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Our barristers often share their knowledge and experience by publishing articles on a wide range of subjects for leading national and international publications.

We contribute articles to professional and academic journals in the field of construction, energy, alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation and international arbitration among others. A number of our members are also regular columnists in specialist industry publications. Please see below for a collection of recent articles.

‘Ethics in the Tender Process’: Mathias Cheung on implied duties of good faith for International Construction Law Review

26 July 2017
Mathias Cheung’s article ‘Ethics in the Tender Process: Implied Duty of Good Faith and Remedies for Breach’ for ICLR (International Construction Law Review) has been published in Issue 34 (2017). Mathias’ article consists of a comparative analysis of implied duties of good faith during pre-contractual negotiations/tender processes in common law and also civilian jurisdictions. To...Read more

The launch of the Business and Property Courts by Martin Bowdery QC

20 July 2017
In early July this year, receptions were held in London and around the Country to mark the formal launch of The Business and Property Courts. The Lord Chancellor, David Lidington, stated at the Rolls Building: “… how delighted I am to be attending what is a landmark event for our Judges as they lead change...Read more

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC interviewed for Women in Leadership publication

7 April 2017
Women in Leadership features an interview with Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC as part of a focus on women leaders in law in its Spring issue. Chantal’s interview explores what it means to be a senior female leader in law and ways to address gender inequality in the profession. Women in Leadership aims to “demonstrate that the journey...Read more

“The 21st century Commercial Bar” – Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC for Harbour View magazine

7 April 2017
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC discusses how the Commercial Bar is embracing change and considers the ongoing technology revolution and potential future impact of artificial intelligence. The Spring 2017 issue of Harbour View, published by litigation funder Harbour, is dedicated to the topic of innovation in celebration of its 10th Anniversary. To read the full article please click...Read more

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC profiled for New Law Journal

6 April 2017
New Law Journal interviewed the immediate past Chairman of The Bar and newly elected Head of Atkin Chambers Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC for its Movers and Shakers section. The interview discusses Chantal-Aimée’s route into the profession and stresses the importance of wellbeing at the Bar. To read the full interview please click here....Read more

Debts in paradise: Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd & Anor vs Wilkins Kennedy [2016]

30 March 2017
In his most recent article for Building, Sir Robert Akenhead, with assistance from Omar Eljadi, discusses the case of Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd & Anor vs Wilkins Kennedy . The case highlights how wrong a construction project can go in the absence of clear contractual arrangements and proper financial controls. It also demonstrates the unique specialist expertise of the...Read more

Serena Cheng QC discusses Khalifa Ports announced expansion for Logistics Middle East

16 March 2017
In the March edition of Logistics Middle East magazine Serena Cheng QC comments on the potential pitfalls of Khalifa Port’s expansion by viewing the proposed works from both the employer and contractor’s perspectives. Khalifa Port recently announced plans to expand by adding a 1,000-meter quay wall to its container terminal and by deepening the channel...Read more

Stop playing games: does an adjudication enforcement trump an insolvency moratorium? – Building magazine

13 March 2017
In an article for Building magazine Lucie Briggs and Stephen Homer (Ashfords Solicitors) ask whether an adjudication enforcement trumps an insolvency moratorium by examining the January 2017 Coulson J judgment in the case of South Coast Construction Limited v Iverson Road Limited. The case concerned proceedings for the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision and is...Read more

Better delivery of mega projects – The Oath (Middle East)

15 February 2017
Following the announcement of the development of the largest marina in the MENA region Steven Walker QC considers the contractual issues such mega projects could generate for those engaged in the delivery of the works. To read the full article please click here. This article was first published in the February 2017 edition of The...Read more

Contractual Interpretation: The retreat from Hoffman (Atkin paper)

14 February 2017
This paper was originally presented at a legal symposium hosted by Atkin Chambers on 7 November 2016. Contractual interpretation is a key battleground in much commercial litigation. Recent decisions from the UK Supreme Court and the courts in Singapore and Hong Kong appear to show a shift in approach from Lord Hoffmann’s well-known statement of...Read more

A year in increments

19 December 2016
Rupert Choat provides a review of the main changes to take place in the world of construction law in 2016. In this article Rupert discusses such issues as changes to insurance, retentions, payment provisions and the new Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes. To read the full article please click here. This article was...Read more

Concurrent Delay : a back-to-basics approach

8 December 2016
In his article for LexisNexis Mischa Balen explores the court’s approach to concurrent delay in Saga Cruises BDF Ltd v Fincantieri SpA EWHC 1875 (Comm), 167 ConLR 29. In his view, the decision sees the application of the orthodox rules of causation, and there is an important distinction between one-off and continuing events. To...Read more