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About Kate Gough

Kate is a partner in our Global Projects Disputes Practice and head of our UK public procurement team. She specialises in complex contentious and non-contentious public procurement, construction and infrastructure matters.

She has advised public and private sector clients on a wide range of major domestic and international projects and disputes across a variety of sectors, including nuclear, transport, infrastructure, healthcare and defence.

Kate is a regular contributor to articles on public procurement.

Recent work

  • Acting for EnergySolutions in their successful claim against the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority relating to the contracts to decommission 12 nuclear-licenced sites. This is the largest UK public procurement challenge to date and raised significant issues of public interest.
  • Advising the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to the procurement, construction and financing of the 22km Thames Tideway Tunnel.
  • Advising the UK Department for Transport on: the sale of the UK government’s 40 per cent stake in Eurostar International; the public procurement law aspects of the £2bn Thameslink rolling stock project; and the Intercity Express programme, one of the UK’s most ambitious and complex PFI/PPP projects to date.
  • Acting for Siemens in proceedings against Alstom Transport in connection with an order of high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel by Eurostar International.
  • Advising an African government in relation to arbitration proceedings relating to a large public procurement competition relating a large multijurisdictional infrastructure project.



  • University of Oxford, UK (BA in jurisprudence)
  • University of Nottingham, UK (LLM in public procurement law and policy, distinction)

Professional memberships

  • Editorial board of Sweet & Maxwell’s Public Procurement Law Review
  • Technology and Construction Court user committee
  • Procurement Lawyer’s Association’s Executive Committee 

Additional responsibilities

  • Lecturer on issues of complex procurement at King’s College London for its MA and postgraduate diploma in public procurement regulation in the EU