About Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers is a leading set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and specialist advice on cases concerning construction and engineering, energy 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 frequently related to such disputes.
The members of Atkin Chambers offer a huge breadth and depth of experience in disputes which are often complex both in terms of the law and the technical nature of the underlying dispute. They are recognised as being leaders in their field.
In the UK members regularly appear as advocates before the Appellate Courts and High Court, as well as in commercial arbitrations. The disputes are varied and often high-profile, and have included landmark cases such as disputes relating to The Shard, Wembley Stadium, the Olympic Village, the Channel Tunnel, The British Library, The Rolls Building, Heathrow T5, the M25 and London Underground, as well as major oil and gas, and on and offshore renewable energy projects
International work frequently involves complex cross-border disputes, involving parties from several jurisdictions. Disputes are often commercially and/or politically sensitive. Members practise in many of the world’s leading arbitration centres and are highly-experienced in handling disputes conducted under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, HKIAC, SIAC, and numerous others.
Members and door tenants are also called upon to act as arbitrators, adjudicators, mediators, members of international dispute boards, and chairs of public inquiries.
Members of Atkin Chambers are authors of authoritative and influential legal texts including:
- The Building Law Reports
- The International Construction Law Review
- Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts – this seminal work on the law relating to building and engineering contracts has been edited in Chambers for over 50 years.
Atkin Chambers is committed to offering a high-quality service to members’ clients. Members “are also noted for their ‘responsiveness and approachability” (The Legal 500) and, according to Chambers UK Bar Guide, are supported by a team that is “absolutely top of the range and in a league of its own” with Chambers “highlighted as a modern and innovative set, and one that ‘doesn’t rely on past reputation or rest on its laurels’.”
What the directories say about Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers has been referred to as a “premier set” and it is a top-ranked or leading set for construction, energy & natural resources, international arbitration (construction/engineering), professional negligence (technology & construction), and information technology in the Chambers UK Bar Guide, and for construction, energy, professional negligence, international arbitration: (counsel), and IT and telecoms by Legal 500.
The Legal 500 UK Bar Guide has described Atkin Chambers as “simply the best construction set in London” and the most recent edition talked about it being “a ‘go-to’ set for energy construction and engineering disputes”, and that clients remark it is “very strong academically and has excellent counsel” while also having “down-to-earth barristers, who are commercial and demonstrate excellent client service”.
Chambers and Partners’ UK Bar guide said: “Members are consistently instructed in the highest-value construction disputes, both domestic and international”. An interviewee describes it as ‘an agglomeration of the absolute finest intellects and advocates at the Bar in the construction, engineering and infrastructure spaces,’ and adds: ‘The set is packed to the brim with legendary heavyweight silks and superstar juniors'”.
Atkin Chambers was named Construction Set of the Year at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards in October 2019.
In April 2020 Atkin Chambers was, for the second time, honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, the UK’s highest recognition for international business success.