Building Law Reports – Part 2  now published
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Part 2 of the Building Law Reports covers the following key judgments: RUSHBOND PLC v THE JS DESIGN PARTNERSHIP LLP CDE […]
12th Apr 2022
Members have an international reputation as specialist advocates and experts in all forms of dispute resolution in their chosen practice areas.
“He demonstrates tactical nous and translates it into shrewd and timely advice.”
Confirming his status as a “respected junior”, Chambers UK Bar Guide recently ranked Marc as a leading junior construction barrister, whose “attention to detail and quality written work elicit praise from market observers”. They further note the breadth of his practice, which is “active in high-value construction disputes in a range of sectors, representing clients on both the domestic and international stage.” The international scope of this recent work includes instructions arising out of disputes in Hong Kong, Thailand, Dubai and Qatar. Instructing solicitors value Marc’s ability to perform as a “team player” who “works hard on detailed technical matters”, singling out his “good eye” and “excellent” drafting. “Very capable intellectually”, he possesses “an exceptional work ethic.”
Marc specialises in the fields of construction, engineering, infrastructure, energy, information technology, professional negligence and general commercial arbitration. Described by clients as “a good advocate, and very proactive”, Marc has significant experience of High Court and appellate litigation, and arbitration, both as sole counsel and as junior counsel on large trials. He has built up considerable expertise in drafting pleadings, adjudication enforcement proceedings, preliminary hearings, advising on tactics, settling witness statements and expert reports, as well as fighting trials.
Marc’s advocacy is always sensitive to situation and audience, whether in the context of a court hearing, arbitration, mediation, adjudication or simply seeking to persuade through correspondence. “Committed and attentive to detail”, Marc is skilled at analysing large quantities of information and documentation. He has a keen eye for legal and technical complexities, while also maintaining a commercial overview and offering practical advice. Marc is one of the editors of the Building Law Reports, widely recognised as the leading set of law reports for the construction industry.
Hailing him as “very user-friendly, diligent and proactive”, the latest edition of The Legal 500 recommends Marc in the fields of construction and professional negligence. Clients appreciate the “tactical nous” he brings to cases, as well as his power to “[translate] it into shrewd and timely advice”.
Marc’s experience covers a broad variety of construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes. He has acted for a wide range of contractors, private employers, government departments and local authorities in cases both large and small. His cases frequently concern matters such as the interpretation of standard form contracts, delay, disruption, extensions of time, loss and expense, liquidated damages, interim valuations, final accounts, variations, retention monies, termination, repudiation and defects. He is confident handling cases involving multiple parties.
Marc is accustomed to arbitration disputes, such as advising on the interpretation of arbitration clauses, drafting notices of arbitration and arbitration submissions, making applications under the Arbitration Act, as well as appearing at arbitral hearings.
Marc is also often called upon to advise parties on the suitability of a dispute for adjudication and the enforceability of any award. He has represented parties on many occasions in the adjudication process itself.
Acting for and against a range of professionals (including engineers, architects, surveyors, and project managers), Marc has been involved in some of the largest professional negligence disputes arising from construction projects. Notable examples of Marc’s work include:
Marc is one of the editors of the Building Law Reports and is a contributing editor of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts (14th ed., 2020).
2005-2006 – Churchill Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
LLM, Harvard Law School
2004-2005 – BVC, BPP Law School
W.M. Tapp Scholarship, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
2001-2004 – BA (1st Class), Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Frere Smith Prize for Law, Sir William McNair Prize for Law, Honorary Senior Scholarship
Marc is a member of COMBAR, SCL and TECBAR.
He has a good working knowledge of French.
He’s a highly skilled lawyer, with a strong knowledge of the law.”
Marc is a true gentleman with an incredible eye for detail.”
“The advice he has given has been really good, and he’s fun to work with.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“A highly skilled lawyer, with a strong knowledge of the law.” “Very user-friendly and responsive; he provides clear advice.” Professional Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Marc is a very diligent and responsive barrister who is able to process and analyse the facts in the most complex technical disputes in a clear and concise way. Great attention to detail and truly excellent drafting.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“Very responsive, clear advice which is well articulated.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2023
“A very skilled operator. He is focused, understands the issues and is a very good case manager.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022
“A very personable junior who is robust in court.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2022
“Marc is extremely approachable and accessible. Very user friendly. I liked his presentation of the arguments by way of our submissions. He also provided clear advice throughout.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“Calm, thoughtful and thorough – a very well-respected junior.” “He has a good eye for detail and is committed to his clients.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“He is brilliant on strategy and great with clients.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2021
“Very intelligent. Works well as part of team. Friendly, hard-working and accessible. Good experience in domestic and international construction disputes.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021
“He is very user-friendly, commercial and grapples with detail well.” “He has excellent attention to detail and is a creative thinker.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar and Global 2020
“Exceptionally bright and a persuasive advocate.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
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.