Atkin Chambers

Information Technology Department

London (Bar)
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Atkin Chambers is host to several highly respected practitioners who are, in the words of one market commentator, "at the top of their game" when it comes to IT contractual disputes. The barristers offer deep experience in matters associated with large-scale technology projects, including breach of contract and early termination, and frequently represent global IT service providers and major consumers in the energy, manufacturing and public spheres. A recent example of their work is Triple Point Technology v PTT, a USD13 million litigation which arose from the termination of a contract to design and implement sophisticated international software systems for the management of petrochemicals trading and transportation.

Client service: "We have received a swift and excellent service from the chambers." Justin Wilson is the senior clerk.

David Streatfeild-James QC

Very highly regarded practitioner who has acted for some of the most significant players in the IT market. He is praised for his ability to represent a broad range of clients in this sector including contractors, government bodies and private employers. He additionally acts as an arbitrator and expert determinator, and is experienced in cases involving overseas parties including foreign governments.
Strengths: "Extremely bright." "A fabulous cross-examiner and great strategic brain, with an immense capacity for detail."

James Howells QC

Especially recognised for his skill in handling energy and power disputes on an international scale, with attendant technological and technical complications. His practice also covers IT issues such as software licensing and data protection, and he is well versed in alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation. He is an accomplished adviser to overseas companies.
Strengths: "Bright, hands-on and good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for a Thai oil and petrochemicals major in claims and counterclaims concerning the termination of a contract to design and implement an integrated commodities trading and vessel charter party management system across its Asian and Gulf operations.

Nicholas Baatz QC

Excels in IT law disputes involving mass transit, power plants and cross-border telecommunications. He is also an experienced arbitrator and mediator. Baatz has additional experience of handling matters connected with business process outsourcing.
Strengths: "Very clever and well respected."

Nicholas Dennys QC

Frequently acts for major household-name companies in relation to international software and hardware disputes. He brings his experience in construction and infrastructure, professional negligence and energy cases to best serve his technology clients.
Strengths: "Really on top of his game."

Patrick Clarke

His work in this field is particularly focused on disputes involving long-term IT outsourcing agreements. He is especially noted for handling high-stakes work involving public authorities and global technology companies.
Strengths: "Never caved under pressure or became flustered, but kept his calm demeanour when everyone else was getting stressed."
Recent work: Acted for Competent Adviser in the TCC in a multifaceted claim against Forfront, who hosted and maintained the client's website.