Legal 500 EMEA 2022 highlights Atkin Chambers’ leading status for construction disputes
Atkin Chambers has been recognised as a Tier 1 set for construction by the new The Legal 500 EMEA 2022 […]
14th Apr 2022
Members have an international reputation as specialist advocates and experts in all forms of dispute resolution in their chosen practice areas.
"A good strategist, who is approachable and diligent." "Brilliant and skilled advocate who gets to the bottom of a matter very quickly and gives a straightforward steer of where we will end up."
Chambers and Partners
Camille’s practice covers a broad range of commercial matters with a particular focus on construction and professional negligence disputes. She is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution including domestic and international arbitration, DABs, expert determination, mediation, adjudication and the High Court. She undertakes work in numerous industry sectors and has particular experience of social housing, government and public services, transport, infrastructure and energy projects.
Her professional negligence experience is considerable in particular in matters with a construction context having often acted for, and against, architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, planning professionals and multidisciplinary firms, amongst others.
She is frequently instructed by insurers, professionals, governments, local governments and government departments, small and large developers, and construction companies as well as private individuals, both domestically and internationally. Camille also has experience in a number of high-profile fraud and conspiracy cases in the Chancery Division and Commercial Court.
Camille also has an exceptional track record acting as sole counsel, having been retained in this capacity for many high-value, complex disputes both in the UK and overseas. She carries out a considerable amount of advocacy, regularly appearing in Court and Arbitrations, conducting trials and other hearings, and directories have noted that she can “can wipe the floor with silks” (The Legal 500).
Camille is recommended in the most recent editions of both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in the fields of construction and professional negligence. She is also listed as a leading junior in The Legal 500 English Bar (Middle East) and Who’s Who Legal in Construction and as a Future Leader.
The directories repeatedly praise her advocacy skills, tenacity, ability marshalling complex facts and her approachability and ease in dealing with and advising clients; “combines a good bedside manner with a high level of tenacity and intelligence. She can marshal the minutiae of a case very quickly and efficiently” (Chambers and Partners).
Camille is noted as providing “…well-considered, timely and effective advice.” (Chambers and Partners). She regularly advises on, and acts for, clients both domestically and internationally in connection with all the standard forms of building and engineering contracts. She has particular experience of disputes involving design and build defects, cost overruns and delay and disruption cases. Her experience includes:
Camille’s adjudication experience includes advising on the enforcement of awards and attending summary judgement hearings both to enforce and resist the enforcement of adjudicator’s decision. As well as her enforcement experience, she has significant experience conducting adjudications including attending hearings before adjudicators. Her experience includes:
Camille is “really good on her feet, and very unassuming and gentle in conference.” (Professional Negligence, Chambers and Partners). She has considerable experience in representing claimants, defendants and their indemnity insurers in professional negligence matters. This includes advising on and representing clients in respect of cases relating to allegations of negligence against surveyors, engineers, solicitors, contract administrators, party wall surveyors and architects. Camille has particular expertise in multi-party cases. Her experience includes:
Camille advises and acts for public bodies and unsuccessful tenderers in relation to all aspects of Public and Utilities Procurement including the application of the Public Works, Services and Utilities Regulations 1991 and the Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 and remedies for their breach. Her experience includes:
Camille has experience in a wide range of practice areas, including commercial fraud. Additionally, she has developed considerable experience in insolvency related cases, with a particular focus on insolvency issues arising within a construction context. Her experience includes:
Camille has particular expertise in the energy sector having been instructed as junior counsel in a number of substantial high-value disputes on behalf of major energy companies. Her experience includes:
Camille has experience in the information technology and telecommunications field acting for suppliers and contractors in relation to telecommunication systems. Her experience includes:
Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure Ltd v Berkeley Homes Plc  EWHC 1328 (TCC)
Mears Ltd v (1) Costplan Services (South East) Ltd (2) Plymouth (Notte Street) Ltd (3) JR Pickstock Ltd (2019)  EWCA Civ 502 (CA)
Mears Ltd v Costplan Services (South East) Ltd  EWHC 3363 (TCC)
Lindsay v Berkeley Homes (Capital) Plc 4. Lindsay v Berkeley Homes (Capital) Plc  EWHC 2042 (TCC)
Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd v Grove Developments Ltd  EWCA Civ 990 (CA)
Marc Gilbard 2009 Settlement Trust (trustees of) v OD Developments and Projects Ltd 159 Con LR 150,  BLR 213,  EWHC 70 (TCC)
O’Rourke Construction Ltd v Healthcare Support (Newcastle) Ltd & Ors 155 Con LR 148 /  CILL 3549
Bluewater Energy Services BV v Mercon Steel Structures BV & Ors  155 Con LR 85
Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales Transport & Security Ltd  EWHC 3717 (TCC)
West Country Renovations Ltd v McDowell & Anor (Rev 1)  EWHC 307 (TCC) (23 February 2012)  3 All ER 106,  BLR 255,  1 WLR 416
Redwing Construction Ltd v Wishart  BLR 186:  TCLR 5:  2 Costs LO 212:  Lloyd’s Rep IR 331:  1 EGLR 13:  15 EG 94:  CILL 2997:  161 NLJ 137
LPI (Hotels) Ltd v Technical & General Guarantee CO SA  132 Con LR 90,  CILL 2926
Enterprise Managed Services Ltd v Tony McFadden Utilities Ltd   BLR 89 and see also  EWHC 1506 (TCC) /  Bus LR D11
2001- Harmsworth Scholar of the Middle Temple
2001 – Blackstone Entrance Exhibitioner of the Middle Temple
2001 – Best Overall Mark: Law of Succession, University of Bristol
2000 – First Prize, Herbert Smith, Final Year Mooting Competition
2000-2001 – BVC (Very Competent (8th Overall)) BPP Law School
1998-2001 – LLB (Upper Second Class) University of Bristol
Camille is a member of COMBAR, LCLCBA, TECBAR and the SCL.
Camille is one of the contributors to ‘Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts’.
“She’s incredibly thorough and diligent, she picks up every detail and chases it down, so there are never any last-minute surprises.”
“Thorough and meticulous in her approach, Camille delivers oral advice expertly and very clearly.” “Camille is an excellent advocate.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“She’s fantastic on her feet; she really gets into the detail and she manages the client extremely effectively.”
“Camille is really constructive and great on cross-examination.”
“A highly accomplished senior junior who is thorough and meticulous in her approach.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Camille is extremely bright and pragmatic, and her tactical ability is excellent. Her advocacy is perfectly balanced, and clients really appreciate her skills in distilling a complex dispute into its commercial fundamentals.”
Construction, The Legal 500, 2023
“Camille is extremely easy to deal with. She is an excellent lawyer and tactician. She is very affable but can change tone in cross examination to great effect. Lay clients love working with Camille who at all times provides succinct and easy to digest advice and guidance.”
Middle East: Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“Camille’s ability to thoroughly master documents and carry out all necessary legal research is not in question. What marks her out is her abilities to take account of the commercial realities and risks of litigation and devise a clear strategy for the long term and to present her legal advice and on strategy in a clear and readily digestible manner. Clients really appreciate her skills in distilling a complex dispute into its commercial fundamentals.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2023
She is just excellent with a superb intellect and a creative approach.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022
“She is excellent in court.”
“A particularly well-regarded barrister who has a history of handling major matters.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022
“Camille is tenacious and incisive. A quality mind and a successful strategist.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2022
“Camille is exceptional and is extremely easy to work with whilst providing insightful and concise advice on strategy and legal issues. She is always on top of papers, practical, commercial and among the best cross-examiners I have seen.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“Impressively detail-oriented even when working to tight deadlines under a large amount of pressure, her written advocacy is strong and persuasive.”
Middle East: Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“She is unquestionably all over the detail of any matter and her drafting has been incredibly strong.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“Has a confident style and approach in court, gets judges on side and is always right.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“She’s incredibly smart and is happy to get her hands dirty and discuss issues with the broader team.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2021
“Camille is intelligent, thoughtful and analytical. Her ability to dissect a problem and analyse the possible outcomes is invaluable.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021
“Her technical ability, attention to detail and client skills are all of the highest level.” “Always delivers measured and accurate advice in a timely and clear style.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar and Global 2020
“She’s very strong on paper, and very calm and unflappable in court. Even in moments where she’s under attack from judges, she always maintains a nice, balanced style.” “She has great judgement and is approachable, down to earth and friendly to clients.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020
“An excellent junior, well organised and industrious.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
“She is a team player and well suited to the biggest and most complicated cases.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2020
“Unquestionably all over the detail of the case”
Construction, The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 2020
“Has real strength in advocacy and a really sharp wit.”
Construction, Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2019
“Incredibly bright, considered, well prepared, and excellent on her feet.”
Construction, Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2018
“A real team player who is prepared to roll up her sleeves and get stuck into the evidence to come up with compelling and well thought-through arguments.” “Camille is very thorough and excellent with clients. Her advocacy is her real strength and where she punches well above her weight.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018 and Chambers Global 2018
“She is bright, tenacious and has a commercial approach. A pleasure to work with.” “Her technical ability, her attention to detail and her client skills are all of a high level.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018
The above are a selection of recent client endorsements from the leading legal directories, both UK and internationally. For a complete list of endorsements, please contact the practice management team at Atkin Chambers.