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Aidan Robertson QC

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


Queens counsel specialising in competition, State aid and EU law. Air Cargo High Court ongoing; Hinkley Point C State aid EU General Court ongoing; iiyama v Schott High Court 2016, C-382/12P MasterCard ECJ 2016 and EU General Court; John Lewis v OFT CAT 2013 Interclass Court of Appeal 2012 C-403/08 and C-429/08 FA Premier League and Murphy 2011; eight successful appeals in construction industry in England cases (Francis, GMI, GAJ, Hobson & Porter, JH Hallam, Interclass, Seddon & Tomlinson v OFT) CAT 2011; BSkyB CA 2010; Merger Action Group CAT 2008; SanDisk High Court 2007; Somerfield CAT 2006; BCL Old Co (vitamins cartel damages claim) CAT 2005 and 2008; Genzyme CAT 2004 and 2005; RAJAR High Court 2004; IBA Health, CA 2004; C-308-10 GIL Insurance ECJ 2004; C-344/98 Masterfoods ECJ 2001; OFT and Competition Commission investigations: Tobacco Products 2010; Construction Recruitment Forum 2009; Construction industry in England 2009 Thermo Electron/GV Instruments 2007; Independent Schools 2006; DS Smith/Linpac 2004; Supermarket prices 2000 and New Motor Vehicles 2000; and EU Law (Angus Growers v Scottish Ministers SLC 2012; C-403/08 & C-429/08 FA Premier League & Murphy ECJ 2011; T-212/07 Bowland Dairy Products CFI 2009; C-27/00 Omega ECJ 2002; C-380/98 University of Cambridge ECJ 2000); and public law (Speciality Produce High Court 2009; Interbrew High Court 2001).


Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales 1988-1995; lecturer, Oxford University 1990-96; fellow and tutor in law, Wadham College, Oxford 1990-99; Visiting Professor, Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford University (previously visiting lecturer 2003-2015); publications: ‘Commercial Agreements and Competition Law’, 2nd ed with Nicholas Green QC (1997); co-editor of Vaughan & Robertson’s ‘Encyclopaedia of EU Law’ (OUP, looseleaf); contributor to Brick Court Chambers ‘Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure’ (2010).


Bar European Group; Law Society’s European Group; Administrative Law Bar Association; COMBAR; Bar Pro Bono Unit; Society of Legal Scholars and the Association of Law Teachers; editorial board member ‘European Competition Law Review’, UK Competition Law Reports.


Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne; Jesus College, Cambridge (1984 BA 1st; 1985 LLM 1st).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersUnparalleled knowledge of administrative, public and European law.

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Within: Competition – Leading silks

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersA great ability to cut to the chase getting to the important issues quickly, and conveys the same in a comprehensible manner to clients.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has great strength in depth and pre-eminence in EU law; there is a feeling of being in the best hands.

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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