DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Keating Chambers

Energy & Natural Resources

8 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
chambers review
Ranked Barristers
chambers review
Ranked Barristers

Chambers Review

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Highly regarded set with leading dual expertise in energy and construction disputes. Members are instructed by high-profile energy companies, the owners and operators of oil, gas, nuclear and renewable energy facilities, corporate investors and contractors in a plethora of high-value disputes. Barristers regularly appear in the LCIA, ICC, TCC and Court of Appeal in high-profile matters. Clients say: "Whilst the specialist technical knowledge of the members of Keating is an attraction, what keeps me coming back to them is the fact that their members are accessible, willing to deal with ad hoc queries and on top of all of the detail."

Client service:

"The clerking team is fantastic – quick to respond to queries and they go out of their way to accommodate us." "Holly Gavaghan, business development director, and Declan Redmond, CEO and director of clerking, have both been great and always available."

Strengths:

Adam Constable QC
A market-leading silk whose intellect is consistently praised by sources, who recommend him for his strong advocacy. Infrastructure, shipbuilding and construction cases form the main bulk of his practice. His frequent appearances in international arbitration and litigation disputes have earned him an enviable reputation in the sector.
"Very knowledgeable and practical, on top of his subject and very persuasive." "Very professional, very skilled and has a good temperament to deal with difficult clients and stressed lawyers." "He's excellent - a consummate silk." 

Strengths:

Marcus Taverner QC
Has a very strong reputation among solicitors and barristers, particularly at the construction and engineering end of the energy spectrum, and has been involved in a number of commercial and insurance disputes surrounding significant energy-related engineering projects. Taverner also regularly handles a variety of disputes in the oil and power sectors.
"I would single out Marcus - he's very impressive." "A standout."

Strengths:

Paul Buckingham
A respected senior junior who brings noted experience as a process engineer in the oil and gas sector to a practice that takes in engineering, construction and energy matters. He has particular expertise in issues involving international parties, and is held in high regard for his capacity to advise clients on the technical aspects of energy disputes.
"Very good on the quantum side of things." "A familiar feature in energy."
Recent work: Acted in proceedings arising from the construction of a waste treatment facility in Basildon.

Strengths:

Paul Bury
An accomplished junior who routinely acts in onshore and offshore energy infrastructure disputes, such as biomass and oil platform cases. He has expertise acting in ICC arbitrations and before the High Court.
"Technically excellent and brilliantly responsive. He gets up to speed on complex issues very quickly." "Able to quickly assimilate and digest a high volume of complex technical information and provide commercial, pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Acted in a £100 million claim for liquidated damages, defects and termination costs arising out of the main contract for a waste-to-energy plant in Hull.

Strengths:

Sean Wilken QC
Notable for his thorough knowledge of the upstream oil and gas sector. He is frequently instructed in large-scale, international litigation, especially in cases concerning the development of significant African resources. He has considerable experience advising on contractual disputes stemming from environmental crises.
"Great to work with, commercially minded, incredibly efficient and accurate." "I would highlight Sean for energy work."
Recent work: Acted in a force majeure claim arising from an international border dispute between Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire which halted deep water exploration in Ghana.

Strengths:

Simon Hughes QC
A well-known construction silk with noted experience in the energy sector. He frequently appears in international disputes involving oil fields, coal-fired power plants and nuclear power plants.
"Absolutely amazing. He listens to all the arguments then forms an opinion." "He has been a pleasure to work with – great with clients, extremely responsive and superb in terms of strategy." "He's absolutely tremendous."

Strengths:

Veronique Buehrlen QC
Noted for her ability to grasp the pertinent details in complex energy cases. She operates a strong practice in both litigation and arbitration, and regularly handles matters concerning the construction of oil production and transportation facilities. Her strengths in the sector include advising on farmout arrangements, SPAs and injunctive relief issues.
"She is really experienced in this area and has the ear of the judge." "She was good at interrogating the evidence, building the case and leading on the strategy from the start. She was also excellent on her feet."

Strengths:

Vincent Moran QC
A highly capable performer in energy, professional negligence and construction cases. He is a regular fixture at the Technology and Construction Court, and has particular experience of cases relating to domestic waste and renewables. Moran has appeared in significant offshore wind farm arbitrations.
"As an advocate, he has a real charisma." "The voice of reason."

Energy & Natural Resources Department

Keating Chambers

firm
Department location

15 Essex Street

London

Greater London

UK

WC2R 3AA

View Firm Profile

Ranked Barristers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Energy & Natural Resources


Adam Constable QC
Band 1
Marcus Taverner QC
Band 2
Sean Wilken QC
Band 3
Simon Hughes QC
Band 3
Veronique Buehrlen QC
Band 3
Vincent Moran QC
Band 3