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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC), Fergus Randolph QC, London, ENGLAND

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Fergus Randolph QC

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


Fergus Randolph QC has over 25 years’ experience litigating and advising on matters of EU and competition law, including having spent 15 years based in Brussels. He has appeared in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords/Supreme Court, the Court of First Instance (Luxembourg), the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) and the Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands. His practice is wide-ranging, covering all aspects of EU law and competition including shipping, sanctions, fisheries, commercial agency, motor vehicle insurance and VAT. He also has experience before arbitral panels, appearing in matters as counsel brought under LCIA and also LCMIA rules, and has accepted appointments as arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations. He has appeared in several leading cases including Factortame (House of Lords), White v White (House of Lords), Lonsdale (House of Lords), Ingmar (European Court of Justice), Far Eastern Freight Conference (Court of First Instance) and Arkin v Borchard (High Court and Court of Appeal), which was one of the first EU competition damages cases to come before the English courts. More recently cases have included Churchill Insurance v Wilkinson (High Court, Court of Appeal & ECJ), DEFRA v Bloomsbury International (Supreme Court), Arash v Groupama (High Court & Court of Appeal), Nelsons v Guna SpA (Commercial Court) and IRISL v Council (General Court). He acted for P&O, DFDS and SeaFrance in relation to a statutory inquiry into port tariffs at Dover which raised EU competition law issues and is presently instructed in a multi-million pound competition damages claim on behalf of several national retailers against MasterCard and Visa. Fergus Randolph QC is the immediate past leader of the European Circuit of the Bar Council, and the author of leading European commercial agency work ‘The European Law of Commercial Agency’ (third edition, Hart Publishing 2010) and contributor to Competition Litigation UP Practice and Procedure (OUP 2010), as well as lecturing frequently on all aspects of EC law and UK litigation.


Called 1985, Middle Temple; silk 2009; leader European Circuit; publication: ‘Guide to the Commercial Agents Regulations’ (Hart Publishing 2003).




Bar European Group Committee; Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council; European Circuit.


Harrow; Buckingham; Aix en Provence (LLB).


RAC, fishing, running.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

Fergus Randolph QC - Brick Court ChambersExceptionally responsive and dedicated to the cause. He applies his mind to the client’s problems and then takes it from there, which is a desperately rare quality for a barrister.

Within: EU law

Quality setBrick Court Chambers has ‘an impressive array of barristers specialising in a variety of complex areas of law’. The chambers services a wide range of EU-related sectors, including advice on the telecoms, aviation and pharmaceuticals sectors, and questions of freedom of movement and fundamental rights. Following its prominent role in R (Miller), the set is prepared to take advantage of further Brexit-related litigation; Fergus Randolph QC has re-established his professional base in Brussels where the set also has door tenants based. In a recent highlight, Aidan Robertson QC represented the UK before the EU General Court in a challenge to state aid for Hinkley Point C power station. Bringing the application, Austria argued it was a breach of EU rules for the UK government to subsidise the nuclear facilities, an argument rejected by the court in Brussels.

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