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Jorren’s practice focuses on commercial and regulatory aspects of public law, including public procurement, competition and State aid, healthcare regulation and information law.
Jorren also helps public sector clients with commercial disputes and commercial aspects of public contracts.
Public procurement
Jorren represents clients in challenges to public procurement decisions, including:
- defending NHS procurement decisions in relation to healthcare services and construction contracts (including successful application for summary judgment dismissing the entire claim in Adferiad v Aneurin Bevan University Health Board [2021] EWHC 3049 (TCC))
- defending the award of a cloud-based IT services contract for a management information system in the education sector
- challenging a Ministry of Defence award of an engineering services contract
- challenging local authority awards in social care, construction and school catering
- challenging NHS awards in diagnostic services and catering
- challenging a utility company award in relation to pipeline supplies
Jorren also advises on the design and negotiation of public contracts, on the conduct of regulated procurement processes and on amendments to existing contracts. Jorren’s experience includes:
- advising a local authority on variations to the operations and financing of a GBP 500 Million waste PFI project
- preparing tender procedures and contract documentation, including for a local authority insurance procurement and a multi-academy trust IT services procurement
- advising on public authority cooperation arrangements in healthcare, software development and tourism promotion
- advising a healthcare managed services provider on amendments to the terms of a framework agreement
Competition and State aid
Jorren advises on the impact of competition laws on public bodies, including:
- devising a compliance scheme for the publication of market information by a public body compatibly with prohibitions on anticompetitive coordination
- advising on the impact of abuse of dominance laws on the operation of large-scale infrastructure
Jorren also regularly advises on State aid compliance in public sector projects and grant applications – including:
- advising devolved government on the implementation of tech sector policies
- advising on the creation of local authority trading companies in catering and tourism sectors
- advising a local authority consortium on joint investments in renewable energy projects
- advising on university funding applications in medical research, business accelerator programs
- advising on State aid compliance in support packages for struggling care homes
- advising on State aid compliance in new public contracts and amendments to existing public contracts
Regulatory and information law
Jorren has advised NHS bodies on the regulation of medical professionals, on inter-regional cooperation in the carrying out of healthcare regulatory functions, and on the implementation of devolved government healthcare policy. In information law, Jorren has:
- advised on freedom of information and environmental information requests, and represented clients in FOIA and EIR appeals, including in relation to historical archives, planning documents and electoral records
- advised on data protection compliance within the public procurement process
Jorren also has experience of electoral law, having advised on statutory and consultation processes in relation to the review of electoral boundaries.
Public sector contracts and commercial disputes
Jorren regularly advises and represents public sector clients in relation to commercial disputes and commercial aspects of public contracts. Jorren’s experience includes:
- representing a public body in commercial negotiations for COVID-19 emergency venue hire
- representing a public authority in commercial negotiations for the amendment of a waste PFI scheme
- GWE Business West v Bolton Business Ventures (Bristol Commercial Court, 2018): representing successful applicant for pre-action disclosure in relation to use of enterprise grant scheme funds
- Smart Parking v Solent NHS Trust (Manchester Mercantile Court, 2016): representing defendant in 3-day trial of claim for breach of hospital parking contract
- Advising a local authority defending a quantum meruit claim for design and planning services provided during failed post-award public contract negotiations
- Advising an NHS body defending a claim for wrongful termination of a waste management contract, leading to successful settlement
- Advising NHS bodies on the award and implementation of contracts for COVID-19 emergency supplies, assisting in successful resolutions of issues relating to over-purchasing and delivery slippage, and designing a successful general strategy for dispute resolution and settlement
"Jorren is very easy to work with, and has the ability to swiftly analyse complex scenarios and produce high quality legal advice. His advocacy skills are impressive, and he conveys complex legal arguments to the court in a manner which is well received by judges."
Legal 500 2023
"Jorren is very commercial in his approach, personable and good with clients. He is incredibly responsive and cuts quickly to the chase, offering practical commercial advice as well as being technically excellent. An extremely bright barrister."
Legal 500 2022
Public law - “Recommended for public procurement matters”
Legal 500 2020
Competition law - Particularly active in the fields of state aid and distribution agreements. He also advises on cases concerning merger control. Knibbe represents clients before domestic and European authorities, and often assists clients based in Germany. “He is very approachable and fitted into our team well.”
Chambers UK 2019
Public Law - Very personable and client-friendly.
Legal 500 2019
Competition law - Particularly active in the fields of state aid and distribution agreements. He also advises on cases concerning merger control and abuse of dominance. Strengths: “He has in-depth knowledge of state aid law and knows how the law applies to the client’s project, so he can give helpful advice and guidance.”
Chambers UK 2018
Junior Scarman Prize (City University)
Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize (Middle Temple)
Ede and Ravenscroft Legal Prize
Diplock Scholar (Middle Temple)
BA (Oxon) Law with Law Studies in Europe (Germany)
LLM German Law (Konstanz)

Latest News & Publications

No5’s Jorren Knibbe provides an update on the Procurement Bill and the changes that have been made during its passage through the House of Lords....

Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2023
In response to the first draft of the new Procurement Bill, Jorren Knibbe highlights key points in the legislation that will eventually repeal the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and create a single Procurement Act for the whole of the UK....

Date: Fri, 13 May 2022
Recent years have seen a large number of low-value claims in England and Wales for damages for breach of data protection laws (in particular the GDPR)...

Date: Tue, 10 May 2022