the right questions to get to the solution. Her legal analysis was very sound." "Very bright, strategic and a team player." "Measured and client-friendly."

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Band 2

Simon Hargreaves QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Hargreaves QC  
Outstanding silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile cases across a range of sectors such as transport, oil and gas and energy. He frequently acts in domestic disputes, adjudications and international arbitration.
Strengths: "Detailed, comprehensive and practical advice delivered in a user-friendly manner for both solicitors and clients. Prompt and supportive." "Simon is excellent: user-friendly, great with clients and experts, approachable and a strategic thinker."

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Band 2

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Hughes QC  
Silk with a standout reputation given his sterling work on prominent cases at both the national and international levels. He has recently been instructed in high-value litigation, adjudication and international arbitration cases running the full gamut of construction issues. He is highlighted for his deep knowledge of construction contract law, especially within the FIDIC framework.
Strengths: "Will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in and really be part of the team. Clients and attorneys alike are impressed with his approach and personality. He is definitely in it to win it, and it shows." "Technically able and commercially astute."
Recent work: Acted in Arcadis v Amec, a TCC case concerning a contractual cap in the context of a claim worth more than GBP40 million against Hyder arising out of a problem with a shopping centre and car park complex.

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Band 2

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

John Marrin QC  
Highly regarded senior silk with a pre-eminent reputation as an arbitrator. As counsel, he has significant experience in domestic litigation and international arbitration and is widely recognised for his appeals work. He also serves as a deputy judge in the TCC.

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Band 2

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Duncan McCall QC  
Excellent silk whose practice runs the full spectrum of construction and engineering claims. He has a particular focus on cases involving major infrastructure and commercial projects both nationally and abroad. His practice continues to grow in the Middle East and Asia.
Strengths: "Excellent at gauging the mood of the tribunal and has a very good, calm manner with clients." "He is great to work with and gives thoughtful and considered advice. He is both responsive and calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted for an engineering contractor in a claim for design costs relating to a bridge and viaduct.

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Band 2

Jeremy Nicholson QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Jeremy Nicholson QC 
Highly experienced silk who offers particular expertise in large-scale international arbitration. He is also noted for his adroit handling of professional negligence and insurance-related construction disputes. His forensic approach garners widespread praise.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough silk with a detailed grasp of complex construction technicalities." "Provides fantastic attention to detail and gives complete confidence that he's looked at the case from every angle."
Recent work: Acted for a plant manufacturer and its insurers in a GBP10 million claim for a fire at a hospital alleged to have been caused by a defect in plant that was manufactured and installed.

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Band 2

4 New Square

From the Chambers Global guide

Ben Patten QC
Strong silk who advises on big-ticket matters including all manner of domestic disputes and international arbitration. His practice is complemented by an acclaimed professional negligence offering. His loyal client base includes contractors, developers and professional indemnity insurers.  
Strengths: "Very easy to engage with and always provides sound commercial advice." "He is amazingly calm under pressure, which gives the entire team confidence."
Recent work: Acted for the contracting arm of the government of Trinidad and Tobago in successfully recovering USD58 million in respect of performance bonds issued for works carried out by a Brazilian contractor.

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Band 2

Dominique Rawley QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Dominique Rawley QC
Sought-after silk with a particular focus on domestic infrastructure matters and disputes arising from PPP and PFI arrangements. She is a regular participant in proceedings at the TCC and also has an active international arbitration practice.
Strengths: "Strategically astute and commercially aware. She will always think of a different approach which could be taken to resolve an issue and is prepared to delve into the detail. Very effective and clever." "Excellent with clients, knows her stuff and has a very nice manner about her."
Recent work: Defended a German process engineering company against a GBP15 million damages claim brought by a major UK contractor for delay to commissioning works and alleged defective design with respect to three mechanical and biological waste treatment facilities constructed in Greater Manchester.

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Band 2

Hardwicke

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Reed QC of Hardwicke
Popular QC with a quality practice both domestically and in the Middle East. His offering is enhanced by his acknowledged expertise across the insurance sector. 
Strengths: "A real expert in construction disputes with a deep understanding of the industry." "Able to articulate complex technical issues in simple and easily digestible terms."
Recent work: Represented Carillion Construction in a dispute against AECOM and EMCOR regarding the Rolls Building, which houses the TCC.

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Band 2

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrew Rigney QC  
Eminent silk who regularly acts in high-value litigation and arbitration in the UK and internationally. His work on construction cases throughout the energy sector elicits particular praise. His diverse practice covers a range of disputes, relating to such matters as infrastructure projects, oil and gas plants and large mixed-use developments.
Strengths: "Not only is he an absolute pleasure to work with, he is extremely intelligent and hard-working." "Very user-friendly and fantastic at getting to the heart of the matter."

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Band 2

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Marc Rowlands QC  
Has a robust construction practice and particular expertise in the transport and infrastructure sectors. He has significant experience both domestically and abroad, and has been called to the Bars of Bermuda and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "A quick thinker with an engaging court manner. Urbane, unflappable and tactically astute." "Superb. He provides excellent client service and goes that extra mile."
Recent work: Acted for the developer of Park Hyatt St. Kitts in Range v KHT, a complex USD50 million dispute in the courts of St. Kitts against a US master developer.

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Band 2

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

David Sears QC  
Represents major clients from both public and private sectors in disputes covering the full range of construction matters. His significant professional negligence practice complements his lauded construction offering.
Strengths: "Has a gravitas which goes down well in court." "Very bright, calm, confident and gives clear advice. He is very approachable and liked by clients."
Recent work: Represented the building subcontractor in McLaren Construction v Jacobs One & Others, a multiparty dispute concerning liability for the defective foundations and resulting subsidence in a number of units on an industrial estate.

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Band 2

Fiona Sinclair QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Fiona Sinclair QC  
Impressive silk with an increasingly prominent practice that has seen her appear in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Her considerable domestic offering is supplemented by her involvement in large international arbitration.
Strengths: "Fiona has an exceptional legal mind. She is always clear and concise in her distillation of complex legal arguments." "Great with clients and gets to grip quickly with complex issues and documents."
Recent work: Defended the architects in a dispute about the construction of One Kensington Gardens, a luxury residential development opposite Kensington Palace in London.

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Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Joanna Smith QC of Wilberforce Chambers 
Impressive QC with a strong construction practice and recognised skill in associated professional negligence matters. She regularly acts for prominent supplier-side clients in litigation and adjudications.
Strengths:"Supremely responsive, client-friendly and effective both in conference and when advocating." "A fantastic advocate. She provides first-class advice which is robust and commercially astute."

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Band 2

Piers Stansfield QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Piers Stansfield QC  
Noteworthy silk whose practice includes frequent instruction in large and complex TCC cases. He counts a number of major contractors and engineering firms among his clients. He is highlighted for his scrupulous approach and attention to detail, particularly with respect to NEC contract issues.
Strengths: "He's very meticulous and his clarity of thought and writing are phenomenal. He thinks about things very deeply and his output is always excellent." "Gets stuck into the legal, factual and technical details of a case. He has a calm demeanour and advises with a quiet confidence."
Recent work: Acted for Sir Robert McAlpine in connection with a GBP20 million claim arising out of the residential part of the Emirates Stadium development.

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Band 2

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Steven Walker QC  
Talented strategist who regularly acts for contractors in a wide range of disputes, both nationally and internationally. He has a stellar reputation for his work in domestic adjudications and regularly appears before the TCC. His diverse practice is well suited to disputes involving large-scale residential developments and public projects.
Strengths: "Thorough, dedicated and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has an excellent manner with clients." "Steven delivers advice in a no-nonsense, straightforward and very clear manner. He has a calm, reassuring presence and is on top of the detail very quickly without losing sight of the overall strategy."
Recent work: Defended Interserve in claims of GBP11 million brought by Devon County Council regarding alleged design and construction defects in a newly built eco-friendly school.

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Band 2

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC  
Highly regarded senior silk who is particularly well known for his adroit handling of matters involving guarantees, performance bonds and related professional negligence claims. He has developed a sterling practice, both in the UK and abroad, which is supplemented by his regular work as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "Always one of our first choices for serious, heavyweight construction matters." "Super clever, very strategic and has got a very good bedside manner with clients."
Recent work: Represented AES Maritza in a EUR150 million claim on a bond issued by Crédit Agricole in relation to the construction of a power plant in Bulgaria by Alstom.

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Band 3

Martin Bowdery QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Bowdery QC
Experienced silk who advises on a range of construction disputes, including domestic PFI actions and international arbitration. Market sources extol his imaginative approach and lateral thinking.
Strengths:"An extremely bright barrister who is creative and prepared to give strong advice." "He provides a very commercial and lateral-thinking approach."
Recent work: Acted for Manolete Partners, assignees of Stylus Sports, in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a dispute with Hastings Borough Council regarding Hastings Pier.

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Band 3

Michael Bowsher QC

A

Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Bowsher QC of Monckton Chambers 
Experienced silk with a widely admired procurement and construction practice. His specialist work on EU procurement rules has drawn particular praise from industry sources. He is becoming increasingly involved in PFI and DBFO project disputes.
Strengths: "Excellent silk with particular experience in the fields of public procurement and construction."
Recent work: Successfully acted for FP McCann in a High Court trial, in which the judge ruled that a GBP100 million Northern Irish civil engineering contract was awarded in breach of public procurement regulations.

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Band 3

4 New Square

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Cannon QC  
Demonstrates particular prowess in professional negligence and insurance-related construction matters. He regularly acts for prominent contractors and consultants.
Strengths: "Phenomenally quick with a tremendous intellect and a keen commercial eye." "He's extremely bright and absorbs information very quickly."
Recent work: Acted in Lagan Homes v MV Kelly, a claim against a specialist subcontractor and engineers for allegedly negligent design and specification of the basement car park in a residential development.

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Band 3

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

James Cross QC  
Highly regarded practitioner with a broad practice. He is particularly noted for his quality work in professional negligence-related construction matters. His clients include a wide range of prominent players in the construction industry, including government departments and major insurers from the UK and abroad.
Strengths: "Tenacious and has a fantastic grasp of the detail." "Totally in control of everything and very good to work with."
Recent work: Acted in a major dispute concerning a new airport on a remote island in the South Atlantic where no commercial flights can land because of wind shear.

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Band 3

Justin Fenwick QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers Global guide

Justin Fenwick QC  
Senior QC whose construction practice is focused on complex, high-value disputes, both in the UK and overseas. His considerable experience in the related fields of professional liability, professional negligence and civil fraud add further value to his offering.
Strengths: "One of the go-to barristers for construction insurance advice. He's very genial and clever." "Tenacious trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Harlequin SVG v Wilkins Kennedy, a high-value TCC claim concerning the construction of a hotel development in the Caribbean.

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Band 3

Andrew Goddard QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrew Goddard QC
High-quality silk who regularly appears in big-ticket construction disputes and has particular knowledge of the housing and infrastructure sectors. He has experience of both domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration, and has developed a significant practice in Hong Kong.
Strengths: "Measured, creative and a good thinker." "Clients warm to him very quickly as he is commercial and cuts straight to where the battleground is."

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Band 3

Sarah Hannaford QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Sarah Hannaford QC  
Gifted silk with a diverse practice that includes an industry-acknowledged specialism in construction procurement. She has considerable experience of acting for public sector bodies in disputes and adjudications, and has notably represented the UK government in several major cases.
Strengths: "A clear thinker who has excellent presentational skills and is client-focused." "The go-to on construction-related procurement issues."
Recent work: Represented NPS Property Consultants in relation to a high-value dispute brought by the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey for negligent design and cost reporting relating to redevelopment works at a school.

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Band 3

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Adrian Hughes QC  
Skilled silk with a robust domestic practice and a particular interest in infrastructure and PFI work. His international arbitration offering is notable, and he undertakes significant work in the Middle and Far East, notably in China.
Strengths: "Extremely personable and handles clients brilliantly."

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Band 3

Simon Lofthouse QC

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Lofthouse QC
High-quality silk with a diverse practice that is oriented towards international arbitration. He acts for a range of major clients from across the globe, including governments and contractors. He is typically instructed to handle disputes arising in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Strengths: "A very good advocate with an impressive grasp of all the technical and legal issues on complex disputes." "He's an absolute workhorse and is there for you the whole time."

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Band 3

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Vincent Moran QC  
Strong practitioner with a reputation for producing high-quality trial and tribunal work. His practice includes a focus on construction-related professional negligence and he regularly acts in large-scale cases in the TCC. His persuasive advocacy attracts praise from market observers.
Strengths: "Cuts to the key issues in a case with ruthless efficiency. Very down to earth, accessible and approachable." "Vince is first class. He is accessible, client-friendly, incisive and a brilliant advocate."
Recent work: Advised and represented M+W High Tech Properties in a GBP20 million TCC action related to the design and construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Sussex.

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Band 3

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Fiona Parkin QC
Noteworthy silk who acts in TCC litigation, domestic adjudications and international arbitration. She frequently represents public bodies and private contractors in disputes arising from large infrastructure projects.
Strengths: "Very impressive, tenacious and extremely hard-working." "Gets to grip with the issues quickly, very client-friendly and easy to work with."
Recent work: Retained to provide independent expert advice on behalf of the Gibraltar government-owned development company as to English law issues arising out of the termination of a Spanish building contractor’s building contract to construct a large-scale residential development in Gibraltar.

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Band 3

Benjamin Pilling QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Benjamin Pilling QC  
Quality QC with a substantial practice in both the UK and the Middle East. He has worked on a number of large-scale construction disputes in the renewables, infrastructure and transport remits.
Strengths: "His advice is crisp, clear and impeccably reasoned. He does not sit on the fence on issues." "Commercially sensible, very approachable and skilled."
Recent work: Instructed by the claimant in a USD650 million claim arising from an infrastructure contract relating to the construction of a new city in the Middle East.

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Band 3

Anthony Speaight QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Anthony Speaight QC  
Senior silk with significant experience acting in the TCC on high-value claims relating to energy, infrastructure and upscale residential developments. He stands out for his experience in handling construction-related professional misconduct cases.
Strengths: "Very approachable and responsive. His advice is clear and unequivocal." "Very good with clients and hard-working. He's prepared to take his coat off and get down to the nitty gritty."
Recent work: Acted in Jawaby Property Investments v Interior Group, a TCC dispute between a contractor and an employer under a JCT contract concerning a high-rise office building in Holborn.

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Band 3

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Sean Wilken QC  
A formidable QC with a diverse practice, he regularly undertakes high-profile work in complex international arbitration and domestic litigation. His clients include public entities, contractors and developers. He regularly handles cases in the infrastructure, energy and insurance sectors and is recommended for his intimate knowledge of PFI projects.
Strengths: "His advice is direct, concise and enables clients to formulate a successful commercial strategy without delay." "Has excellent advocacy skills. Sean is calm, certain and measured."
Recent work: Acted in Costain and Ferrovial v Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council, a GBP10 million claim relating to the construction of a school in Bradford under a PFI project.

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New Silk

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Lucy Garrett QC
Acclaimed new silk who is regularly instructed on high-value construction litigation and arbitration worldwide. Her sector expertise includes areas such as energy and shipbuilding.
Strengths: "Lucy is a force of nature. She's very good and has a gravitas that exceeds her years of call." "Lucy approaches work with great vigour and tenacity and is incredibly experienced, bright and feisty."
Recent work: Acted in ISG v Amazon Properties, a series of disputes arising out of four high-value residential redevelopments of central London properties for the ultra-luxury market.

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New Silk

Lynne McCafferty QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Lynne McCafferty QC
Lauded for her skill in complex, highly technical construction disputes. Her robust domestic practice complements her impressive international arbitration offering, which is focused in the Middle East. She is particularly active in disputes involving aspects of professional negligence, energy and infrastructure.
Strengths: "Very hard-working, user-friendly, accessible and provides excellent pleadings." "Very calm and thorough and gives good, clear advice."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in a large multiparty dispute arising out of the construction of a biological waste treatment plant. There are multiple claims and cross-claims relating to delay, defective works, and contractual compensation, and the sums at stake amount to GBP15 million.

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New Silk

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Adam Robb QC 
Well regarded practitioner who is regularly sought after by household-name law firms to assist with high-value disputes.
Strengths: "A phenomenally determined counsel who is extremely hard-working and a team player. He's a great asset to have on any case." "Able to identify the crux of a case almost immediately and a fine advocate."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel in a multimillion-pound claim arising out of defective foundations to a large Sainsbury's store.

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New Silk

Jonathan Selby QC

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Jonathan Selby QC
Impressive silk who draws praise for his top-notch work in high-value matters, particularly before the TCC but also regarding adjudications and international arbitration. He regularly acts unled and has appeared before both the Court of Appeal and Privy Council.
Strengths: "Absolutely at the top of his game. Clever, meticulous, commercial and a real fighter." "Top-rate construction barrister with a good turnaround time for work, an eye for detail and the ability to advise on complex matters in a straightforward manner."
Recent work: Acted in ISG v Amazon Properties, a series of disputes arising out of four high-value residential redevelopments of central London properties for the ultra-luxury market.

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Band 1

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

James Bowling
Excellent junior who regularly appears in both domestic and international arbitration and frequently advises on complex litigation and adjudications in the UK. He is increasingly instructed to act unled by a client base that includes multinational corporations and governments.
Strengths: "He has an encyclopaedic brain and understands both the legal and construction process, so his advice is relevant, practical and commercial." "Mixes intelligence with tenacity. Able to get straight to the heart of what really matters on even the most complicated of instructions."
Recent work: Acted in Caring Homes v DWA Architects, a dispute regarding negligent design and supervision by a firm of architects in relation to the construction of a care home.

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Band 1

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Chennells  
Experienced senior junior who is frequently led in large-scale disputes covering areas such as renewables and property development. He increasingly acts as sole counsel in domestic disputes and various forms of ADR.
Strengths: "Extremely hard-working, a real team player and great to have in any dispute team." "Incredibly bright and fiercely hard-working, with an excellent style on his feet. He's one of the best."
Recent work: Acted in Fluor v ZPMC, a USD400 million TCC action arising out of the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project.

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Band 1

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Calum Lamont 
Highly acclaimed junior who is frequently instructed on large construction disputes both nationally and in the Middle East. He advises on infrastructure issues and professional negligence matters among other areas, and has acted unled in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and able to easily distil complex issues into straightforward arguments." "He has a real eye for detail and is really rigorous in the way he approaches problems."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Nisbets v St Mowden, a case concerning the defective design and construction of a floor system at an operational cutlery warehouse in Bristol.

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Band 1

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

James Leabeater  
Leading junior whose construction practice regularly sees him represent prominent contractors. He has acted in large claims nationally and in both Africa and the Middle East.
Strengths: "Commercial, client-focused and extremely capable." "He has an exceptional grasp of the facts and is developing into a strong and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Instructed to represent Arups in a TCC dispute in relation to claims for GBP8 million made by the owners of the Selfridges Building in Birmingham concerning the hi-tech facade.

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Band 1

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Kate Livesey  
Prominent junior who frequently appears unled in the TCC and before international tribunals, with a particular emphasis on construction-related professional negligence cases. She has represented an array of clients including contractors, subcontractors and insurers in a number of high-value disputes. Her diligent attention to detail earns her consistent praise from commentators.
Strengths: "Bright, hard-working and really thorough. I was very impressed." "Careful, measured, meticulous and appreciates that the devil is in the detail."
Recent work: Acted in a multiparty dispute between contractors, subcontractors and insurers in the Belfast High Court regarding defects and corrosion of pipework systems at a new unit constructed at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

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Band 2

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Buckingham 
Excellent junior whose science and engineering background informs his practice. He regularly acts in a range of highly technical and complex construction disputes. His sterling work in the energy and renewables sectors, both in the UK and abroad, is particularly noteworthy.
Strengths: "Paul is a pleasure to work with. He immediately engages with a case and stays on top of every element of it for the duration. As well as being a strong technical lawyer, Paul also provides astute tactical advice." "Very thoughtful, hard-working and reliable. Displays excellent judgement and never puts a foot wrong on the law."

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Band 2

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Rupert Choat  
Draws on his previous experience as a specialist construction solicitor at CMS to inform his well-rounded practice. He acts in adjudication enforcement matters and real estate redevelopment disputes, domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "Rupert considers every angle. He is on the ball and responsive to client needs." "Bright, professional, experienced and creative. He is someone you would want to have in your team."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for Devon County Council in a GBP10 million claim against architects and contractors regarding a defective new eco-school.

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Band 2

Nicholas Collings

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Collings  
Highly respected senior junior who often acts as sole counsel in high-value disputes in the UK and the Middle East. He represents clients across a range of areas such as mixed-use development issues and transport infrastructure matters.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who provides sensible, pragmatic advice and is well liked by clients." "He is always available and gives a very quick turnaround. He has a very good grasp of the technical issues and is very engaged."

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Band 2

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Coplin 
Excellent junior with a growing practice in both domestic and cross-border matters. His prior employment as an engineer allows him expert insight into professional negligence cases. He is frequently instructed to represent clients in TCC matters. He is also well versed in adjudication claims, particularly those with enforcement issues.
Strengths: "He has a highly impressive ability to master complex background facts. His drafting is excellent and he is one of the most client-friendly barristers I have come across." "An able lawyer who understands technical issues."
Recent work: Acted in CIP v Galliford Try High, a high-value dispute arising out of defects at a shopping centre.

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Band 2

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Crangle  
Quality junior with a robust domestic offering and a burgeoning international arbitration practice centred in the Far East. He receives particular praise for his written advocacy. He is increasingly acting as sole counsel in arbitration, adjudication and TCC proceedings.
Strengths: "A very user-friendly senior junior who is very commercial and extremely savvy strategically." "A very thoughtful and thorough person in the way he prepares written submissions."
Recent work: Acted in a GBP6 million dispute concerning global claims for loss and expense and extensions of time with regard to the construction of a power station in the UK.

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Band 2

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrew Fenn  
Sought-after junior who often appears unled in domestic litigation and international arbitration. He advises on a range of matters, including infrastructure projects and final account disputes. He is increasingly concentrating his practice on large-scale construction and engineering disputes in the Middle East.
Strengths: "Accomplished well beyond his years and incredibly easy to deal with." "Incredibly bright and very user-friendly."

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Band 2

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Anna Laney 
Impressive junior who is regularly instructed in large and technically complex litigation and arbitration. She has also advised on a number of notable and valuable disputes in the Persian Gulf.
Strengths: "Enthusiastic, hard-working and a tremendous team player. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She's a very effective advocate." "Proactive, commercial, clever and resourceful."
Recent work: Acted in Lulu Construction v Mulalley & Co, an adjudication enforcement decision where the key issue was whether it was possible to recover the costs of running the adjudication itself.

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Band 2

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Charles Pimlott  
Talented junior who acts in arbitration, adjudications and adjudication enforcements in the TCC. He advises on matters in a wide range of sectors including utilities and commercial development. He handles a variety of disputes regarding infrastructure projects, process plants, stadiums and other matters.
Strengths: "Very calm, considered and logical as an advocate." "His thorough and no-nonsense approach is particularly valued."
Recent work: Successfully recovered GBP10 million for Herefordshire District Council in a TCC adjudication enforcement hearing against Amey arising out of a ten-year highway maintenance contract.

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Band 2

Hardwicke

From the Chambers Global guide

David Pliener of Hardwicke 
Highly regarded senior junior who regularly acts in litigation, arbitration and adjudications nationwide and abroad. He has advised on disputes in sectors as diverse as renewables, structural engineering and leisure. Clients that typically instruct him include contractors, insurance companies and property owners.
Strengths: "David's mix of intellect and pragmatism is valued by clients, and his enthusiasm for cases shines through." "A very commercial problem solver who is brilliant with lay clients and an active part of the legal team."
Recent work: Acted for the design and build contractors in Cohen & Cohen v Volkerfitzpatrick, a claim arising out of the refurbishment of a hotel and basement function suite for the Holiday Inn in Golders Green, London.

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Band 2

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Camille Slow  
Highly skilled advocate who acts in a range of matters for employers and contractors, with notable experience in multiparty disputes. She receives a steady stream of instructions from clients in the social housing and PFI sectors, and regularly appears unled in cases.
Strengths: "A real team player who is prepared to roll up her sleeves and get stuck into the evidence to come up with compelling and well thought-through arguments." "Camille is very thorough and excellent with clients. Her advocacy is her real strength and where she punches well above her weight."
Recent work: Acted for Laing O'Rourke in a dispute regarding a PFI hospital project in Newcastle.

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Band 2

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Jessica Stephens  
Acclaimed junior with a heavyweight domestic practice and an international offering that includes disputes in construction markets worldwide. She has appeared unled before the TCC in an impressive range of construction cases, including those concerning energy, utilities and infrastructure.
Strengths: "An excellent barrister. Very punchy and with a great grasp of the detail." "Very user-friendly, committed and intelligent with a can-do attitude."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute for GBP20 million in respect of solicitors' negligence in the handling of an arbitration claim involving delays to a substantial construction project.

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Band 2

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Samuel Townend  
Gifted junior who is increasingly entrusted to act as sole counsel on valuable disputes before the TCC and arbitration worldwide.
Strengths: "Methodical, thorough and tenacious." "Very bright, knowledgeable and has great attention to detail."

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Band 2

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

William Webb  
Impressive practitioner who elicits much praise for his advocacy skill and intellectual prowess. He has appeared in court as both junior and sole counsel and his practice includes high-value matters in domestic litigation and international arbitration.
Strengths: "One of the best juniors around. Cerebral, friendly and gives no-nonsense advice." "A confidence-inspiring pair of hands with an ability to grasp facts quickly and think outside the box."
Recent work: Acted for Grove, the developer of a hotel near London's O2 Arena, in a case against Balfour Beatty at the High Court and the Court of Appeal concerning the extent of the contractor's right to interim payments.

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Band 2

Hardwicke

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Wheater of Hardwicke 
Strong junior with a UK-focused practice who represents clients from across the construction industry, including designers, housing associations and contractors. His excellent construction offering is bolstered by his significant experience of insurance disputes.
Strengths: "In addition to having a fantastic knowledge of the law, his commercial judgement is excellent and he is tactically brilliant." "Knowledgeable yet commercial and pragmatic. Quick to respond to queries with sound strategy advice."
Recent work: Acted for EIC, the M&E designers of the Broadway Plaza development in Birmingham, as joint defendants in a claim advanced by CIP alleging numerous design failures.

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Band 2

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Crispin Winser 
Lauded junior whose practice extends from domestic residential development work and PFI matters to large-scale international arbitration. He has tackled a raft of disputes originating in the Middle East.  
Strengths: "A clever and practical construction specialist who is concise, clear and very helpful." "Very thorough and commercially astute. A tenacious advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the owners of a mews house in a dispute with the owner of the neighbouring property over the construction of a basement.

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Band 3

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexandra Bodnar 
Quality junior whose growing practice regularly sees her being led by prominent silks in big-ticket disputes. She offers expertise across litigation, arbitration and adjudication proceedings and regularly appears in the TCC and the Commercial Court.
Strengths: "Her clarity of thought is astounding. She has an ability to grasp the nettles the first time she gets the papers and her written work is staggering." "Hard-working and a pleasure to work with. Delivers practical and user-friendly advice."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for both defendants in Vectis Holdings v Lynn Pit Landfill and Westridge, a claim for injunctions and damages for nuisance and negligence arising out of a landslip from land on which the second defendant operates a landfill business.

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Band 3

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Gaynor Chambers  
Has considerable experience in adjudications and domestic litigation. She is regularly instructed by major contractors in the energy, utilities and leisure sectors.
Strengths: "Good at distilling lots of information down to what's important. Approachable and practical." "Impressive at getting to the crux of the matter quickly and very user-friendly."

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Band 3

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Patrick Clarke
Noted junior with a professional engineering background whose attention to detail is widely admired by fellow practitioners. He advises on a range of matters, domestically and abroad, with a particular emphasis on residential properties and infrastructure works.
Strengths: "Very good at distilling complicated legal, technical and factual issues into a comprehensible and compelling case." "Excellent and very capable junior who grasps the technicalities and commercial issues very quickly."

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Band 3

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Clay  
Experienced senior junior who draws praise from solicitors for his written work. He is regularly called upon by a diverse client base across a number of sectors including major contractors.
Strengths: "Quickly grasps complex issues, produces excellent drafting and has a good manner with clients." "Very considerate and easy to work with."
Recent work: Brought a multimillion-pound rectification claim in the TCC on behalf of Milton Keynes Council in connection with a contract for a recycling project.

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Band 3

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Henderson  
Widely respected senior junior who has acted in an impressive range of construction disputes and related professional negligence claims. His diverse client base includes major players in the energy, banking and telecoms sectors.
Strengths: "Brilliant, bright and always very easy to work with. His work ethic is amazing and he's good at what he does." "He has a very user-friendly, practical approach."
Recent work: Defended WYG Engineering and Galliford Try in a case brought by Barnsley College alleging defective air conditioning in a new college building.

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Band 3

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Abdul Jinadu  
Experienced practitioner with a strong adjudication element to his practice. He regularly appears in domestic litigation and arbitration and has advised an array of clients including public sector bodies, developers and contractors. He is a regular participant in proceedings at the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Extremely experienced and a pleasure to work with. Very accessible and has a keen eye for the commerciality of a dispute." "He has the ability to articulate a point precisely in order to persuade. He is very easy to deal with, accessible and down-to-earth."
Recent work: Served as counsel to Universal Piling and Construction in a series of adjudication enforcements against VG Clements.

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Band 3

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Jennifer Jones  
Noted junior with considerable experience in matters concerning renewables, infrastructure, energy and professional negligence. She routinely handles high-value litigation and arbitrations in the UK and abroad, and is increasingly active in multiparty TCC disputes.
Strengths: "Very impressive and a clear thinker." "Effective and thorough." "An excellent barrister who is very responsive and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for one of four defendants in a claim of over GBP11 million resulting from a fire that destroyed two stores in Warrington.

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Band 3

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Jonathan Lewis  
Strong senior junior who regularly represents prominent clients such as major public bodies and large contractors. He has acted in high-profile disputes, adjudications and arbitrations. He is noted for his ability to handle cases overlapping between the disciplines of construction and insolvency law.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate with a stinging intellect and a thoroughly approachable manner. He is able to precisely dissect the most complex case and reduce it to its bare essentials." "Exceptionally bright, commercially sharp and an excellent, pragmatic team player."
Recent work: Acted for Wandle Housing Association in a GBP25 million case concerning major construction defects in a six year old housing development in central London, which necessitated the demolition of a large part of the development.

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Band 3

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

James Medd  
Strong senior junior whose construction practice is complemented by his background in insurance law. He regularly advises contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in cases across the UK.
Strengths: "He has a capacity for obtaining a thorough grasp of complex information and documentation in high-value cases and of adding considerable value to the case and overall client strategy." "A class act."
Recent work: Successfully defended Northumbrian Water against a claim brought by householders alleging that one of the company’s sewage pipes had fallen into disrepair, leaked and so caused the sloping land by which their bungalow is supported to collapse.

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Band 3

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Rachael O'Hagan  
Gifted junior increasingly instructed in valuable litigation and arbitration for a diverse client base including major contractors and government bodies. Her body of work includes significant matters in energy, infrastructure and residential development. She is increasingly acting as sole counsel in large disputes.
Strengths: "She's charming with clients, incredibly hard-working and has got a very good working knowledge of construction law." "Calm advice and comprehensive thought."

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Band 3

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Claire Packman 
Robust senior junior who advises a diverse client base including major contractors, engineers and government departments. Her nationwide practice includes significant engagements in high-value adjudications and TCC cases. She is particularly adept at dealing with disputes concerning engineering or design failures, as well as those with professional negligence elements.
Strengths: "A bright, down-to-earth, hard-working and enthusiastic construction junior with a very user-friendly approach." "She's incredibly bright and her written work is exceptional."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a claim for GBP3 million by a builder against offshore property development companies in relation to 11 different construction projects.

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Band 3

Hardwicke

From the Chambers Global guide

Catherine Piercy of Hardwicke 
Quality junior whose diverse practice includes regular appearances in adjudications, ADR and high-value litigation. She is regularly instructed by a client base of contractors, professionals and insurers.
Strengths:"Fights really hard for her clients and works incredibly hard. She's an excellent advocate who produces top-notch written work." "An extremely hard worker who always comes up with helpful, pragmatic advice."

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Band 3

Atkin Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Frances Pigott  
Has a well-rounded practice and is regularly called upon by a varied clientele. Her areas of expertise cover areas such as energy, infrastructure and residential developments. She has significant experience appearing before both the TCC and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Always thorough and efficient, and excellent at cross-examination and in court." "Has substantial experience, being a solicitor-turned-barrister, and has a down-to-earth approach."
Recent work: Acted on an employer's claim for GBP18 million in damages for the defective design, supervision and construction of many aspects of a shopping, leisure and residential complex at Birmingham Plaza.

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Band 3

Gideon Scott Holland

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Gideon Scott Holland  
Experienced junior whose practice includes frequent instruction in contractual disputes. He has been active in arbitration and litigation cases involving property development and process engineering, among other areas. His extensive contractual expertise extends across JCT, ICE, NEC and PFI formats.
Strengths: "He's got an ability to get on top of very complicated construction disputes. I was very impressed with him." "Excellent junior who is calm and collected under pressure."
Recent work: Appeared in Arcadis Consulting v AMEC, a case involving claims and counterclaims for declarations as to the existence and meaning of a contract.

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Band 3

Keating Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Alice Sims  
Quality practitioner who regularly acts in high-profile cases in the TCC and before international tribunals. Her practice spans a wide range of the construction sector, with clients in the energy, renewables and commercial development spheres, among others.
Strengths: "Forthright and very precise in her approach, she develops relationships with others on the case really well."

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Band 3

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Luke Wygas  
Well-regarded junior who frequently advises on complex construction disputes, arbitrations and adjudications. He is able to draw upon his previous experience as a civil engineer to inform his burgeoning practice. The geographical scope of his practice continues to expand as he handles disputes arising out of projects in Africa and Asia.
Strengths: "His technical background meant he very quickly got to grips with the construction issues and was able to speak the same language to clients and engineers." "Wise beyond his apparent youth."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Waco v Leeds City Council, a case which set a precedent in relation to waiver, estoppel and payment notices in construction contracts.

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