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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC), James Flynn QC, London, ENGLAND

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James Flynn QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)


Barrister specialising in EU and competition law, particularly ECJ/General Court (GC) and Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) litigation, and state aids work in addition to mainstream antitrust litigation and advisory work; public procurement; and tax and free movement issues. Important cases include: Sky and & ors v Ofcom (challenge to Ofcom’s decision requiring wholesale supply of premium sports channels; CAT and Court of Appeal); BMI v Competition Commission (procedural fairness in CC market inquiries); Asda & ors v OFT (nature of object infringements; tobacco manufacturers’ parity and differential requirements; CAT); Ryanair v OFT, Ryanair v Competition Commission nos 1 and 2 (three appeals on the UK/EC merger control interface; for Aer Lingus, intervening; CAT and Court of Appeal); High Court ‘pre-follow-on’ damages actions in synthetic rubber (Cooper Tire) and LCD (Nokia v Samsung Electronics) cases; 2Travel (in liquidation) Ltd v Cardiff Bus (follow-on damages for abusive predatory pricing and exemplary damages; CAT); Mastercard v Commission (interchange fees; instructed by Lloyds Banking Group: GC and ECJ); Afton Chemical v Sec of State for Transport (validity of EC directive on fuel additives; High Court, Administrative Court and ECJ); FAPL v QC Leisure and UEFA v Euroview (restrictions on use of satellite decoders; High Court Chancery Division and ECJ); Kone v Commission (elevators cartel appeal; GC); Sky v Competition Commission and Virgin Media v Competition Commission (judicial review of media merger findings; CAT and Court of Appeal); R v George et al: cartel offence, interaction with EC law (Southwark Crown Court and Court of Appeal); R v O’Neill (cartel as conspiracy to defraud; Southwark Crown Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords); Microsoft v Commission (abuse by bundling and limiting inter-operability; GC); Akzo Nobel v Commission (legal professional privilege; CFI and ECJ); Crehan v Inntrepreneur (damages for breaches of competition law and binding effect of EC decisions; High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords).


Called 1978, Middle Temple; solicitor 1984-1996; legal secretary to Sir Gordon Slynn, European Court of Justice 1986-89; L&P London 1989-93; partner Linklaters & Paines, Brussels 1993-96; Brick Court Chambers 1996 to date; silk 2003; publications include: chapter on remedies in national courts in Bacon, European Community Law of State Aid (Oxford, 2009); co-editor of ‘The Law of State Aid in the European Union’ (Oxford, 2004); chapter on UK competition law in ‘Competition Law in Western Europe and the USA’ (Kluwer, 2003 and updates); ‘Competition – Understanding the 1998 Act’ (Palladian, 1999); contributions to ‘Civil Appeals’ (ed Sir Michael Burton) (Sweet & Maxwell 2nd edition 2013).


French (fluent written and spoken); Spanish (passive).


Chairman, Competition Law Association; UK member CCBE Permanent Delegation to European Courts; member of CAT User Group.


Brasenose College, Oxford (MA Jurisprudence).

London Bar


Within: Competition – Leading silks

James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersSmart, accessible and easy to work with, he has in-depth knowledge of the law.

Within: Competition

Brick Court Chambers has a ‘substantial roster of excellent and creative advocates’ and ‘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.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent, focused and pragmatic. Good instinct for strategy.

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