In this chapter we recognise 20 silks and 16 juniors at the UK Bar for their outstanding skill and experience in public procurement litigation, state aid issues and contractual disputes.
Most Highly Regarded
Monckton Chambers receives four listings this year.
Michael Bowsher QC is “very much a leading player” in the market when it comes to government contracts. Sources comment, “His knowledge of the law is unsurpassed, and he is also great with clients.”
The “excellent” Philip Moser QC is celebrated by sources as “a leading procurement silk” with “extensive experience in this field”.
Valentina Sloane QC secures impressive endorsements from peers for her deep knowledge of EU procurement regimes.
Rob Williams QC is hailed as “a great barrister” and “a go-to counsel for public procurement work”.
11KBW sees three silks recognised in this chapter.
Nigel Giffin QC is “an exceptional barrister” who is “at the top of the tree” for government contracts work. He is “very approachable, reliable and gives robust advice”.
Jason Coppel QC is lauded as “a very good lawyer” and “a leader in the sector” with over 20 years of experience in public procurement matters.
James Goudie QC is “super-responsive, sharp and commercial”, and “an excellent advocate who has seen it all, and clients draw reassurance from that”.
Sarah Hannaford QC at Keating Chambers is “at the summit of the market” and “very much a leading figure in the sector”. One peer effusively dubs her “the best procurement practitioner in the business”.
Fionnuala McCredie QC is championed by market commentators who place her “at the top of the UK field in construction procurement matters”.
The “outstanding” Charles Béar QC at Fountain Court Chambers has over 30 years of experience with public procurement judicial review proceedings and High Court matters.
Kelyn Bacon QC with Brick Court Chambers is “the queen of state aid matters” at the bar, having represented clients before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and European courts.
Fiona Scolding QC of Landmark Chambers is singled out as a “a very client-friendly practitioner” and “a truly excellent lawyer” by sources.
Northern Ireland-based Michael Humphreys QC is highly respected for his adept handling of construction and public procurement disputes.
Aidan O’Neill QC with Ampersand Stable has built “a very strong practice” in government contracts. His expertise lies in commercial judicial review proceedings, environment and employment matters.
Blackstone Chambers’ John Howell QC is “very strong intellectually, and an excellent advocate who judges really like”. He has over 40 years of experience in public procurement matters.
Monckton Chambers sees six juniors highlighted here.
Ewan West is a “top choice of junior” commended for his “regular instruction on the biggest procurement cases”. He provides “very good legal analysis” and is “a pleasure to work with”.
Peers of Fiona Banks are “very impressed with her written skills” and “very good judgement”. She is “extremely practical” and “a delight to work with”.
Anneliese Blackwood is “without a doubt an extremely good lawyer”, distinguished for her impressive work advising and representing pharmaceutical companies on public procurement contracts.
Simon Taylor at Keating Chambers is “a very competent lawyer who does a lot of work in the government contract field, and is very pleasant to work with”.
Joseph Barrett at 11KBW is “a fantastic barrister” whose expertise lies in public procurement litigation and public sector contracts.
Patrick Halliday provides “real tactical insight, intellectual firepower, responsiveness, a very pleasant personal manner and good draftsmanship”.