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Rhodri Williams QC

"Great on the law and very responsive," "he is able to react quickly and decisively when handling cases of great complexity."

Chambers UK 2019


Call
1987
Silk
2010

Rhodri Williams QC specialises in European Union law and local government and administrative law. He is recommended in the areas of local government law (Chambers UK), public procurement (Chambers UK) and public and administrative law (Legal 500).

He specialises in the law of the internal market as it affects the public sector, and, in particular, the EU public procurement regime and State Aid, but also deals with a wide range of local government issues, including judicial review of post office closures, school re-organisation plans and school transport decisions. He deals with cases involving both local and regional government, including advising the Welsh Assembly Government and other Government Departments and local authorities, in England, Wales and in Northern Ireland. In 2000, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s list of approved Counsel and to the list of the Counsel General to the National Assembly for Wales and has represented the United Kingdom Government on several occasions before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxemburg. He was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 2009.

 

Expertise


European & Public Procurement

Since working with the European Commission in Brussels in the 1990’s, he has long specialised in the law of the internal market as it affects the public sector, and, in particular, the EU public procurement regime, competition and state aid. He has advised on and been involved in litigation concerning all aspects of public procurement, including application of the Teckal exemption, framework agreements, central purchasing bodies, service concessions, the competitive dialogue procedure and remedies. In relation to State aid he has recently advised on such issues as exemption from the Community Infrastructure Levy, grants for heritage and culture projects, disposals of land and the application of block exemptions generally.

He has represented the United Kingdom Government and other public bodies on several occasions before the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, and was involved in the leading authority on time limits for bringing public procurement challenges in case C-406/08 Uniplex (UK) Ltd v NHS Business Services Authority [2010] ECR I-817. Moreover, in 2010, he was instructed to represent the successful appellants in the first ever case concerning public procurement to be heard before the Supreme Court in Brent LBC v Risk Management Partners Ltd & London Authorities Mutual Ltd & Harrow LBC [2011] UKSC 7. More recently he was involved in the successful defence of a local authority on a claim of deceit arising out of the abandonment of a competitive dialogue tender procedure in Montpellier Estates Ltd v Leeds City Council [2013] EWHC 166 (QB).

Representative cases

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  • SRCL Ltd-v-NHS Commissioning Board [2018] EWHC 1985 (TCC)

    Claim for breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in respect of award of contract by the NHS in England under a framework agreement for the disposal of clinical waste on grounds that there was a breach of the rules governing abnormally low tenders

  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust-v-Lancashire CC [2018] EWHC 1589 (TCC)

    Claim for breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in respect of the award of a contract using the “light touch regime” for the provision of care services by a local authority

  • Damira Dental Services Ltd-v-NHS Commissioning Board [2017] EWHC (TCC)

    Claim for breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in respect of award of an NHS contract for the provision of dental services

  • Premaitha Ltd v Cardiff & Vale UHB [2016] EWHC (TCC)

    Challenge to tender procedure held by Cardiff and Vale UHB for the award of a contract for the implementation of an in-house non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) screening service. The execution of the contract was suspended pursuant to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Successful application to lift automatic suspension under regulation Gill.

  • Bristol Missing Link Ltd v Bristol City Council [2015] EWHC 876 (TCC)
  • Blue Water Recoveries Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport [2014] EWHC 2970 (QB)

Public, Administrative & Local Government

Rhodri deals with a wide range of local government issues, including judicial review of post office closures, school reorganisation plans and school transport decisions.  He deals with cases involving both local and regional government, including advising the Welsh Assembly Government and other Government Departments and local authorities, in England, Wales and in Northern Ireland.  In 2000, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s list of approved Counsel and to the list of the Counsel General to the Welsh.  He was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 2009.  He appeared in the leading case on local authority powers in the Court of Appeal in Brent LBC v.  Risk Management Partners Ltd & London Authorities Mutual Ltd & Harrow LBC [2011] EWCA Civ 490.  He also appeared on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales on the first ever reference to the Supreme Court under the Government of Wales Act 2006 in Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 – Reference by the Attorney General for England and Wales [2012] UKSC 53.

He has represented local authorities in a number of challenges by way of judicial review to decisions in respect of school closure, school reorganisation and school transport.  He has also advised local authorities on numerous occasions on their powers in respect of such decisions in the field of education.  Finally he often advises the Department of Education in relation to Government programmes and its duties, for example, to provide Institutes of Technology, the provision of Get into Teaching Service (GITIS) and the provision of education services to young offenders in custody.

Representative cases

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  • NHS Commissioning Board-v-Siddiqui [2018] EWHC (QB)

    Claim for repayment of monies paid under an NHS dental services contract to a dentist who had acted in breach of contract in the provision of Units of Dental Activity. Quantum of claim, which was strenuously disputed to be determined by means of stratified sampling. Multiple applications to strike out claim.

  • Siddiqui & Dalton Care Contracts Ltd Partnership-v-NHS Commissioning Board [2018] EWHC (QB)

    Application to strike out a claim brought against NHS Commissioning Board for breach of NHS dental services contract. Application to strike out on grounds of abuse of process and limitation. Application successful.

  • Deer v Oxford University [2017] EWCA Civ 121

    Appeal to Court of Appel in relation to definition of “personal date” for purposes Data Protection Act 1998 and extent of Court’s discretion to order compliance with subject access request.

  • R (Tilley) v Vale of Glamorgan Council [2016] EWHC 2272 (Admin)

    Challenge to decision of local authority to close public library.

  • R (Jones) v Denbighshire CC [2016] 2074 (Admin)

    Challenge to decision of local education authority to reorganise Welsh Language education in its area.  Judicial Review conducted through the medium of Welsh.

  • R (Dyer) v Welsh Ministers [2015] EWHC 3712 (Admin)

    Challenge to exercise of powers of Welsh Ministers and Local Health Board to organise medium secure mental health accommodation within Wales.

Regulatory (including Food Safety, Health & Safety)

He practises in the areas of health and safety, safety aspects of food production and planning and environmental regulation. He has defended numerous cases brought by the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of various county councils e.g. fatal accident of a local authority contractor electrocuted on site. He was instructed in the BSE Inquiry on behalf of the Welsh Office and, more recently, by the Welsh Assembly Government in the E-coli Inquiry. He has prosecuted and defended the enforcement of planning regulations for and against local authorities and planning inspectors appointed by ministers and has represented the Environment Agency in both criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement proceedings brought in its regulatory role under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Furthermore, he has also prosecuted various health and safety matters on behalf of local authorities, such as the Crown Court prosecution, on behalf of Herefordshire CC, of Cadbury Ltd under the European Hygiene of Foodstuffs Regulation and the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 in respect of an outbreak of salmonella at its factory.

Representative cases

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  • E-coli Public Inquiry (2005)

    Set up by Welsh Government in respect of outbreak of e-coli.

 

What the directories say


"He is thoughtful, considered and dependable. He supports clients by ensuring that they manage risk well."
Chambers UK 2019

"A heavyweight barrister for procurement disputes."
Legal 500 2019

He offers responsive, practical and robust advice, sticking to the point without over-egging unnecessarily. He knows his subject really well, gives very good written opinions and is good in front of clients."
Chambers UK 2018

"A very tenacious and determined advocate..."

"Rhodri is responsive and practical and provides robust advice that sticks to the point without exaggerating..."

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Appointments
  • Welsh Government’s QC Panel
  • Queen’s Counsel (2010)
  • Bencher of Gray’s Inn
Publications
  • Public Procurement Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell); member of editorial board
Memberships
  • Bar European Group
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Procurement Law Association
  • Co-founder of the Public Law Wales
Education
  • Inns of Court School of Law (1987)
  • Dip Law PCL (1986)
  • BA Exeter College Oxford (1985)
Regulatory Information

All members of Chambers are registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. For our standard contractual terms click here.

Bar Council Number: 22134

VAT Registration Number: 524067463

Legal Status: QC

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