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Monckton Chambers

Administrative & Public Law

12 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Excels in both 'commercial' and human rights-related public law work. The barristers tend to represent individuals or interveners in challenges to policy involving immigration, social housing, criminal justice and related issues. For example, the set fielded counsel who acted for both the claimant and the Information Commissioner in R (Elgizouli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Meanwhile, chambers is regularly instructed by government departments, regulators and businesses in competition and other regulatory matters, such as Stagecoach's judicial review of its disqualification from the rail franchising system.

Client service:

"Our arrangements for meetings have been seamless and you are always greeted with a warm personal welcome." "It's a great overall experience. The chambers runs very efficiently, and the support staff are very friendly - particularly Linda Antonioni the receptionist; every member is professional and approachable. Gemma Rawlinson is always very responsive." David Hockney leads the clerking.

Strengths:

Anneli Howard QC
A-Panel counsel, and an excellent barrister for any public law challenge involving procurement, competition law or the wider regulation of business and industry. She has also been involved in some of the more visible constitutional law cases of recent years.
"Really strong knowledge of EU law. She's technically excellent and her advocacy style is very good."
Recent work: Acted for the Business Secretary in successfully defending a challenge against the roll-out of energy smart meters for consumers and small businesses.

Strengths:

Azeem Suterwalla
Respected claimant-side advocate practising at the intersection of public and human rights law, particularly in cases involving children's and migrants' rights. He is also adept in commercial regulatory judicial review.
"Very good at having a wider appreciation of our litigation strategy. His judgement is excellent and he helped to steer us through some difficult issues." "Excellent at reassuring the client and putting them at ease. He put forward quite a cutting-edge argument and the client was happy to go with it."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in a successful judicial review of Hillingdon LBC's policy of de-prioritising applicants for social housing who had lived in the borough for less than ten years.

Strengths:

Brendan McGurk
Predominantly defends public bodies, including government departments and commercial regulators, in judicial reviews. His broad substantive expertise includes human rights, competition and taxation. He has considerable experience in public law litigation arising out of international armed conflicts.
"He's good on his feet - he has a very lovely court manner and is very smooth with the judge. He's straightforward to work with; he just rolls up his sleeves and gets involved."
Recent work: Acted for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in relation to a challenge to the lawfulness of the procedures adopted by the Magnox Inquiry.

Strengths:

Conor McCarthy
Frequently sought out by individual claimants and NGOs seeking to challenge government decisions through judicial review. His wide-ranging expertise encompasses administrative and public law claims invoking EU law, human rights and procedural grounds.
"He's got an incredible intellectual mind and is probably one of the most thorough juniors I have come across. He's also started to work on some pretty important cases." "If we have another judicial review I would have zero hesitation in calling him again - he clearly knows the subject and I have been very impressed with his work."
Recent work: Acted for the Information Commissioner in the Supreme Court case of Elgizouli, which considered the effect of the data protection legislation on mutual legal assistance provided in relation to criminal proceedings which may lead to the death penalty.

Strengths:

Daniel Beard QC
Focuses his administrative and public law practice on commercial and regulatory judicial reviews. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in claims that involve EU and competition law. He also handles public law cases concerning complex issues of national security and terrorism.
"A brilliant, commanding and effective advocate who is very user-friendly. He's also charming and funny and brings great camaraderie to the team."

Strengths:

Gerry Facenna QC
Broad depth of administrative and public law expertise, with a particular emphasis on EU law and regulatory matters. He is also adept at judicial reviews involving human rights law and is equally sought after by defendants and claimants.
"Absolutely brilliant. So calm, and his submissions are really excellent. He takes the judge really simply and slowly through a complex argument." "Excellent, clear advice and superb drafting."
Recent work: Acted for the Information Commissioner in relation to Edward Bridges' challenge to the use of facial recognition technology by South Wales Police.

Strengths:

Ian Wise QC
Strong choice to represent claimants in judicial reviews challenging legislation, government policy and decisions of local authorities. He handles a wide array of public law disputes and recently he has been involved in claims arising out of healthcare provision, housing and asylum.
"Ian has an exceptional mind and has worked on some of the leading cases in the field. His knowledge is second to none; I also like the fact that I can get hold of him."
Recent work: Acted for the appellants in a Supreme Court case challenging the revised benefit cap on the grounds that it discriminated against lone parents, particularly mothers, and their children.

Strengths:

Jon Turner QC
Frequently appears in administrative and public law cases in the commercial and regulatory spheres. He has also been involved in judicial reviews involving immigration and human rights law, or environmental protection. 
"Really superb in terms of his advocacy and all-round effectiveness."
Recent work: Represented Bail for Immigration Detainees in a judicial review of the Cabinet Office's policy under which it failed to treat G4S as a 'high risk' supplier of detention and prison services for the government.

Strengths:

Julianne Morrison
Involved in significant public and administrative law challenges on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Her broad public law experience encompasses commercial, regulatory and human rights law challenges. She has attracted attention for her important work in data protection, environment and national security cases.
"An absolute pleasure to work with. She has a superb intellect. Her grasp of national security matters is brilliant and she is able to think creatively on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Maha Elgizouli in her successful Supreme Court challenge to the Home Office's decision to provide the USA with mutual legal assistance regarding her son Shafee El Sheikh, without obtaining death penalty assurance.

Strengths:

Nikolaus Grubeck
Highly knowledgeable on the overlap between public and human rights law. His expertise in cases concerning national security and foreign affairs is of particular note. He receives instructions from both claimants and defendants, including government departments. He also frequently appears in public law challenges concerning commercial regulation.
"An extraordinarily incisive legal mind who appears effortlessly to identify the nub of an issue and wrestle with its relevance and consequence. He is deeply courteous, and appears unflappable even when dealing with several high-profile cases at the same time. He is well organised and musters in-depth preparation to make every moment of a client-facing meeting matter."
Recent work: Acted for the first intervener in Campaign Against Arms Trade's challenge to the government policy of allowing the sale of British arms to Saudi Arabia.

Strengths:

Robert Palmer QC
Capable of handling a wide range of administrative and public law matters including commercial, regulatory and human rights claims. He represents claimants and defendants in judicial reviews challenging decisions of central government, local authorities and regulators. He has particular experience in cases concerning competition, environmental regulation and procurement. 
"His written work is outstanding. He is completely immersed in the law, he knows the cases back to front, and he always manages to just nail the point." "He has the ear of the judge because he doesn't try to showboat by making cheap points but gets to the heart of the matter."
Recent work: Led the Transport Secretary's defence of one of the judicial review claims challenging its decision to choose a third runway at Heathrow as its preferred choice for new runway capacity in the South East.

Strengths:

Tim Ward QC
Brings his considerable EU law expertise to bear in public and administrative law disputes. He typically acts for corporate clients in challenges to regulatory decisions. He is also noted for his ability to handle judicial reviews invoking human rights arguments.
"A fantastic advocate with great strategic skills. He is our go-to silk every time." "He has a great range and is excellent on the law. He's also very client-friendly, and really good at answering the question the client actually wants answered."
Recent work: Acted for Stagecoach in its challenge to the Department for Transport's decision to disqualify it from a series of rail franchise competitions, leading to its exit from the rail industry.

Administrative & Public Law Department

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Administrative & Public Law


Anneli Howard QC
New Silks
Daniel Beard QC
Band 3
Gerry Facenna QC
Band 2
Ian Wise QC
Band 3
Jon Turner QC
Band 3
Robert Palmer QC
Band 4