Reflected glory

Legal 500 P and EOne of the advantages of having joined Keating Chambers is that it permits a bit of basking in reflected glory.

We* were awarded Construction Set of the Year 2014 for the eighth time at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards on 2nd October 2014.  So that is a bit of a habit.

This week, at The Legal 500 Awards dinner Keating Chambers also collected the award for Projects and Energy Chambers of the Year. Continue reading


My excellent friend Philip Adams will be talking tonight on consequential loss. Philip is a great speaker, and if your have any interest in construction law, and will be anywhere near the city of Adelaide tonight, it would be well worth while coming along. It is at 5.30 at Minter Ellison Lawyers,Level 10, 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.

Details are here.

A fair few people have registered, so we (Society of Construction Law Australia, or at any rate, those of us in South Australia) have decided to extend the session a bit to a Christmas Continue reading

I have joined Keating Chambers

keating-logoI am delighted to be able to say that I have joined Keating Chambers in London as an international member of chambers as from 3rd November 2014.

Widely regarded as the leading set of construction and energy law chambers in the common law world, Keating Chambers operates around the world. Most but not all of its barristers are based in London; I will continue to be based in Australia, and will thus contribute to Keating Chambers’ growth internationally, and particularly in the Asia-Pacific region where Philip Boulding QC, Ian Pennicott QC and Professor Chin Leng Lim are already based

Keating Chambers has won the title of “Construction Set of the Year” at the annual Chambers and Partners Bar Awards for eight of the last nine years, and in part this is due to its strength in depth in international work. Of its 61 members (of who 27 are Queen’s Counsel), many are leaders at the Bar in international arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrators. The arbitrations in question typically involve large construction projects of the type I typically dealt with as a solicitor based in London.

Having made the move from the solicitor’s branch of the profession to the bar only recently, it is a particular pleasure for me to be now among old friends Continue reading