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Atkin Chambers

Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction

20 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Atkin Chambers possesses an outstanding reputation in the construction industry, and barristers at the set have broad experience representing both claimants and defendants in related professional negligence claims. They regularly participate in high-profile and complex disputes involving engineers, architects, consultants, construction managers and other key professionals. The barristers have been instructed in matters relating to significant construction projects such as the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Ferrybridge Power Station, as well as numerous education and student housing schemes. Members have also gained valuable expertise in fire safety issues associated with architectural cladding, having acted in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and various related litigation.

Client service:

"The clerking is very effective; it's responsive and very much on top of things." "David Barnes and his team are very professional and they always make me feel very welcome." Atkin Chambers is able to boast one of the highest clerk-to-barrister ratios among leading London sets.

Strengths:

Andrew White QC
Andrew White QC handles a wide range of domestic and international disputes, including professional negligence claims arising from major oil and gas, shipbuilding, rail and engineering projects. His clients include contractors, public bodies, private employers, manufacturers and other professional advisers in the UK and internationally. He also accepts instructions from indemnity insurers.
"A very clear thinker who is great with the client. He is very clear when expressing views to the client and when delivering his message in court. He has a wealth of experience combined with a helpful manner and delivery."

Strengths:

Camille Slow
Camille Slow is an experienced barrister who specialises in construction and professional negligence, often taking on multiparty claims of significantly high value, including those relating to prime residential property. She is instructed by claimants as well as defendants.
"She is excellent in court." "A particularly well-regarded barrister who has a history of handling major matters."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in an action alleging professional negligence arising from the failure of ground improvement works on the site of a former quarry, which was intended to be used for a large housing development.

Strengths:

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC undertakes a considerable amount of professional negligence work, often involving large construction and infrastructure projects. She has recently been instructed in claims against engineers, quantity surveyors and architects, among others. Her capabilities include international arbitration as well as domestic litigation.
"She has a lot of gravitas and is an extremely eloquent, personable and capable silk. Not only is she good with clients, but she understands strategies, is technically able and can see both the wood and the trees."

Strengths:

David Streatfeild-James QC
David Streatfeild-James QC brings to bear over 30 years' experience at the Bar when handling complex and often high-profile negligence claims. He is regularly instructed in claims arising out of significant public infrastructure and energy projects. He is able to serve as an arbitrator or adjudicator, as well as an advocate for claimants and defendants. He has acted before the Appeal and Supreme Courts.
"A very good, very well-respected barrister who would be a go-to on any matter requiring a big-picture view of a case."

Strengths:

Dominique Rawley QC
Dominique Rawley QC acts in a wide array of high-value engineering and construction matters, including professional negligence cases, often revolving around complicated technical and contractual issues. She regularly appears in the TCC and also handles adjudications and arbitrations both domestically and internationally. Her cases involve allegations against surveyors, architects and engineers.
"A skilled advocate with a strong command of construction law."
Recent work: Acted in a case with over 100 claimants involving the largest block in the UK constructed with Grenfell Tower-style cladding.

Strengths:

Fiona Parkin QC
Fiona Parkin QC is instructed on behalf of professionals, multinational companies and public bodies in a wide range of professional negligence claims. She regularly advises on matters emerging out of major international infrastructure projects and is skilled in multiparty disputes involving technical questions of liability, including those before the Court of Appeal.
"Very hard-working, driven and easy to work with as well as being very effective in hearings." "A standout QC for me, she's very sharp: she cuts through all the side issues and gets right to the point."

Strengths:

James Howells QC
James Howells QC offers expertise in both technology and construction law, acting in major claims involving negligence in software design and implementation as well as those against architects and other construction professionals. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"He has an extremely good reputation and handles big cases."
Recent work: Represented PTT before the Supreme Court in the course of litigation with Triple Point Technology. The case concerned the termination of a contract to design and implement an integrated commodities trading and vessel charter party management system due to allegedly negligent software design and project management.

Strengths:

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones excels when acting as sole counsel, representing project managers, quantity surveyors or architects in professional negligence claims. She often handles large multiparty disputes in the TCC and has experience in cross-border litigation.
"She really delivers: she works hard, gives good advice and is user-friendly."

Strengths:

Katie Powell
Katie Powell often acts unled in matters involving engineers, architects and surveyors. She regularly appears in the TCC and has experience of advocacy before the Court of Appeal.
"A great barrister, she is really good with clients and the judge, and very enjoyable to work with." "She's bright and phenomenally hard-working. She is a very tough advocate too, a real fighter."
Recent work: Acted for a construction firm in an action arising from the fit-out of Victoria Beckham's Dover Street store, which involved issues of division of responsibility between architect and construction firm when a concept design is alleged to be impossible to build.

Strengths:

Lucie Briggs
Lucie Briggs defends architects, engineers and valuers in a wide variety of professional negligence claims, and has notable expertise in fire engineering.
"She's an excellent drafter, very commercially aware and digs into the detail. A very practical barrister and a ferociously hard worker."
Recent work: Acted for Mi-Space in an action alleging negligence and breach of contract relating to a large new-build housing development.

Strengths:

Manus McMullan QC
Manus McMullan QC advises on a wide array of professional negligence claims in construction and technology contexts, including claims of an international nature. He handles cases relating to architects, surveyors and engineers, as well as software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers. His expertise is sought out by professionals, insurers and claimants.
"A complete superstar who is calm and produces assured advocacy and drafting." "He was brilliant at every instance: shrewd, credible, direct. All in all, we were very happy to be working with him."

Strengths:

Nicholas Baatz QC
Nicholas Baatz QC is a vastly experienced barrister who frequently acts in negligence claims in the TCC, as well as at adjudication. He is noted for defending engineers, architects and contractors. He also represents claimants in significant multiparty disputes, and additionally sits as an arbitrator and mediator.
"He has an exceptional brain and an excellent legal mind which obviously stands out in construction disputes." "As counsel he is exceptionally talented. He is known for being a black-letter law specialist and he is also very easy to get on with and very responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Stonewater in a multiparty dispute relating to fire safety issues arising from external cladding in a mixed-use high-rise development.

Strengths:

Nicholas Collings
Nicholas Collings has a busy professional negligence practice encompassing the IT, construction, natural resources and energy sectors. He is instructed in domestic and international disputes on behalf of designers, developers, contractors and other construction professionals, as well as insurers and brokers. He has strong experience of litigation at appellate level.
"His submission writing is extremely good and he has a very good style of cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the University of Manchester in a £15 million claim against a firm of architects and a firm of design and build contractors arising from alleged negligence in the design and construction of university buildings.

Strengths:

Riaz Hussain QC
Riaz Hussain QC focuses on litigation and arbitration arising in the construction and engineering sectors. He is regularly instructed in negligence claims pertaining to design and construction defects in major building works, including PFI projects. He often acts for insurers and claimants.
"An absolute brainbox, he's both a workaholic and user-friendly. Exceptionally hard-working but also a very well-rounded person."

Strengths:

Rónán Hanna
Rónán Hanna has wide-ranging expertise in engineering and construction disputes, and significant experience in professional negligence cases involving engineers, contractors and architects, among others. He is adept at managing claims through the courts and also regularly undertakes adjudication and arbitration work. He has experience of appellate work.
"An extremely tenacious advocate."

Strengths:

Rupert Choat
Rupert Choat is an intellectually gifted barrister and former solicitor who has established a construction law specialism, and is a contributor to related journals as well as a lecturer in construction law and dispute resolution. He has frequently appeared unled and leading other juniors, and is recognised for his work in professional negligence claims involving architects and engineers.
"His strength is being cerebral. A details man, he really puts in the work to grind through. His written submissions and strategising are very good, and he works well in a leading role." "It's very nice working with him. He gives really good advice on litigation strategy and is very good in hearings."
Recent work: Acted for Ramboll in a multiparty action concerning alleged negligence causing the design of student accommodation in Plymouth to fail to comply with fire regulations.

Strengths:

Simon Lofthouse QC
Simon Lofthouse QC is frequently instructed in complex professional negligence disputes on behalf of both claimant and defendant parties. He is capable of handling highly technical claims relating to major residential and commercial developments, engineering projects and IT installations. He has experience covering international arbitration as well as TCC litigation and ADR.
"Really good at getting to grips with the detail of a case himself without just relying on his juniors. His technical knowledge is also always really good."

Strengths:

Stephanie Barwise QC
Stephanie Barwise QC is a well-regarded silk who acts in professional negligence claims brought against surveyors, architects, engineers and other professionals. Her practice is international in its scope, with past work spanning the UK, parts of Africa and the Middle East.
"An absolute powerhouse on any basis, particularly in construction law. Very technically adept, and also a very nice person as counsel."
Recent work: Represented a group of core participants, including survivors and bereaved relatives, in Phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which concerned the design and construction of the refurbishment of the tower.

Strengths:

Stephen Dennison QC
Stephen Dennison QC is a seasoned practitioner whose varied practice encompasses construction and engineering, energy and utilities work alongside associated insurance and professional negligence matters. He continues to handle major litigation as well as domestic and international arbitrations. He is an especially strong choice for claims involving the design and construction of energy infrastructure projects. He acts for both claimants and defendants, or their indemnity insurers.
"The kind of robust and plain-speaking adviser you want in a QC, he relishes a difficult case and is able to handle high-level clients, communicating his views in a way that gains their confidence."
Recent work: Represented Mears in a dispute regarding the practical completeness of a student housing block in Plymouth, involving questions of fire safety, room size and defective windows.

Strengths:

Steven Walker QC
Steven Walker QC is a respected barrister who advises various construction industry professionals in relation to sensitive disputes, typically concerning design defects or project management.
"He's very efficient: he gets to the nub of the issue in a succinct fashion even when there is a lot of information to deal with." "He's very clear and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in claims against the architect and engineer it employed to design the redevelopment of a Grade II listed building. The claims alleged their plans were inadequate and their late delivery caused significant delays to the project.

Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction

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Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction


Andrew White QC
Band 2
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Band 2
David Streatfeild-James QC
Band 1
Dominique Rawley QC
Band 2
Fiona Parkin QC
Band 3
James Howells QC
Band 3

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