Keating Chambers

Public Procurement Department

London (Bar)
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A well-respected set that acts for both contracting authorities and bidders in high-profile procurement challenges. Members have valued expertise in cases concerning the transport, healthcare and defence sectors among others. They were recently instructed by the Department for Transport to defend against challenges brought by Stagecoach over rail franchise agreements.

Client service: "The clerks are responsive, helpful, amenable and commercial." Declan Redmond is the director of clerking.

Emma Healiss

Up-and-coming barrister with notable expertise in rail procurement disputes. She acts for both authorities and bidders and has been involved in several recently reported decisions.
Strengths: "Does well when up against significantly more senior barristers and adapts to unexpected arguments with innovation."
Recent work: Acted for Alstom in its ongoing dispute with London Underground concerning the tube operator's procurement of a new fleet of trains.

Fionnuala McCredie QC

Held in high esteem for her impressive procurement practice, which sees her act for both contracting authorities and challengers. She has experience of procurement matters in the rail, healthcare and property development sectors.
Strengths: "Inspires confidence in clients and provides excellent, commercial advice." "She's a true leader in procurement, who is meticulously prepared and has a commanding courtroom presence."
Recent work: Instructed in Stagecoach v Department for Transport, a matter concerning the claimant's disqualification from various rail franchise agreement bids.

Sarah Hannaford QC

A superb silk who is respected across the board. She is instructed in procurement cases of the highest importance, in terms of both their monetary worth and complex legal significance, and regularly advises government bodies, local authorities, and tenderers.
Strengths: "A good cross-examiner who makes her submissions in a punchy, forceful way, whilst always exhibiting pragmatism and good sense." "Sarah cuts to the heart of a matter quickly and her incisive, robust views are much appreciated by clients."
Recent work: Represented the defender in Serco v Secretary of State for Defence, a claim concerning the procurement of military fire and rescue services on MoD sites.

Simon Taylor

Handles public procurement cases as part of his strong competition and EU law practice. He undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work, and is also adept at alternative dispute resolution.
Strengths: "Simon always provides client-friendly and risk-assessed advice on procurement and state aid issues." "Calm, measured and respectful in his submissions, he always secures the judge's trust."
Recent work: Acted for Circle Nottingham in a challenge to the award of a contract to run the Nottingham Treatment Centre which was made to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.