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Monckton Chambers handles the full spread of telecommunications law work, and is particularly well known for its strength in competition cases. It is a strong choice for advice on reforming telecoms legislation and for representation in regulatory disputes, and further boasts intellectual property expertise, having appeared in numerous key cases relating to standard-essential patents in the technology sector. Members here have noted EU law expertise and are known for their adroit handling of EU competition law cases, as well as their superior advice on EU regulatory frameworks. The barristers' clients include significant telecoms companies, content providers and both UK and overseas regulatory bodies including Ofcom. One instructing solicitor enthuses: "Monckton is an extremely impressive chambers in terms of its market presence."

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"David Hockney, senior clerk, and John Keegan, deputy senior clerk, are brilliant." "The clerks are very good and very understanding of the issues." "They are good, user-friendly and efficient at doing their billings."

Alan Bates
Alan Bates is best known for his work on competition law and state aid matters, including sensitive cases that involve clients in the telecoms sector. He acts for prominent telecoms operators and telecoms service providers. Having spent a year on secondment to Ofcom, Bates is able to provide especially insightful advice on Ofcom decisions and inquiries to service providers.
"He is a very knowledgeable and very pragmatic barrister. His advice is simple and clear." "He is carving out a growing reputation." "He has a good style of advocacy which is very effective."

Represented TalkTalk in a dispute with Openreach over £16 million of unpaid charges for wholesale ethernet services.

Daniel Beard KC
Daniel Beard KC regularly instructed by leading UK telecoms operators on their most important competition law-based regulatory appeals. He also handles competition law cases for operators based in continental Europe, and represents government bodies in relation to national security legislation in the telecoms field. Beard regularly handles market-defining cases in the sphere, including matters relating to the 5G spectrum and dark fibre.
"He is extremely good on the regulations."

Acted for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in a case on telecommunications data interception and retention under EU rules.

Josh Holmes KC
Josh Holmes KC is among the counsel of choice for Ofcom and other regulatory bodies, and regularly advises on competition law challenges to decisions on key aspects of telecoms or media sector regulation. Holmes is highly regarded for his sector expertise and courtroom demeanour. He frequently acts in telecoms matters that contain multi-jurisdictional elements, and receives particular praise for his European law expertise.
"He is super intelligent, very strategic, drafts like a dream and is a deft advocate both in submissions and cross-examination." "A superb lawyer in competition and regulation."

Acted for Ofcom in a cross-jurisdictional litigation between satellite rivals Viasat and Inmarsat.

Meredith Pickford KC
Meredith Pickford KC has an impressive client list that includes many of the largest global telecoms operators and electronics manufacturers. He handles competition law and complex intellectual property disputes, including Court of Appeal cases that clarify the meaning of FRAND terms in the licensing of standard-essential patents.
"He is one of the leading intellects at the Bar. His ability to distil complex issues into simple propositions is second to none."

Represented Google in the General Court of the European Union in an appeal relating to a fine of EUR4 billion by a regulator concerning the licensing of the Android operating system.

Jon Turner KC
Jon Turner KC is a barrister with a well-established reputation as one of the most important telecoms silks in the UK, he advises on challenges to Ofcom decisions before the CAT, Administrative Court and Court of Appeal. Turner has been involved in some of the most high-profile matters in the telecoms sector, including defining cases relating to standard-essential patents and the spectrum auction. His varied client base includes significant telco service providers, tech giants and delivery companies.
"He is a formidable opponent. He is the best in the business."

Acted for Google in relation to a complaint made to the European Commission by Foundem, a rival price comparison website, alleging Google had demoted the complainant in its search listings.

Tim Ward KC
Tim Ward KC is a popular choice among London solicitors and in-house counsel at UK and international telecoms companies faced with sensitive regulatory disputes. Interviewees highlight his advocacy skills. Ward showcases his expertise when advising government entities on reforming telecoms legislation. He regularly acts in international matters.
"He is an exceptional advocate. He has an amazing ability to distil issues in a digestible way, but he is also incredibly persuasive and engaging." "I am always impressed by how insightful he is and how he can take complicated strategic issues and come up with a sound assessment."

Represented Telenor, a Norwegian telecoms operator, in its appeal to the EFTA Court against a EUR100 million fine imposed for alleged abuse of dominance in relation to the supply of wholesale data.

Philip Woolfe
Philip Woolfe draws praise for his outstanding technical knowledge and ability, and plays a prominent role in important judicial review proceedings on behalf of various key operator clients, having been led by renowned telecoms silks both within chambers and in other sets. Woolfe further stands out for his instruction as sole counsel in competition law cases that inform Ofcom decisions on dark fibre access.
"He is a terrific barrister and a rock-solid telecoms expert." "He rolled up his sleeves and was super helpful."

Acted for EE in the High Court and Court of Appeal in its claim seeking restitution of approximately £90 million in spectrum licence fees.

Robert Palmer KC
Robert Palmer KC is noted for his increasing prominence in important cases in the telecoms sector. He handles complex advisory matters, regulatory appeals and court proceedings before the CAT, Supreme Court and ECJ. His client list includes leading telecoms operators and public authorities. Palmer is noted for his experience in acting for intelligence agencies in relation to protecting their data collection rights for intelligence and investigatory purposes. 
"His sector knowledge is second to none." "He is good at evaluating the strength of different arguments. He also thinks laterally and will think about different ways to approach an issue."

Acted for BT in Vodafone and TalkTalk v Ofcom, defending Ofcom's decision to deregulate BT's business connectivity services in the central London market.

Gerry Facenna KC
Gerry Facenna KC has acted in several important public law cases that test the relationship between data privacy and the obligation on telecoms providers to store and disclose data in the interests of counter-terrorism. He also handles data privacy cases regarding EU data rules for search engines. Facenna frequently appears before the ECJ and ECtHR. His clients include significant telecoms and technology companies, as well as government bodies.
Acted for the claimant in a class action against YouTube and Google concerning the processing of children's personal data by online media companies.

Stefan Kuppen
Stefan Kuppen is recognised as a valuable resource both for his advisory work relating to difficult points of telecoms regulation and on the defendant side of regulatory investigations. He is experienced at providing insightful advice on legislation relating to data protection and the interception of communications. Kuppen attracts particular attention for his experience gained working within the financial services sector.
"He has been particularly helpful and is a barrister who delivers things in a timely way." "He is a very good technician."

Ben Lask
Ben Lask is a well-regarded barrister in the telecommunications sector. He frequently acts in competition-related cases, and has a broad client list that includes telecoms operators and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He is considered by peers to be a strong choice as a barrister for Ofcom matters. Lask appears frequently in cases before the CAT, High Court and Court of Appeal.
"He had a very good eye for detail and was quite dogged in rooting out the points that could take us forward."

Instructed by BT in a claim for damages in the Competition Appeal Tribunal relating to the Trucks cartel.

Kassie Smith KC
Kassie Smith KC is best known for her work on important cases that test the relationship between the protection of IP rights and the use of standard-essential patents in mobile telecoms technology. She also advises on media and telecoms-related competition law cases, including in foreign jurisdictions, and further provides regulatory advice in the sector. Her client base includes government bodies and telecoms equipment companies.
"She guided us through a very challenging process with an extremely calm and measured approach, demonstrating clear judgement as to how best to conduct our defence. Despite her seniority, she was very approachable and receptive to additional viewpoints and discussions as to how the case should be managed."

Instructed by the Competition and Markets Authority in an appeal brought before the CAT by Tobii concerning a merger decision.

Fiona Banks
Fiona Banks has a growing practice in the telecommunications sector, and enjoys strong endorsement from fellow barristers and clients alike. Her broad-based telecommunications practice sees her handling competition and state aid matters for telco service providers, as well as representing clients in challenging Ofcom decisions.
"She is a very bright barrister and has the intellectual horsepower to handle anything. She has the ability to really get into the details when there are very complex issues and can really cut to the heart of the analysis."

Acted for Viasat in a Court of Appeal action related to a decision taken by Ofcom in relation to the licensing of ground-based networks of one of Viasat's competitors, Inmarsat, for the provision of broadband services to aircraft over Europe.

Anneli Howard KC
Anneli Howard KC is an outstanding silk often instructed in both advisory and contentious mandates. A top choice for UK operators in competition law cases, she is an expert in the competition law implications of decisions made by UK public bodies, and handles challenges to those decisions before the CAT and ECJ. She also assists telecoms operators with appeals against EC fines, and is well experienced in providing regulatory advice in relation to broadband rollouts at leasehold properties. 
"A great personality, hard-working, both flexible and resistant, with remarkable knowledge of EU procedures." "She is approachable, engaged and willing to think laterally."

Represented BT Openreach in an investigation commenced by Ofcom into its compliance with the Universal Service Obligation.

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