"Monckton Chambers has been the dominant set in the procurement field: in terms of numbers, experience and broadness of knowledge it can't be beaten."
"Monckton Chambers is a set that is 'extremely strong from top to bottom,' and is populated with 'barristers of great technical expertise.' The...team has great experience of the major cases in the field and is inundated with instructions. In tackling its work, it is magnificently assisted by the fact that it can bring a broader blend of skills to the table than most due to its expertise in EU and competition law, as well as public law generally."
Chambers & Partners UK
Members of Monckton Chambers provide suppliers, contracting authorities and utilities with a full range of services, from non-contentious advice during the tender process to representation in highly complex litigation and, where appropriate, mediation.
Monckton Chambers has 27 practitioners specialising in procurement law, dealing with hundreds of sets of procurement instructions each year. We believe our range of procurement experience and expertise surpasses that of any other chambers.
Specific areas of expertise include:
- Aspects requiring detailed knowledge of EC law
- Commercial disputes arising from performance of government contracts such as benchmarking, market testing and performance issues
- Concessions and part B contracts
- Health service procurement
- Procurement by EU institutions and outside the EU
- Project finance and PFI/PPP matters
- Regeneration schemes
- Social housing
- State aid and procurement
- Utilities procurement
Members of Monckton Chambers have appeared in procurement matters in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and in the European Court of Justice, as well as the courts of Northern Ireland. Members have also been involved in procurement matters in Scotland, where members experienced in public procurement have also been called to the Scottish Bar, and in procurement cases concerning countries outside the EU.
Notable cases include (please click on the links for details):
- JBW Ltd v Ministry of Justice (Court of Appeal)
- Exel Europe Ltd v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (High Court)
- Indigo Services Limited v The Colchester Institute Corporation (High Court)
- Alstom Transport v Eurostar International Ltd & Siemens Plc (High Court)
- Sita UK Ltd v Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (High Court)
- C-406/08 Uniplex (European Court of Justice)
- Amaryllis v HM Treasury (Technology & Construction Court)
- Veolia ES Nottinghamshire Ltd v Nottinghamshire County Council (High Court)
- Leadbitter v Devon CC (High Court)
- Federal Security Services v Police Service of Northern Ireland (High Court, Northern Ireland)
- McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd v Department of Finance and Personnel (High Court, Northern Ireland)
- Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd v Department of Education for Northern Ireland (High Court, Northern Ireland)
- Lion Apparel Systems Ltd v Firebuy Ltd (High Court)
- Rapiscan Systems Ltd v HMRC (High Court)
- BFS v Ministry of Defence (High Court)
- Letting International Ltd v Newham LBC (Court of Appeal)
- R (University of Cambridge) v HM Treasury (Administrative Court)
- Harmon CFEM Facades (UK) Ltd v Corporate Officer of the House of Commons (Technology & Construction Court)
- Gemeente Arnhem & Gemeente Rheden v BFI Holding BV (European Court of Justice)
- R v HM Treasury ex parte British Telecommunications Plc (European Court of Justice)
Members of Chambers are actively involved with the Procurement Law Association, the ICC Public Procurement Task Force, and are included in the editorial board of the Public Procurement Law Review. Members contribute articles to journals and speak frequently at conferences, including in the US and Europe. Monckton Chambers is also an active partner with Whitepaper Conferences in the production of their annual procurement conference in London, and associated Brussels conferences.