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  1. Competition – Leading sets
  2. Competition – Leading silks
  3. Competition – 2017 silks
  4. Competition – Leading juniors

Competition – Leading silks

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Competition – 2017 silks

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    • Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜High quality, steady and sensible. She is a very promising junior silk in competition law.’
    • Josh Holmes QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is hugely knowledgeable about competition law, has superb drafting skills and is excellent with clients.’
    • Robert O’Donoghue QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Well regarded and in high demand, he is very strong on Article 101/Chapter 1 and 102 TFEU issues.’

Competition – Leading juniors

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Brick Court Chambers has a β€˜substantial roster of excellent and creative advocates’ and β€˜is very good at developing and promoting its juniors’. The set remains a go-to name for pharmaceutical clients and several of its members received instructions from both Actavis and GSK against separate fines imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority. Other significant projects have included Daniel Jowell QC’s involvement in the Trucks Cartel litigation, as well as James Flynn QC and Marie Demetriou QC acting on opposite sides of Apple v Qualcomm before the patent court, which involves the licensing of patents in mobile phones.

Monckton Chambers is β€˜one of the go-to sets for competition law advice’ and β€˜is extremely strong in competition litigation and utility regulatory matters’. Headline recent instructions include In Federation (Foundem) v Google, where Jon Turner QC acted as lead counsel for the search engine giant; various members involvement in the β€˜Mastercard’ unlawful price agreements litigation; and Tim Ward QC and Meredith Pickford QC’s instruction in Royal Mail v DAT Trucks.

Blackstone Chambers is a β€˜very strong set’ for competition law work. Pre-eminent silks in this area include Dinah Rose QC, Thomas de la Mare QC and Brian Kennelly QC. Alan Maclean QC is instructed in Agents Mutual v Gascoigne Halman, a significant case for the estate agency and online property portal industries, while Kennelly is acting for the applicant in a challenge to the European Commission’s refusal to allow the merger between mobile networks Three and O2.

The β€˜modern’ Matrix Chambers provides a β€˜cooperative, pragmatic and intelligent service’. Highlights for the set included Rhodri Thompson QC acting in R (Sky Blue) v Coventry CC, cases which involved state aid considerations. Also of note is Christopher Brown’s involvement in Federal Deposit Insurance v Barclays Bank and others, which arised from the LIBOR rate setting scandal.

β€˜Excellent commercial set’ One Essex Court is particularly strong in matters in the telecoms sector, with Thomas Sharpe QC acting in both Soni Ltd v The Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and CityFibre v Ofcom. Juniors have both been involved in a number of pieces of litigation surrounding the setting of interchange fees and card transactions, with Matthew Cook defending Mastercard against claims by a number of large retailers and Derek Spitz acting for Sainsbury’s in its claim against Visa.

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