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Steven Walker QC specialises in advising and representing parties to complex commercial contracts relating to a wide range of subject matter including the design and delivery of buildings, oil and gas installations, power generation plant, process and engineering plant, ships, IT systems, telecommunications systems, PFI/PPP, facilities management and professional services.
Steven has extensive experience in the energy sector having been heavily involved in a number of projects concerning the design and construction of offshore wind farms, energy from waste plants and other forms of renewable energy.
Transport-related projects have formed an important part of Steven’s practice over the past 25 years. His first case in the sector concerned the Eurostar high-speed train sets and since then he has been involved in numerous projects in the road, rail and air sectors including the construction of the HS1 high-speed rail link, airport runways and other airport infrastructure, overground and underground rail and tram systems, road construction/extension, and communication systems.
He has appeared as advocate in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), the Court of Appeal, numerous arbitrations (including ICC, DIAC, UNCITRAL, HKIAC, LCIA and LMAA) and adjudications, and in expert determination and mediation. His arbitration experience includes substantial international experience.
“A “very impressive and very clever” advocate, who handles TCC and Court of Appeal cases. He focuses on a diverse range of contractual disputes including those relating to the construction of buildings, oil and gas installations, and ships.” (Construction, Chambers & Partners)
“Very user-friendly and great at analysing the facts. He’s very cool and calm under pressure.” (Construction, Chambers & Partners)
“He is responsive, user-friendly, approachable and quite direct in ensuring he does what needs to be done.” (Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers & Partners)
Steven is instructed by employers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and insurers on all aspects of construction and engineering contracts, including PFI/PPP projects, and claims involving allegations of professional negligence. Recent cases include:
Steven has acted for owners, EPC contractors, subcontractors and insurers in relation to disputes in the power generation and oil and gas sectors for many years. In more recent years he has worked on numerous projects in the renewable energy sector.
He has extensive experience in claims involving allegations of professional negligence in the construction sector. Recent examples include Goldswain & Anor v Beltec Ltd  BLR 300 which involved allegations of professional negligence against a firm of engineers in relation to the design of temporary works for the construction of a basement under existing premises which collapsed. Steven successfully defended the claim. Other recent cases include:
Steven is instructed by purchasers and suppliers in numerous cases relating to the provision of advanced technology, either on its own or included as part of package of other works and services. His experience includes the following:
PBS Energo AS v Bester Generacion UK Ltd  EWCA Civ 404 – successful defence of appeal against the decision in PBS Energo A.S. v Bester Generacion UK Ltd  EWHC 996 (TCC)  BLR 350.
PBS Energo AS v Bester Generacion UK  EWHC 996 (TCC);  BLR 350: adjudication enforcement – summary judgment refused where decision arguably procured by fraud.
Gosvenor London v Aygun Aluminium  EWCA Civ 2695;  BLR 99: adjudication enforcement – stay of execution – applicable principles regarding fraud allegations raised to support a stay application.
R G Carter v Kier Business Services  EWHC 729 (TCC);  BLR 441: the proper construction of section 10 of the Limitation Act 1980 (claims for contribution under the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978).
Sutton Housing Partnership v Rydon Maintenance  EWCA Civ 359;  1 All ER (D) 126): the proper construction of KPI and Minimum Acceptable Performance levels in a term contract for the maintenance of local authority housing.
Balfour Beatty Regional Construction v Grove Developments  EWCA Civ 990;  BLR 1: the proper construction of payment provisions in an amended JCT Standard Form Design and Build 2011.
Goldswain v Beltec and anor  EWHC 556 (TCC);  BLR 300: professional negligence and a professional’s duty to warn where harm may occur.
Doosan Babcock v Comercializadora De Equipos Y Materiales Mabe Limitada  BLR 33 – Injunction to restrain call on bonds – approach to injunctions in cases where beneficiary may be in breach – principle that no party may benefit from its own wrong.
SABIC v Punj Lloyd  BLR 43: Delay – Obligation to carry out works “with due diligence” – Meaning – Implied terms – Whether implied term not to hinder or disrupt – Whether implied term to do all necessary to bring about completion of contract – Exclusion clauses – Limitation clauses – Whether clause limiting aggregate liability of contractor applied to claim for payment under termination provision – Whether claims for lost revenue and interest excluded by clause excluding liability for consequential and indirect loss, expense or damage and for loss of production or profit.
Mi-Space (UK) v Lend Lease  BLR 600: Pre-action disclosure and whether contract contained an agreement to refer disputes to arbitration.
Parkwood Leisure v Laing O’Rourke  BLR 589: Whether collateral warranty amounts to a contract for the carrying out of construction operations within the meaning of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act.
Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales  146 Con LR 194: Claim for specific performance of obligations.
Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales  BLR 339: Whether reports on performance subject to litigation privilege.
Durham CC v Kendall  BLR 425: Enforcement of adjudicator’s decision – waiver of objection – identity of claimant – whether contract terms in writing.
John Youngs Insurance v Aviva  1 All ER (Comm) 1045: Extent of fiduciary duty owed by a contractor to the employer.
Mouchel v Van Oord (UK)  BLR 492: Claims for costs under the Contribution Act 1978.
Supablast v Story Rail  BLR 211: Enforcement of adjudicator’s decision – whether arguable defence there were 2 contracts.
Speymill v Baskind  BLR 257 (CA): Enforcement of adjudicator’s decision where fraud is alleged.
HS Works v Enterprise  BLR 378: Adjudication – natural justice – multiple adjudications and method of enforcement using set-off.
2012: Appointed Queen’s Counsel
1989-1992: LLB (Hons) (1st Class), University of East Anglia
1991: The Observer Mace Mooting Competition (Winner)
1993: Hardwicke Scholar
1993: Wolfson Scholar
1993: Called to the Bar (England & Wales)
Steven is a member of TECBAR, SCL and the LCLCBA.
“A very good tactician with a strong eye for detail as well as for the big picture.” “He has a cross-examination style which is highly effective, whilst his preparation and attention to detail is impeccable and virtually unrivalled.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2021
“He’s really good at seeing the route to take to resolve a dispute. He has good commercial judgement and a very approachable way of dealing with lay clients.” “He was a guiding light in many disputes, brought strategic and tactical thinking and was a good, safe pair of hands to work with.” “Very good on wind farm work.”
Energy, Chambers UK Bar 2021
“He is great to work with – very prompt and reliable in turning papers around under pressure, and provides very clear advice.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2021
“He has the ability to provide clear and succinct advice, no matter how technically complex the matter is.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2021
“He is technically brilliant and a great strategist, very sharp and always calm under pressure.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2021
“Very thorough, dedicated, has an excellent manner with clients and is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a cross-examination style which is highly effective.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021
“He’s excellent at strategy, and has great technical ability and client service. He gets things done quickly and efficiently.” “Very thorough and dedicated, he has an excellent manner with clients and is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a deceptively understated cross-examination style which is highly effective.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2020
“Steven is very assured and provides concise, effective advice. His calm and decisive manner is much appreciated.”
Energy, Chambers UK Bar 2020
“Excellent and very bright.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
“He is a very skilled advocate.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2020
“Clear, reassuring and calm under pressure. His advice is pragmatic and to the point.” “Always available, he gives excellent client service and the right advice. He has an excellent manner both with the client and in court.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2019
“Incredibly hard-working, very clever and a real team player. He’s got a really effective, understated style of cross-examination.” “Steven is highly dependable and will produce when called upon.”
Energy, Chambers UK Bar 2019
“Brilliant advocate, very difficult to beat.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2019
“Excellent technical advice.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2019
“Thorough, dedicated and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has an excellent manner with clients.” “Steven delivers advice in a no-nonsense, straightforward and very clear manner. He has a calm, reassuring presence and is on top of the detail very quickly without losing sight of the overall strategy.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2018 and Chambers Global 2018
“He’s very thoughtful, strategic and calm.”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers UK Bar 2018 and Chambers Global 2018
“He has experience in Dubai skyscraper cases.”
Construction, The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 2018
“A reassuring presence for clients requiring pragmatic advice.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2017
“Very commercial and technically excellent.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2017
“He is technically excellent, considered in his approach and always striving to find a practical solution.”
Construction, Chambers UK Bar 2017
“He’s technically excellent and really thinks around the issues to find a practical solution.” “He’s straight to the point – he tells us exactly what we need to do. He’s always available, very responsive, prompt in his advice and just generally nice to work with.”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers UK Bar 2017
“An excellent strategist whose outstanding client service is second to none.”
Construction, Chambers Global 2017
“An expert on technically heavy energy cases”
Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers Global 2017
“Steven Walker QC is a highly regarded advocate on the domestic and international scene. One peer notes, ‘He is thorough, gets on top of the detail and leaves no stone unturned – you have to be on your game against him.’”
Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2017
“He steers clients through difficult questions with ease.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2016
“He has a quiet air of authority.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2016
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.