Government Contracts 2018

Our research into the government contracts market comes at an interesting time for lawyers in the field. Political uncertainty continues to hamper investment, while procurement matters appear to be increasingly politicised. Litigation has been on the rise in recent years and shows little sign of abating in the near future.

It is a highly competitive field, with established firms increasingly competing with boutiques who are looking to capture highly specialised or regional work.

Europe remains a hub for procurement matters and is home to some of the firms who perform best in our rankings this year. On the litigation front, Monckton Chambers continues to be rated by market sources as a leader for work in the field. Bird & Bird performs well on the advisory side, with an impressive list of individuals on hand to assist with clients’ needs.

In the Americas, firms from the USA feature prominently in our research, with matters relating to defence, aerospace and construction all being areas in which firms excel.

In Asia-Pacific, Clayton Utz dominates the Australian market with five of its practitioners listed in this year’s guide. In India, firms Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co lead the field for procurement work.


Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research. We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.


Thought Leaders
1. Totis Kotsonis Eversheds Sutherland LLP, London
2. Michael Bowsher QC Monckton Chambers, London
3. Jonathan Davey Addleshaw Goddard LLP, London
4. Cyrus Mehta CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, London
5. Roland M Stein Blomstein, Berlin
6. Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell Advokatfirman Delphi, Stockholm
7. Jan Byok Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf
8. Brigette Baillie Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Johannesburg
9. Daryn Webb Bowmans, Johannesburg

Leading Firms

Monckton Chambers

An outstanding set that is home to some of the highest ranked names in our listings. This year it receives an impressive eight listings in our guide.
The “super brainy” Michael Bowsher is a Thought Leader who is praised by sources as “a leading practitioner in the field” and one of the “strongest for procurement know-how”. He is “very approachable and very bright” with “excellent experience” in public-sector project disputes and state aid issues.
Ewan West is a distinguished barrister in the government contracts field; market observers in our research think highly of him. One of the top juniors in our list, his expertise includes public infrastructure matters in industries such as transportation and nuclear decommissioning. 
Philip Moser QC is praised by colleagues for his “outstanding” and “excellent” work in the field. He is “user-friendly and good on novel procurement issues” according to sources, who note that he is “very popular with clients”. He offers a wealth of knowledge on defence procurement..
Valentina Sloane is “a great lawyer” with a distinguished reputation for her EU procurement work as well as on domestic matters such as damages claims and challenges to automatic suspensions.
The “brilliant” Anneliese Blackwood is an impressive junior at the UK Bar. She has a broad practice including experience of matters concerning the protection of confidential information and regulatory breaches.

Bird & Bird

A dominant force in the European government contracts market, with seven of its lawyers highlighted in our guide this year.
Roger Bickerstaff is a standout practitioner who is noted to be “a top lawyer at the firm”. He is praised by commentators for being “very impressive on IT procurement”.
Jan Byok is “highly competent and efficient” and “a well-known practitioner” in the German market. He offers clients specialist insight into matters relating to data and IT procurement. He stands out as a Thought Leader in this year’s research.
Stuart Cairns is “technically excellent, very practical and gives usable advice” according to one source, while another states that “he has an ability to find powerful and effective solutions”. He has “very good knowledge of EU procurement law” and excels at advising and negotiating on major infrastructure projects. Peter Dann Jørgensen is a top name in the Danish government contracts market with over 15 years’ dedicated procurement expertise. He has an enviable practice that sees him advising clients on tendering in the utilities sector.
The “highly rated” Victoria Moorcroft stands out for her defence procurement work, according to commentators. She “has good know-how” and offers outstanding experience working with major government bodies.
Christopher Murray is “an excellent lawyer” with “great analytical skills” and “excellent knowledge of public procurement law” according to commentators. He provides “in-depth knowledge of the client” and a “pragmatic solution-driven approach” that gives “tailored and commercially relevant advice”.
Alexander Csaki has an impressive reputation in the German market and commands great respect from sources who praise his “deep knowledge of the fields he works in”. His practice offers strong expertise on matters including social and health care matters.

Keating Chambers

Maintains its reputation as a go-to chambers for procurement matters, excelling on work in the construction and energy sectors. Our research sees three of its practitioners highlighted by market sources’ feedback.
Sarah Hannaford QC is “a leading procurement silk” and “probably the best in the country”, according to one source. She gives “clear, commercial advice” and is “easy to deal with and very approachable”.
The “outstanding” Fionnuala McCredie QC is “one of the top procurement barristers” according to market observers. She “has an excellent reputation” and is “knowledgeable and approachable” on matters relating to the construction industry.
Simon Taylor is “a great junior” who receives numerous plaudits from peers this year. He is described as “really good on health matters, especially when there’s a competition angle”.


An impressive set that continues to be viewed by sources as a market leader. It sees four of its outstanding barristers listed in our guide this year.
Nigel Giffin QC is described as “a brilliant silk with a brilliant brain” and is someone who colleagues “utterly rate”. “Highly intellectual and extremely bright”, he offers a wealth of insight into matters such as PFI and shared service schemes.
The “brilliant” Joseph Barrett is “highly recommended” by market observers and noted as “an absolutely outstanding barrister”. His practice features deep expertise in issues relating to state aid and EU procurement.
Jason Coppel QC is an “active and highly capable barrister” who is commended by our sources as “very strategic”. He offers clients extensive expertise regarding property development agreements.
James Goudie QC is “the doyen of public procurement and state aid”, says one interviewee, with others highlighting him as “a brilliant practitioner”. He is noted by sources for being “a real local authority specialist".

Addleshaw Goddard

This firm continues to impress sources for its work in a range of industries including infrastructure, utilities and defence. It is home to two outstanding practitioners. Jonathan Davey is praised by colleagues as “a leading light in procurement” and a “really well regarded” lawyer. He “stands out in the field”, with exceptional experience on matters including infrastructure projects and defence procurement.
Bill Gilliam is “very active in the market” and commands great respect from commentators. He is “an accomplished procurement litigator” with expertise in areas such as technology, public utilities and infrastructure.


An excellent firm offering clients the expertise of some of Germany’s top practitioners. This year, it receives three listings for their work in the field.
Roland Stein is a pre-eminent name in the government contracts market and is listed as a Thought Leader in the field this year. He offers “profound background knowledge” of government contracts issues and is “recognised for his security and defence expertise”.
Hans-Joachim Prieß is “a very visible” name in the market. He has an enviable practice, offering extensive insight into procurement law, advising both public and private sector clients on a range of issues.
Pascal Friton wins plaudits for his “focus on key strategic issues, speed and the ability to transfer a lot of input into a smart writ”. His practice has an excellent reputation both domestically and abroad, with “extensive knowledge of various industries in public procurement law that enables him to adapt to legal questions”.


This international firm provides clients with excellent depth of support and breadth of expertise. Seven of its most highly regarded practitioners are highlighted in this year’s research.
In the firm’s London office, Mark Bassett continues to be highly recommended by sources for his procurement prowess. His practice offers a wealth of expertise on matters including technology, infrastructure and energy.
Wolfram Krohn in Berlin garners strong support from colleagues in the field for his work this year. He excels on matters relating to transport and IT, with specialist insight into public-private partnerships.
David McGowan is “a very strong lawyer” according to observers, who highlight his formidable reputation in the market. His Glasgow-based practice sees him advise clients on a range of issues, often with a focus on competition implications.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Fourteen of this firm’s practitioners receives listings in our guide this year, highlighting its distinguished position as a European leader on procurement advice.
Cyrus Mehta at the firm’s London office is praised as “an immensely clever lawyer with encyclopaedic knowledge” and “a leading light” in his field. His “absolutely fantastic” practice features excellent experience on state aid matters according to commentators.
Also in London, Graeme Young is a practitioner who sources “rate highly” as “a real specialist in government contracts work”. His “outstanding” practice sees him advise on matters relating to utilities, aviation and transport.
Petra Heemskerk is a fantastic practitioner with an enviable practice in the area. She offers a wealth of insight into such matters as real estate and construction and mobility technologies.

Other Leading Individuals


Herbert Smith Freehills’ Adrian Brown has an excellent reputation in the Belgian market, with sources praising him as someone who “really knows his stuff”. His “well-recognised” practice covers such matters as IT, transport and energy.


Jesper Fabricius of Accura “really stands out in this area” and is “a really good lawyer” who sources recommend for inclusion this year. A “very well-known figure in the market” he provides clients with extensive experience on competition-related procurement matters.


The “extremely knowledgeable” Totis Kotsonis at Eversheds Sutherland is a pre-eminent name in the government contracts market and an individual who is “one of a kind in this area of law”. Sources state that “he combines impressive legal knowledge with excellent judgement and pragmatism”, offering multinational clients a wealth of insight into areas including utilities and energy.

Hogan Lovells’ Ciara Kennedy-Loest is described as an “impressive procurement practitioner” and someone who is “really well known in procurement circles”. She offers extensive insight into state aid and antitrust matters.
“Very strong procurement practitioner” Kate Rees is praised by one source as “one of the most knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyers I know”. She is adept on matters relating to the real estate and transport sectors.

At Trowers & Hamlins, Helen Randall has “exceptional skills including very strong communication skills”. She offers clients “outstanding knowledge and customer service” and “a rigorous approach that often leads to creative solutions”. Rebecca Rees is “an exceptional procurement lawyer” and someone who respondents “rate highly”. She is “very bright and capable” and “particularly strong in the construction and regeneration sectors”, according to observers.

“A very bright lawyer and a lucid thinker”, Catherine Wolfenden of Osborne Clarke is highlighted by respondents as someone who is “really excellent” in the field. Her practice provides a wealth of knowledge on matters relating to regulatory matters.

Bevan Brittan's Emily Heard is “an expert in her field” who “has a strong understanding of the underlying economic and business considerations of clients’ business needs”. She “always provides clear and straightforward in her advice”, with sources particularly praising her work in the health sector.  Susie Smith is “a very long-standing name in procurement law circles” and a “clever and knowledgeable” lawyer. She has a wide-ranging practice, advising on matters including education, waste and healthcare.

Burges Salmon’s John Houlden is a “fantastic lawyer” who sources state “has to be on the list”. He brings extensive insight into the energy and nuclear sector.

Jane Jenkins of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is “an excellent lawyer” who sources continue to speak highly of in our research. Market observers praise her expertise on construction matters, where she advises a range of domestic and international clients on international disputes and arbitrations.


At Castrén & Snellman, Anna Kuusniemi-Laine has "very high professional competence” and the “skill to see to the core of a case”, say interviewees.  Her practice offers “timely delivery and expertise in the area”, with clients noting her as “one of the best procurement lawyers in Finland”. She “stands out” on matters in the healthcare and energy sectors.


Baker McKenzie’s Marc Gabriel is “a well-known lawyer” who continues to garner strong praise from commentators. He is noted by sources as “an expert in the health sector” who has “good experience in the defence procurement area”.


Eversheds Sutherland’s Peter Curran is “an absolutely excellent” lawyer who sources praise as “one of the top people” in the jurisdiction. His practice provides clients with impressive insight into matters such as utilities, where he frequently advises government bodies.

Anna-Marie Curran of A&L Goodbody is “an expert in the field” who possesses “an encyclopaedic knowledge of procurement law”. She has an excellent practice, with broad expertise across the government contracts space, particularly as it relates to competition matters.


Duncan Osler at MacRoberts is a “very active” practitioner who market players continue to recommend in our research. He offers clients a wealth of experience on matters such as PPPs in the construction sector.

South Africa

“Well-known project finance lawyer” Brigette Baillie at Herbert Smith Freehills is a standout name in the South African market, with broad experience working on projects across Africa. She is particularly well known for her energy and infrastructure work.

Daryn Webb at Bowmans is described as a “very experienced PPP lawyer” whom sources praise as “pragmatic and great to work with”. He has outstanding project finance expertise.


Advokatfirman Delphi’s Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell is praised by one source as “probably the best-known public procurement lawyer in Sweden” and emerges as a Thought Leader in the field this year. She comes with a “solid reputation as a top adviser who handles the most complicated cases” and is particularly well known for her extensive insight in life sciences-related issues.

Carl Bokwall of Bokwall Rislund is “very highly skilled” and “a great specialist”, according to market commentators. His “very effective and efficient” practice features over 20 years’ dedicated procurement experience, advising clients across a range of issues in the field.

A “statesman in the field” Kristian Pedersen at Advokatfirman Kahn Pedersen is a “top practitioner” whose “highly skilled” approach continues to see him highly nominated by sources. He provides clients with “quick and accurate answers” and is “an expert in public purchasing law”.


Thought Leaders
1. Robert S Metzger Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC, Washington
2. Frederic Levy Covington & Burling LLP, Washington
3. Scott M McCaleb Wiley Rein LLP, Washington
4. Marcia G Madsen Mayer Brown LLP, Washington
5. Robert K Huffman Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington
6. Judy L Wilson Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto

Leading Firms

Morrison & Foerster

This firm maintains its position as a market leader for procurement work in the USA. It sees an outstanding five of its practitioners nominated to our guide this year.
Jay DeVecchio is a distinguished name in the North American government contracts space offering clients over 40 years’ experience in the field. His practice sees him advise and represent clients on a range of matters including technology, healthcare and aerospace.
The “excellent” Richard Vacura remains a favourite among market sources. He has a wide-ranging practice, with expertise on issues concerning bid protests, procurement fraud and injunctive suits.
Kevin Mullen is an outstanding practitioner with a wealth of government contracts expertise to his name. His practice features experience in issues such as contract performance, joint ventures and procurement fraud in the construction sector.
David Churchill is a well-respected individual with a highly visible practice in the USA. He has a wide-ranging practice, assisting clients on issues such as contract disputes and procurement-related company investigations.
Bradley Wine has a top reputation in the market with respondents continuing to speak highly of him in our research. His practice features specialist insight into the Israeli market, and sees him involved in issues the transportation, defence and healthcare sectors.

Wiley Rein

A top firm in the USA with three of its practitioners highlighted in our guide this year.
Scott McCaleb is one of the pre-eminent names in our research this year and regarded as a Thought Leader in the field by colleagues. He has a wealth of insight into matters such as contract termination litigation, bid protests and subcontracting.
Paul Khoury is a well-respected lawyer who maintains his position as one of the top names in North America. He has an enviable practice that sees him advise on such issues as compliance reviews, terminations and local procurement matters.
Rand Allen is an excellent practitioner who continues to stand out in our research. His practice includes over 30 years’ dedicated government contracts experience, with expertise on matters including compliance audits, terminations and bid protests.

Other Leading Individuals


Richard Wagner at Norton Rose Fulbright is a standout name in the Canadian market with excellent expertise in the field of government contracts. He is particularly adept on matters relating to contract tender issues and bid challenges.

Tereposky & DeRose’s Vincent DeRose represents a range of both public and private-sector clients on matters concerning the defence sector. He is a top name in the jurisdiction who is praised by sources as “a strong procurement law attorney”.

At Dickinson Wright, Brenda Swick maintains an excellent reputation in the market and gains widespread praise from sources. She offers deep insight into such matters as bid challenges and contract negotiation.

Judy Wilson at Blake Cassels & Graydon is rated by peers as one of the top individuals in the Canadian government contracts space. A “leading member of the procurement bar”, she has an impressive track record handling matters in the health care, energy and transportation sectors.


Rogers Joseph O’Donnell’s Robert Metzger is a Thought Leader in the field and shown by our research to be one of the leading practitioners worldwide. Sources state he is “deeply knowledgeable of the subject matter” and is “well connected in the industry”. He has extensive expertise on issues concerning the IT sector.
Neil O’Donnell is “top of the field”, according to market commentators, and an individual who maintains an excellent reputation in the jurisdiction. He has over 25 years’ experience on government contracts matters, particularly relating to the construction industry.

Frederic Levy of Covington & Burling is a pre-eminent name across the region and a Thought Leader in the field. His enviable practice sees him advise and represent clients on a range of issues in the aerospace and defence industries.
Alan Pemberton is an excellent practitioner who continues to command great respect from peers. He has a wide-ranging practice covering all areas of government contracts work in industries such as technology, media and aerospace.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer’s Christopher Yukins is a well-regarded name in the US market. His practice sees him advise on such issues as bid protests and contract claims across a range of industries.
The “excellent” Craig Holman remains a favourite among respondents to our research this year. He is adept on issues including default terminations and local government matters.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Robert Huffman is “a capable and smart attorney”, according to market players. He offers clients a wealth of insight into such issues as contract disputes, especially in the healthcare and defence industries.

At Mayer Brown, Marcia Madsen is a well-regarded figure in the North American market who has extensive experience in the field. She is adept on matters such as bid protests and procurement investigations in the healthcare and telecommunications industries among others.
David Dowd garners high praise from market sources and maintains an excellent reputation in the jurisdiction. He has deep experience in issues such as contract negotiations and preparation of claims.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s John Chierichella is a top name in the region and an individual who commands great respect in the market. He has extensive expertise on matters such as bid protests, compliance reviews and contract claims in the aerospace and defence industries.
Jonathan Aronie has an excellent practice that sees him advise clients in the food and beverage, aerospace and healthcare industries on an array of matters including bid protests, self-disclosures and procurement investigations.
Keith Szeliga has a strong reputation in the market and continues to receive high praise from sources. He has wide-ranging experience in such issues as mergers and acquisitions of contractors, bid protests and subcontracting.

John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter is praised as “a superb lawyer” by sources and is rated as one of the top names in the region according to our research. With over 50 years of experience, he provides clients with great expertise on matters including bid protests, compliance disputes and subcontractor performance issues.
Gregory Smith is a highly respected individual who respondents give strong support to in our research this year. His practice sees him advise a range of international and domestic clients on such issues as defective pricing, contract terminations and procurement investigations.

Daniel Graham of Vinson & Elkins receives wide-ranging praise in our research from market commentators. He has extensive experience litigating before federal courts and government boards on an array of matters including bid protests and contractor disputes.

At Bracewell, the “excellent” Angela Styles offers clients extensive expertise in the energy and technology industries and is adept at handling complex procurement investigations.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Karen Manos is a well-regarded individual who maintains a well-respected nationwide practice. She has extensive insight on matters relating to the aerospace industry, with noted capability on issues such as cost disputes, bid protests and fraud investigations.

Michael Mason of Hogan Lovells is an outstanding practitioner of whom sources continue to speak highly in our research. He has an excellent practice that sees him advise and represent clients in the aerospace and defence industries on issues across the field of government contracts.
Thomas McGovern III has a strong reputation in the market for his outstanding work in government contracts matters. He has specialist understanding of the aerospace industry from time spent in the US Air Force and advises clients on contract disputes, claims and terminations.

At K&L Gates, Stuart Nibley is a well-thought-of name in the jurisdiction who commands great respect from market players. His practice includes a wealth of insight into such issues as bid protests and contract negotiation, with particular expertise in the defence sector.

Nicole Owren-Wiest of Crowell & Moring maintains an enviable practice offering clients extensive insight into the IT, aerospace and defence sectors. She is particularly adept on contract terminations and negotiations and continues to garner high praise from sources.


Thought Leaders
1. Sergio Capelli Clayton Utz, Sydney
2. Marko Misko Clayton Utz, Melbourne

Leading Firms

Clayton Utz

This market leading Australian firm sees an outstanding five of its practitioners highlighted in our guide this year.
Sergio Capelli is a highly distinguished practitioner who is regarded by sources as a Thought Leader in the field. He has an excellent practice giving specialist advice on the infrastructure and construction industries, where he is particularly adept on contractual matters.
John Shirbin is a top name in the Australian market. His practice covers such matters as PPPs and contract management in the infrastructure, telecommunications and ports sectors.
Thought Leader Marko Misko has an enviable practice offering a wealth of expertise on infrastructure matters. His specialist practice features outstanding experience negotiating transactions and reviewing contracts as well as advising on complex projects.
Arch Fletcher maintains a prominent position in the government contracts space, offering clients across the energy, construction and transport sectors over 30 years’ dedicated experience into the procurement process.
Steven Power is an outstanding practitioner with a well-regarded practice in the field. He offers extensive insight into matters including project delivery models in the transport and construction industries.

Other Leading Individuals


Graham Read at Norton Rose Fulbright is a top individual in the field in Australia. He is particularly well regarded for his excellence in relation to mining, infrastructure and transport matters.

Independent arbitrator Douglas Jones AO is one of the most distinguished names in the market with superb expertise in matters relating to the infrastructure market, and near-unrivalled experience in the construction sector.

At Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Andrew Chew maintains an excellent position in the market and receives high praise from sources this year. His practice features superb expertise in industries such as energy and natural resources and construction.
David Warren is an outstanding practitioner who brings wide-ranging expertise in the fields of banking and finance and construction to clients’ needs.

White & Case’s Alan Rosengarten offers clients of 20 years of dedicated government contracts experience. Among his major recent matters was advising Transurban in connection with its proposal to build the West Gate Tunnel Project in Melbourne, worth around A$6.7 billion.

Baker McKenzie’s Geoff Wood has an excellent practice and over 30 years’ experience on issues including PPPs and contract negotiation.

Stewart Nankervis of MinterEllison is an experienced and high-profile practitioner on matters relating to the energy and transport sectors, and he retains a strong position in the Australian market this year.


Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ Cyril Shroff is one of the top names in India for government contracts mandates, especially infrastructure projects.

Shardul Shroff at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co is an outstanding lawyer who continues to be seen by market players as a dominant figure in the field. He frequently advises clients on major infrastructure projects and privatisations.

Kachwaha & Partners’ Sumeet Kachwaha is a well-respected figure in the Indian market who commands great respect from respondents to our research. He has an impressive practice, offering clients advice on a range of procurement matters.


Tsar & Tsai Law Firm has an excellent lawyer in Lillian Chu who stands out in the jurisdiction for her work in government contracts matters. She is particularly adept on issues relating to transport, with a wealth of expertise in high-speed rail projects and toll roads.

Latin America

Thought Leaders
1. Marcos Ríos Carey, Santiago

Leading Practitioner

Marcos Rios at Carey is an “excellent” practitioner who emerges as the top name in Latin America in this year’s research. He has notable experience concerning a plethora of major projects in defence and infrastructure fields.

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