Head of chambers
Ms Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC
Atkin Chambers is a leading set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on cases concerning construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, oil and gas, nuclear and renewables, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is often related to such disputes.
Atkin Chambers is a leader in its field: construction law. Its barristers are regularly instructed to advise on, and act as advocates in relation to, some of the largest and most complex international and domestic disputes in their field of expertise. Members of Atkin Chambers have been involved in many of the most high-profile domestic disputes in the fields of construction, engineering and infrastructure of recent years, both in court and arbitration. Examples domestically and internationally include The Shard, The Olympic Stadium, the upgrade of London Underground, Heathrow T5, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, The Panama Canal, airports across the Middle and Far East, flagship road and rail infrastructure, and oil and gas projects in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Members regularly appear at international arbitrations seated in locations such as the Gulf States and Asia-Pacific. Significant opportunities for international travel and practise exist at the junior end of chambers. Chambers was awarded the Legal 500 Set of the Year for both construction and energy, and international arbitration in 2019.
Applicants for pupillage should have a first-class degree or a good 2.1. Postgraduate qualifications are viewed favourably but are not essential. Applications from non-law graduates are welcomed. Pre-existing knowledge of construction law is not required.
Atkin Chambers takes recruitment to pupillage and tenancy extremely seriously. A market-leading pupillage award of £72,500 reflects this. The pupillage year is highly structured and provides all of the Bar Council’s training requirements along with the additional training chambers considers is necessary for successful entry into the high-quality commercial work of its practice. Chambers provides its own advocacy training and assessment in addition to that provided by the Inns of Court. Full and up-todate details are available on chambers’ website.
Atkin Chambers operates under its equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Standard Board’s equality and diversity code.
Applications for the year starting in September 2021 will open in December 2019 but dates are TBC and candidates should check Atkin Chambers’ website. Applications should be made by sending a CV, a covering letter of no more than two pages in length and two references (of which at least one should be academic) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to 10 mini-pupillages are offered each year. Details and application dates in January and July are on chambers’ website.
Two fully-funded pupillages of £72,500 per pupil for 12 months. A drawdown of up to £25,000 is available during the BPTC year.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.