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A specialist construction set that is firmly entrenched at the top of the market, regarded by one source as the "premier construction set." Clients especially value the deep bench of expert barristers as well as the set's sterling reputation, with one solicitor reporting: "It helps to have a barrister from Keating involved in proceedings." The set houses outstanding QCs and impressive juniors, who are regularly instructed in highly complex TCC cases and appellate matters, with notable additional expertise in international arbitration. Recently, members were instructed in Grove Developments v S&T, which concerned the extent of a contractor's right to interim payments. Keating offers specialist knowledge of a wide range of construction mandates, from housing to energy projects. It is a go-to set for clients across the construction industry, including contractors, real estate developers and public bodies. One solicitor comments: "I have always been impressed by Keating Chambers' range of skills and professionalism and they have always been my first choice throughout my professional career."
Client service: "One gets the impression that nothing is too much for this clerking team. They are a great mix of worldly experience and youthful enthusiasm, and carry out their duties with first-class professionalism. Director of clerking Declan Redmond’s approach is much admired and appreciated across the global market. If you have a problem, he can fix it." "I have nothing but praise for all at Keating. The clerks are a class apart, they go out of their way to assist and provide a very high level of service."
Experienced practitioner with a strong adjudication element to his practice. He regularly appears in litigation and arbitration and has advised an array of clients including public sector bodies, developers and contractors.
Strengths: "Very hard-working and diligent, with excellent response times and user-friendly client service." "He inspires confidence with his good written and oral advocacy skills.”
Recent work: Acted in Eastblue & Tardigan v Arrow Construction & Joe Abraham, a claim by overseas claimants against two contractors arising from construction contracts for residential developments in North London.
Adam Constable QC
Top-drawer construction silk who handles high-stakes construction and engineering disputes. He has an enviable domestic and international litigation and arbitration practice, with particular expertise in energy and infrastructure construction. He is considered to be a first-rate intellectual as well as advocate in construction-related disputes.
Strengths: "Adam adroitly combines top-drawer technical legal skills with client skills that never fail to impress. He is an incisive and razor-sharp mind, equally comfortable dealing with strategy as with the academic detail at a granular level." "First-rate ability as an advocate. His ability to recall facts is unparalleled and he is a first choice as counsel for any serious construction matter."
Recent work: Instructed in Beumer v VINCI, a dispute relating to construction of the baggage handling system at Gatwick. The case involved delay, disruption and variation claims.
Adrian Williamson QC
Highly regarded silk with considerable experience representing contractor clients in adjudications and before the TCC. He has particular expertise in cases containing a professional negligence element, and also frequently handles high-value delay and defect claims. He also sits as a deputy High Court judge in the TCC.
Strengths: "Has a forensically analytical approach to his advocacy, which instantly gains the trust of the court." "Very helpful. He gives good strategic and tactical input. He is very user-friendly and provides important reassurance to clients."
Recent work: Instructed by Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in a claim involving termination of a large PFI contract.
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 the national and international levels. He is regularly instructed to represent clients in the TCC and the Court of Appeal, as well as in adjudication and arbitration. He handles litigation involving a broad array of construction projects, including those in the energy, infrastructure and housing sectors.
Strengths: "Compelling advocate who is extremely approachable and responsive." "Able to grapple with the most complex contractual provisions with ease and precision." "Able to deal with incredibly complex technical issues and get to grips with them very quickly and explain the issues in a way that is easy to understand."
Recent work: Advised NHBC on potential liability for a claim by the residents of privately owned tower blocks in Greenwich for the cost of recladding following the Grenfell fire, which was estimated at £40 million.
Quality practitioner who acts in high-profile cases in the TCC and before international tribunals. Her practice spans a wide range of matters across the construction sector, with clients in the energy and commercial development spheres, among others.
A junior who is lauded by instructing solicitors for his high-quality construction practice. He frequently represents major contractors in litigation and arbitrations, both in the UK and abroad, and is especially proficient in professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "He is very charismatic, enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. His very clear drafting style which is particularly appropriate for adjudications." "Pragmatic, thoughtful and excellent with clients."
Enjoys a fast-growing reputation at the Construction Bar. She is increasingly taking on significant litigation, adjudications and international arbitration. She is especially active in disputes arising from energy and transport infrastructure projects.
Strengths: "She's fantastic - she loves the detail and thrives in it and she can talk in the client's language. She understands the industry and the key commercial drivers and comes up with practical solutions. She also has an incredible work ethic." "Very commercial and user-friendly."
Highly acclaimed junior who is frequently instructed in large construction disputes both nationally and in the Middle East. He has acted unled in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. His excellent practice extends into offshore and infrastructure construction matters.
Strengths: "Frightening intelligence coupled with electric advocacy and a no-nonsense but fair approach." "Personable, hands-on and very good with complex technical engineering disputes. He has an innate ability to identify key issues quickly and his drafting is extremely polished."
Recent work: Instructed in Arcadis v Amec, a professional negligence action against engineering consultants engaged to design and detail reinforced concrete elements of a large commercial car park in southern England.
Impressive junior specialising in construction contract disputes in addition to his insurance practice. He has already gained expertise in cases relating to major infrastructure projects domestically as well as experience in Middle Eastern work.
Strengths: "Very, very good - his work is well beyond his year of call. He is definitely user-friendly and the quality of his written work is high." "A very skilled operator who is extremely quick to get on top of matters."
David Thomas QC
Top-class silk with a sterling practice both in 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. He has been instructed in landmark construction cases in the UK, the Far East and the Middle East. The quality of his written work is the source of much client praise.
Strengths: "A strategically brilliant barrister with the most wonderful advocacy skills that keep him in demand the world over." "Very detail-oriented and accurate in what he delivers. His legal analysis is first-rate and he is able to quickly get to the critical point. He provides commercial and pragmatic advice on complicated construction issues in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way."
Fionnuala McCredie QC
Well-regarded silk with a notable construction procurement practice who has acted in a number of valuable adjudications and TCC litigation. She often handles construction cases with professional negligence and insurance elements, and stands out among market commentators for the commerciality of her approach.
Strengths: "She provides excellent legal advice, with a keen eye for the commercial context of the dispute. She is always very approachable and responsive."
Offers expert representation to claimants and defendants in complex construction disputes, drawing on her additional experience of acting as an adjudicator. She is especially well versed in litigation involving water-related construction projects and disputes arising under the New Roads and Street Works Act.
Strengths: "A highly knowledgeable and intelligent barrister who combines excellent academic knowledge with strong commercial nous." "Her understanding of the industry is second to none and her advocacy again is first class."
Recent work: Represented the individual claimant in a dispute with the Coal Authority involving Tidbury Castle Farm in Coventry, where subsidence from nearby mining caused cracking to the floors and walls of the property as well as significant tilting.
Gideon Scott Holland
Experienced junior whose practice includes frequent instruction in contractual disputes. He has been active in arbitration and litigation cases and his extensive contractual expertise extends across JCT, ICE, NEC and PFI formats. As well as being an experienced advocate in the TCC, in the Court of Appeal and in arbitrations, he is frequently engaged as an adjudicator and mediator.
Strengths: "He is very bright and able to pick up complex construction disputes and get through the nitty gritty with ease and work his way around complicated contracts and documents. He's very commercially minded." "I would rate him highly – he is very good technically, responsive and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted in Wimbledon Offices v Allenbuild and Others, a claim relating to the design and construction of windows and cladding on a large office development which has suffered from serious water ingress since its construction.
Strong junior often instructed in high-value domestic construction cases and international arbitrations. Recently, he has been active in construction cases arising in the energy and property development sectors.
Strengths: "He is very accessible. His advice is practical and commercial and he understands his client's objectives."
"He has a very passionate and pleasant manner, which tribunals really warm to."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel for one of the ten defendants in Green Oasis International & Others v Northacre & Others, which concerned the construction of luxury apartments and townhouses in Lancaster Gate. The case involved alleged defects and unfitness for habitation under the Defective Premises Act.
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 has appeared before both the Court of Appeal and Privy Council. He is singled out by clients for his excellent technical ability and strategic insights.
Strengths: "Destined for the top. He is a very good technical lawyer, a pleasure to work with and excellent with clients." "He goes about his job in a quiet but determined way which gains the confidence of clients and the respect of tribunals."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in A2Dominion Developments v J-Ross, a claim brought under a parent company guarantee following the termination of a contract for the construction of a mixed-use residential and retail development in Camberwell Road.
Justin Mort QC
Regularly sought out by major contractors in final account disputes. He is noted for his extensive experience in adjudications. He is regularly called upon in international disputes regarding energy projects. He can boast numerous recent appearances before the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Justin has a powerful intellect, works incredibly hard and is a forceful advocate in oral argument. He quickly gets to grips with complex and voluminous claims." "A razor-sharp barrister with an extraordinary ability to immediately identify the key points." "Justin turns the most complex matters around very quickly and with superb attention to detail." "An intellectually extremely sharp barrister who thinks around corners."
Recent work: Acted for the main contractor in ICI v MMT, a long-running accounting dispute involving issues of termination, valuation and defects.
Strong junior with an engineering background who has deep knowledge across a range of construction matters. She regularly appears unled before the TCC. She is noted for her deep understanding of NEC3 contracts.
Strengths: "Reliable and effective in construction cases." "Quick to respond and succinct in her advice."
Recent work: Acted for the main contractor in Southend Hospital v Munro, a dispute arising out of the replacement of heating systems at Southend Hospital.
Lucy Garrett QC
Acclaimed silk who is regularly instructed on high-value construction litigation and arbitration worldwide. Her sector expertise includes areas such as energy and shipbuilding, and she has also recently been active in disputes involving property development. She impresses clients and peers alike with her persuasive advocacy.
Strengths: "A true star for her generation, who is without question headed for greatness." "Robust and confident, she is a very good advocate." "An absolute standout construction silk who approaches her work with great vigour and tenacity."
Recent work: Instructed in Canary Wharf Contractors (BP2) v Buro Happold, a professional negligence claim involving cracking to the cladding at the BP2 tower in Canary Wharf.
Marc Rowlands QC
Has a robust construction practice and particular expertise in the transport and infrastructure sectors. He is noted for his experience advising on disputes involving rail infrastructure projects and receives praise for his "strong experience in rail related matters." He has significant experience both domestically and abroad, and has been called to the Bars of the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "Calm and confident lead for complex arbitration." "Superb, excellent client service. He is responsive and goes that extra mile."
Recent work: Instructed in Wharfside v Laing O’Rourke, a £15 million defects claim involving cladding and fire-stopping in high-rise buildings in Ipswich.
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. He is frequently called upon for the highest-value cases relating to energy and other infrastructure projects.
Strengths: "A balance of top-quality analysis with excellent judgement and ferocious cross-examination against difficult witnesses or experts." "A commanding advocate who is, in our view, second to none in the construction field." "Supremely clever and enthusiastic, he sees around corners and is a brilliant advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Arcadis Consulting v AMEC, an appeal arising out of a claim for alleged defective design worth £40 million.
Excellent junior whose science and engineering background informs his legal 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. He is experienced with handling international arbitration as well as proceedings in the TCC.
Strengths: "Very thoughtful, hard-working and reliable. He displays excellent judgement and never puts a foot wrong on the law. He is a pleasure to work with." "An in-depth knowledge and an approachable and easy manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted for a pipework contractor responsible for the fabrication and installation of piping as part of modification works at the Drax Power Station in a dispute involving variations and prolongation costs arising out of changes to the works.
Piers Stansfield QC
Noteworthy silk whose practice includes frequent instruction in large and complex TCC cases. He is particularly active in disputes pertaining to infrastructure construction. He receives instructions from major contractors as well as employers in the public and private sectors.
Strengths: "Piers approaches every case methodically and always knows the legal, factual and technical details inside out. He is also cool, calm and persuasive on his feet. He is a great QC to have on your side." "He is very commercial and makes complex issues seem easy."
Recent work: Advised the claimant in Essex County Council v UBB, a £100 million dispute regarding a PFI waste recycling project.
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 also well versed in adjudication claims, and particularly enforcement issues. He is sought out to handle a wide array of construction cases, including those arising in the energy sector.
Strengths: "His legal knowledge and analysis is first-class and he has an excellent manner with clients in conference. He grasps the essentials of complex construction disputes quickly and is very user-friendly." "Richard is the fabulous combination of an able lawyer who understands the technical issues - a true rising star." "He has an informality and good humour about his approach which really helps with communication within the team and makes working with him really enjoyable. He works very hard and is 100% committed to every case."
Gifted junior who is increasingly entrusted to act as sole counsel on high-value disputes in the TCC and arbitration proceedings. He frequently acts on behalf of engineering companies and contractors, and is especially renowned for his expertise in construction disputes involving insurance elements.
Strengths: "An excellent senior junior. He understands a client’s commercial drivers and provides clear and concise advice on any issues which arise." "He is user-friendly and gets into the detail from the outset. He is very accessible and works well with instructing solicitors as part of a cohesive team." "He is diligent and thorough and we have a high regard for his work."
Recent work: Instructed in Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v (1) Bank of Scotland (2) Three Valleys Healthcare, a long-running PFI dispute valued at over £100 million concerning unavailability deductions and termination in respect of the construction and servicing of a mental health hospital in the North West of England.
Sarah Hannaford QC
Gifted silk with a diverse practice that includes noted specialism in construction procurement. She has considerable experience of acting for public sector bodies in disputes and adjudications. She also has a strong track record in the energy sector. Her recent experience includes advising on high-value delay and professional negligence claims.
Strengths:"She offers technical competence and commercialism."
Popular junior with a strong practice that often sees her instructed in high-value TCC litigation and international arbitration. She has a niche strength in the telecommunications infrastructure market. Her recent construction practice has also seen her advise on infrastructure, utilities, housing and energy projects. Clients attest to her exemplary cross-examination capabilities.
Strengths: "Demonstrates real skill in dealing with complex technical expert evidence." "Has shown the ability to master highly complex technical issues and express them in a reader-friendly way. She is highly intelligent, a pleasure to work with and very able."
Recent work: Instructed by Exchequer Partnerships in parallel cases involving defective works at the HM Treasury and HMRC offices in Whitehall.
Sean Wilken QC
A formidable QC with a diverse practice who regularly undertakes high-profile construction disputes including complex international arbitration and litigation. His clients include public entities, contractors and developers. He regularly handles cases in the infrastructure and energy sectors and is recommended for his intimate knowledge of PFI projects.
Strengths: "The man is a machine, with an absolutely phenomenal ability to process information, and frighteningly clever." "A really clever thinker and quick on the comeback."
Recent work: Acted for Leighton Contractors in the Inquiry into the Diaphragm Wall and Platform Slab Construction Works at Hung Hom Station Extension, under the Shatin to Central Link Project in Hong Kong.
Simon Hargreaves QC
Outstanding silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile cases across a range of sectors such as transport and energy. He frequently acts in TCC proceedings, adjudications and international arbitration.
Strengths: "Very bright yet practical, he is a great oral advocate and wise counsel who can be relied upon for sound and insightful advice." "Hugely knowledgeable and insightful. He expresses himself with clarity and precision and is also excellent on tactical matters."
Recent work: Instructed in Hamad Aldrees & Partners v Rotex Europe, a three-week trial in the TCC concerning the supply of machines for processing sand to a company in Saudi Arabia.
Simon Hughes QC
Silk with a standout reputation given his sterling work on prominent cases at both the national and international levels. He receives instructions 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 contracts, especially within the FIDIC framework.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant on the papers." "Ferociously hard-working, very experienced and knowledgeable in construction law, and good with the clients."
Recent work: Continued to act in Arcadis v Amec, a professional negligence action against engineering consultants, which involved complex questions on causation and Biggin v Permanite principles.
Respected junior with a wealth of experience advising on construction disputes involving transport infrastructure and energy projects. He advises on domestic and international construction matters, and receives instructions from both contractors and employers.
Strengths:"A really sensible barrister, you can rely on him to take a reasoned approach in terms of construction disputes."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant in Amec Foster Wheeler v TAQA, a dispute over the Cladhan Field development, an extension and upgrade of a North Sea drilling platform.
Widely acclaimed junior who regularly appears as sole counsel before the TCC. He receives excellent feedback for his strong advocacy in construction disputes. Recently, he has been instructed in a number of significant PFI disputes.
Strengths: "His work is meticulous and of a very high standard." "An extremely hard-working and thorough junior. He is very responsive and accommodating to requests even when busy. He is bright and happy to help - a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Instructed in Equitix v Bester, a dispute concerning the Wrexham Biomass Power Plant, which considered stays of execution on adjudication enforcements in the TCC.
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. He is particularly active in construction disputes involving energy and PFI projects.
Strengths: "Clever, responsive and modern in his service delivery. He is understated but highly effective in cross-examination." "He is excellent and really great to deal with. He is really responsive and able to grasp the brief and articulate his thinking really quickly."
Recent work: Instructed in a £15 million defects dispute under a PFI agreement relating to the Treasury buildings in Whitehall.
Highly sought out junior who frequently acts in complex construction disputes. He has appeared in court as both junior and sole counsel, and his practice includes high-value domestic litigation and international arbitration. His experience includes cases in the Court of Appeal as well as the TCC.
Strengths: "He develops an exceptional grasp of the factual and technical detail. He is approachable and commercial, which makes him popular with clients." "Always ready to help and gives no-nonsense advice." "Hard-working, responsive and decisive."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel for the defendant in Harvil Roofing v Lakehouse Contracts, a TCC trial involving a maintenance works contract for housing in Camden. The dispute involved a claim for £6 million in lost profits caused by early termination of an oral exclusivity agreement.