Keating Chambers

Public Procurement Department

London (Bar)
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An esteemed group of barristers with notable prowess in public procurement that receives instructions in a range of complex procurement challenges, acting for both contracting authorities and bidders. Individuals here have experience across a variety of sectors, including transportation, IT and healthcare. Recently, members of the set were instructed in DHL Supply Chain v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a procurement challenge involving a £730 million contract for the provision of logistical services for the NHS and social care services.

Client service: "Keating Chambers, including their clerking team, are very user-friendly, commercial and easy to deal with on costs and billing matters." "The clerking service is friendly, professional, and approachable." Declan Redmond is the director of clerking.

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: "Fionnuala is excellent. She inspires confidence in clients and provides excellent, commercial advice." "She is pragmatic and easy to deal with. She goes all out for clients' interests and is a real team player with instructing solicitors."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Asia TV in its challenge against changes to a master development agreement relating to a proposed development on land at Silvertown Quays.

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: "The go-to choice for difficult procurement questions. Her advice is precise and clear in a field which often has grey areas." "She is fabulous! A superb intellect, endlessly creative and a great advocate."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in DHL Supply Chain v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a procurement challenge relating to a contract for the provision of logistic services for the NHS and social care services with a value of £730 million.

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: "Very knowledgeable in the field of public procurement. He gets to grips with complicated instructions quickly and provides clear and helpful advice. His attention to detail is meticulous." "He has provided exemplary service – he is responsive, commercial and focused."
Recent work: Acted for F M Conway in a challenge to a highway services procurement brought on the basis that the successful bid was allegedly non-compliant, abnormally low and unsustainable.