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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 3978
DX:
298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Alison Foster QC

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Position

Alison Foster QC’s practice consists of public law, regulation and tax. She was a Treasury Panel counsel for 12 years and has wide experience of Public Law, Regulation and VAT at the highest levels. Alison acts for and against public bodies, industry regulators, commercial entities and organs of state, and both for and against HMRC. She has advised on the incidence of tax in arbitrated disputes in other jurisdictions. Her cases are concerned with a wide range of commercial and regulatory subjects, including financial instruments, insurance, information law, budgetary decision making, the rights of individuals, and the powers and duties of public bodies. Her advocacy work predominantly involves statutory construction, European Law and human rights. Her judicial work has involved the general run of Chancery business. Involvement in the last year has included leading a team of juniors on a tax judicial review challenge, a number of confidential advices for HM Chief Inspector of Police on constitutional and other issues, also hearings and governance and procedural matters for regulatory clients. Over the last year she has chaired conferences on Tax Law for the leading providers and the Lexis Nexis Commercial Judicial Review Conference 2012, and hosted a practitioner seminar with the Law Commission on regulatory reform. Case highlights include: R&C Commissioners v London Clubs Management (CA) [2012] STC 388; R&C Commissioners V (1) Insurancewide.Com Services Ltd (2) Trader Media Group Ltd (CA) [2011] Lloyd’s Rep IR 120; R v C [HL] [2010] Crim LR 75; Fleming (t/a Bodycraft) v R&C Commissioners (HL); [2008] UKHL 2; R v Zenios (Hampstead Garden Suburb) [2011] EWCA Civ 1645; Dennis Nilsen) v SSHD (CA) [2005] 1 WLR 1028 and ECHR 3 – 6882/05 [2008] ECHR. Giuseppe Ruscillo and Truscott v (1) CHRE (2) GMC (3) NMC (CA) [2005] 1 WLR 717; R v The National Lottery Commission ex parte Camelot plc (QBD) 21 September [2001] EMLR 43; R. v IRC Ex p. MFK Underwriting Agents Ltd [1990] 1 W.L.R. 1545;. R. v Lloyd’s of London Ex p. Briggs [1993] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 176.

Career

Called 1984, Inner Temple; bencher, Inner Temple 2002; Silk 2002; Deputy High Court Judge Chancery Division 2007.

Languages

Fluent French and German.

Member

ALBA Committee.

Education

Oxford (BA); London (MPhil); City University (Dip law).

Leisure

Painting.


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

Alison Foster QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is a highly effective and confident advocate who is listened to by judges at all levels.

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

39 Essex Chambersis certainly a leading set in the area of public law, it has strength and depth and to most in the know is the go-to set’. The scale of its work takes in key roles in the Grenfell inquiry and the Charlie Gard cases. Kate Grange QC is part of the team representing the government in challenges to the intelligence sharing regime between the UK and US, and the system of interception of external communications under RIPA. Alison Foster QC in instructed in Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee v the Department of Health, a judicial review challenge to proposals to reduce funding for the sector.

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Alison Foster QC - 39 Essex ChambersSuperb advocate with an impressive depth and breadth of litigation experience.

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Alison Foster QC - 39 Essex ChambersTechnically very proficient, and great with clients.

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Alison Foster QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe has a real flair for advocacy, particularly in VAT and tax cases involving public law.

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