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Henderson Chambers (Chambers of Charles Gibson QC), Rhodri Williams QC, London, ENGLAND

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Rhodri Williams QC

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Henderson Chambers (Chambers of Charles Gibson QC)

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Local government, administrative and EU law.


Barrister specialising in local government and administrative law, particularly public procurement and EU law. Also deals with such issues as enforcement of internal market legislation, health and safety aspects of food production and imports (represented the Welsh Office at the BSE Inquiry and the Welsh Assembly Government at the E-Coli Inquiry), procurement obligations and strategies for local and regional government (including National Assembly for Wales). Recent significant cases include: R (Dusza & Sobhani) v Powys Teaching LHB [2015] EWCA Civ 15; R (Wiltshire Council) v Hertfordshire CC [2014] EWCA Civ 712; Montpellier Estates Ltd v Leeds City Council [2013] EWHC 166 (QB); Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 – Reference by the Attorney General for England and Wales [2012] UKSC 53; [2012] 3 WLR 1294 R (Governors of Brynmawr Foundation School) v Welsh Ministers & Blaenau Gwent CBC [2011] EWHC 519 (Admin); Brent LBC v Risk Management Partners Ltd & London Authorities Mutual Ltd & Harrow LBC [2011] UKSC 7; [2011] LGR 169; Lancashire County Council v EWC Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 1381; [2011] LGR 350; Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd v Department of Education for Northern Ireland [2011] NICA 59; Case C-406/08 Uniplex (UK) Ltd v NHS Business Services Authority [2010] ECR I-817.


Called 1987, Gray’s Inn; official in Internal Market Directorate General of European Commission, Brussels 1992-1997; joined Henderson Chambers 1999; also member of Thirty Park Place Chambers, Cardiff since 1997; appointed to lists of approved counsel of Attorney General, Counsel General to Welsh Government and to National Assembly for Wales; represented National Assembly for Wales before Supreme Court; represented UK Government before European Court of Justice; QC 2010; bencher Gray’s Inn 2015; publications member of editorial board of Public Procurement Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell).


Welsh, French, Italian, Spanish


Bar European Group; Administrative Law Bar Association; Procurement Lawyers’ Association; Public Law Wales.


Oxford University (1985 BA Modern Languages; 2000 MA); PCL (1986 Dip Law).

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Public procurement

Within: Public procurement – Leading silks

Rhodri Williams QC - Henderson ChambersA heavyweight barrister for procurement disputes.

Within: Public procurement

Henderson Chambers which is ‘a very good set, especially for public sector-related work’, offers a comprehensive range of procurement expertise including the EU procurement regime. Its members service a range of central and local government departments as well as claimants. Rhodri Williams QC is acting on a claim for breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in Damira Dental Services v NHS Commissioning, which concerns the award of an NHS contract for the provision of dental services. In other work Prof Sir Alan Dashwood QC is acting for the claimant in Invicta Aviation v Secretary of State for Defence in a dispute over the award of a contract for the provision of aviation services.

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