We regularly advise on risk, contract and dispute management from the outset of procurement processes, to contract awards, extensions and beyond.

We combine leading non-contentious experts with specialist procurement litigators in a single, seamless team to provide an unrivalled service to clients who urgently need to assess their position and potentially bring or defend a procurement challenge.

Our team has also acted in many of the major reported cases, successfully bringing and defending challenges for a wide number of clients. We offer swift, concise and practical advice, essential attributes given the very short time period in which to bring/defend a challenge.

Addleshaw Goddard is also ranked in the top tier of UK law firms for procurement

You can read more about what our clients think of our team and the quality of our approach below.

Extensive experience

Recent highlights include acting for:

  • A variety of contracting authorities and utilities, as well as bidder clients on procurement challenges and achieving successful outcomes, by way of negotiation, strike out/summary judgment and swift partial re-run. We’ve also advised behind the scenes on highly sensitive procurement issues
  • Several authorities in Northern Ireland in the successful defence of proceedings brought against them in the High Court in Belfast, seeking to prevent the further procurement of a multimillion-pound waste management project
  • The Department of Health on public procurement issues in the context of the independent sector treatment centre programme and other activities
  • Bidder client teams on training on key legal issues in procurement processes, to assist them in increasing their prospects of successful bidding (and challenge) and decreasing their risk of losing points/tender
  • A utilities company in dealing with issues and challenges throughout multibillion-pound projects
  • An emergency vehicle manufacturer in challenging a multimillion-pound procurement run by an NHS organisation
  • A diagnostics services supplier, in addressing issues arising from its successful win on a bid and challenge by a competitor over a multisite provision of services to the NHS
  • A national contracting authority in the transport sector, reducing risk and resolving challenges relating to projects ranging from IT and engineering, to vehicles and equipment, worth billions of pounds
  • A number of NHS organisations, including trusts and foundation trusts in successfully defending major challenges by bidders and also bringing challenges themselves against commissioners
  • A number of successful bidder clients in confidential information by way of confidentiality rings and liaising with utilities and contracting authorities in dealing with freedom of information/environmental information regulations enquiries by unsuccessful challenging bidders

"Calm and measured individual (Jonathan Davey) with good judgement."

"Extremely strong knowledge of the procurement field." (Jonathan Davey)

"He (Bill Gilliam) is simply excellent...a great strategist and tactician and he knows the law. He handles clients very well and is a great person to be in a tight spot with."

Chambers UK 2016

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Bill Gilliam

Bill Gilliam

Partner, Head of Commercial Disputes and Co-Head of Healthcare Sector

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