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39 Essex Chambers

Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction

4 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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39 Essex Chambers offers a cadre of highly rated silks whose expertise covers difficult professional negligence elements of construction contract disputes. Key recent instructions include appearing for Rydon, the main contractor on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment, at the public inquiry. Other matters have involved energy projects or major public infrastructure works. Members are experienced in the representation of architects, specialist engineers and consultants.

Client service:

"The clerking is very good and always has been. Senior practice manager Nicki Merison has kept in touch through lockdown. He is really good: quick and responsive. He has always been good at arranging things and doing it quickly. We have a very good relationship with the set and all the clerks there." 39 Essex Chambers has focused on diversifying its provision of information and guidance to clients outside of formal instruction. Its Quarantine Queries initiative has offered half-hour consultations with members, free of charge.

Strengths:

Adam Robb QC
Adam Robb QC is an experienced practitioner who focuses his attention on professional negligence matters in substantial infrastructure, construction and engineering projects. He provides counsel to engineers, contractors and architects, among others, and is regularly instructed in high-value, multiparty disputes. He is well versed in international arbitration as well as litigation.
"He's a really safe pair of hands. Incredibly diligent and hard-working, and he never misses anything. An extremely steady person who creates the right working atmosphere." "A particularly exceptional drafter."

Strengths:

Karim Ghaly QC
Karim Ghaly QC undertakes significant professional negligence work as part of his busy construction law practice. He appears for and against engineers, architects, specialist subcontractors and other construction professionals, at both first instance and appeal. He also has a strong reputation for handling international arbitrations.
"He's not stuffy at all; he has that ability to be very informal while also retaining a real gravitas. He just exudes confidence and ability so clients are happy to listen to him."
Recent work: Represented a defendant contractor in a multiparty £20 million action arising out of the collapse of part of a waste-to-energy plant during construction.

Strengths:

Paul Darling QC
Paul Darling QC is a silk who has cultivated an impressively global practice, particularly in construction-related disputes. He has significant experience in professional negligence matters and has brought such cases to the TCC and the appellate courts. He acts for and against architects, project managers and surveyors.
"A good tactician and very experienced, his particular strength is his technical grasp of the law and the facts, and his experience with court procedure. He's a tactically astute litigator."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a £10 million action alleging negligence relating to cladding on a tall building in Manchester.

Strengths:

Stuart Catchpole QC
Stuart Catchpole QC has a strong practice in the construction and technology sectors, and is often instructed in large-scale and highly complex professional negligence claims in those industries. As well as being an advocate, he is also a qualified adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator who handles disputes around the world. He is well suited to highly technical claims involving the allegedly defective construction of energy and industrial infrastructure projects.
"The silk of choice for heavyweight disputes. He's a great team player, commits to the case and prepares thoroughly. His forte is cross-examination, and he's outstanding at it."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in an action arising from fire damage in a flue gas absorber at a coal-fired power station allegedly caused by negligence.

Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction

39 Essex Chambers

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Location

81 Chancery Lane

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 1DD

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Silks (QC)

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Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction


Adam Robb QC
Band 3
Karim Ghaly QC
Band 2
Paul Darling QC
Band 3
Stuart Catchpole QC
Band 1