In this chapter, we identify 109 barristers for their expertise and experience as arbitrator or counsel in complex domestic and international construction disputes.
Most highly regarded
Mainly acting as arbitrator
Mixed practice or mainly acting as counsel
Mainly acting as arbitrator
Keating Chambers earns five nominations.
John Marrin QC is revered for his “excellent temperament as presiding arbitrator” in complex construction, engineering and energy disputes.
Sources laud Robert Gaitskell QC for his “excellent work on technical and engineering disputes”.
Richard Fernyhough QC stands out as a leading construction specialist with more than 35 years of experience in the field.
John Uff CBE QC is highlighted for his “very impressive experience and insight” into construction and engineering law.
Tim Elliott QC possesses “deep legal knowledge and excellent judgement”, and is highly sought after as arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings.
Lindy Patterson QC of 39 Essex Chambers enjoys a strong reputation as an “excellent arbitrator and dispute board member”. She is considered a “pioneer in the construction industry” thanks to her two decades of experience in the field.
Douglas Jones AO with Atkin Chambers wins endorsements as “a very organised and proactive chair” who is also “extremely diligent and experienced in construction arbitrations”.
Roger ter Haar QC of Crown Office Chambers comes highly recommended for his extensive experience handling major international infrastructure, construction and energy disputes.
Andrew Bartlett QC receives plaudits for his top-tier work on multi-jurisdictional disputes arising from high-value construction contracts.
Mixed practice or mainly acting as counsel
Atkin Chambers sees 26 barristers highlighted this year.
The “absolutely brilliant” David Streatfeild-James QC is “without a doubt one of the very top barristers at the construction Bar” thanks to his “simply phenomenal strategy”. One peer adds, “He is unflappable and always on top of every little detail.”
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is a “very bright and industrious advocate” who is “a pleasure to work with on tribunals”.
Nicholas Dennys QC is “able to quickly grasp the key issues in a case”, making him a go-to for contractual and joint venture disputes arising from high-value construction and infrastructure projects.
Manus McMullan QC regularly represents government bodies, multinational corporations and contractors in their construction and engineering disputes.
Rupert Choat enjoys a “stellar reputation” for his 20-plus years of experience dealing with high-value claims spanning from PPP contracts and construction projects.
Simon Lofthouse QC earns acclaim for his “phenomenal work rate, excellent knowledge of the law and strong judgement”. One impressed source adds, “He is all that you want in a leader.”
Andrew White QC secures recommendations for his adept handling of international disputes involving the construction of large-scale redevelopments and energy projects.
Riaz Hussain QC wins widespread praise for his enviable track record in complex construction contract disputes.
Steven Walker QC is “extraordinarily forensic in his approach”, with one peer remarking, “He can make bricks out of straw on points of construction.”
Keating Chambers receives an impressive 26 listings.
Adam Constable QC is an “extremely eloquent and authoritative individual” who “has judges eating out of his hands”. He is highlighted for his “impressive written and oral submissions” and considered “a very effective cross-examiner”.
Calum Lamont is a “very analytical and clear-thinking advocate” who excels in shipbuilding, construction and energy-sector disputes.
Peers commend Richard Harding QC for his fine track record in construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes in the Middle East.
Simon Hargreaves QC is revered for his top-notch work on contractual disputes relating to plant construction projects and engineering matters.
Marcus Taverner QC is recognised as a “brilliant cross-examiner” who possesses “an impressive work ethic and strong leadership skills”.
David Thomas QC “does a fantastic job every time” according to impressed sources who highlight his expertise in disputes that intersect the construction and energy sectors.
Simon Hughes QC is a “tactically astute individual who is able to see the case from the other side” and is “very adept at reading the tribunals and identifying exactly what they will find persuasive”.
Alexander Nissen QC is an "excellent strategist" who "understands how tribunals react and is great at presenting evidence". His "legal analysis is without comparison and faultless" and he "quickly gets to the heart of every problem" for his clients.
The “brilliant” Sarah Hannaford QC secures endorsements as a “fierce and thorough advocate” and “all-round extremely impressive barrister who combines determination with tenacity”.
Piers Stansfield QC garners plaudits as top-flight barrister with vast experience in highly technical construction and engineering disputes.
A total of 12 barristers from 4 Pump Court are noted this year.
Sean Brannigan QC is “a superstar of the Bar” who is “absolutely phenomenal in court” and a “devastating cross-examiner”. One peer adds, “Arbitrators and juries adore him.”
Rachel Ansell QC enjoys a stellar reputation for her profound expertise in international construction and energy disputes.
Alexander Hickey QC is an "extremely impressive and clever barrister" who "brings charm to proceedings" and is "very creative and robust in his approach".
39 Essex Chambers is home to eight practitioners listed this year.
The "absolutely excellent" Paul Darling OBE QC "sees the winning point before anybody else" and is "brilliant at cross-examining witnesses and presenting his case". He possesses a "strong and well-deserved reputation for his thorough preparation and extensive experience".
Stuart Catchpole QC is renowned for his detail-oriented approach to complex international construction and engineering disputes.
Karim Ghaly QC is singled out as “very quick, commercially astute and great to work with”. He is highly sought after for his expertise in PPP and infrastructure disputes.
Anneliese Day QC with Fountain Court Chambers “is an incredibly impressive advocate in writing and in terms of oratory”. She specialises in high-value and complex international disputes as counsel and arbitrator.
From 3 Verulam Buildings, Jane Davies Evans wins recommendations for her detailed knowledge of complex delay and quantum issues, as well as her extensive experience in international construction arbitrations.
At 4 New Square, Roger Stewart QC is applauded for his “very good grasp of construction issues” and has over 30 years of experience acting for public entities and private parties as counsel under ICC and LCIA rules.
Ben Patten QC is a favourite among sources thanks to his outstanding work on construction arbitrations with spin-off financial claims.
Michael Black QC from XXIV Old Buildings is revered as “extremely good as arbitrator and counsel” in high-value construction disputes.
Andrew Rigney QC with Crown Office Chambers is held in high esteem for his significant experience and expertise in multi-jurisdictional construction and infrastructure disputes.
Garry Borland QC with Axiom Advocates stands out as “one of the most intelligent practitioners at the Scottish Bar”. He is highlighted as an “astute and clear-headed barrister” who provides “excellent client service”.
Martin Richardson QC comes highly recommended as “the complete package” thanks to his “unbelievable intelligence” and “formidable and persuasive presence in court”.
Jonathan Broome is noted for his “huge experience in construction law” as well as his “highly responsive and detail-oriented approach”.