I am a senior associate in our Commercial practice, dividing my time between London and Birmingham, where I advise public and private sector clients across the UK and beyond on all aspects of EU public procurement law and State Aid law. I also provide support in respect of contract drafting and other commercial matters.

Acting for contracting authorities and utilities, I advise on topics including structuring compliant procurements to deliver commercial objectives, dealing with changes to public contracts, applying exclusions and defending procurement challenges. I have also acted for organisations tendering for public contracts; conveying their rights and obligations under procurement rules and challenging procurements both formally and informally.

As well as public procurement, I also advise clients in receipt of EU funding about compliance and claw-back issues, including European Structural & Investment Funds managed by national authorities and other funds administered centrally by the European Commission. In particular, I've advised a number of university clients in connection with State Aid rules, chiefly in Research, Development & Innovation aid.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, I spent nine years with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce advising businesses bidding for multilateral aid-funded contracts from the United Nations Agencies, World Bank, Regional Development Banks and EuropeAid and led regular trade missions to key aid agency centres from New York to Nairobi on behalf of UK Trade & Investment. This experience enables me to take a practical approach, offering procurement and State Aid advice in plain English.

  • Advising a UK Government entity on what is arguably the most complex IT procurements ever delivered in the UK. The project, classified as Critical National Infrastructure, involves numerous related procurements under a variety of procurement procedures and appointment through competitive dialogue of a systems integrator to manage the entire project.
  • Acting for Birmingham City Council in respect of appointing a developer to deliver one of the largest manufacturing and logistics sites in the UK – Peddimore. The project aims to create a world-class employment park which had the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs and contribute £350 million to the local economy by attracting local, national and international occupiers. I provided support throughout the entire project in respect of the design of the procurement strategy/documentation, supporting the evaluation process and providing training to relevant officers.
  • Acting for an international technology company in respect of challenging the outcome of a number of public procurement processes to acheive a satisfactory outcome for the client in each circumstance.
  • Advising C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to design bespoke procurement processes to appoint city advisors and technical advisor frameworks to implement climate change action plans across Asia and South America. I have provided strategic advice in respect of the structure of each procurement process, the design of the procurement documentation (including the evaluation criteria), providing a series of workshops for relevant staff and drafted the framework agreement concerning the appointment of the technical advisors in consultation with US lawyers.
  • Advising a plethora of UK universities in respect of the application of the State aid rules when in receipt of European funding (in particular, grants/loans via the European Regional Development Fund).
Education
  • Birmingham City University, LPC
  • Birmingham City University, LLB, Law
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2013