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Southeast Asia and The Pacific

Atkin Chambers has a strong and long-standing presence in the region, maintaining its reputation for advocacy and analysis through continued involvement with important and complex disputes.

Members of Chambers have been instructed in major project disputes in Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout South East Asia and the Pacific for over 50 years, working initially on projects such as the Mass Transit Railway, Chek Lap Kok Airport and Harbour City in Hong Kong. Members continue to be regularly instructed in large and high-profile disputes in this region such as cases about the Stonecutters Bridge, one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world, the Metropolis Shopping Centre, a power generation project in the Philippines, and casinos in Macau and Disneyland Asia.

Specific matters in which we have been recently involved include a dispute relating to the collapse of an office block in Singapore due to foundational failures which required submissions on complex geotechnical issues arising out of the unusual geology. Other matters include an arbitration between a Thai utilities company, a Thai industrial conglomerate and a mixed Chinese and Thai joint venture contractor for the design and build of one of the largest biomass power stations in the world. Our members have also acted on behalf of the Singaporean owners of a shipyard in Rotterdam which was responsible for the conversion of a drilling rig into a deep water rig.

Members have also been involved in disputes in Oceania, including between the Government of a group of Pacific Islands and a New Zealand contractor concerning the construction of a road. One of the most renowned construction lawyers and arbitrators in the region, Professor Doug Jones AO RFD, is a door tenant.

Atkin Chambers a recommended chambers again in the most recent Legal 500 Asia Pacific guide reflecting its “worldwide footprint in construction law” and to be acknowledged as one of the chambers with the most silks ranked in 2018.  It was pleased to be part of the Bar Council Training Scheme for Chinese lawyers again in 2017.