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Ian Pennicott, SC, KC

LLM (Cantab.) Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University
BA (Hons) Kingston University

Profile

Profile

Practised from DVC between 1984 and 1989. Practised from Keating Chambers, the leading construction set in the UK, from 1989 to date. Returned to full time practice at DVC in 2010. Extensive experience in all aspects of (i) arbitration law and procedure both as advocate and arbitrator, (ii) building, engineering and construction litigation and arbitration, (iii) negligence claims against construction professionals (architects, engineers, project managers and building/quantity surveyors and (iii) the law as it applies to the environment.

Comments from recent editions of Chambers & Partners include: “hardworking and very approachable”…“unstuffy and informal”…“trusted performer”. Recommended in “International Arbitration” in Chambers Asia 2010 and 2011, “Commercial Dispute Resolution” 2016.

Publications

  • Co-Author of ‘Commissions of Inquiry in Hong Kong’ 2021
    • This book is now available from Sweet & Maxwell, please click [Order Link] for more
  • Contributor to Keating on ’Building/Construction Contracts’ (5th to 8th Editions).
  • Contributor to Halsbury’s Laws of England ‘Building Contracts’ (4th Edition).
  • Consultant Editor to Halsbury’s Laws of England ‘Fuel and Energy’ (4th Edition).
  • Consultant Editor to Halsbury’s Laws of England ‘Cross Country Pipelines’ (4th Edition).
  • Consultant Editor to Halsbury’s Laws of England ‘Building’ and ‘Building Contracts’ (5th Edition).
  • Consulting Editor to forthcoming Halsbury’s Laws of England ‘Energy’ (5th Edition’).

Memberships and Appointments

  • MCIArb (UK)
  • Member of the Technology and Construction Bar Association (UK)
  • Member of the Commercial Bar Association (UK)
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law (UK & Hong Kong)
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Bencher of the Middle Temple

Specific Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law

Accolades

for Ian Pennicott, SC, KC

Ian Pennicott SC is recognised as Senior Statespeople for Commercial Dispute Resolution: The Bar 2023.

“Ian Pennicott KC of Des Voeux Chambers is regularly identified as one of Hong Kong’s pre-eminent construction practitioners, whether acting as courtroom advocate, arbitration counsel or arbitrator. He is also noted for his expert handling of professional negligence and employment-related claims.”

— Chambers & Partners: Greater China Region 2023

Ian Pennicott SC is accredited as a Leading Silk for Construction and Property.

He is praised as ‘one of the best, if not the leading, construction counsel in Hong Kong’ and is notable for his expertise in construction litigation and arbitration – he continues to be an international member of elite London construction set Keating Chambers in addition.

— Legal 500 Asia Pacific: HK Bar (2023)

Ian is identified “as one of Hong Kong’s pre-eminent construction practitioners, whether acting as courtroom advocate, arbitration counsel or arbitrator”, He is commended as a “top operator,” and he is “very well respected in his field.” He is also noted for his expert handling of professional negligence and employment-related claims.

— Chambers & Partners Greater China Region (2022)

Ian Pennicott SC is well-versed in advising on claims brought against construction professionals, e.g. building surveyors and architects. ‘An outstanding counsel who is easy to work with.’ He is accredited as a Leading Silk for Construction and Property

— Legal 500 Asia Pacific HK Bar (2022)

Ian Pennicott SC KC has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in the field of Construction.

WWL says: “Ian Pennicott SC KC is an accomplished silk in Hong Kong, whom peers describe as “highly regarded with specialist knowledge of dealing with construction cases”.”

WWL: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2022

Ian Pennicott SC KC has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a “Thought Leader” in the field of Construction.

WWL Says: Ian Pennicott SC KC is “a standout name” in the construction sphere who “deals with matters efficiently and always comes up with simple solutions to complex issues”.

— Who’s Who Legal 2022

Ian Pennicott KC is “one of the best names for construction law” and is “very sought after as a construction silk and arbitrator.” He is singled out for his expert handling of professional negligence claims and employment-related claims, in addition to his construction litigation and arbitration practice. He is described as “succinct, intelligent and very hard-working,” reporting that “he is very easy to work with and has a pragmatic and sensible approach.”

— Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2021)

Succinct, intelligent, hard-working and easy to work with.” Ian Pennicott SC, also an international member of elite London construction set, Keating Chambers is instructed as arbitrator and counsel, and is a key name at the senior level. Ian Pennicott SC is accredited as a Leading Silk in Construction matters.

— Legal 500 Asia Pacific HK Bar (2021)

Ian Pennicott KC, SC has been recognised in the Preeminent Senior Counsel category by the Doyles Guide for Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Barristers – Hong Kong, 2021

— Doyles Guide (2021)

Ian Pennicott SC, KC has been acknowledged as a Global Leader for Construction 2021 and National Leader for Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR – Construction 2021. Ian Pennicott KC is a ‘’prominent figure in the market’’ on account of his extensive experience advising and advocating on behalf of clients engaged in construction disputes.

— Who's Who Legal 2021

DVC’s Deputy Head, Ian Pennicott SC, KC has been acknowledged as a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal 2021 for Construction Law.

— Who's Who Legal (2021)

Ian Pennicott SC, KC of Des Voeux Chambers is a veteran construction specialist, equally at home in litigation or arbitration proceedings, and active as both counsel and arbitrator in the latter context. A peer describes him as “a true construction lawyer and one of the best in Hong Kong,” while an instructing solicitor sums him up “our favourite counsel, always at the top of our list, very hands-on and so detailed and thorough that he doesn’t need a junior.”

— Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2020)

Ian Pennicott KC, SC has been recognised in the Preeminent Senior Counsel category by the Doyles Guide for Leading Construction & Infrastracture Litigation Barristers – Hong Kong, 2020

— Doyles Guide (2020)

Ian Pennicott KC, SC of Des Voeux Chambers is described by one source as “one of the most prominent construction silks in Hong Kong and a very good, commercially pragmatic leader who is very thorough and every kind of well prepared.” A view from an instructing solicitor’s perspective is provided by an interviewee who lists a catalogue of desirable qualities: “Practical, pragmatic, very user-friendly, low maintenance and willing to roll up his sleeves – the complete package.” He acted for Bauer Hong Kong in a High Court consideration of its dispute over an arbitral award with a Japanese and a Hong Kong-based construction company.

— Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2019)

Ian Pennicott KC, SC was recognised by Who’s Who Legal 2019 for construction law as a Global Elite Thought Leader. Ian Pennicott KC, SC of Des Voeux Chambers is “a leading name for counsel work and is one of the best in Hong Kong” according to impressed commentators, and is “highly regarded by lawyers and client’s alike.” He specialises in construction arbitration and litigation, as well as negligence claims and environmental laws.

— Who's Who Legal (2019)

Ian Pennicott KC of Des Voeux Chambers is a “specialist construction silk,” renowned for his stamina in “big cases that last a long time” and a “common-sense, extremely user-friendly” approach that “helps turn a complicated matter into a simple one.” He advocates in both the litigation and arbitration of construction issues and is also a prominent arbitrator. He lately represented Chim Kee Machinery in High Court appellate proceedings concerning a dispute with SNE Engineering, arising out of the construction of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

— Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018)

“Ian Pennicott KC of Des Voeux Chambers offers long-standing experience as a specialist construction litigator and is also active in the construction arbitration sphere. Described as “succinct, hard-working and easy to work with,” he recently represented China State Construction in inquiry proceedings concerning water contamination at a number of Hong Kong housing estates.”

— Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2017)

Ian Pennicott SC has been recognised as Leading Senior Counsel in Hong Kong’s Construction and Barristers list in the 2017 edition of Doyles.

— Doyles (2017)

“Ian Pennicott KC of Des Voeux Chambers is considered a “specialist in construction” and draws on many years of practice in both Hong Kong and London. He also handles energy-related matters and is a seasoned arbitration counsel.”

— Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2016)

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