Chambers Global

Chambers Global
  • Construction - London (Bar)

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    Skilfully handles complex construction claims on behalf of developers, contractors and public authorities, among others. His practice is international in scope, with a focus on Malaysia and the Middle East, and is complemented by his significant experience in insurance-related disputes.

    Strengths: “He’s very reflective in his advice, thorough and willing to debate points and consider other perspectives.”

    Recent work: Defended a claim for defects and contractual indemnities brought by the owners of a block of flats developed by Heronslea.

    Paul Reed QC

    Paul Reed

    Popular QC with a quality practice both domestically and in the Middle East. His offering is enhanced by his acknowledged expertise across the insurance sector. His client base includes contractors, insurers and developers.

    Strengths: “A real expert in construction disputes with a deep understanding of the construction and insurance industries.” “He is methodical and commercial, and has great advocacy skills. Crucially, he is popular with team members at all levels for his inclusive approach.” “A fantastic strategist, hard-working and dedicated to the entire litigation team.”

    Recent work: Instructed in Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris, a GBP20 million claim involving the failure of foundations at the Accolade wine factory near Bristol.

     

    David Pliener

    David Pliener

    Highly regarded senior junior who regularly acts in litigation, arbitration and adjudications nationwide and abroad. He has advised on disputes in sectors as diverse as renewables, structural engineering and leisure. Clients that typically instruct him include contractors, construction professionals and property owners. He is strong in construction-related insurance issues.

    Strengths: “A very capable advocate offering great strategic and commercial advice.” “He is approachable, insightful, organised and efficient – a silk in the making.”

    Recent work: Represented over 70 leaseholders in claims against ten defendants for over GBP20 million arising from defective redevelopment works to The Lancasters, a prestigious development in central London. The dispute has resulted in a key decision on the scope of the Defective Premises Act as well as consideration of the meaning of ‘fitness for habitation’ under the Act.

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    Acts on a variety of domestic disputes including TCC claims and adjudications, with a particular focus on professional negligence and insurance-related construction work. She has a strong track record of handling complex cases, both led and unled, and is particularly well versed with handling defect claims.

    Strengths: “She is quick to respond, always available and knows the law better than anyone else. I can’t sing her praises high enough.”

    Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimant homeowner in a long-running dispute with the NHBC involving a defect in the basement of the property, which required remedial works of approximately GBP 1.3 million.

    Michael Wheater

    Michael Wheater

    Strong junior with a UK-focused practice who represents clients from across the construction industry, including developers and contractors. He is particularly proficient in construction disputes involving professional negligence claims, and also has experience of advising on insurance mandates.

    Strengths:“A very good technical lawyer. He knows his subject matter, his written work is excellent and he’s great with clients.” “Exceptional. He is incredibly knowledgeable and able to perceive problems before they come up and deal with them.”

    Recent work: Represented Henkel, the tenant of a warehouse in Cheshire, in a claim for approximately GBP10 million against the contractor and professional team for negligence in the design of the warehouse and floor following damage to the warehouse caused by the floor subsiding.

     

    Catherine Piercy

    Cat Piercy

    Quality junior whose diverse practice includes regular appearances in adjudications, ADR and high-value litigation. She is regularly instructed by a client base of contractors, insurers and other insurance professionals. Her recent work includes disputes concerning allegedly defective cladding.

    Strengths:“She has a great strategic mind and works phenomenally hard, and is as charismatic as she is hard-working.” “Catherine Piercy is excellent. She is proactive, brilliant with clients and gives no-nonsense advice.”

    Recent work: Represented a housing developer in proceedings against a builder, NHBC and NHBC building inspectors arising from numerous alleged defects which are said to cost GBP2 million to remediate.

  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial - London (Bar)

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    Skilfully handles complex construction claims on behalf of developers, contractors and public authorities, among others. His practice is international in scope, with a focus on Malaysia and the Middle East, and is complemented by his significant experience in insurance-related disputes.

    Strengths: “He’s very reflective in his advice, thorough and willing to debate points and consider other perspectives.”

    Recent work: Defended a claim for defects and contractual indemnities brought by the owners of a block of flats developed by Heronslea.

    PJ Kirby QC

    Peter Kirby

    Strengths: “Thorough, great with clients and a real team player.”

    Recent work: Acted in Warren v Mohammad Mubarak SA Al-Kaabi, defending claims relating to the obtaining of very substantial refinancing loans over various London commercial properties.

    David Lewis QC

    David Lewis

    Strengths: “David is determined and dogmatic, and offers great tactical insight.” “His advocacy is persuasive, and he can hold his ground in areas with which he isn’t familiar.”

    Recent work: Acted for Kent in His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Saeed Bin Shakboot Al Nehayan’s claims stemming from the demerger of their interests, which included Cypriot, Greek and English businesses and the Aquis Hotel Group.

    Charles Raffin

    Charles Raffin

    Strengths: “He’s very easy to deal with, and he gets to grips with complex issues very quickly in a way that’s client-friendly.” “Every silk’s ideal junior, he’s incredibly hard-working and a great writer in terms of putting together submissions.”

    Recent work: Acted for motor racing teams R-Motorsport/AF Racing and Black Falcon in appeals to the Belgian Motor Racing National Court of Appeal. The case regarded the disqualification of cars for alleged technical infringements of racing rules.

    Emily Betts

    Emily Betts

    Strengths: “Very diligent junior counsel who is very responsive, confident in her advice and a real technical expert, who knows the civil procedure rules inside out.” “Emily Betts is great to work with, exceptional value and good on her feet.”

    Recent work: Acted for Mr Kamran in a dispute against Mr Andersson, with whom he co-founded Learning Enterprises Organisation, and who later sought an injunction to prevent the estranged Mr Kamran from appointing new directors.

  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery - London (Bar)

    Charles Raffin

    Charles Raffin

    Charles Raffin enjoys a burgeoning reputation for the strength of his commercial chancery practice, having been instructed in both domestic and international matters. Excels in areas including company law, insolvency and broader commercial disputes.

    Strengths: “He’s extremely good on his feet and excellent at understanding complex and specialist disputes.” “He is my absolute go-to person. He is really excellent.”

    Recent work: Appeared as sole counsel for Imagine Property Developments in its successful defence and counterclaim in a dispute arising from the failure of a residential property development.

  • Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Bar)

    Sarah Clarke

    Sarah Clarke

    Sarah Clarke of Hardwicke is a well-regarded insolvency junior, noted for her expert handling of both corporate and personal insolvency work. She is regularly instructed to act on behalf of parties including debtors, creditors and insolvency practitioners.

    Strengths: “An excellent advocate.” “She is a pleasure to work with – she’s approachable, reliable and responsive. She also has excellent technical knowledge and is adept at anticipating and avoiding problems.”

    Recent work: Instructed in Re Moorgate Industries, a complicated application by administrators for a winding-up and for the appointment of alternative liquidators.

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