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Chantal Aimee Doerries QC
"She is a very modern barrister, who is very commercial and obviously very smart, and knows how to deal with clients."
Chambers and Partners

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC

Chantal-Aimée is the Head of Atkin Chambers and the immediate past Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales. She has a wide-ranging practice in domestic and international commercial dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on disputes relating to energy and natural resources, construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, joint ventures, professional negligence, shipbuilding, and IT and telecommunications.

As well as being instructed on a number of significant domestic project and energy disputes, she has a busy international practice. Recent cases have involved disputes arising in Asia (Singapore, China, and Indonesia), Europe (Norway, Germany, and Switzerland), the Middle East (Qatar, Dubai), South America (Peru, Costa Rica) and Ukraine. She is bilingual in German and English.

She was featured in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list for 2009 and listed in the Debrett’s 500 Most Influential People in 2016 (under ‘Law’). Chantal-Aimée has been identified by the leading legal directories for many years as one of the leading practitioners in energy and natural resources, construction, professional negligence, and international arbitration, as well as under international arbitration and construction in the Asia-Pacific region.

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES Open concertina Open concertina

Chantal-Aimée has extensive experience in these sectors, including in connection with disputes relating to FPSOs, FPUs, MOPUs, drilling platforms, jacking up systems, gas pipelines, a mono ethylene glycol recovery unit, desalination projects, power stations (including nuclear, combined cycle gas turbine, coal fired thermal and diesel engine), wind farms (offshore and onshore), and electricity, water and sewerage supply. Her clients come from a range of players in these sectors and include operators, suppliers, contractors, public bodies, insurers and designers. She was nominated as Silk of the Year 2013 for projects and energy by The Legal 500.

 

A “formidable” opponent and a “charming and very effective advocate.” “A class act.”

Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers and Partners

“She’s great – as well as being good on the law she is very user-friendly, has a quick turnaround and is a pleasure to work with. Her drafting is elegant and concise, and she reads a tribunal really well.”

Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers and Partners

CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE Open concertina Open concertina

Her cases span a wide range of technically and legally complex projects (including schools, hospitals, sports facilities, power plants, PFI, EPC/turnkey, contaminated ground, laboratories, a fire station, transport, factories, office blocks, prestigious museums, listed buildings, roads, retail, sewage and water treatment) and various works (including earthworks, demolition, piling, drainage, concrete, structural works, steelworks, cladding, M&E). Her clients come from across the industry including contractors, employers, professionals, and insurers.

 

“A top flight barrister with an incisive legal mind who is capable of instinctive strategic thinking.”

Construction, Chambers and Partners

“Measured, calm and authoritative.”

Construction, Legal 500

“She is absolutely excellent and really commercial. She got to grips with the paperwork very quickly and was very good at flagging up the risks.”

Construction, Chambers and Partners

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Chantal-Aimée has considerable experience advising and representing parties in international arbitration. Recent examples include arbitrations concerning commercial transactions and projects in Norway, Singapore, the Gulf, South America, Korea and China. She has been involved in arbitrations under various different rules including ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, SCMA, UNICTRAL and Swiss Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. She is also an experienced arbitrator having accepted appointments as Chair and as Co-Arbitrator. In addition to being ranked in the United Kingdom directories, Chantal-Aimée is ranked as a notable practitioner by Chambers and Partners for Arbitration (International) – The English Bar – Asia-Pacific Region.

 

“Absolutely fantastic.” “Very approachable and commercially savvy.”

International Arbitration, Chambers and Partners

“She is a very modern barrister, who is very commercial and obviously very smart, and knows how to deal with clients.”

International Arbitration, Chambers and Partners

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Chantal-Aimée is frequently involved in professional negligence cases concerning construction and engineering professionals, although her practice goes beyond this industry. She acted for the engineers in the Wembley litigation, reputedly the largest professional negligence claim issued out of the Technology and Construction Court in London.

 

“A brilliant lawyer, with commercial nous.”

Professional Negligence Legal 500

“She is proactive, pugnacious and her language skills prove extremely helpful when she’s dealing with international clients.” “She is very bright, but not overly academic in presentation, which means that the client always feels comfortable that they understand what she’s saying.”

Professional Negligence (Technology and Construction), Chambers and Partners

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Chantal-Aimée has been instructed on a number of disputes relating to the construction, refurbishment and commissioning of vessels include cases relating to an ultra deep water drill ship engaged in oil exploration services, a very large crude carrier motor vessel, anchor handling tug supply vessels, FPSOs, FPUs, a MOPU, drilling platforms and pontoons. She has advised shipyards, ports, suppliers of specialist equipment, operators, buyers and funders, and has advised on contracts for ship construction, option agreements.

 

“A real pleasure… she is commercial and very good with clients.”

Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers and Partners

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Chantal-Aimée is also instructed in relation to wider commercial disputes, frequently connected with the other sectors she has expertise in. This has included advising and representing clients in relation to disputes relating to joint venture agreements, share purchase agreements, insurance cover, sale of goods, investment management agreement, fraud, jurisdiction, misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty.

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Chantal-Aimée has been involved in a number of disputes relating to the provision of and suitability of complex technology. Examples include disputes in relation to the supply, installation and commissioning of telecommunications equipment for national networks, the fitness for purpose of a radio frequency based defence system (software and hardware), the supply and installation of fibre optic cables, the provision of internet services and network access, the provision of station surveillance equipment for a major public transport network and the provision of computerised systems for factories and storage facilities.

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Chantal-Aimée has experience of a number of substantial transport disputes. These include cases concerning the operation, management and maintenance of a high speed railway, road and railway stations construction, London Underground surveillance equipment, signalling systems for a national public transport system, the renewal, maintenance and remedying of rail tracks, ferry terminal construction and the supply of a tram system.

 

“A top flight barrister with an incisive legal mind who is capable of instinctive strategic thinking.”

Construction, Chambers and Partners

LEGAL TEXTS Open concertina Open concertina

International Construction Law Review (Co-Editor in Chief)

Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts 12th Ed. & 13th Ed (Contributing Editor)

Building Law Reports (Joint Editor)

QUALIFICATIONS AND AWARDS Open concertina Open concertina

2016                   Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales

2016                   Debrett’s 500 People of Influence in the UK (under Law)

2011-2015           Chairman of the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales

2010-2013           Chairman of the Technology and Construction Bar Association

2009                   The Lawyer’s Hot 100

2008                   Queen’s Counsel

1992                   Major Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple

1990                   Diplock Scholarship, Middle Temple

1990                   Gertrude de Gallaix Achievement Award for study of law, FAWCO

1987-1991           Cambridge University, New Hall (now Murray Edwards College)

1989                   President of the Cambridge Union Society

1986-1987           University of Pennsylvania, USA