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Kate Rees


Kate Rees
English, French
Practice Group

Kate Rees focuses on solving problems thrown up by the UK/EU public procurement rules. Over the course of a practice spanning more than 25 years, she has become one of Europe's best known procurement lawyers. 

Whether it's advising governmental clients on designing their procurement processes; drafting tender and evaluation documents for utility clients; advising contractors on maximising their scores in bidding processes or helping to bring/defend challenges, Kate's priority is always to ensure that the procurement rules are a facilitator, not an impediment: a means to achieving the client's strategic goals, not an end in themselves. 

Kate joined Hogan Lovells as a consultant in 2011 from another leading firm, where she had been a partner and formerly head of the firm's EU and Competition practice. Her clients now include central government agencies, local authorities, utilities and suppliers/contractors. Procurement litigation and other bid challenges have become an area of particular focus: Kate and her colleagues have acted on 3 of the UK's largest procurement cases of recent years. Kate is consistently top ranked in the legal directories. 

Chambers UK describe her as 'an excellent practitioner who can convey complex areas of law to commercial people' and Who's Who Legal have placed her in the World's top 10 procurement lawyers in each of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

'Kate Rees is pre-eminent in procurement challenges'.

Chambers UK 2014

Representative experience

Representing NATS in High Court proceedings challenging the award of a contract for air traffic control services by Gatwick Airport Limited.

Advising BAA Airports Limited on the competition to appoint a prime supplier of IT services and support across all its UK airports.

Advising on the £500m outsourcing of all non-core support functions of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Education and admissions


  • LL.B. (Hons), University of Exeter, 1984


  • UK Procurement Lawyers Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • Republic of Ireland

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