Vicarious Achievement

Chambers award 2017I am pleased to say that Keating Chambers  won “Construction Set of the Year” at the Chambers Bar Awards this week.

Marie Sparkes of Keating Chambers said:

We also found out on the night that we had been shortlisted for Set of the Year which is rare for a specialist set and a great achievement. The other nominees included Essex Court, Fountain Court, Matrix and Brick Court (who won on this occasion).

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Dr Donald Charrett, Prof Doug Jones, Jaime Gray and yours truly

While I was in Sydney last week, I was asked to contribute to a Melbourne Law School session for LLM students.

Topics were international perspectives on FIDIC contracts, a comparative study of Canadian and Australian approaches to adjudication, dispute adjudication boards (as DABs become DAABs in the latest round of FIDIC editions) and international arbitration.

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IBA Sydney 2017 III

Also speaking at this conference was Allan Myers, who has just joined Keating Chambers as an International Member, and it was a pleasure to catch up with him.


Allan Myers AC QC, Holly Gavaghan and yours truly at Darling Harbour

Allan is one of those people who is not only rather well-known, but is startlingly bright, with a very broad range of interests. I have suggested that chambers should put a clause into his terms requiring him to regularly travel to South Australia so that we can work our way through lunches at the better restaurants in McLaren Vale.

IBA Sydney 2017 II


The International Bar Association event in Sydney turns out to be very good. I contributed to the session on Common and Civil Law approaches to various issues earlier today – a good session, I thought, and the feedback was very supportive.

The purpose of the session was to consider the reception in various jurisdictions of a number of sample clauses, pay-when-paid, Queen of Hearts clauses, force majeure clauses etc, and different use of good faith principles. There was contributions from USA, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and Finland. I was batting for England. With some differences of emphasis, it was remarkable how, in their different ways, how common law and civil get to much the same outcome, albeit by rather different Continue reading