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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 4 Practice Areas
1
European Law
3 Years Ranked
1
Telecommunications
10 Years Ranked
2
Competition Law
9 Years Ranked
2
Public Procurement
3 Years Ranked
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About

Provided by Alan Bates

Practice Areas

Competition; procurement; public/administrative; telecoms; utilities regulation; EU; subsidy control; human rights. Cases: Gibson v Pride Mobility (UK's first 'opt-out' competition law class action); Apple v Commission (challenge to state aid decision concerning Apple's tax treatment in Ireland); Royal Mail v Ofcom (postal market, abuse of dominance); Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (CJEU, scope of ban on animal tested cosmetics); Trucks cartel damages claims; Heathrow Hub (EU competition law challenge to Heathrow planning policy); Durham Company v HMRC (VAT treatment of supplies made by local authorities); Achbita and Bougnaoui (CJEU, distinction between direct and indirect discrimination); Germany v Council (CJEU, division of powers between EU Council and Parliament); British Airways v Commission (appeal against fine for cartel participation); Vodafone and TalkTalk (appeal against Ofcom decision on business connectivity markets price regulation).

Career

Called 2003. Panel member, Independent Human Rights Act Review (2021). Previous roles: Legal Research Assistant, Law Commission of E&W; Judicial Assistant to Lord Bingham; Tutor in Public Law, King's College London; lawyer, Ofcom. Pegasus scholar at Chapman Tripp and New Zealand Commerce Commission (2008). Previously member, Bar Standards Board Education Committee. Education: MA Law (Cambridge), 2000; LL.M (Pennsylvania), 2002.

Professional Memberships

ALBA; BEG; COMBAR; Competition Law Assoc.

Publications

'State aid' chapter in Bellamy & Child, EU Law of Competition (6th and 7th editions); 'Compatibility of aid' chapter in Bacon, EU Law of State Aid (2nd and 3rd editions); Civil Justice Quarterly article on collective redress (2019). Forthcoming: Blackstone’s Guide to the UK Internal Market Act (2021).

Chambers Review

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UK Bar

European Law - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Alan Bates
Alan Bates is a highly regarded barrister who has a broad European law practice encompassing competition, telecoms, public procurement and state aid topics. 

Strengths

"Very responsive and personable, easy to get hold of and very bright."

Recent work

Acted for the Department for International Trade in a claim brought by the European Commission concerning the UK's failure to terminate bilateral investment treaties with some EU member states.


Telecommunications - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

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.

Strengths

"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."

Recent work

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


Competition Law - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Alan Bates
Alan Bates has a strong track record in administrative appeals against decisions made by UK or EU competition regulators. He has notable experience of directly defending the EC or acting for companies seeking to defend successful outcomes from complaints to UK sector regulators. Bates further assists recipients of tax benefits with challenges to EC findings of illegal state aid. He also attracts attention for his work on class actions in the cartel damages field.

Strengths

"He is a real fighter: he's charming and has a polite manner but in court he does not take a step back." "Clear at getting his point across."

Recent work

Represented Apple in its appeal against the European Commission's finding that the company must repay around EUR13 billion to Ireland in relation to unlawful state aid.


Public Procurement - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Alan Bates
Alan Bates is a popular junior with experience handling a broad array of procurement matters. His representation of government departments is of particular note. He brings to bear his wider knowledge of state aid, competition and EU law.

Strengths

“Works collaboratively and is well respected and trusted by clients. He has a vast knowledge of procurement matters.” “Alan is very personable and highly strategic. He consistently identifies arguments that will be successful in court.”

Recent work

Represented PestFix and Ayanda Capital in a challenge brought by the Good Law Project to the government's decision to award them high-value contracts for supplying PPE in response to the pandemic.

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