Engineering & Infrastructure

Engineering & Infrastructure

39 Essex Chambers is a leading construction set described by Chambers & Partners as an “extremely professional outfit, with strong practitioners who offer a good service” with “an excellent reputation for construction law”.

Members of 39 Essex Chambers act in a wide range of matters from factories, housing estates, oil platforms and refineries, ports and dry docks, schools and universities, tunnels and viaducts to small domestic conversions.

We work for all sides of the industry: for employers, contractors, and the professional team working on such schemes, funders, insurers and the public sector. We act for and against national and state governments.

We have experience in the typical issues involved in construction disputes: defects, design, delay, extensions of time and liquidated damages, disruption and prolongation, ground conditions, certification, payment, performance bonds, guarantees, letters of credit and other forms of security.

Our work has involved all the major contract forms such as FIDIC, ENAA, Orgalime, the MF/1, IChem E, NEC, JCT and ICE forms as well as misrepresentation, mistake and rectification of contract claims.

We are also able to provide specialist advice and advocacy in relation to environmental, health and safety, insurance, procurement and regulatory issues. We are familiar with the funding and partnering arrangements that have developed around large-scale projects and regularly advise in relation to bonds, guarantees and indemnities.

Who to contact

Niki Merison

Niki Merison is the Senior Practice Manager for the Engineering & Infrastructure team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Niki MerisonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9011


Mobile: +44 (0)7872 178 645


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John Tackaberry QC

John Tackaberry QC

Call: 1967 Silk: 1982

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

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 Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill 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

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb QC

Adam Robb QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

David Brynmor Thomas QC

David Brynmor Thomas QC

Call: 2011 Silk: 2019

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Call: 1999

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

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

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

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