Leah Heatley


16 years qualified

Leah is an experienced litigator who is quoted in Chambers as “a machine” thanks to her hardworking client-focus, attention to detail and, when required, her tenacity.

She has particular expertise in contentious procurement and is experienced in advising contracting authorities and utilities on strategies to resolve public procurement disputes.

Leah also advises challenging bidders and has an good understanding of the typical tactics used by both sides. It means she is excellent at resolving issues ‘behind the scenes’, cost effectively, with lots of experience in responding to interim applications.

If called for, Leah is also comfortable defending litigated procurement challenges (or bringing them).  She advised Roche Diagnostics on its challenge of a tender run by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  The judgment in Roche is one of the leading precedents for disclosure in procurement cases.

She has presented many seminars on public procurement and contract risk and supports our non-contentious lawyers on managing potential risks before the develop.

Outside of work, Leah is kept busy looking after her twin children (and husband!). Any time left is spent keeping fit, at the gym or going for a run, as she works towards her next half  (or full) marathon.

Leah Heatley