11KBW barristers commended in Procurement, International Arbitration and Employment Law in this year’s Who’s Who Legal


22 members of 11KBW have been recognised by WWL 2019 as leaders in their field: 16 in Employment, 5 in Government Contracts (Procurement) and 1 in International Arbitration.

Specific praise included:

11KBW demonstrates the strength and depth of its labour and employment expertise with eight silks listed.

Christopher Jeans QC is identified as one of the key silks in the labour and employment field. He “displays excellent tactical and legal judgement, and is superb with the clients”, say sources.
Richard Leiper QC gains extensive praise as “a real star of the bar”, and an “absolutely outstanding, confident, commercial and diligent advocate”. He is well versed in equal pay disputes, and discrimination and whistleblowing matters.
Peers call Daniel Stilitz QCthorough, reliable, incredibly bright and always user-friendly”. He has significant expertise in employment disputes in the financial services sector.
John Cavanagh QC is “simply superb: a go-to name at the bar”, according to respondents. He brings public law expertise to his employment practice, and excels in pension discrimination cases.
Sean Jones QC is lauded as “an excellent advocate, who provides clever arguments especially in appellate cases”. His practice encompasses the full range of employment matters.

11KBW achieves eight listings for its juniors here.
Amy Rogers ranks as one of the foremost labour and employment juniors at the UK bar. Peers describe her as “a terrific advocate” with expertise in team move disputes, and bonus and deferred remuneration matters.
Simon Forshaw is praised for his “great legal knowledge, impressive brain and easy-to-work-with manner”. He is well versed in employment matters before the Court of Appeal and employment tribunals.
Jane McCafferty is identified by peers as “a first-rate barrister” who specialises in high-value bonus disputes, whistleblowing and discrimination matters concerning the financial services sector.
Judy Stone comes highly recommended by peers who consider her “an intelligent barrister who is good on strategy and excellent on her feet”. Her employment practice includes restrictive covenants, bonus disputes and other contractual matters.
Patrick Halliday is a “first-rate” advocate and impresses market commentators who note he is “great on race discrimination claims”.

Listed in Employment
Sophie Belgrove, John Cavanagh QC, Simon Devonshire QC, Andrew Edge, Simon Forshaw, Patrick Halliday, Christopher Jeans QC, Sean Jones QC, Richard Leiper QC, Jane McCafferty (now QC), Julian Milford, Anya Proops QC, Amy Rogers, Clive Sheldon QC, Daniel Stilitz QC and Judy Stone

International Arbitration
11KBW have a superb barrister in Sean Aughey who peers variously describe as “very able” and “a great team player”. Sources describe him as “clearly one of the leading juniors in international public law”.

Government Contracts
Jason Coppel QC stands out as one of the foremost government contracts silks at the bar. He is “very experienced in public law” and “highly recommended” for his work on procurement litigation.
Nigel Giffin QC is “a real expert in procurement law” say peers who consider him “the best” and “a great all-rounder for public procurement, public law and state aid” work.
James Goudie QC is a brilliant government contracts silk with “incredible specialist knowledge” of this area. Sources consider him “an impressive advocate, particularly on judicial review and public procurement matters”.
Joseph Barrett has worked on major public contract matters and is a key name in the government contracts space. He “very active in the field” and is praised for being “very clever and meticulous”.
Rupert Paines is recognised by market sources for his impressive handling of procurement disputes at trial and appellate levels.
Patrick Halliday is “engaged, proactive and on the ball” say sources. He is very well regarded for his work in government contracts, and “has an advanced knowledge of the law”.

Listed in Government Contracts
Joseph Barrett, Jason Coppel QC, Nigel Giffin QC, James Goudie QC, Patrick Halliday and Rupert Paines.

Those praised as “most highly regarded”:
For Employment – Christopher Jeans QC, Richard Leiper QC, Simon Forshaw, Jane McCafferty (now QC) and Amy Rogers.
For Government Contracts – Jason Coppel QC, Nigel Giffin QC and Joseph Barrett, ranked as the top junior at the Bar for Government Contracts. 

For the full list of our barristers featured in Who’s Who Legal please click here.