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Leading Silks

Michael Bowsher KCMonckton ChambersHe is a strong advocate, who is also very accessible and has extensive experience.’     
Jason Coppel KC11KBW ‘An extremely approachable silk. He gives clear and practical advice, and is second to none in this area of law.’   
Philip Moser KCMonckton Chambers ‘Philip is a class act and a top silk operating in the public procurement litigation field.’ 
Valentina Sloane KCMonckton Chambers ‘Valentina is excellent at complex litigation work.’
James Goudie KC11KBW ‘He combines forensic analysis with encyclopaedic knowledge and never loses sight of the bigger picture.'
Margaret Gray KCBrick Court Chambers ‘Margaret is an undisputed leader in her areas of practice. She is able to grasp complex issues quickly and thinks outside the box.'
Andrew Kinnier KCHenderson Chambers ‘Andrew has a first rate knowledge of procurement law.'
Peter Oldham KC11KBW 'Peter is calm, approachable, and thorough. He gives pragmatic and practical advice.'
James Segan KCBlackstone Chambers ‘James is an expert on public procurement. He provides very commercial and practical advice, which is perfect for disputes in this area.’ 

2021 Silks

Anneli Howard KCMonckton Chambers 'She is collegiate and takes a pragmatic approach to dealing with legal risk. She is also solutions-oriented.'

Leading Juniors

Joseph Barrett11KBW ‘Joseph is very user-friendly and has excellent judgement.’
Patrick Halliday11KBW ‘Meticulous attention to detail, excellent drafting skills, and he makes himself available. He provides clear, considered, practical advice.'
Brendan McGurkMonckton Chambers ‘A well prepared advocate who is very good on his feet.'
Ewan WestMonckton Chambers ‘Ewan has textbook knowledge of procurement law. He is strategically astute and great with clients.’
Fiona BanksMonckton Chambers ‘Fiona is an outstanding lawyer. Technically excellent and extremely thorough.’
Anneliese BlackwoodMonckton Chambers ‘Anneliese is intelligent, reliable and a hard worker. A trusted junior.'
Rupert Paines11KBW ‘Very knowledgeable on the law and accessible at all times . He works collaboratively and also undertakes his own research.'
Jonathan Lewis Henderson Chambers 'Easy to work with, accessible and good team player.'
Alan BatesMonckton Chambers ‘Alan’s responsiveness, clarity of advice, quality of drafting and personable manner are his strengths.’ 
Tim JohnstonBrick Court Chambers ‘Tim is a solid and reliable junior.’  
Stephen Kosmin11KBW ‘Stephen is clearly an expert in his field. He is able to cut through detailed facts to highlight the key issues.'
Emily NeillBlackstone Chambers ‘Emily is an exemplar junior counsel. Her knowledge and attention to detail is outstanding.’
James NeillLandmark ChambersJames is a hard working and dedicated barrister, who goes beyond the call of duty in assisting his clients. He quickly and comprehensively masters the documents and provides detailed advice which is easily understood by his lay clients.
Ligia OsepciuMonckton Chambers ‘Ligia is great at turning round work quickly. She is very easy to work with and good with clients. Her advocacy is also good.’
Azeem Suterwalla Monckton Chambers ‘Azeem is hugely knowledgeable and personable. He is also hard working and very responsive.'

Rising Stars

Alfred Artley  – Monckton ChambersAlfred brings real intellectual firepower to any matter.’
Khatija Hafesji Monckton Chambers ‘A highly effective barrister. With her strong mind and excellent written advocacy, she is one to watch.’

Public procurement in London Bar

11KBW

11KBW is highly regarded for its expertise in public procurement matters, and has a solid track record in handling work for public authorities. The team has notable experience in advising on judicial reviews concerning contract awards. In R (Good Law Project Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Abingdon Health, the ‘knowledgeable‘ Rupert Paines acted for the Good Law Project in a judicial review challenging the award of multi-million pound contracts for Covid-19 antibody tests to a British consortium. In another matter, Paines, led by Jason Coppel QC, appeared in R (Good Law Project Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Pharmaceuticals Direct, representing the Good Law Project in a claim against the Department of Health in relation to the award of a £102m contract for FFP3 masks.

Testimonials

Set

It is, in my mind, at the top of the tree in procurement law and public law issues with a commercial element.’

‘I’d say that it was the best procurement law set in England. Procurement law is a mix of many things and they are strong in all of the component areas.’   

‘The team are clearly experts in their field.’

Clerking

‘Excellent. Very quick and have good contact with the courts.

’11KBW’s clerks are well organised and responsive.

‘Michael Smith is extremely responsive and will come back immediately with solutions when assistance is required.’

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is ‘well-known for its experience in public procurement cases‘. Recent instructions include Michael Bowsher KC acting for Northstone Limited in a challenge to HS2 brought by an American engineering company Bechtel to the award of contract for the construction of Old Oak Common Station. ‘Solutions-orientedAnneli Howard KC recently advised the Gambling Commission on the procurement and award of the licence to run the National Lottery from 2024 onwards.

Testimonials

Set

‘Monckton Chambers is one of our go-to sets for public procurement and they are certainly a stand-out set in this field.’    

‘Monckton are at the top of the public procurement Bar.’    

Clerking

‘The clerks are always responsive.’

Great service from the clerks room. Able to deal with matters quickly if an issue arises.’

‘Always helpful and available.’    

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is well-known for its solid public procurement offering. James Segan KC stands out for his expertise in handling procurement instructions from clients in the telecoms and IT sectors, and the set is widely recognised for its strength in handling energy sector mandates. The senior end of chambers was strengthened by the appointment of Hanif Mussa KC to silk in March 2022.

Testimonials

Set

‘Very strong in procurement and public law affairs.’    

‘Blackstone Chambers is obviously one of the leading public law sets with barristers with particular expertise in public procurement. They are usually our first choice when it comes to public law or public procurement advice.’    

Clerking

‘They are very approachable and always offer good solutions.’    

‘Extremely professional and responsive.’    

Brick Court Chambers

Solid and reliable‘ junior Tim Johnston is a key name to note as Brick Court Chambers, and he often assists public authorities and claimants with procurement matters. Public procurement is also becoming more and more of a significant part of Sarah Love’s practice - she represented the claimant in R (Bluebird Boats Ltd) v The Royal Parks Ltd and The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, a judicial review against the Royal Parks regarding its refusal to grant Bluebird Boats an interim contract and permission to trade following the expiry of the previous concession contract.

Testimonials

Set

‘They have a really broad range of counsel at all levels covering all material areas of public law.’    

Clerking

‘They are really good. They are always very flexible in finding the right expert.’    

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers includes Jonathan Lewis, and Andrew Kinnier KC, whose ‘broad practice gives him an excellent perspective for advising on the merits of disputes‘ is acting for the Ministry of Defence in MSI Defence Systems Ltd v Ministry of Defence, a case brought under the Defence and Security Procurement regulation.

Testimonials

Clerking

‘Friendly and efficient.’

Keating Chambers

Keating chambers assists government bodies with both contentious and non-contentious work, and has been at the forefront of the development of procurement law. Keating Chambers is commended as ‘a chambers that has a number of excellent advocates in the field‘ including Sarah Hannaford KC who is acting for HS2 Limited in Siemens v HS2, a case revolving around the award of the contract for rolling stock used for HS2. Versatile silk Fionnuala McCredie KC regularly acts for interested parties in litigation, as does Rachael O’Hagan who since joining the set in 2019 has been involved in extremely high-profile procurement challenges as senior junior.

Testimonials

Set

‘Keating is a chambers that has a number of excellent advocates in the field.’