UK Bar: Government Contracts 2018

This year 30 prominent barristers have been highlighted for their expertise handling public procurement matters for both domestic and European clients, as well as advising on and litigating in commercial disputes relating to public projects.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Nigel Giffin QC 11KBW
2. Sarah Hannaford QC Keating Chambers
3. Michael Bowsher QC Monckton Chambers
4. Jason Coppel QC 11KBW
5. Fionnuala McCredie QC Keating Chambers
1. Joseph Barrett 11KBW
2. Ewan West Monckton Chambers
3. David Gollancz Keating Chambers
4. Valentina Sloane Monckton Chambers



11KBW remains the leading chambers in this area, with three leading silks highlighted for their extensive expertise in the field. The set is particularly well regarded in this space, thanks to its strong public law focus.
“Outstanding silk” Nigel Giffin QC is “a real class act” who sources consider “a real expert in procurement law”. He is a firm favourite among clients who appreciate him for his “measured approach and reliability”.
The “exceptional” Jason Coppel QC is “a fearless advocate” who impresses sources with his “intellectual brilliance” and “creativity with judicial review remedies”.
James Goudie QC is “extensively experienced in the field” and draws widespread acclaim for his extensive knowledge of public procurement matters.

KEATING CHAMBERS is “one of the leading sets for public procurement”. This year, two top-tier silks are recognised for their vast experience handling cases in a range of sectors including infrastructure, energy and healthcare.
The “outstanding” Sarah Hannaford QC is “a star in the procurement space”, making her one of the most highly sought-after silks in the area. One impressed peer describes her as “a tough opponent and a pleasure to work with”.
The “very highly regarded” Fionnuala McCredie QC is a clear leader in the field who is widely recommended by sources who consider her “extremely knowledgeable, approachable and tenacious”.

Members of MONCKTON CHAMBERS also stand out for their exceptional work in in the procurement law space, with two silks recognised by our research.
Michael Bowsher QC is described as “best in class for procurement matters” by sources, who admire his “intellectual depth, client skills and responsiveness”.  One respondent effuses: “He is always my first choice for disputes in this area.”
The “fantastic” Philip Moser QC is “one of the best advocates in this area” according to one commentator. He is regularly called upon to represent government departments and public bodies in a range of matters.

The “outstanding” John Howell QC of BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS draws praise for his “intellectual prowess and superb advocacy skills”. He is widely recommended by peers for his “vast experience” in the public law arena.

At FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERS, the “excellent” Charles Béar QC has “an excellent reputation” in public procurement circles thanks to his first-class advocacy.

The “delightfully perfect” Rhodri Williams QC at HENDERSON CHAMBERS garners recommendations for his excellent work in the procurement space thanks to his “superb judgement and legal analysis skills”.

Northern Ireland

Michael Humphreys QC is “the star public procurement silk in the region” according to impressed sources. His practice spans a wide range of related matters including planning, procurement challenges and disputes in the construction space.


Morag Ross QC of AXIOM ADVOCATES boasts “vast expertise in procurement law” and is highly recommended for her “exceptional attention to detail”.


MONCKTON CHAMBERS is home to seven leading juniors in the procurement space who impress commentators with the depth of their expertise.
Ewan West is “excellent for public procurement” according to sources who describe him as “hardworking, responsive, knowledgeable and clear with clients”.
Valentina Sloane is “very experienced in this area” and impresses respondents with her “adaptability and client-friendly approach”.
The “excellent” Rob Williams is renowned in the public procurement arena thanks to his extensive knowledge of the subject. He is a firm favourite among clients who recommend him as “very easy to deal with”.
Ligia Osepciu wins praise for her “extensive experience in the public procurement space” and is recommended as “a superb case strategist”.

KEATING CHAMBERS also boasts a strong offering, with three leading juniors highlighted by our research this year.
“Standout barrister” David Gollancz “has an extensive procurement practice” and is “much sought-after thanks to his strong reputation in the space”.
Simon Taylor “is a leading junior in the field” who boasts extensive experience handling complex public procurement issues.
Calum Lamont is a highly regarded junior who is regarded by clients as “very easy to deal with, knowledgeable and approachable”.

The “fantastic” Joseph Barrett at 11KBW has an excellent reputation in the market as a leading government contracts expert, drawing praise for his “intelligence and attention to detail”.

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