The Hon James Allsop AC, former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, has joined Atkin Chambers as a door tenant and Sydney Arbitration Chambers as a member. He will now accept appointments as an arbitrator, mediator, chair of inquiries and legal expert. His practice will be managed from Atkin Chambers in London by CEO and Director of Clerking David Barnes.
“The members of Atkin Chambers are delighted that The Hon James Allsop AC has chosen to join Atkin Chambers as an arbitrator and mediator after a very distinguished judicial career. James’s decision to join Atkin Chambers highlights the quality and breadth of the international dispute resolution work with which members of Atkin Chambers are involved,” commented Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC, Head of Atkin Chambers.
“I am very pleased to be able to join Atkin Chambers in London as a door tenant and Doug Jones AO and Janet Walker CM as part of Sydney Arbitration Chambers,” commented the Hon James Allsop AC.
“I am pleased to welcome James to Atkin Chambers and look forward to helping him develop his international arbitration practice, particularly in key areas such as maritime law, insurance, climate change and intellectual property. I have no doubt that James will be a welcome addition to the international arbitral community,” commented David Barnes. “
“We are delighted to welcome the Hon James Allsop AC to Sydney Arbitration Chambers. His leadership in the Federal Court is testimony to the breadth and depth of his vision for commercial dispute resolution,” commented Doug Jones AO.
“It will be an honour to have the Hon James Allsop AC with us in Chambers,” added Janet Walker CM. “His jurisprudence in the field of arbitration and commercial law has been standard setting in Australia and throughout the common law.”
James was Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia from 1 March 2013 to 6 April 2023, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal from 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, and a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008.
As a barrister from 1981, and as Senior Counsel from 1994, James practised in a wide variety of areas in Australia in public and constitutional law, equity, common law, including professional negligence of auditors, solicitors and insurance brokers, and most particularly in commercial law including in particular company law and business and partnership disputes, taxation, restrictive trade practices (anti-trust), patents and intellectual property, with specialties in insurance, intellectual property, maritime law, and insolvency.
He is now open to accept appointments as an arbitrator, mediator, chair of inquiries and legal expert.
James was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013 for eminent service to the judiciary and to the law, to organisational and technological reform, to legal education, and to insolvency law. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2023.
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About Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers is a leading set of barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and specialist legal advice on commercial disputes particularly relating to construction and engineering, technology, energy and infrastructure projects.
CEO and Director of Clerking David Barnes leads one of the Bar’s most experienced clerking and administration teams. He was named Chambers CEO of the Year in 2022 for the second time in The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards, was chairman of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks between 2010 and 2013, and is a former advisory board member of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee.
Atkin Chambers was named Construction Set of the Year at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards in 2021 and 2022, and Construction and Energy Set of the Year in The Legal 500 awards 2022. In 2020 Atkin Chambers was, for the second time, honoured with the King’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, the UK’s highest recognition for international business success.