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Keating Chambers

Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction

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Keating Chambers' leading reputation in the construction and engineering sector extends to related professional negligence claims. Chambers has notable strength in matters involving project managers, architects and engineers. The set can offer strong expertise in claims stemming from high-value, complex and sensitive construction projects. Notable cases in recent months include a claim concerning a fire at Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire, and a dispute over failed cladding on a Canary Wharf high-rise.

Client service:

"The clerking is efficient and Sarah Walker deserves special mention for making so much effort to help us." "The clerks are very professional and were able to identify the right barrister for the job based on limited initial information." Declan Redmond is the director of clerking.

Strengths:

Adam Constable QC
Particularly adept at handling technical claims relating to large-scale or intricate engineering and construction work, including negligence disputes. He acts for and against professionals, including project managers, engineers and architects. His capabilities include alternative dispute resolution, as well as appearing before the TCC.
"He is a very effective cross-examiner, especially when it comes to professional witnesses." "He's really brilliant at coming up with clear ways of arguing complex and difficult cases, and presents complex matters in a clear and open way."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the claimant in proceedings arising out of a fire which broke out during construction works at Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire.

Strengths:

Adrian Williamson QC
Highly experienced in construction law and related professional negligence matters. He is regularly instructed to act for claimants and defendants in claims against project managers, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. He is an experienced appellate lawyer.
"He has a real depth of experience, and is always brilliantly prepared and an easy advocate to listen to. He breaks everything down in a manageable way even when the case is highly complex."

Strengths:

Alexander Nissen QC
Seasoned practitioner mainly representing professionals in the energy, engineering and construction spheres, as well as regularly appearing in legal and property services cases. His professional negligence capabilities include advisory work, litigation, adjudication, arbitration and mediation. He regularly appears in the TCC and the Court of Appeal.
"Stands out for being a very effective advocate who deals with complicated legal points very nicely." "Unbelievably thorough, detail-oriented, highly persuasive and has great cross-examination skills."

Strengths:

Calum Lamont
A well-established junior at the Construction Bar who has strong expertise in the field of professional negligence and related insurance issues. He is instructed in high-value claims in the UK and abroad, with a significant practice in Middle Eastern markets.
"He is tenacious, knows his law and runs his points hard. Clients enjoys working with him." "He is unbelievably intelligent."
Recent work: Instructed in relation to a professional negligence action against engineering consultants engaged to design and detail reinforced concrete elements of a large commercial car park in southern England.

Strengths:

Lucy Garrett QC
Practises across the sectors of energy, construction and shipbuilding, and handles significant professional negligence disputes in these areas. She is often called upon to litigate high-value matters in the Commercial Court and the TCC, and also gets involved in major arbitrations. She acts for claimants, defendants and insurers in highly technical professional negligence claims. Her clients include construction professionals, architects and engineers.
"A great barrister with a broad practice. She is always perfectly prepared and incredibly nice to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for insurers in relation to a professional negligence claim against Buro Happold, concerning cracked cladding at the building known as BP2 at Canary Wharf.

Strengths:

Marcus Taverner QC
Has an exceptional reputation as a construction silk and also possesses deep expertise in professional negligence and international arbitration. He regularly acts for blue-chip clients around the world in high-profile cases, many of which involve catastrophic design and construction defects. He has also been instructed by insurers active in the construction sector. He is experienced at handling cases before the TCC, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"He has amazing attention to detail and everything he does is a measured reaction to the mentality of the judge."
Recent work: Defended Arcadis Consulting in a long-running dispute relating to the design of a large development in Bournemouth.

Strengths:

Richard Coplin
A qualified engineer who previously worked in the renewable and alternative energy sectors, Richard Coplin can provide highly specialised advice on technology and construction negligence matters. He regularly handles claims involving engineers, architects and surveyors, and is adept at both litigation and ADR.
"He is very bright and a fantastic team player who always brings enthusiasm and good humour to the instructions." "A logical and creative problem solver." "Has excellent technical knowledge."

Strengths:

Simon Hargreaves QC
Has extensive experience of negligence claims against professionals across an array of industries, including the technology, engineering and construction sectors. He is a talented litigator and also handles alternative dispute resolution. His strong track record includes instructions in claims arising out of sizeable infrastructure and energy projects.
"An absolute master of detail - so thorough and always a very smooth, charming and easy-to-listen-to advocate." "An excellent cross-examiner and has a great presence in court."

Strengths:

Vincent Moran QC
Well known as an experienced advocate and adviser on a wide range of professional negligence matters connected with the construction industry. He regularly represents and opposes contractors, architects and designers, among other parties. He has experience of adjudication, as well as TCC proceedings, and has also authored a number of publications relating to construction matters.
"An impressive, heavyweight advocate." "He's a really strong advocate who is great at simplifying the issues and gets to essence of things."

Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction Department

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Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction


Adam Constable QC
Band 1
Adrian Williamson QC
Band 3
Alexander Nissen QC
Band 3
Lucy Garrett QC
Band 3
Marcus Taverner QC
Band 1
Simon Hargreaves QC
Band 2