david gollancz
Name: David Gollancz
Call: 2010 (admitted solicitor 1990)
+44 20 7544 2600


    Appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel in 2014, David Gollancz specialises in all aspects of the law relating to public/private transactions. He is widely recognised as a leading public procurement lawyer, with expertise in state aid, employment, pensions and commercial law. Besides his wide-ranging experience in public contracts in general, David has a strong background in the law relating to nuclear installations and nuclear decommissioning. He also has a significant public law practice, particularly in connection with the status and powers of non-departmental public bodies, and an in-depth understanding of the working of public sector authorities.

    David was admitted as a solicitor in 1990 and spent the early years of his career as a trade union and legal aid lawyer, joining the Treasury Solicitors Department in 1999. Starting there as an employment litigator, David moved in 2001 to establish the Public Procurement and Commercial Contracts team, and the TUPE Task Force, both of which he led until leaving in 2005 to join City firm Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2005.

    As a partner in Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Competition and EU Regulatory Group, and as Head of the firm’s Public Sector Group, David led on a number of major public contracting projects. In 2009 his team was recognised as the Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards, for their work on the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning contracts, then the highest-value civil contracts in Western Europe. David also maintained his interest in employment law, managing the FFW project to draft the Equality Act 2010 statutory codes of practice on Employment and Equal Pay for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

    In 2010 David transferred to the Bar, joining Keating Chambers as a tenant on 1 August 2011.


    Public Procurement
    Has a wealth of experience in procurement regulations and competition law, much of it garnered from his previous career as a solicitor. He is popular with clients for his hands-on approach and the clarity of his opinions. "He gives clear, thorough opinions and goes the extra mile in terms of his availability."

    “Years of experience in procurement and commercial contracts law”...“someone solicitors can count on”...“lofty reputation”...“sharp, reliable and pragmatic”.  
    Chambers & Partners

    ‘Excellent understanding of public sector issues’.
    Legal 500

    Recent Work

    • Acting for Claimant in the Judicial Review of contract awards implementing Barnet's "One Barnet" programme on basis of breach of duty to consult and public sector equality, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of procurement law obligation to award to most economically advantageous tender.
    • Acted for Defendant with Sarah Hannaford QC in the Judicial Review of transfer of community health care to "social enterprise".
    • Challenge by incumbent contractor to award of £100m highways maintenance contract.
    • Competitive procurement (advising bidder) of nuclear decommissioning contracts for Dounreay nuclear site.
    • Competitive procurement (advising contracting authority) of nuclear decommissioning contracts for Sellafield nuclear site.
    • Public procurement law issues in relation to Identity Cards framework agreements; National Police Database contract.
    • Creation of Equality and Human Rights Commission.
    • State aid issues in relation to Local Authority Mortgage Guarantee Scheme.


      • Author of reference documents on public procurement and state aid for PLC Public Sector and of procurement blog, member of PLC PS Consultative Committee.

      Education and Professional Career

      Admitted solicitor                                   1990
      Postgraduate diploma in EC Law                                  2001
      Postgraduate diploma (Merit) in EU Competition Law                                 2009
      Commercial Team of the Year, British Legal Awards
      Called to Bar
      Keating Chambers                                  2011
      Public Access Approved  2012
      Appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel  2014

      Other Information

      • Founder and former chair of Public/Private Procurement Forum.
      • Widely in-demand lecturer.
      • Active member of the Procurement Lawyers Association, currently member of working group on framework agreements.

      Contact Us
      If you would like to discuss ways in which Keating Chambers can assist you or your organisation, please contact Senior Practice Manager, Chris Sunderland, in the first instance, on +44(0)20 7544 2600. The teams of Clerks will be pleased to advise you on the member of Keating Chambers appropriate to your requirements.
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