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A leading set frequently instructed in important public procurement cases, 11KBW is a go-to for local authorities, NHS trusts and other public bodies, and has members who are also routinely sought out to advise tenderers from the real estate, transportation and healthcare sectors, among others. "It is an excellent chambers with a great range of expertise from junior to senior counsel," reports one source, while another states: "Its barristers act in all the leading public procurement cases in some guise and are very pragmatic, easy and pleasant to dealt with." Individuals recently represented London Underground against claims brought by three disappointed bidders challenging the award of a billion-pound contract for new trains to Siemens Mobility.
Client service: "A very strong set of barristers with a highly professional team of clerks supporting them." "The clerking service is good. Often our instructions are very urgent and the clerks will turn around requests for availability extremely quickly. Joint senior clerk Lucy Barbet is a real star."
James Goudie QC
A hugely respected veteran of the Bar who is regularly instructed by local authorities to provide advice on complex procurement disputes. He is also a strong choice to advise claimants seeking to challenge procurement decisions.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate and a great strategic thinker. He wins the confidence of the most demanding clients."
Recent work: Represented the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in a challenge relating to advertising towers at Hammersmith Flyover.
Jason Coppel QC
Widely respected silk with impressive experience representing public bodies as well as claimants in high-stakes procurement challenges. He acts for clients in matters in the health and transport sectors.
Strengths: "He is unendingly committed to achieving the best results for his client through a combination of sheer hard work and one of the sharpest brains in the field." "He is an extremely good and intelligent lawyer. A big-picture thinker and a strategist at the outset."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Alstom UK, Bombardier Transport & Hitachi Rail v London Underground, a challenge to the award of contracts for new London Underground trains.
A highly regarded junior who has a growing practice in wide-ranging, high-stakes public procurement law cases, and particular expertise in EU procurement and state aid. He wins praise for his tenacity in court and his vigorous work ethic.
Strengths: "Stands out well beyond his call and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of procurement law." "He has a brain full of relevant case law, and he is very quick to pick up issues and turn around advice, client-friendly and importantly, very tenacious." "A star junior in the field of procurement law, Joseph is excellent at clearly breaking down the merits of a case for clients and has a very good eye for litigation strategy."
Nigel Giffin QC
A leading silk who receives considerable praise for the outstanding expertise and judgement he shows when handling public procurement matters, which form a significant part of his robust public law practice. Sources say that he is a highly approachable and client-friendly counsel.
Strengths: "A clear and focused advocate with an encyclopaedic knowledge of procurement law." "Thorough, client-friendly and completely on top of his game, he is deserving of his very significant reputation as one of the leading silks in this area."
Regularly advises contracting authorities and tenderers on contentious and non-contentious procurement issues and has acted in some of the heftier cases in the field. Halliday acts for a range of clients including those in the healthcare, waste and redevelopment sectors.
Strengths: "Very good and pragmatic, he has been really useful in procurement disputes." "A brilliant senior junior."
A well-regarded, up-and-coming junior who acts for public and private clients on a range of high-profile and high-value procurement matters. He has particular experience in energy and transport matters.
Strengths: "Rupert is very good with clients. He is clear, reassuring, good at drafting and very responsive." "A leading procurement junior in the making. He provides good practical advice and is very approachable."
Recent work: Instructed in Bombardier Transportation v Merseytravel, four conjoined damages claims challenging the award of a £460 million rolling stock and associated services contract for the Merseyrail Electrics Network.