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17th Jan 2024
Nicholas is a leading specialist in construction, civil engineering, international arbitration, professional negligence and information technology together with related areas such as insurance, sale of goods, insolvency, transport and energy.
He acts as advocate and advisor domestically and overseas in court and arbitration proceedings concerning major construction, engineering, IT, road and rail transport, infrastructure, and oil and gas projects. Overseas disputes commonly involve international corporations and joint ventures, and governmental or quasi-governmental bodies. He has appeared in arbitrations conducted in various parts of the world under LCIA, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules.
He also acts as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator. He has acted as party-nominated arbitrator, chairman and sole arbitrator on numerous occasions in domestic and international disputes, and conducts adjudications early neutral valuations and other forms of dispute resolution.
He has been involved in disputes involving foreign law including in India, Hong Kong, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Singapore, UAE, USA (including New York, Texas, California), Europe (including Spain and Poland), South Africa and Gibraltar. In 2023 he was appointed as a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) panel of arbitrators.
Nicholas has been recognised for many years by the legal directories, Chambers and Partners (UK, Global and Asia) as well as The Legal 500, as a leading silk in the fields of construction, professional negligence, international arbitration, professional negligence and information technology.
Nicholas has extensive and wide-ranging experience of construction and civil engineering disputes, involving major projects of all types. Case examples include:
Nicholas has considerable experience of both domestic and international disputes regarding utilities and oil and gas particularly in relation to the design and construction of on and off-shore installations. Cases include:
Nicholas has acted in a number of disputes of alleged professional negligence between construction professionals and their advisors. A number of his leading cases include:
Nicholas has considerable experience in the IT and telecommunications field acting on disputes in relation to telecommunication systems and computer software and hardware systems for many big household names, including Accenture, LCH Clearnet, T-Mobile, Unisys, Liberata, BBC and UBS. Cases include:
2003: Bencher of Middle Temple
1997: Assistant Recorder
1970-1973: Brasenose College, Oxford (PPE)
“Nicholas is calm, smooth, and confident. He exudes all that a KC should and more; super knowledgeable but great at client delivery; strong oral arguments; patient and diligent mediator; massive brain; great to have on your side and as a mediator you are immediately confident in his ability to get the matter resolved.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2024
“Nick has always had an enviable reputation for his skill as a lawyer, and he demonstrates a great ability to master the most complex matters.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2024
“Able to quickly grasp issues and provide pragmatic, helpful advice.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2024
“Nicholas Dennys is a very easygoing, amenable and clever guy who obviously knows the law and produces persuasive documents; he’s an easy barrister to get on with.”
“He is a compelling advocate with bags of gravitas. Nicholas is laser sharp and takes a very commercial approach in his analysis of the merits.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“Nicholas Dennys is totally comfortable with the legal and technical issues, and he keeps the whole show on the road.”
“He is very focused and doesn’t get fazed by massive amounts of detail, but gets to the heart of things.”
International Arbitration: Arbitrators, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“Nicholas Dennys is totally comfortable with legal and technical issues, and he keeps the whole show on the road.”
“He is very focused and doesn’t get fazed by massive amounts of detail but gets to the heart of things.”
International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“Nicholas Dennys is a clever guy who knows the law and produces persuasive documents.”
“He’s very impressive, very practical and very good at understanding human characteristics, not just commercial and legal issues.”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers UK Bar 2024
“Nicholas is an experienced barrister and arbitrator. He is efficient in dealing with complicated legal
Construction, Energy and Infrastructure, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023
“He’s client-friendly and confident, and his written advice is very strong.”
“Nicholas Dennys is very able, experienced and personable.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“He’s really good on the strategy and the big picture. He’s good on the technical side but he’s also really focused on being commercial, strategic and astute.”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Nick is super-experienced in construction dispute resolution.”
“He’s a very good arbitrator – very nice and extremely thorough.”
International Arbitration: Arbitrators, Chambers UK Bar 2023
“Nicholas provides very high-level advice and is a fantastic mediator. He has the ability to make complex areas of law seem more straightforward and always develops a strong rapport with clients.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“He uses his experience to his client’s benefit by thinking about and working the problem, and he has
a very rare ability to find new lines to take.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2023
“Nicholas uses his accumulated experience wisely in the interests of his clients. He often brings fresh
insights to complex matters and is convincing and brief at explaining complicated things simply.
International Arbitration: Counsel, 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.