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Monckton Chambers

European Law

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Many of the set's key areas of practice are grounded in its members' superb understanding of EU law principles; in the words of one market observer, "I'm not sure Monckton lets you in without a European practice." The UK government frequently instructs barristers from chambers in cases concerning state aid, European Commission cartel decisions, taxation and customs, and Ian Rogers QC has led its defence of a massive claim brought by the Commission in respect of alleged customs fraud on Chinese imports. The barristers additionally represent corporations and individuals in matters of the types listed above, and in litigation relating to industry sector regulation, free movement, data protection and other issues. They have also represented parties in the key Brexit cases such as Andy Wightman's reference concerning the unilateral revocability of Article 50.

Client service:

"The clerks are always willing to pick up the phone to you and are extremely helpful when it comes to listings and hearing arrangements." David Hockney is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alan Bates
Has a broad European law practice that encompasses competition, telecoms, public procurement and state aid topics. 
"Alan is fantastic: easy to work with, approachable, has a huge brain for complex areas of law and makes arguments very easily understandable."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a five-year-old girl undergoing life-sustaining treatment at St Bart's Hospital, in a claim against the hospital challenging its refusal to cooperate in her transfer to an Italian hospital under EU freedom of movement law.

Strengths:

Anneli Howard QC
Stands out for her work in key cases that seek to clarify aspects of the Brexit process and the UK's future relationship with the EU. She advises public bodies, NGOs and private companies on the potential impact of Brexit on various areas of UK regulation. She also acts on both sides of judicial review applications brought against decisions made by transport, utilities and medicines regulators.
"She is an outstanding advocate before the court." "Working with her is incredibly easy and she is very clear."
Recent work: Represented the UK government in relation to an application by Norway to the court of the European Free Trade Association, concerning UK rules on the sale of tickets for the 2012 Olympics.

Strengths:

Ben Lask
Often instructed by the public sector to defend challenges to the substance or application of UK law, having handled key cases relating to deportation, state pensions eligibility or the right to reside in the UK. Defends against discrimination claims or cases based on other key European law-derived rights.
"Ben is a really superb advocate, who is very knowledgeable and delivers beautifully organised submissions. He wins the respect of the court and really drives cases forward."
Recent work: Acted for the UK government in a CJEU reference arising from an attempt to bring a follow-on damages claim against Volkswagen in the Austrian courts, following the emissions scandal.

Strengths:

Daniel Beard QC
Outstanding barrister who is a particularly popular choice for competition law-based telecoms regulatory appeals. He advises on data protection cases and high-profile state aid appeals heard before the CJEU, and also earns praise for his handling of Francovich damages claims.
"A highly experienced operator," who is "great at communicating with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Apple in an appeal against the European Commission's finding that favourable tax treatment in Ireland constituted state aid.

Strengths:

George Peretz QC
Advises on complex issues claims relating to the authorisation of medicines across multiple EU member states. He has experience in the defence of Francovich damages claims brought by companies seeking to rely on EU Common Agricultural Policy rules. Peretz is also well known for his trade, customs and state aid expertise.
"George is very approachable and responsive," and "gives clear, practical and authoritative advice."
Recent work: Acted in a case considering whether an Irish citizen who became bankrupt after moving to the UK for business was entitled under EU free movement rules to the protection against insolvency of his assets in an Irish pension fund registered with the Irish tax authorities.

Strengths:

Gerry Facenna QC
Receives consistently strong praise for his work in significant European law mandates. He has made significant contributions to the Brexit conversation both through his co-authorship of the 'Three Knights Opinion' and his appearance in the Wightman reference. Facenna also advises on energy sector state aid, employee benefits and data protection cases that are heard before EU courts.
"Gerry has very convincing ways of arguing your corner." "He is the gold standard when cases are really tricky and high-profile."
Recent work: Acted for the UK government in a case concerning the application of EU data protection laws in the field of national security, and the interaction between EU law and sovereignty over national security.

Strengths:

Ian Rogers QC
Has advised in a number of cases relating to the compatibility of plain packaging rules or bans on tobacco products with EU law, as well as other disputes regarding imported products. He frequently acts for UK government departments on advisory or contentious topics.
"Incredibly intelligent and solutions-driven, and offers a helpfully varied body of experience."
Recent work: Acted for the UK government in defence of a substantial action by the European Commission, in respect of customs fraud allegedly enabled by HMRC on Chinese clothing imports entering the customs union through the UK.

Strengths:

Jon Turner QC
Has a leading EU-based competition law practice, and acts in cases concerning telecommunications, environmental issues and financial services.
"Jon is always very clear and pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for British Airways in the appeals from decisions of the EU Commission, which found a cartel in the supply of air cargo services.

Strengths:

Josh Holmes QC
Regularly acts for the UK government and for the European Commission, drawing on his former experience working within the ECJ to handle numerous important cases. His recent instructions have included advice on the execution of European Arrest Warrants in light of Brexit, and cases in defence of EC competition decisions.
"Josh is very pragmatic, sensible and extremely easy to work with." "He gets up to speed really quickly," and "has the dynamism and energy to get right to the bottom of things." "He is exceptionally quick to grasp detail and adept at explaining difficult concepts clearly."
Recent work: Acted for the UK government in relation to an appeal by pharmaceutical companies against the European Commission's decision on the 'pay for delay' agreements.

Strengths:

Kassie Smith QC
Has experience in a variety of ECJ cases, including recent mandates that challenge Commission decisions on genetically modified crops or that hold the UK to account for its failure to meet EU environmental targets. She advises on UK proceedings dealing with conflicts between UK law for the aviation sector and the right to freedom of movement within the EU. She also acts as counsel in energy sector arbitration proceedings.
"She is very calm and very measured. Clients really like the way she thinks calmly through the issues in difficult situations and comes up with solutions."
Recent work: Led a team acting for Gazprom in its USD11 billion dispute with Naftogaz arising from contracts for the supply and transit of Russian gas to and across Ukraine.

Strengths:

Philip Moser QC
Attracts praise for his public procurement, competition law and sanctions expertise. He advises on a wide range of EU law issues, including Francovich damages.
"A good generalist EU lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Lewis v Tindale, Motor Insurers' Bureau and Secretary of State for Transport. The case concerned the direct effect of the Consolidated Motor Insurance Directive and arose from an incident where a trespasser was hit by a farm vehicle on private land, an accident not liable to be insured under UK law.

Strengths:

Robert Palmer QC
Advises on employment rights, data protection and freedom of movement cases that are either brought directly against the EC or that are referred up from UK courts. He also advises on EU law-based challenges to UK legislation and assists with judicial reviews of UK regulatory decisions.
"Robert's written work is fantastic; he is completely immersed in the law and knows the cases back to front." "He is able to persuade the court even in the most difficult cases."
Recent work: Acted for the European Federation of Public Service Unions in a challenge to the Commission’s failure to introduce legislation on the initiative of the 'social partners' provisions under Title X of the TFEU.

Strengths:

Tim Ward QC
Often advises on EU law-based appeals against decisions made by UK telecoms, tax or health and safety regulators. He has experience in diverse cases heard before the CJEU and before domestic courts.
"Tim is technically very impressive, and an excellent advocate and also extremely client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for HMRC in a claim brought by United Biscuits, concerning the system of remedies in EU law where tax is paid to the State without a legal basis.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

European Law


Anneli Howard QC
New Silks
Daniel Beard QC
Band 2
George Peretz QC
Band 2
Gerry Facenna QC
Band 1
Ian Rogers QC
Band 2
Jon Turner QC
Band 2