Simon Taylor > Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC
Keating Chambers


Simon practises in the area of public procurement law, competition, regulation and public law. He was formerly a solicitor and antitrust partner at a major national firm. His practice combines contentious and non-contentious work, including public procurement disputes for bidders and authorities and strategic advice to authorities or utilities on the conduct of tenders, competition disputes and state aid investigations. He advises on competition and regulatory issues arising from disputes, transactions and commercial agreements, covering merger control and the prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct and abuse of dominance. He has specific expertise in the healthcare sector and frequently acts for NHS bodies on procurement and competition-related disputes. He also specialises in sector specific economic  regulation in the rail, communications, energy and water sectors. He has appeared in several reported hearings in the TCC and Admin Court. He has also acted on mediations and trials for the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit. Recent cases include Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust v NHS Swale CCG and Ors, [2016] EWHC 1393 (TCC), Heathrow Airport Ltd v Office of Rail And Road [2017] EWHC 1290 (Admin) (26 May 2017) and R (Hersi & Co Solicitors) v The Lord Chancellor (as successor to the Legal Services Commission), [2017] EWHC 2667 (TCC).


Called 1987; pupillage 2 Temple Gardens 1987-88; associate Squire Sanders & Dempsey (Brussels) 1990-92; Norton Rose (Brussels) 1992-96; regulatory counsel Cable & Wireless Communications 1996-2000; solicitor 1999; associate Allen & Overy 2000-04; antitrust partner Wragge & Co 2004-11; Keating Chambers 2012.


French, Spanish.


Procurement Lawyers Association; Competition Law Association; Society of Construction Law; Royal Society of Arts.


Magdalen College, University of Oxford (1986 BA Hons jurisprudence); Université Libre de Bruxelles (1990 Licence Spéciale en droit communautaire in French grande distinction).


Travel, food, rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Simon TaylorKeating ChambersExtremely personable and easy to work with; he fits in effortlessly to the firm and clients’ working preferences.

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.