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Head of Chambers: Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Chief Executive and Director of Clerking: David Barnes
Principal Contact for Counsel Appointment: Justin Wilson
ADR Appointment Clerk: Daniel Jones
Number of members: 45 members and 8 door tenants
Languages: Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Atkin Chambers is a leading set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on cases concerning construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, power, water/sanitation, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is often, but not always, related to such disputes.

The barristers at Atkin Chambers offer a huge breadth and depth of experience in technically complex disputes and many are recognised as being leaders in their field.

Members’ international work frequently involves complex cross-border disputes, involving parties from several jurisdictions. Increasingly members are instructed on behalf of companies from Asia-Pacific operating overseas as they extend their international operations in projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Barristers practise in many of the world’s leading arbitration centres and are highly-experienced in handling disputes under the major international arbitration rules including:
■ The ICC, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL
■ The SIAC and SCMA (Singapore), HKIAC (Hong Kong), KCAB (South Korea), and the AIAC (Malaysia)

The barristers at Atkin Chambers have been instructed in major project disputes in the region including: mixed use developments across commercial, retail, domestic and leisure; transport infrastructure across road, rail, air and sea; and energy projects including all upstream and downstream oil and gas work, power generation from traditional technologies like coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and newer technologies like solar, wind and waste-to-energy.

Members also have significant marine and submarine experience — most famously acting in the ‘Solitaire’ bulk carrier conversion dispute in Sembawang Corporation v Pacific Ocean Shipbuilding [2004] EWHC 2743 (Comm).

Since 1959, the members of Atkin Chambers have edited ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’, the seminal textbook on construction law, which is now in its 13th edition. Hudson has always had a strong international element, comparing and commenting on legal developments in numerous Commonwealth and other jurisdictions, including those of Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

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