Dominique Rawley KC will be speaking at The Adjudication Society Annual Conference 2023, which this year is themed “Adjudication: Beyond […]
Dominique Rawley KC specialises in high value disputes in the field of technology, construction and engineering projects, and in professional negligence claims, both in the UK and abroad. She has extensive experience of complex PFI contractual arrangements in the UK. She frequently deals with commercial issues arising out of bonds, guarantees & warranties, as well as acting in disputes about the jurisdiction of UK or foreign courts or conflicts of laws.
Dominique has represented contractors, employers and their professional advisers, as well as government departments, in both arbitration and litigation (in both the High Court and the Appellate Courts). She has excellent experience of mediation, where she has represented many clients in multiparty actions leading to early stage settlements, and adjudication, having acted in over 20 adjudications in recent years.
She has handled many high profile cases, appearing in the House of Lords where she was Junior Counsel in successful appeal regarding the question of the availability of security for costs in ICC arbitrations (Coppee Lavalin N.V (S.A) v Ken-Ren Chemicals  1 AC 38) and in the Court of Appeal where she resisted an appeal by a local authority regarding liability under repair covenants and fair proportion (Fountain and Colonnade Management v Westminster  EWCA Civ 1607). Dominique appeared in the high court in Cadbury v ADT, cited as one of the top 20 cases of 2011 by the Lawyer.
Dominique was named Chambers UK Bar Construction Silk of the Year in 2022 and is recommended in the most recent editions of the legal directories, Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500 as a leading silk in the field of Construction and Professional Negligence.
In addition to the specialised areas above, Dominique is also frequently instructed on general commercial disputes arising (such as private international law aspects of contractual disputes like jurisdiction and conflicts, bonds, guarantees, and warranties, PFI matters and fraud). Examples of her work include:
Bewley Homes v CNM Estates  BLR 67
Jacques v Ensign  EWHC 3383 (TCC)
William Verry v London Borough Camden  EWHC 761 (TCC) (Ramsey J)
Multiplex Construction v West India Quay Development (111 ConLR 33)
Fountain and Colonnade Management v Westminster  EWCA Civ 1607
Lorne Stewart PLC v Hermes Kreditversicherungs AG [Garland J] LTL 30 Nov 2004
Lewisham London Borough Council v Shepherd Hill LTL 5/9/2001
J Murphy and Sons v ABB Daimler Benz  CILL 1461
Project Consultancy Group v The Trustees of the Grays Trust  BLR 377
North Thames Regional Health Authority v Shepherd Robson and Others TLR 23/1/96
Coppee Lavalin N.V (S.A) v Ken-Ren Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd  1 AC 38
London Borough of Lambeth v Clarke and Others [Court of Appeal] TLR 26/12/94
1990-1991 Inns of Court School of Law, Gray’s Inn
1986-1990 BA Law (Hons) Queen’s College, Cambridge University
Dominique is a member of COMBAR, TECBAR and the SCL.
She is a qualified TECBAR Adjudicator.
“Dominique gives clear and practical advice. She is able to assimilate large amounts of information and distil the points which are most relevant and important to the case. She has an excellent understanding of PFI and PPP projects and what makes those projects, and the parties, tick.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2024
“Dominique is an absolute powerhouse of a barrister – analytical, strategic and produces the most beautiful pleadings.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2024
“Dominique is a very accomplished advocate and a very safe pair of hands. She has a good sense of what to include and not to include.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2024
“Dominique is very capable, with an effortless and accessible style. She is good with clients and has good advocacy skills. She has the ear of the court and never says more than necessary.”
“Dominique is excellent. She is in tune with the client’s strategy and approach.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“Dominique Rawley is very clear and user-friendly.”
“Dominique always really listens to clients and has a real in-depth understanding of a case. She has fantastic instincts for the arguments to run.”
“A very knowledgeable subject matter expert.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“She is a powerhouse and has an ease with and command of the courtroom that assures all who instruct her.”
“She understands and disentangles complex legal issues whilst maintaining a commercial outlook.” “Dominique Rawley KC gave some initial advice which was clear and concise, and she hit the nail on the head.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Very good at managing a horribly complex case: she brilliantly unravelled a messy set of facts and contracts and led a team of juniors.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“She’s an excellent barrister.”
“Dominique is a very accomplished advocate and a very safe pair of hands. She has excellent attention to detail, even in relation to complex technical aspects, and has very good risk awareness too.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“A very bright barrister with great experience and knowledge of the energy sector, she can handle the toughest energy cases and deliver the best result.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2023
“She has a good sense of what to include and not to include and kicks the tyres pretty hard on cases to make sure that they are “runners”.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2023
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.