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Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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Head of chambers, specialising in commercial litigation, employment, public sector.


Solicitor 1966-70; called Inner Temple 1970; Silk 1984; recorder 1986; master of the bench Inner Temple 1991; deputy High Court judge, Queen’s Bench division 1994; deputy chairman, Information Tribunal, national security appeals 2000, president 2007; admitted ad hoc to bars of Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Singapore, Malawi, Hong Kong; co-editor ‘Supperstone, Goudie and Walker on Judicial Review’ (6th edition 2017 with 2019 supplement); co-editor ‘Butterworths Local Government Law’ (1998); co-editor ‘Local Authorities and the Human Rights Act 1998’; consultant editor, ‘Local Government Reports’; editorial board, ‘Judicial Review’.


Chairman, Administrative Law Bar Association 1994-96; chairman, Bar European Group 2001-03; chairman, law reform committee, Bar Council 1994-96; fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies; Bar Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Antigua and Barbuda and Virgin Islands).


Dean Close School; London School of Economics (1963 LLB Hons).


Governor, London School of Economics 2001, chairman of the chairmanship and vice-chairmanship selection committee.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

James Goudie QC11KBWA very practical and formidable advocate. Clearly knowledgeable on the area but also understands the clients objectives and the need for clear, positive, and confident advice.

11KBW is ‘top drawer when  it comes to public law – they are up with the  best‘. Jason Coppel QC represents both claimants and contracting parties; he is acting for the claimant train operating companies in a challenge to disqualification from procurement for the right to operate West Coast mainline and HS2.  James Goudie QC is in demand for his breadth of expertise across local government vires, and state aid matters in addition to public procurement. Peter Oldham QC has vast experience of procurement disputes in areas as varied as medical devices, transport and IT, and Nigel Giffin QC is equally seasoned. The junior ranks include the ‘procedurally and tactically savvy‘  Rupert Paines and ‘first class technical and tactical lawyerPatrick Halliday.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

James Goudie QC11KBWHe is very practical and provides formidable advocacy.

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Goudie QC11KBWMr Goudie QC was friendly and approachable with expert knowledge of the area, able to distil legal complexities into easily understood language. His recall and detail is extremely impressive. He is measured and precise with his advice which enables informed decision making.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Goudie QC11KBWThe go-to specialist on local government law.