Kate is a Senior Associate in the Regulatory Disputes team at Osborne Clarke, specialising in all aspects of public procurement law. Kate is a rising star of UK public procurement, and is recognised as an Associate to Watch in Chambers and a Rising Star in Legal500.
Kate acts for clients across Osborne Clarke's sectors advising them on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious public and utilities procurement law. She has acted in some of the most high-profile recent public procurement challenges in the High Court.
Kate joined Osborne Clarke in September 2016 as a newly-qualified solicitor. Kate is an active member of the Executive Committee of the Procurement Lawyers Association, and co-founded the Associates Group of the Procurement Lawyers Association in 2019. Kate regularly chairs events as part of the Associates Group, including leading an evening with Justice O'Farrell, Head of the TCC, in November 2020. Kate is also an active member of Osborne Clarke's Family & Carers network committee.
"Kate Davies is excellent on procurement litigation. She has an encyclopedic knowledge which never fails to amaze me."
"Kate Davies displays superhuman levels of patience when making sure the client is comfortable and understands. Her legal knowledge and work ethic are particularly incredible." ... "She is absolutely fantastic to work with, understands the tone the business wants to take and picks the right option for the client."
Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world
"The world of public procurement litigation is exceptionally fast-paced, which makes for an exciting and varied practice. My best skill is probably to delve deep into the detail of a procurement dispute very quickly in order to provide robust, straightforward and commercial advice on the best way forward for the client. I also enjoy advising on non-contentious procurement issues, which often allows me to build a deeper working relationship with clients on a longer-term basis."
Atos IT Services UK Limited v (1) Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (2) The Meteorological Office
Acting for the interested party in a challenge to the Met Office's £1bn supercomputer procurement. The case was named one of The Lawyer's Top 20 cases of 2022
Siemens Mobility Limited v High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and others
Acting for the claimant in a high profile challenge to the procurement of a contract to provide and maintain rolling stock for HS2.
Vodafone Limited v (1) Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and (2) British Council
Acting for the claimant in a challenge to a contract to provide secure overseas communications services for FCDO.
Mitie Ltd v Secretary of State for Justice
Acting for the claimant in a challenge to the Ministry of Justice's procurement for a contract to clean and repair courts and tribunal buildings