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Stephen Dennison QC

Silk 2001

“His judgement is excellent, and his advice is very clear and commercial." "He's nothing short of impressive."

Chambers and Partners

Stephen Dennison QC is a leading specialist in the construction and civil engineering, energy and utilities, and the transport sectors, together with related areas such as public procurement of infrastructure projects and insurance.

He has conducted numerous substantial and complex cases in the High Court and in domestic and international arbitration, having extensive experience under the ICC, LCIA and SIAC rules. He is also frequently consulted to advise on and to represent clients in the resolution of disputes through alternative procedures including expert determination, mediation and adjudication.

In addition to his experience as an advocate, Stephen has been appointed as an adjudicator particularly with regard to high value infrastructure projects and retail developments, and also as an expert. He has accepted invitations to determine or assist in the resolution of disputes through a process of expert determination as well as having been appointed as an expert on the law of England and Wales in foreign proceedings.


Throughout his career Stephen has specialised in work within the construction and engineering sectors. This includes advising on a wide variety of work embracing the design and construction of projects as diverse as shipbuilding, including luxury liners and superyachts, specialist hydraulic supports for the mining industry and the design and production of sophisticated presses for the motor industry. He has also advised employers and contractors alike in relation to PFI and PPP projects relating to schools, police stations and hospitals.

He is often advising on high profile and high value disputes relating to prestigious developments all over the world. Indeed an increasing amount of the work Stephen undertakes is international and in recent years he has been involved in substantial projects in Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Korea and the Middle East.

Domestically he has advised on the much publicised disputes concerning the development of Wembley Stadium where Stephen was retained as counsel on behalf of Wembley Stadium.


He is well regarded in the professional negligence field, having extensive experience acting for claimants, defendants and their indemnity insurers in relation to claims brought against professionals of all kinds. Again much of his work has an international flavour and he has recently completed the conduct of an arbitration in Singapore concerning the duties owed by engineers in the design of piled foundations for a substantial city centre office development.


Stephen has developed a particular expertise in energy, natural resources and utilities. He is regularly instructed both in the United Kingdom and internationally to provide advice on the conduct of major energy related projects and as counsel to conduct proceedings either in the courts or domestic and international arbitration. Highlights include acting on the high profile Buncefield litigation in the UK.

His international arbitration work includes advising on disputes relating to power stations, semisubmersible rigs, oil and gas fields and platforms all over the world.


Stephen has undertaken a significant amount of work in the IT and telecommunications sector including acting on a High Court action relating to PFI project for the introduction and development of a national IT project. This required the review of complex funding arrangements, contractual analysis of termination provisions and understanding of relevant software performance specifications.