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.

  • Advising Isavia, the Icelandic state-owned airport operator, on various critical procurement processes, including the $2bn major redevelopment plan at Keflavik International Airport, which aims to see the airport expand by around 100,000 m².
  • Acting for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust on the third ever Innovation Partnership procured in the EU. The project related to an innovative patient information and entertainment platform to be rolled out in the hospital.
  • Advising Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust on the first ever 'PF2' initiative in the healthcare sector. PF2 is the UK Government's updated and streamlined version of Private Finance Initiative. The procurement was for a £500m acute treatment hospital and was conducted under the competitive dialogue procedure.
  • Acting for MLS in its successful procurement claim against the Ministry of Defence (MLS (Overseas) Ltd v Secretary of State for Defence [2017] EWHC 3389). The procurement process in dispute related to a £385m contract for port agency services. MLS, the incumbent provider of those services, was rejected from the procurement on the grounds that it had 'failed' a particular criterion. MLS successfully argued that the MOD had acted in breach of its duty of transparency in rejecting its bid.
Education
  • I graduated from Glasgow University in 2008 and am dual-qualified in Scotland and England & Wales.
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2016
  • The Law Society of Scotland in 2011