Construction Barristers

Construction and Engineering

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers is home to leading construction barristers at every level of experience. Its barristers litigate, arbitrate and adjudicate the full range of construction matters, as well as advise on the drafting of EPC, civil engineering and consultancy contracts.

Examples of recent cases include:

  • the Privy Council case of Botas Petroleum v Tepe (where 39 Essex barristers successfully acted for the Turkish contractor).
  • the Grenfell Inquiry (where silks and juniors from 39 Essex act for the cladding contractor and as counsel to the Inquiry).
  • the TCC case of Swansea Stadium Management Company Ltd v City & County of Swansea on practical completion and limitation (where a silk from 39 Essex acted for the successful contractor).
  • a US$500m ICC arbitration concerning the construction of an oil refinery in the Caribbean (where 39 Essex silks and juniors acted for both contractor and employer).
  • the TCC case of Costain v Tarmac Holdings on the NEC3 adjudication provisions (where a 39 Essex silk and junior acted for the contractor).
  • Advising CERN on the drafting of the civil engineering contracts and consultancy contracts for the latest upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider.

We can draw together teams of barristers, ranging from experienced silks to recently qualified barristers, with expertise in every construction sector (from infrastructure, to shipbuilding, to housebuilding) and every related practice area (from procurement, to PFI/PPP, to bonds and insurance).

Who we act for

Our clients are private companies and state entities based in the UK, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North America and South America.

We act for and against:

  • Employers
  • PPP ProjectCos.
  • Contractors
  • Sub-contractors.
  • Construction professionals.
  • Funders
  • Insurers

Where we work

39 Essex Chambers’ barristers litigate, arbitrate, adjudicate and mediate in the UK and across numerous international jurisdictions.  As well as barristers with rights of audience in the UK courts, we are able to offer barristers who have rights of audience in the British Virgin Islands, California, Caribbean, Dubai, Ireland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New South Wales, New York, Pakistan, Singapore and Queensland.

Chambers’ Singapore and Kuala Lumpur offices enable us to offer a highly responsive and cost-effective service to our Asian client base.

Related practice areas

Uniquely among the leading set of chambers, 39 Essex can offer related specialist advice and advocacy services in the fields of energy, environmental, health and safety, insurance, procurement and regulatory law. We are familiar with the funding and partnering arrangements that have developed around large-scale projects and regularly advise on bonds, guarantees and indemnities.

What the directories say

39 Essex Chambers is recognised as a leading construction set by the international and domestic legal directories.

Chambers & Partners 2019 says “Chambers boasts a bench of impressive and experienced construction barristers, complemented by an excellent wider offering at the set. It is well suited to handle all forms of construction disputes and has industry expertise in energy, utilities, infrastructure, PFI and PPP. Its client base includes contractors, subcontractors, developers, central and local government entities across the UK and elsewhere, notably Europe, the Caribbean, Middle East and Far East.”

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the Construction and Engineering team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Alastair DavidsonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1181


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Simon Goldblatt QC

Simon Goldblatt QC

Call: 1953 Silk: 1972

John Tackaberry QC

John Tackaberry QC

Call: 1967 Silk: 1982

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Paul Darling OBE QC

Paul Darling OBE QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Peter Rees QC

Peter Rees QC

Call: 2014 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Lindy Patterson QC

Lindy Patterson QC

Call: 2017 Silk: 2010

Adam Robb QC

Adam Robb QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

Parishil Patel QC

Parishil Patel QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Damian Falkowski

Damian Falkowski

Call: 1994

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Call: 1999

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Rosie Scott

Rosie Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

Call: 2015

Stephanie David

Stephanie David

Call: 2016

Daniel Benedyk

Daniel Benedyk

Call: 2016

James Bradford

James Bradford

Call: 2016

Ruth Keating

Ruth Keating

Call: 2017

Gethin Thomas

Gethin Thomas

Call: 2017

Denys Hickey

Denys Hickey

Call: 1975

Patrick Lane SC

Patrick Lane SC

Call: 1977

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