Life as a Pupil at Atkin Chambers

Mathias obtained his LLB from King’s College London and read for the BCL at Magdalen College, Oxford, before completing the BPTC at City Law School, London.


Mathias Cheung


Atkin Chambers


As an international student who had grown up in Hong Kong, I was always told that it would be an uphill struggle to apply for pupillage in London. However, my heart was set on developing a truly international practice, and I was delighted to accept a pupillage offer from Atkin Chambers, given Chambers’ outstanding reputation in construction and commercial litigation and arbitration both domestically and abroad.

Throughout pupillage, I was given a valuable insight into the breadth of Chambers’ practice – from completing my first written advice which concerned delays to the construction of a power plant due to the presence of landmines laid by militant terrorists, to assisting with written opening submissions in Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd v Birmingham City Council [2016] EWHC 2191 (TCC). The learning curve is no doubt a steep one, but the experience is hugely rewarding – particularly given the amicable environment fostered by Chambers.


As a junior, I always feel supported by the excellent professionalism of the clerking team. Since my very first matter which involved a complex dispute arising from the redevelopment of the Rolls Building, I have taken on cases relating to Gatwick Airport, Legoland Windsor Resort and the like. Above all, I have been offered various advocacy opportunities in the High Court from an early stage.

Having now started to build an arbitration practice in Hong Kong, I am fortunate to have the chance to work closely with clients on matters ranging from a major residential complex in Macau to high-profile railway projects in Hong Kong, while having the full support of Chambers. There is no doubt whatsoever that this is the right set for me, and for any prospective pupil who is keen to develop a vibrant and international practice.

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