Atkin Chambers is pleased to be a recommended chambers in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 rankings. The Legal 500 […]
20th Jan 2020
Serena Cheng QC is a commercial litigation and arbitration specialist whose practice focuses on technically and legally complex energy, engineering and infrastructure disputes. She is an experienced trial advocate who has represented a wide range of employers and contractors both domestically and internationally, with a particular emphasis on the Far East and Middle East.
“She gets to grips with highly technical engineering issues quickly” (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020, Construction, Energy and Infrastructure).
“A very bright barrister who’s very good at coming up with strategy.” “Very good on contractual and legal interpretation, she is commercially excellent….” (Chambers and Partners 2019).
“Bold decision maker, sticks to her guns, technically excellent, calm, confident and considered, and an excellent people person.” “A tenacious advocate, and very strong on the advisory side.” (The Legal 500 2019, Construction, Energy and also International Arbitration).
“Serena has a great ability to express complex legal arguments in a way that is clear and straightforward.” “Tactically very astute, down-to-earth.” (Chambers and Partners 2018).
“A tenacious cross-examiner whose pleadings are excellent.” “She is diligent, efficient and innovative in her approach to complex issues.” (Chambers and Partners 2017).
Malcolm Charles Contracts Ltd v. Crispin & Zhang  1 All ER (Comm) 9, 159 Con LR 185
Eurocom Ltd v Siemens PLC  BLR 1, 157 Con LR 120
University of Brighton v Dovehouse Interiors Ltd  BLR 432, 153 Con LR 147
Hillcrest Homes Ltd v Beresford & Curbishley Ltd  153 Con LR 179
Doosan Babcock Ltd v Comercializadora de Equipos y Materiales MABE LDA  BLR 33
Westshield Civil Engineering Ltd v. Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd  28 EG 85, 150 Con LR 225
Walter Lilley & Co v Mackay and DMW Developments Ltd  BLR 503 and  BLR 249, 143 Con LR 79 and 141 Con LR 102
Carillion Construction Ltd v Stephen Andrew Smith  Bus LR D61, 141 Con LR 117
Straw Realisations (No1) v Shaftsbury House (Developments) Ltd  BLR 47, 133 Con LR 82
Price v. Carter (t/a Ian Carter Building Contractors)  EWHC 1451 (TCC), cited in Sutton, Gill and Gearing, Russell on Arbitration, 24th Edition (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015) and Merkin and Flannery, Arbitration Act 1996, 5th Edition (Informa Law, 2014)
Workspace Management v YJL London Limited  BLR 497,  3 EGLR 11,  42 EG 178
Braes of Doune Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd v Alfred McAlpine Business Services Ltd  2 All ER (Comm) 493,  1 Lloyd’s Rep 608,  BLR 321,  Bus LR D137
Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey Southern Counties v Barnes & Elliott  All ER (Comm) 735,  BLR 377, 110 Con LR 169
Baker & Davies Plc v Leslie Wilkes Associates  3 All ER 603,  BLR 425, 101 Con LR 82,  PNLR 3
1999-2000: Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding in Advocacy)
1996-1999: LLB (Hons), King’s College London
Serena is a member of COMBAR, LCLCBA and the SCL. She served on TECBAR’s Management Committee between c. 2010 and 2017.
She tutors advocacy for Lincoln’s Inn and was, for 15 years, a governor of a Leathersellers’ school in South East London.
“She took control of the adjudication and impressed our clients with her ability to immediately home in on the key issues.” “Tenacious advocates and very good at advising clients.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar and Global 2020
“Very tenacious and meticulous in cross examination.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
“She has a strong practice in high-value and complex disputes, both domestically and internationally”
Energy, The Legal 500 2020
“She gets to grips with highly technical engineering issues quickly.”
Construction, Energy & Infrastructure The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020
“A very bright barrister who’s very good at coming up with strategy.” “Very good on contractual and legal interpretation, she is commercially excellent and someone who turns things round very quickly.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2019
“A tenacious advocate, and very strong on the advisory side.”
Energy and International Arbitration, The Legal 500 2019
“Bold decision maker, sticks to her guns, technically excellent, calm, confident and considered, and an excellent people person.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2019
“Good at dealing with difficult lay clients, she is willing to put in the hard yards.”
Construction, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019
“Serena has a great ability to express complex legal arguments in a way that is clear and straightforward.” “Tactically very astute, down-to-earth and gives quick turnaround.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018
“Superbly organised, very intelligent and commercial.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2017
“A new silk, who is highly rated for arbitration.”
International Arbitration, The Legal 500 2017
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.