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Blackstone Chambers

Competition Law

11 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Blackstone barristers act across an impressive range of competition matters. Benefiting from a strong background in public law, the set is a superb choice for applications for judicial review of the CMA and other UK regulators' decisions. Members act in leading cases in the technology and financial services sectors, including litigation relating to standard-essential patents, alleged market manipulation and abuse of dominance. They have been instructed in the largest follow-on damages actions in both UK and EU courts, including those concerning forex and interchange fees. They also feature prominently in novel collective action cases.

Client service:

Instructing solicitors are consistent in their commendation of Gary Oliver's clerking team for its speed and client-centric ethos. "Adam Sloane is keen and friendly, and when you ask him to do something then he is responsive and very quick." "The clerks are very responsive and pragmatic." "Billy Brian is very responsive and proactive in his approach." "Sophie Floydd has been efficient and quick."

Strengths:

Brian Kennelly QC
Brian Kennelly QC has a superb reputation for his skill in handling competition law cases before both UK and EU courts. He has experience on the defendant side of several of the most important cartel damages cases ongoing in the UK courts, and further earns praise for his advice on a wider range of regulatory or public law cases. Kennelly advises a diverse array of clients including those from the financial services, retail and telecommunications sectors.
"He has the ability put his points across clearly and persuasively. He is a pleasure to deal with: brilliant, insightful and hard-working." "Brian is a very smart and strategic thinker whose excellent understanding of the law is matched by his ability to get across clients’ commercial aims in tailoring and pursuing a targeted litigation strategy. Brian has a very easy manner that puts clients, solicitors and judges at ease and engenders great confidence in his advocacy."

Strengths:

Dinah Rose QC
Dinah Rose QC is widely recognised as a leading public law silk with proven experience of appealing EC, CMA or Ofcom decisions. She has additional experience on the defendant side of major cartel damages cases. Interviewees highlight her superb advocacy skills.
"First class. Her submission was powerful, clear and compelling."

Strengths:

Emily Neill
Emily Neill regularly works with the CMA or sector regulators on the defence of judicial review proceedings brought on competition law grounds. Neill also advises both public and private sector clients on compliance topics and regulatory appeals.
"She is really thorough, detail-focused and gets under the skin of the problem and thinks laterally about it." "She really gets to grips with the law." "She is very unflappable, calm, charming, intelligent and has a nice court manner."
Recent work: Represented Ryanair in an appeal concerning Irish airport price control.

Strengths:

Hanif Mussa
Hanif Mussa works with the set's leading silks in a range of commercial damages and regulatory cases. He acts for the EC and for Ofcom in the defence of regulatory appeals brought to the CJEU, the CAT or the Court of Appeal, and further acts for private sector appellants.
"He sees things no one else does. A must-have on the most complex and difficult case – you would certainly want him in your corner."

Strengths:

James Segan QC
James Segan QC assists clients from the technology and sporting industries with competition law issues, including cartel cases. He is also active on the interface between competition law and IP law, handling patent infringement matters. Segan stands out for his work in cases concerning the FRAND licensing of standard-essential patents.
"He really provides wonderful strategic direction. His clear advice and advocacy skills are top notch." "He has the gift of knowing what the judges are thinking and what they are looking for."
Recent work: Acted for Huawei in the landmark Supreme Court appeals of United Planet v Huawei and Huawei v Conversant.

Strengths:

Jason Pobjoy
Jason Pobjoy has a broad competition law practice and is praised for his expert handling of private cartel damages claims, frequently advising the defendants. He also assists clients with CMA investigations. Pobjoy has played a key role in the defence of cartel damages claims on behalf of truck manufacturers and financial services sector companies, among others.
"His drafting is excellent, and he is well organised and hard-working." "He has impressed with his excellent client skills and lateral thinking."

Strengths:

Jessica Boyd
Jessica Boyd has experience on both the regulator and appellant side of competition law-based reviews of Ofcom decisions. She also stands out for her work on CJEU appeals of cartel decisions made by the EC.
"She brings real value to a team and helps to steer the ship in the right direction." "Extremely bright, calm and good at picking the witnesses in our cases."

Strengths:

Kieron Beal QC
Kieron Beal QC is best known for his work on behalf of large claimant groups pursuing follow-on damages claims, having handled notable cases against financial services companies or manufacturers of cathode ray tubes. He has further experience in cases that examine the extent to which cartel damages claims can be caught by arbitration clauses in commercial contracts.
"A force in court and a clear communicator." "A top-class advocate and a bright lawyer." "He is very user-friendly and has a broad skill base in EU and competition law. He is really helpful if there are any issues arising from that – he is good at looking at different angles."

Strengths:

Paul Luckhurst
Paul Luckhurst has demonstrated impressive strength in competition litigation in the financial services sector. He has notable experience acting in collective action cases.
"He is responsive and you can ask him anything and you will get your answer; he is thorough and coherent in his advice." "Paul is very responsive and provides clear and well-reasoned analysis. His understanding of complex legal issues and his experience of work with the courts in practice means his input is always valuable." "He really keeps the client in mind, and his strategic and practical commercial advice are his strengths."
Recent work: Represented banks in resisting two applications made by the proposed class representative Michael O'Higgins, to bring claims in respect of the forex manipulation.

Strengths:

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC is viewed as a strong choice for cases that test novel points of competition law or that allow for a creative approach. He acts in cartel damages claims, including key cases that establish a precedent for opt-out collective proceedings orders or that highlight the role of arbitration as a tool for the resolution of competition disputes. He also handles regulatory appeals on behalf of clients in the telecommunications and sports sectors.
"He is creative, enthusiastic and committed to the cases he takes on." "He thinks outside the box and comes up with good ideas."

Strengths:

Tristan Jones
Tristan Jones has been praised both for his client-handling skills and for his contributions – often acting unled – to a number of complex commercial cases. He has advised on the claimant side of key cases that test UK law on the certification of collective proceedings and has amassed additional experience representing defendants in follow-on claims, as well as acting for the CMA.
"He is pragmatic. He just does not miss anything in a case: everything is dealt with very thoroughly." "He has a very good understanding of clients’ constraints and is able to set out strategically very precise and proportionate proposals."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel to Which? as intervener in the Supreme Court case of Merricks v Mastercard.

Competition Law

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Competition Law


Brian Kennelly QC
Star Individuals
Dinah Rose QC
Band 1
James Segan QC
Band 2
Kieron Beal QC
Band 1
Thomas de la Mare QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Competition Law


Emily Neill
Band 3

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