Stuart Cairns is a London-based partner in the commercial practice of Bird & Bird, focusing on public sector and utilities procurement particularly in infrastructure and he has worked extensively with all manner of Government and regulated bodies both nationally and internationally. Stuart Cairns is one of the co-heads of the International Projects and Procurement Group which is networked right across our European offices and beyond. He also leads on the International Airports’ initiatives which again sees us advising on projects across the globe. Over the course of his legal career, he has designed, managed and successfully implemented some of the most complex competitive procurement processes undertaken. He works extremely closely with clients to design an approach which not only ensures legal and regulatory compliance but, more importantly, also makes sure that the very best outcome is secured. Supporting bidders on formal competitive processes is also a key part of his practice and it is clear that the better a client understands the process and requirements of the organisation it is bidding into, the higher the chance of success. He often works with multi-practice teams on high value transactions, including Government disposals and outsourcings and am increasingly involved in identifying and responding to high value procurement opportunities across the UK and abroad. He also has day-to-day responsibility for high profile procurement litigation, on both the claimant and defendant sides.
He is a member of the Procurement Lawyers Association, was an external member of the Northern Ireland Procurement Board for over eight years and also serve on several other strategic review and oversight boards.