1 Dec 2021: An aspiring barrister’s guide to construction law


5:30 pm BST

London (virtual)

Wednesday 1 December 2021 | 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Virtual event (Zoom)

Applicants often ask us if they can make an application to Atkin Chambers even though they have not done any “construction law” and don’t have any “construction experience”.

The aim of this seminar is to show potential applicants that they probably have done some construction law and only need to look at recent cases on their university or GDL reading lists to see that construction barristers, and in particular members of Atkin Chambers, debate some of the most fundamental principles of private law in the appellate courts.

Members of Chambers, including those who appeared in two of the cases mentioned below, will summarise four recent construction cases and consider what about them made them typical of a construction case. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask why the Court reached the decision it did, what it is like to work on construction cases in practice as opposed to in an academic environment, and any other questions they have about the cases or life at the commercial/construction bar.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 1 December 2021!

The event will start at 5.30pm and finish by 7pm.


Burgess v Lejonvarn [2017] EWCA Civ 254: a leading case on the imposition of duties of care in tort, presented by Fiona Parkin QC, the Silk who appeared in the case

AG of the Virgin Islands v Global Water Associated Ltd [2020] UKPC 18: a leading case on remoteness in contract law, presented by Steven Walker QC, a Silk who has presented the case to the Society of Construction Law

Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd [2021] UKSC 29: a leading case on liquidated damages and exclusion clauses, presented by Nicholas Maciolek, the Junior who appeared in the case

Network Rail Infrastructure v Williams [2018] EWCA Civ 1514: a leading case on what amounts to actionable damage in the tort of private nuisance, presented by Caroline Greenfield, a Junior who will reflect on how property torts frequently feature in junior practice.


RSVP via email to pupillagenews@atkinchambers.com.

We will confirm your place by email. A link to the event will be sent out nearer the time.

Do you have a question?  Do please send it in advance to pupillagenews@atkinchambers.com. There will also be the opportunity to post questions on the day.

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