Sir Robert Akenhead

Former Judge of The Technology and Construction Court

About His Lordship

In 2012 Sir Robert Akenhead handed down judgement in the case of Walter Lilly & Co Ltd v Mackay [2012] EWHC 1773 (TCC), which is probably the most reported construction case law in recent years.

In July 2015, his decision in Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v Govt of Gibraltar [2015] EWCA Civ on delay, unforeseen conditions, claims, notices and termination under the FIDIC Yellow Book was upheld in the English Court of Appeal.

His practice as a barrister was almost exclusively in construction and engineering and he was involved in numerous cases in the Official Referees’ Court, now the TCC, as well as in arbitration. His work took him all over the world to places such as Hong Kong, Singapore and many parts of Europe with the most memorable trips being too Fiji, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia and the West Indies.

Sir Robert Akenhead was called to the Bar in 1972 and practiced from what is now Atkin Chambers from 1973 until 2007. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and was a recorder from 1991. In 2007 he was made a High Court Judge sitting in the Queen’s Bench Division and in particular in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC).

From September 2010 for three years he was the judge in charge of the TCC.

He is the author of several books, Site Investigation and the Law and Technology and Construction Court Practice and Procedure as well as being, since 1999, a joint editor of the Building Law Reports. He retired as a High Court Judge in December 2015 and now has an international practice as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator.

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We are pleased to announce that The Hon. Mr Justice Akenhead was the primary speaker at our Masters Conferences in Dubai on the 29th of October 2015 and in Bucharest on the 26th of May 2016 and 25th of May 2017

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