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Thomas de la Mare QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 11 departments

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UK Bar
Sanctions - All Circuits

Band 2

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC has strong experience in relation to appeals against EU sanctions relistings.
Strengths: "A clever and charming gentleman who on account of his background in competition and EU law is well suited to sanctions work."
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Group Litigation - All Circuits

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Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC has a broad practice in group litigation. He is notable for his experience in large group claims concerning competition, consumer and environmental law.
Strengths: "He is lively and persuasive while being fantastically clever." "He is an absolute star, intellectually superb and excellent in his presentation."
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 1

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC is frequently involved in high-profile challenges to secondary legislation. His notably broad expertise includes public law cases which overlap with commercial, human rights and EU law. He is a strong choice for corporate clients pursuing difficult regulatory appeals.
Strengths: "You can feel the gravitas he displays and commands. He has extremely effective delivery." "Incredibly hard-working and quite fearless." "He provides very clever and straightforward advice."
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 2

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC is an esteemed practitioner whose broad-based expertise covers the full gamut of civil liberties and human rights law. He is a regular feature in cases concerning terrorism, torture and free speech, as well as immigration matters. He acts for companies, public bodies and private individuals.
Strengths: "He is fantastically intelligent, really experienced and thinks outside the box." "He is a very persuasive and charismatic advocate."
Recent work: Acted for one of the interveners, Anti-Slavery International, in the case of R (MN and IXU) v SSHD. The Court of Appeal considered the correct approach to determining whether an individual is a victim of human trafficking under the National Referral Mechanism.
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Environment - London (Bar)

Band 3

Thomas de la Mare QC
Experienced in environmental litigation as part of his wider practice. He leads in emissions litigation and marine matters.
Strengths: "He is a very creative and solutions-focused barrister." "He is very clever, very dynamic but also an ideas person."
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Media & Entertainment - London (Bar)

Band 2

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC commands an excellent reputation as a leading media law barrister with expertise in advertising and broadcasting law, among other areas. His media practice is complemented by additional expertise in regulatory, intellectual property, EU and public law.
Strengths: "He is seamless, wonderful on his feet, and his skill set embraces a range of sectors so he is able to handle a case with a mix of legal issues." "He has great flair, energy and legal thinking." "He is a persuasive arguer."
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Telecommunications - London (Bar)

Band 2

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC handles public and EU law-inflected cases for an impressive array of clients in the telecoms and media sectors. He has experience in high-profile cases that examine the relationship between data protection laws and the obligation to share telecoms data with UK security services. De la Mare frequently appears in judicial reviews, as well as cases before the Commercial Court and the ECJ.
Strengths: "He provides very purposeful advice."
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Sport - London (Bar)

Band 4

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC is noted for his expertise in cases at the intersection of sports and European and competition law. His cases include disciplinary proceedings and player eligibility cases.
Strengths: "He is very thorough and he has a fantastic knowledge of European and world football regulations."
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

Band 5

Thomas de la Mare QC
Strengths: "Good for difficult cases as he's very commercial and looks at different ways to argue a case."
Recent work: Acted for the LSE in relation to the Norwich Pharmacal claim brought against it by Burford Capital.
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European Law - London (Bar)

Band 1

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC advises on pharmaceutical, telecoms and transportation sector judicial review proceedings that seek to challenge decisions made by UK public bodies on grounds of the failure to correctly apply EU law. He has experience in high-profile CJEU referral cases that question the legitimacy of the UK's programme of bulk interception and retention of communications data. He also stands out for his work in key cases that give an insight into the potential impact of Brexit on commercial contracts between the UK and member states.
Strengths: "He is good at cutting through quite technical and, frankly, boring procedural issues." "He puts his heart and soul into the work." "He is able to come up with creative ideas; he is not afraid of taking difficult EU points."
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Competition Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

Thomas de la Mare QC
Thomas de la Mare QC is viewed as a strong choice for cases that test novel points of competition law or that allow for a creative approach. He acts in cartel damages claims, including key cases that establish a precedent for opt-out collective proceedings orders or that highlight the role of arbitration as a tool for the resolution of competition disputes. He also handles regulatory appeals on behalf of clients in the telecommunications and sports sectors.
Strengths: "He is creative, enthusiastic and committed to the cases he takes on." "He thinks outside the box and comes up with good ideas."
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