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Atkin Chambers

Energy & Natural Resources

11 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Atkin Chambers is home to an outstanding group of energy barristers with significant construction and engineering experience. Members stand out for their representation of upstream and downstream oil and gas clients in high-profile disputes, and also have an increasing presence in renewable energy cases. An example of recent work is the representation of the Panama Canal Authority in a case surrounding the mining and use of basalt to make aggregates, resulting in over USD5 billion of claims made.

Client service:

"The clerking is excellent. They run a tight ship and are very friendly and easy to deal with." "The clerking service is first-rate. David Barnes, chief executive and director of clerking, is outstanding. The overall impression is very good. I would use them again and again."

Strengths:

Andrew White QC
Acclaimed for his diligence and deep experience of handling matters in the energy sector, particularly those relating to the exploration and production of oil and gas. Recently, he has advised clients on disputes concerning the design and construction of onshore and offshore installations including oil rigs, coal-fired power plants and FPSO units.
"Andrew is amazing." "A brilliant strategist. Particularly good on complex, multiparty disputes."

Strengths:

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Head of chambers, she has a widely respected energy practice with a significant international element, spanning both traditional and non-traditional resources. She regularly undertakes construction and professional negligence work and is frequently instructed in arbitrations.
"She mastered the details and built a good rapport with the tribunal." "Clearly on top of her game - she's fantastic." 
Recent work: Represented insurance company Euler Hermes in issues that arose following a call on bonds issued in relation to a public-private partnership for the construction of a waste-to-energy treatment facility.

Strengths:

Christopher Lewis QC
Continues to offer quality representation of clients in commercial energy disputes. He is frequently used for significant international arbitration matters, and has a noticeable bent towards issues arising from the construction of power and oil facilities.
"Chris has a huge capacity to absorb detail and, nevertheless, to identify with precision the key issues." "Super-bright, good commercially, very insightful."

Strengths:

David Streatfeild-James QC
Has earned a strong reputation among peers and clients for his formidable intellect and ability to handle technically complex matters. He frequently leads cases involving overseas as well as domestic parties, and represents a wide range of energy clients both in litigation and in arbitration. His expertise is centred on providing advice on cases relating to renewable energy projects, as well as water treatment and waste plants.
"David has the ability to cut through with a minimal level of verbiage. He can really hit the nail on the head and get to the heart of the matter." "His style is understated and incredibly measured. He commands the attention of both the tribunal and the other party."

Strengths:

Fiona Parkin QC
Displays a noted mastery of detail in technically complex disputes. Her broad caseload sees her handling matters relating to the construction of oil rigs and power stations, the commercial supply of electricity and water processing. She also has a strong PFI/PPP practice, advising industry clients on contractual issues.
"Hard-working, fearless and effective."

Strengths:

Manus McMullan QC
Highly impressive advocate whose reputation among solicitors and peers goes from strength to strength. His work in the energy sector centres on construction and engineering disputes, including cases relating to power station facilities and large-scale transport infrastructure. He has experience acting for clients in delay and quantum disputes.
"A very fair, open and skilled advocate who has a great ability to unnerve the opposition with a few quick remarks and is quick on his feet." "Hugely in demand, good with clients, good on the detail and a good advocate."
Recent work: Represented Panama Canal Authority in a dispute surrounding the mining and use of basalt to make aggregates. Claims in this matter reached over USD5 billion.

Strengths:

Mark Chennells QC
Experienced practitioner who enjoys a growing reputation among peers and clients. He acts in a variety of high-value energy disputes, many of which have a construction slant, and is regularly instructed in cases involving oil field development and offshore wind farm construction. Chennells frequently appears in the Technology and Construction Court and the Supreme Court, and routinely handles international arbitrations.
"He's like a chainsaw on documents - powers through them and produces great results." "His writing is very good. He's very good at cross-examination too."

Strengths:

Nicholas Dennys QC
Well-regarded construction, professional negligence and insurance expert who regularly handles energy-related cases. His caseload in the sector centres on contractual disputes between players in large civil and non-civil engineering projects, including those relating to mining, hydro facilities and electrical cabling. His frequent appointment as an arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations provides him with additional insight into the best way to handle disputes.
"Got that super QC status! I would always use him." "He likes to win the unwinnable battles."

Strengths:

Rupert Choat
Highly thought-of junior barrister for construction matters who frequently appears in energy disputes. He has appeared in both court hearings and international arbitrations relating to the full gamut of energy cases, notably handling disputes involving offshore wind farms and drilling rigs.
"An aggressive cross-examiner, in a good way - really stands his ground. He punches above his weight in terms of call." 
Recent work: Represented Equitix in a dispute with its contractor for a biomass plant in Sheffield. The case concerned the proper interpretation of dispute resolution provisions and other issues surrounding the appointed panel of experts who were said to be insufficiently qualified.

Strengths:

Stephen Dennison QC
Well known for his ability to get on top of the details of a matter and his success in establishing a positive relationship with clients. He offers a broad spectrum of expertise and is effective in cases concerning engineering and infrastructure projects, ranging from oil and gas facilities to renewables, such as waste-to-energy plants.
"Clients listen to him and he has a sense of gravitas but is measured and easy to work with." "Practical but also intellectually very bright." "Loved by clients for his clear advice and team-based approach."

Strengths:

Steven Walker QC
Popular with instructing solicitors, he has a solid practice that is focused on contractual disputes concerning the construction of renewable power facilities, especially waste-to-energy plants. He acts for both developers and contractors, and frequently appears in adjudications, as well as proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court.
"He's really good at seeing the route to take to resolve a dispute. He has good commercial judgement and a very approachable way of dealing with lay clients." "He was a guiding light in many disputes, brought strategic and tactical thinking and was a good, safe pair of hands to work with." "Very good on wind farm work."
Recent work: Represented Bester Generacion in its successful defence of PBS Energo's application for summary judgment to enforce a decision on the basis of fraud, following the failed development of an energy-from-waste plant in Wrexham.

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Energy & Natural Resources


Andrew White QC
Band 1
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Band 2
Christopher Lewis QC
Band 3
David Streatfeild-James QC
Band 1
Fiona Parkin QC
Band 3
Manus McMullan QC
Band 2