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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers


Barrister specialising in construction and engineering, arbitration (domestic and international), litigation and adjudication; professional negligence; EU procurement; energy; insurance (construction industry); rights of light and party walls. As a Treasury A Panel counsel prior to taking silk, Sarah represented UK government bodies on numerous disputes, including the Highways Agency, Environment Agency, Ministry of Defence and the Department for Communities and Local Government. In addition to her work as counsel, Sarah Hannaford is a trained mediator and accredited adjudicator. Recent reported cases include: DHL Supply Chain Ltd v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care & Unipart Group Ltd [2018] EWHC 2213 (TCC); Joseph Gleave & Son Ltd v Secretary of State for Defence {2017] EWHC 238 (TCC); Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust v NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group & NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley [2016] EWHC 1391 (TCC); NATS (Services) Ltd v Gatwick Airport Ltd [2014] EWHC 3728 and 3133 (TCC), [2014] WLR(D) 416, [2015] PTSR 566 and Covanta Energy Ltd v Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority [2013] EWHC 2922 and 2964 (TCC); AMEC Group Ltd v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 110 (TCC).


Called 1989; Middle Temple; appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel 2003. TECBAR-accredited adjudicator, trained mediator. Contributor of sections on EU procurement and party walls to ‘Keating on Construction Contracts’, 9th edition (2012); QC 2008.


Working knowledge French, Spanish.




Lincoln College, Oxford (1986 BA; MA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Sarah Hannaford QCKeating Chambers‘She has fantastic black letter analysis combined with a keen eye to the client’s commercial drivers.’ 

Keating Chambers is home to some of the ‘goto counsel for public procurement matters’. ‘A popular choice‘, Fionnuala Mccredie QC who acted for Unipart in DHL Supply Chain Ltd v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Unipart Group Ltd in a case valued at £730m. The ‘technically and tactically strong’ Sarah Hannaford QC combines expertise in EU-wide procurement with related competition issues to tackle high-profile cases. She acted for the Department of finance in Ireland in Eircom UK Limited v Dept of Finance in a procurement and competition law challenge concerning a telecommunications system. ‘A junior of choice‘, Simon Taylor combines his track record in competition law with work on a number of hefty procurement disputes in the transport and IT arenas. Calum Lamont is another highly recommended senior junior who was instructed in Openview v Merton in relation to the letting of a contract for automatic number plate recognition services. At the injunction stage, the case revisited the law on causation for challenging economic operators.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Sarah Hannaford QCKeating ChambersShe is at the forefront of the construction sector.