Monckton Chambers

Public Procurement Department

London (Bar)
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An esteemed chambers which undertakes the full sweep of procurement cases on both the advisory and contentious fronts. The set receives instructions from tenderers and contracting authorities alike, and can assist with all stages of the procurement process. Members have experience in a variety of areas, from health and transport to utilities and IT. Recent work includes P&O Ferries v Department for Transport. This was a challenge to a £33 million payment to Eurotunnel relating to ferry service contracts. The set is home to "knowledgeable, flexible counsel who are highly practical and eminently sensible."

Client service: "Senior clerk David Hockney and the clerking team are good at matching up the right barristers to your case and are honest about availability." "The clerks provide a professional, well-run service."


Alan Bates

A popular junior with experience of handling a broad array of procurement matters. His representation of government departments is of particular note. He brings to bear his wider knowledge of state aid, competition and EU law.
Strengths: "Personable, strategic and someone who cuts through detail to identify arguments that will be successful in court." "He gives good, pragmatic, commercial advice."
Recent work: Instructed by the MoJ in relation to a challenge brought by Excel Civil Enforcement. This matter concerned a procurement for court enforcement agents' services. The services included the seizure of  goods and the arrest of defaulters.


Anneliese Blackwood

A knowledgeable junior who handles significant contentious and non-contentious matters. She is frequently sought out by claimants to challenge high-stakes procurement awards, and her recent work includes notable cases in the transportation sector.
Strengths: "Has an insightful, authoritative grasp of the law, and pays thorough, diligent attention to the finer details of a case." "She's approachable and client-friendly."
Recent work: Represented Marston Holdings in a dispute concerning a parking enforcement and technology services tender.


Azeem Suterwalla

A respected junior who acts for clients including local authorities and government departments in the full range of procurement matters. He also regularly represents claimant bidders challenging procurement awards.
Strengths: "A pragmatic, precise and authoritative junior, particularly in cases where complex public law and judicial review issues intermesh with regulated procurement and freedom of information law." "He knows procurement law inside and out."
Recent work: Represented the Secretary of State for Transport in a public procurement and judicial review claim brought by P&O Ferries. The claimant was challenging a financial settlement paid to Eurotunnel following a dispute over additional freight capacity contracts.


Brendan McGurk

Regularly involved in high-value procurement disputes, acting for both bidders and contracting authorities. He has experience in defence procurement as well as IT and healthcare-related matters.
Strengths: "Responsive and calm, he provides practical, commercial advice to clients." "He's knowledgeable and able to distil information into understandable concepts."
Recent work: Instructed in Advanced Business Solutions v Swindon Borough Council, a case concerning an IT contract.


Daisy Mackersie

A well-regarded junior who handles an array of public procurement challenges. She is a strong choice to advise both contracting authorities and tenderers.
Strengths: "Pays great attention to detail." "She's user-friendly and always thoroughly prepared."
Recent work: Acted for the pursuer in Mitie Limited v Secretary of State for Justice, a claim relating to the provision of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service's facilities management services.


Ewan West

Previously a civil servant in the Department for Transport, this well-respected barrister has a public procurement practice that covers transport, utilities and health. He has worked on many significant and high-profile challenges on behalf of both challengers and contracting authorities
Strengths: "Offers a beautiful combination of experience and intellect, and has  an excellent grasp of the full depth and breadth of the law." "He's dedicated and immensely thorough, displaying a natural flair for procurement law and an unbending commitment to delivering the top-quality service clients expect."
Recent work: Instructed by the Channel Tunnel Group in a claim brought against the Secretary of State for Transport revolving around no-deal Brexit ferry contracts.


Fiona Banks

An able barrister with a far-reaching client list that takes in both contracting authorities and tenderers. She is frequently sought out to advise on procurement agreements in addition to her strong track record of handling procurement challenges.
Strengths: "A diligent, hard-working junior who is determined to get the best results for her clients." "She provides thorough, timely and clear advice."
Recent work: Instructed in Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus v the MoD, a case relating to a healthcare contract for service provision to the armed forces.


Ligia Osepciu

A talented junior who has experience in competition law, public procurement and utilities regulation. She has worked on a number of important cases, often unled.
Strengths: "Ligia is a rising star who is sharp-witted, thorough and efficient." "She is industrious and provides new ideas on strategy in a difficult area of law."
Recent work: Instructed by Bechtel in a challenge to a contract for a new HS2 station at Old Oak Common.


Michael Bowsher QC

Renowned silk with significant prowess in public procurement matters. Having been at the forefront of this area from its inception, he is an advocate revered by both claimants and defendants faced with high-value and important procurement challenges.
Strengths: "A fearless tactician and a firm advocate who doesn't shrink in the face of tough opposition." "He can be relied upon to grapple with, and provide creative solutions to, the most difficult procurement questions."
Recent work: Acted in Mitie Limited v Secretary of State for Justice, which concerned a challenge arising out of the procurement of a contract for facilities management services to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), which manages all the court and tribunal buildings in England and Wales bar the Supreme Court. Bowsher acted for Mitie, the incumbent provider for the south of England, in its challenge to the government’s award of the contract to French rival ENGIE.


Philip Moser QC

Highly regarded for his experience in procurement and EU law. A significant portion of his work arises from instructions received from the government and he is also frequently sought out to represent claimants challenging procurement awards. Moser has acted in a range of procurement cases, including those in the defence and healthcare sectors.
Strengths: "An impressive advocate and a great strategist who ideal for dense, fast-moving cases." "He's a good leader with a sound commercial head on his shoulders, who pays attention to detail and is thoroughly pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted in Ocean Outdoor v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, a challenge concerning advertising towers at Hammersmith Flyover.


Rob Williams QC

A go-to barrister who has been instructed in a number of leading procurement cases. He has a client base consisting of government departments and other public bodies as well as commercial entities. Williams regularly handles procurement cases in areas such as the health sector, and his recent experience also includes leading cases on rail procurement.
Strengths: "Clients praise his ability to provide clear advice in often uncertain areas of law." "He's practical in his approach, commercial, down to earth and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Siemens in a procurement challenge brought by Alstom to a contract awarded by Network Rail.


Valentina Sloane QC

An admired adviser and litigator who handles procurement cases as part of her wider European law practice. She is regularly instructed by top law firms and the government, and has experience across a range of areas, having handled procurement challenges relating to the rail, defence and security sectors.
Strengths: "Gets to the heart of complex issues quickly and provides value in developing strategy." She has a commanding courtroom presence and her cross-examination has real impact with the judges."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Eurotunnel in a very high-profile challenge concerning Chris Grayling’s award of Brexit ferry contracts.