Brick Court Chambers

European Law Department

London (Bar)
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Brick Court has continued to attract instruction in many of the key EU law matters to have arisen in recent years, including Francovich damages claims, questions of jurisdiction, and litigation influencing or influenced by the convoluted process of the UK's exit from the bloc. The set is also home to some of the leading authorities on the enforceability of EU sanctions. The barristers assist life sciences or chemical sector companies with applications concerning EC or UK regulatory decisions, and handle UK or European proceedings that examine HMRC's application of various elements of EU taxation law. This is all in addition to their market-leading competition practice, which takes in the most prominent Commission decision appeals and follow-on damages claims, and major cases on state aid such as Micula v Romania, in which both sides were represented by Brick Court barristers.

Client service: The clerking is "slick and efficient," according to clients, and the clerks "create a very easy atmosphere to allow continental clients to work efficiently with UK solicitors and barristers." The clerking is led by Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess.


Aidan Robertson QC

Frequently acts for corporate claimants seeking to challenge decisions made by government departments on the allocation of EU funding. He advises on state aid appeals brought by EU member states or financial services companies, and also appears before the CJEU in telecoms regulatory appeals.
Strengths: "Aidan is straight-talking and pragmatic, and leaves me with utter confidence in his judgement and intellect."
Recent work: Acted for Speciality Produce in a Francovich damages claim challenging Defra's refusal to list it as a producer organisation under EU Common Agricultural Policy legislation, which would have entitled the company to receive subsidies.


Daniel Jowell QC

Represents both claimants and defendants in EU competition law matters, as well as advising corporate taxpayers on EU law-based claims against HMRC. He also has experience in state aid matters.
Strengths: "He is super smart, very user-friendly, pragmatic, a real pleasure to deal with and very good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for Gennadiy Bogolyubov in an appeal on the reflexive application of the Lugano Convention, in the context of the USD2 billion fraud claim brought by the insolvent PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank, which he formerly co-owned.


David Anderson QC

Has an outstanding reputation in the EU law field that is built on vast experience representing clients before the CJEU or UK courts. He attracts attention for his work in cases that examine the potential commercial impact of Brexit, among other areas. He advises on a wide range of other topics, including CJEU challenges to decisions made by the EU pharmaceutical sector regulator.
Strengths: "He is amazing – the best lawyer of his generation." "He is in a class of his own and arguably the leading EU law practitioner in this country." "He has really become the grand master."


David Scannell QC

Particularly active in EU pharmaceutical and chemical industry matters, often appearing unled for companies seeking to challenge regulatory decisions before the CJEU. He also regularly takes on EU competition law mandates.
Strengths: "He is extraordinarily able and seems to be doing very well indeed."
Recent work: Represented GE Healthcare in its challenge to a decision by the European Commission to suspend the marketing authorisation for all linear gadolinium-based contrast agents in the EU.


Emily MacKenzie

Attracts attention for her work in important UK or EU claims on behalf of companies in the pharmaceuticals sector. She also stands out for her experience of raising state aid arguments in cases dealing with the enforcement of arbitral awards.
Strengths: "Really fantastic and switched on."
Recent work: Acted for Romania in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the enforcement of an ICSID award made against it, in favour of the Miculas. The award was opposed by Romania and the European Commission on the grounds that it would constitute state aid.


Hugo Leith

Represents claimants from various member states in claims involving the European Commission and other EU agencies. Areas of strength include state aid, and international environmental law issues including the Aarhus Convention.
Strengths: "Immensely smart and hard-working; he leaves no stone unturned, but is also a real pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Ioan Micula and his companies in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the enforcement of an ICSID award made against Romania. The award was opposed by Romania and the European Commission on the grounds that it would constitute state aid.


Jemima Stratford QC

Best known for her work in financial services and pharmaceutical sector cases, having handled recent claims that raise questions around the release of confidential clinical data, the mutual recognition of medicines authorisations across EU jurisdictions or the cross-border enforcement of IP rights. She has also defended UK public bodies in Francovich damages claims.
Strengths: "She is very thorough and has really in-depth knowledge of the subject."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge before the General Court to a decision of the European Medicines Agency to release valuable trial data belonging to MSD Animal Health.


Marie Demetriou QC

Advises clients on EU asylum rights as well as representing them in a number of European law judicial review challenges. Demetriou also has a strong competition and state aid practice, in addition to regularly assisting clients with jurisdictional matters and EU pharmaceutical regulations.
Strengths: "She has phenomenal experience in the European courts and is really amazing." "Marie's advocacy is very clear, sensible and clever, and she knows how to get results."
Recent work: Acted for Ioan Micula and his companies in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the enforcement of an ICSID award made against Romania. The award was opposed by Romania and the European Commission on the grounds that it would constitute state aid.


Maya Lester QC

Attracts considerable attention both for her sanctions practice and for her work in key ECJ referral cases, as well as her involvement in the leading Brexit-related litigation. She has advised in commercial disputes arising within the sensitive context of conflicting sanctions regimes in the USA and the EU. She also appeals EC competition decisions before the CJEU and assists with important cases on the execution of European arrest warrants.
Strengths: "She has incredible clarity of writing."
Recent work: Acted for Omega Flex in a judicial review concerning the British Standards Institute's withdrawal of a standard for steel tubing, on the grounds that no EU standard existed.


Sarah Abram

Has a strong focus on EU law matters before the EU and UK courts. In addition to her busy competition practice, she has acted in cases concerning Francovich damages and a European Arrest Warrant.
Strengths: "She is really brilliant."
Recent work: Acted for Speciality Produce in a Francovich damages claim challenging Defra's refusal to list it as a producer organisation under EU Common Agricultural Policy legislation, which would have entitled the company to receive subsidies.


Tim Johnston

Has experience in state aid cases that examine investment in the future of EU energy markets. His broader expertise encompasses complex telecoms appeals and competition law matters.
Strengths: "He is extremely bright, picks things up very quickly, and produces very nice written work and pleadings."
Recent work: Acted for the UK government in a case concerning the lawfulness of the state aid granted by the Hungarian Republic for the construction of the Paks II nuclear plant.


Victoria Wakefield QC

Possesses experience in a broad range of European law issues, including UK court proceedings that rely on EU employment, tax or data privacy provisions, as well as the ECHR. She also acts in CJEU referrals that help domestic courts to interpret EU law on financial services regulation or the freedom to provide services.
Strengths: "She is totally brilliant and super clever." "Victoria is a very compelling advocate."
Recent work: Acted for BMW in a case considering which company in a group of companies is entitled to a refund of VAT from HMRC, under EU law.