Stuart Catchpole QC joins Atkin Chambers

9th Mar 2022

Stuart Catchpole QC has joined Atkin Chambers with immediate effect having previously practised from 39 Essex Chambers. Stuart is recognised as one of the leading advocates at the commercial Bar, both internationally and in the UK.

Described by the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners UK Bar as “a masterful construction silk extolled for his courtroom presence and intellectual prowess”, Stuart has been consistently identified in the domestic and international legal directories as one of the best dispute lawyers in a variety of different fields including construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, international commercial arbitration, insurance and professional negligence.

“Stuart’s move to Atkin Chambers underscores the set’s domestic and international reputation for intellectual leadership in construction law and related fields, and we are delighted to welcome him,” commented Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Head of Atkin Chambers.

“Atkin Chambers’ current membership has unrivalled quality, strength and depth of expertise and experience in the substantial and complex international disputes where my practice is now focused. That strength is mirrored in the quality and experience of the practice management team, some of whom I already know extremely well and with whom I have worked closely in the past. I am delighted to be joining their number and I very much look forward to working closely with everyone there to continue to develop and provide effective, efficient and innovative legal services to clients around the world.  I also want to thank everyone – members and staff – at 39 Essex Chambers for their friendship and support over many years, and I am sure that they will continue to be an outstanding set across all fields in which they practice,” commented Stuart Catchpole QC.

“Stuart’s reputation in Chambers’ core practice areas as a formidable and highly-persuasive advocate, is excellent and he enjoys a loyal client following.  Chambers is very pleased that he has chosen to practise from Atkin Chambers  and the team here look forward to working with Stuart and his clients around the world,” commented Chief Executive and Director of Clerking David Barnes.

About Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart practises from Jersey in the Channel Islands. The majority of Stuart Catchpole QC’s practice involves substantial and complex litigation, arbitrations or mediations principally concentrated in the construction, engineering, mining, energy (mainly power generation, oil and gas, LNG and renewables) and infrastructure sectors, together with related areas such as shipbuilding (generally fixed production platforms, FPSOs and Semi-Submersible Drilling rigs), insurance / reinsurance and commercial disputes (again mainly connected to the principal areas of his practice).

Although Stuart’s practice principally involves international private law disputes, particularly in Asia, Australia and the Middle East, he has also acted in a wide range of public law, public procurement, public international law, regulatory, environmental and health and safety matters, extradition and public international law cases. This work has been undertaken mainly for central governments or other public authorities (both in the UK and internationally), including acting in a variety of sensitive cases involving national security issues. He has also been involved in various public inquiries in the UK (including the Hillsborough Inquiry, the BSE Inquiry, one of the Inquiries into the Foot and Mouth crisis, and as adviser to various UK Government agencies in relation to civilian deaths during the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry).

Stuart Catchpole QC is a visiting Fellow at Durham Law School, The University of Durham, a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Notre Dame University, Sydney, Australia.



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