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Chantal Aimee Doerries QC

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC

Silk 2008

"She is a very modern barrister, who is very commercial and obviously very smart, and knows how to deal with clients."

Chambers & Partners

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is the Head of Atkin Chambers and was the 2016 Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales. She has a wide-ranging practice in domestic and international commercial dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on disputes relating to energy and natural resources, construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, joint ventures, professional negligence, shipbuilding, and IT and telecommunications.

As well as being instructed on a number of significant domestic project and energy disputes, she has a busy international practice. Cases have included disputes arising in Asia (China, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Singapore), Europe (Germany, Lithuania, Norway and Switzerland), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman and Qatar), South America (Costa Rica and Peru), CIS (Russia and Azerbaijan), and Ukraine. She is bilingual in German and English.

Chantal-Aimée has been identified by the leading legal directories for many years as one of the leading practitioners in energy and natural resources, construction, professional negligence, and international arbitration. She is also identified as a leading practioner under international arbitration and construction in the Asia-Pacific region and construction in the UAE. She was featured in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list for 2009 and listed in the Debrett’s 500 Most Influential People in 2016 (under ‘Law’).


Chantal-Aimée has extensive experience in these sectors, including in connection with disputes relating to FPSOs, FPUs, MOPUs, drilling platforms, jacking up systems, gas pipelines, a mono ethylene glycol recovery unit, biorefinery offshore and onshore, desalination projects, power stations (including nuclear, combined cycle gas turbine, coal fired thermal and diesel engine), wind farms (offshore and onshore, turbines, substations, pricing), geothermal wells, aluminium smelter, power purchase agreements and contracts for electricity, water and sewerage supply.

Her clients come from a range of players in these sectors and include operators, suppliers, contractors, public bodies, insurers and designers, with a range of disputes concerning construction, design, commissioning and performance, as well as operation and maintenance, tariffs (fuel and operation and maintenance), termination, LDs, warranty claims, insurance claims, bond claims and contractual indemnities and provisions concerning pollution, fines and penalties.

A “formidable” opponent and a “charming and very effective advocate.” “A class act.”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers & Partners

“She’s great – as well as being good on the law she is very user-friendly, has a quick turnaround and is a pleasure to work with. Her drafting is elegant and concise, and she reads a tribunal really well.”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers & Partners


Her cases span a wide range of technically and legally complex projects (including schools, hospitals, sports facilities, power plants, PFI, EPC/turnkey, contaminated ground, laboratories, a fire station, transport, factories, office blocks, prestigious museums, listed buildings, roads, retail, sewage and water treatment) and various works (including earthworks, demolition, piling, drainage, concrete, structural works, steelworks, cladding, M&E). Her clients come from across the industry including government, contractors/subcontractors, employers, professionals, and insurers.

“A top-flight barrister with an incisive legal mind who is capable of instinctive strategic thinking.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners

“Measured, calm and authoritative.”
Construction, Legal 500

“She is absolutely excellent and really commercial. She got to grips with the paperwork very quickly and was very good at flagging up the risks.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners


Chantal-Aimée has considerable experience advising/representing parties in international arbitration. Recent examples incl. arbitrations concerning commercial transactions and projects in Norway, Singapore, Philippines, Africa, the Gulf, CIS, South America, Korea and China under various different rules including ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, SCMA, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. She is an experienced arbitrator, with appointments as Chair and as Co-Arbitrator. In addition to being ranked in the UK directories for international arbitration and international arbitration/construction, she is ranked as a notable practitioner by Chambers and Partners for Arbitration (International) – The English Bar – Asia-Pacific Region.

“Absolutely fantastic.” “Very approachable and commercially savvy.”
International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners

“She is a very modern barrister, who is very commercial and obviously very smart, and knows how to deal with clients.”
International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners


Chantal-Aimée is frequently involved in professional negligence cases concerning construction and engineering professionals, although her practice goes beyond this industry. She acted for the engineers in the Wembley litigation, reputedly the largest professional negligence claim issued out of the Technology and Construction Court in London.

“A brilliant lawyer, with commercial nous.”
Professional Negligence, Legal 500

“She is proactive, pugnacious and her language skills prove extremely helpful when she’s dealing with international clients.” “She is very bright, but not overly academic in presentation, which means that the client always feels comfortable that they understand what she’s saying.”
Professional Negligence (Technology & Construction), Chambers & Partners


Chantal-Aimée has been instructed on a number of disputes relating to the construction, refurbishment and commissioning of vessels include cases relating to an ultra-deepwater drillship engaged in oil exploration services, a very large crude carrier motor vessel, anchor handling tug supply vessels, FPSOs, FPUs, a MOPU, drilling platforms and pontoons. She has advised shipyards, ports, suppliers of specialist equipment, operators, buyers and funders, and has advised on contracts for ship construction and option agreements.

“A real pleasure… she is commercial and very good with clients.”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers & Partners


Chantal-Aimée is also instructed in relation to wider commercial disputes, frequently connected with the other sectors she has expertise in. This has included advising and representing clients in relation to disputes relating to joint venture agreements, share purchase agreements, bonds and guarantees, insurance cover, sale of goods, investment management agreements, fraud, jurisdiction, misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty.


Chantal-Aimée has been involved in a number of disputes relating to the provision and suitability of complex technology. Examples include disputes in relation to the supply, installation and commissioning of telecommunications equipment for national networks, the fitness for purpose of a radio frequency based defence system (software and hardware), the supply and installation of fibre optic cables, the provision of internet services and network access, the provision of station surveillance equipment for a major public transport network and the provision of computerised systems for factories and storage facilities.


Chantal-Aimée has experience of a number of substantial transport disputes. These include cases concerning the operation, management and maintenance of a high-speed railway, road and railway stations construction, London Underground surveillance equipment, signalling systems for a national public transport system, the renewal, maintenance and remedying of rail tracks, ferry terminal construction and the supply of a tram system.

“A top flight barrister with an incisive legal mind who is capable of instinctive strategic thinking.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners


  • International Construction Law Review (Co-Editor in Chief)
  • Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts 12th Ed. & 13th Ed (Contributing Editor)
  • Building Law Reports (Joint Editor)


  • 2016: Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales
  • 2016: Debrett’s 500 People of Influence in the UK (under Law)
  • 2011-2015: Chairman of the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales
  • 2010-2013: Chairman of the Technology and Construction Bar Association
  • 2009: The Lawyer’s Hot 100
  • 2008: Queen’s Counsel
  • 1992: Major Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple
  • 1990: Diplock Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • 1990: Gertrude de Gallaix Achievement Award for study of law, FAWCO
  • 1987-1991: Cambridge University, New Hall (now Murray Edwards College)
  • 1989: President of the Cambridge Union Society
  • 1986-1987: University of Pennsylvania, USA