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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC), Kelyn Bacon QC, London, ENGLAND

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Kelyn Bacon QC

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


Barrister specialising in general EU law, UK and EU competition law (including State aid), and public and administrative law, with expertise across a wide range of sectors including pharmaceutical, energy, technology and media sectors.

Cases include, in the UK courts: Pirelli v Commissioners of Inland Revenue; DMG v Commissioners of Inland Revenue; Test claimants in the FII Group Litigation v Commrs of Inland Revenue; SeaFrance case; Vodafone 2 v HM Revenue & Customs; National Grid v ABB et al; Secretary of State for Health and others v Servier; Dr Reddy’s v Pfizer; Ryanair v OFT and Aer Lingus; R (Eventech v Parking Adjudicator); Gaviscon litigation; Air Cargo litigation; Accord v Astellas. In the Competition Appeal Tribunal: Umbro v OFT; Mastercard v OFT; BT and H3G v Ofcom; Vodafone v Ofcom; Barclays v Competition Commission; Construction bid rigging appeals; Skyscanner v CMA; AXA v CMA. In the European Court: over 50 cases including Case T-210/01 GE v Commission; Case C-336/03 easyCar v OFT; Case T-289/03 BUPA v Commission; Case T-328/03 O2 v Commission; Case T-201/04 Microsoft v Commission; Case C-527/07 Generics (UK) Ltd; Case C-279/08 P Commission v Netherlands; Case C-427/09 Generics; Case T-362/10 Vtesse v Commission; Case C-18/11 Philips Electronics; Case C-35/11 FII (No. 2); Case C-286/11 P Commission v Tomkins; Case T-251/11 Austria v Commission; Case C-362/12 FII (No. 3); Case T-12/12 CTRS v Commission; Case T-140/12 Teva v EMA; Case T-472/12 Novartis v Commission; Case T-473/12 Aer Lingus v Commission; Case C-518/13 Eventech; Case T-452/14 CTRS v Commission; Case T-812/14 BPC Lux 2 v Commission; Case C-471/14 Seattle Genetics; Case C-38/15 P Teva v EMA; Case C-164/15 P Commission v Aer Lingus; Case T-755/15 Luxembourg v Commission; Case T-759/15 Fiat Chrysler v Commission; Case T-760/15 Netherlands v Commission.


Called 1998, Inner Temple; Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel 2011–2014); QC 2014; Bencher of the Inner Temple 2015. Published books include ‘European Union Law of State Aid’ (2009, 2013, 2017); and State aid section in ‘Law of the European Union’ encyclopaedia, eds Vaughan and Robertson (2007, 2011). Published articles include ‘State Regulation of the Market and EC Competition Rules: Articles 85 and 86 Compared’ (1997) ECLR 283; ‘State Aids and General Measures’ (1997) 17 YEL 269; ‘Differential Taxes, State Aids and the Lunn Poly Case’ (1999) ECLR 384; ‘The Substantive Test for Prohibition of a Merger: did GE/Honeywell pass the test’ (2002) 17 ‘Eurolawyer’ 12; ‘The Concept of State Aid -The Developing Jurisprudence in the European and UK Courts’ (2003) ECLR 54; Tying after Microsoft: One step forward and Two steps back’ (2008) Competition Policy International 65.


German, French, Italian.


Bar European Group; joint founder UK State Aid Law Association (UKSALA).


Frome Community College; Merton College, Oxford (1996 MA Law with Law Studies in Europe); University of Konstanz (1994-95); European University Institute, Florence (1997 LLM European Law).


Outdoor sports, music (piano, cello and singing).

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Within: Competition – Leading silks

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Incredibly bright, has a fantastic depth of understanding and will give a decisive view in a no nonsense way.’

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Within: EU law – Leading silks

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Unbeatable for state aid advice. Provides excellent, pragmatic advice.’

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