I'm a senior associate in our Commercial team here at Bird & Bird, dividing my time between London and Scotland, where I act for a significant client base.
I advise our clients on all aspects of public and utilities procurement law, as well as on various aspects of airport/aviation regulation.
I have built up considerable experience advising major UK and international clients in the private sector, as well as central, local and regional Government bodies, NHS trusts, universities and public and privately owned utilities, particularly airports.
I offer strategic advice on the process by which major works, services and supplies contracts are awarded in accordance with UK and European public and utilities procurement law, including liaising with stakeholders, designing procurement processes and drafting procurement documentation. I often work with multi-practice teams on high value transactions including Government disposals, outsourcings and commercial joint ventures.
In recent years, procurement processes have come under increased scrutiny and I have a particular focus on supporting both claimant and defendant clients through procurement challenges. Irrespective of which side I am advising, I try to find a satisfactory solution without the need for protracted litigation and, in the majority of instances, I'm successful in achieving this. Where legal proceedings are necessary, I have considerable experience, having been involved in a number of high profile cases before the High Court in London and the Court of Session in Edinburgh, including trials, automatic suspension hearings, disclosure applications and strike out hearings.
Additionally, I advise airports and organisations working with airports (airlines, retailers, fuel suppliers, etc) on various aspects of airport and aviation regulation, including noise control, slot allocation and groundhandling.
I am a member of the Management Committee of the Procurement Lawyers Association.