Marcus Taverner QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2000

Email: mtaverner@keatingchambers.com

Tel: +44 (0)20 7544 2600

Practice Overview

Regularly nominated by the Legal 500 and other bodies, Marcus Taverner QC was named top construction silk in 2009 and 2015 by Chambers & Partners. He was recommended as “the leading construction silk at the bar today” (Who’s Who Legal 2016). The Legal 500 UK 2018 reported him as “Incredibly hardworking, consistently energetic, and rightly regarded as a doyen of the construction sector”. He was recently identified in Chambers UK 2020 as “A commanding advocate who is, in our view, second to none in the construction field.

He is well known for his understanding of the commercial aspects of litigation and his mastering of the technical detail of complex and high value cases. The combination of “unparalleled advocacy skills” and “sound judgment” make him a popular choice for international and domestic clients.

Marcus has an extensive advisory practice and a reputation as a skilful advocate. He has appeared in all tiers of the UK Courts in the UK over the last 35 years. He has advised and represented clients on projects around the world including Australia, Brazil, China, Estonia, Egypt, Italy, India, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Jordan, Nigeria, Peru, Russia and the West Indies. He has acted on behalf of UK governmental bodies, foreign governments and many of the UK’s largest construction and engineering companies, developers, construction professionals and their insurers.

In recent years Marcus has sat as an Arbitrator on many ICC, LCIA, SIAC and other panels as well as Dispute Adjudication Boards in the UK and around the world. Recent appointments, several as Chairman, include multi-million dollar disputes relating to energy projects in Australia; a mining development in Australia; power stations in South Africa; a chemical plant in the Middle East; an oil exploration concession in Nigeria and a joint venture dispute in the West Indies.

Amongst other work, he is also presently engaged in work relating to the Grenfell Inquiry.

He is currently Head of Keating Chambers (63 members).

Practice Areas
  • Arbitrator/ADR
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Professional Negligence
  • Infrastructure & Utilities
  • Energy & Natural Resources
Arbitrator/ADR
  • Chairman of a DAB relating to dispute arising of two power plants constructed in South Africa.
  • Appointed as Tribunal member in an ICC arbitration regarding disputes arising out of the construction of anhydrous ammonia production facility.
  • DAB member of a dispute arising out of a power plant in Costa Rica.
  • Chair of a SIAC Arbitration concerning a multi-million dollar dispute relating to a mining project in Australia.
  • Chair of an ICC Arbitration concerning a multi-million US dollar dispute regarding a mining concession in Australia.
  • Appointed as Tribunal member in an ICC Arbitration concerning a US billion-dollar dispute relating to the construction of an export pipeline and gas collection header at an LNG plant in Australia.
  • Appointed as Arbitrator in an oil concession dispute in Nigeria.
  • Appointed as Tribunal Member in joint venture dispute arising out of construction of a production facility in Trinidad.
  • Sole Arbitrator in a domestic dispute regarding a commercial development in the South of England.
  • Named adjudicator in several infrastructure projects.
Construction & Engineering
  • Representing a Core Participant at the Grenfell Inquiry.
  • Representing various parties in multi-million pound negligence claims arising out of commercial developments.
  • Appeared in the commercial court with regard to a challenge to an arbitration award.
  • Appeared in the TCC in a lengthy multi-million pound dispute concerning the construction of a waste treatment plant.
Professional Negligence
  • Advising with regard to the cause and spread of fire within industrial and commercial premises.
  • Advising with regard to negligent advice concerning the purchase and development of commercial premises.
  • Advising with regard to the negligence of construction professionals relating to the construction of new residential tower blocks.
Infrastructure & Utilities
  • Acted for Transport for London in a dispute arising out of the design and construction of East London Line.
  • Acted with regard to various disputes arising out of Crossrail project.
  • Acting for LUL with regard to various PFI contracts.
Energy & Natural Resources
  • Acted last year in the High Court for Essex County Council in a recent hundred million pound dispute concerning a waste facility.
  • Advised with regard to a billion Euro dispute relating to the design and construction of nuclear power plant in Europe.
  • Fronted a team of three QCs, four juniors and a substantial solicitor team to success in an LCIA arbitration concerning the manufacture, transportation and subsequent installation in one of the biggest offshore wind farms in the world.
Case Reports
Case Date
Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited 18 June 2020
Leeds Beckett University v Travelers Insurance Company Ltd 11 April 2017
Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd v AMEC (BSC) Ltd October 2016
Mutual Energy Ltd Claimant v (1) Starr Underwriting Agents Ltd (2) Travellers Syndicate Management Ltd 2016
Commercial Management (Investments) Ltd v (1) Mitchell Design & Construct Ltd (2) Regorco Ltd (Formerly Roger Bullivant Ltd) 2016
Accolade Wines v Volkerfitzpatrick (2) Volkervessels (3) Goodman (4) Keller (5) Twintec (6) GJ3&4 October 2014
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Europe Ltd v BAE Systems (Al Diriyah C41) Ltd 2014
Vivergo Fuels Ltd v Redhall Engineering Solutions Ltd 2013
RWE Npower Plc v Alstom Power Ltd & Ors 2010
AE Yates Trenchless Solutions Ltd v Black & Veatch Ltd 2008
London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority v Halcrow Gilbert Associates Ltd 2007
Decoma UK Ltd v Haden Drysys International Ltd 2006
Clerical Medical Investment Group Ltd v Crest Nicholson (South West) Ltd & Ors 2006
Redworth Construction Ltd v Brookdale Healthcare Ltd 2006
Mersey Docks Property Holdings v Birse Construction Ltd 2005
Gerling General Insurance Co. & others v Canary Wharf Group plc 2005
Gerling General Insurance Co v Canary Wharf Group 2005
Decoma UK Ltd v Haden Drysys International Ltd (No.2) 2005
Decoma UK Ltd v Haden Drysys International Ltd 2005
Decoma UK Ltd v Haden Drysys International Ltd 2005
Decoma UK Ltd v Haden Drysys International Ltd 2005
Thames Water Utilities Ltd v London Regional Transport 2004
Tesco Stores Ltd v Costain Construction Ltd 2004
Hurst Stores and Interiors Ltd v ML Europe Property Ltd 2004
Try Construction Ltd v Eton Town House Group Ltd 2003
Scottish & Newcastle Plc v GD Construction 2003
Hurst Stores and Interiors Ltd v ML Europe Property Ltd 2003
HOK Sport v Aintree Racecourse Co Ltd 2003
Bellefield Computer Services v E. Turner & Sons Ltd (No. 2) 2003
Royal Brompton Hospital NHS Trust v Hammond (No 3) 2002
Scottish & Newcastle plc v GD Construction (St. Albans) Ltd. 2001
BICC Ltd v Parkman Consulting Engineers Parkman Consulting Engineers v Cumbrian Industrials Ltd 2000
St Martins Property Corporation v Sir Robert McApline & Sons Limited 1994