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Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC

1 & 2 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5NR, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7405 7211
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Fax 020 7405 2084
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257 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.monckton.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Monckton Chambers has β€˜breadth and depth across all levels from silks to junior barristers’. It has expertise across the public law and regulatory spectrum, but is singled out as β€˜the place to go to for EU law and competition advice’, and clients praise chambers’ ability to communicate insights surrounding these ever-changing areas: for example, β€˜the Brexit blog is excellent and showcases the knowledge and commercial awareness of the set’. On the support side, β€˜the front of house is personal and friendly, yet professional’, and the clerks are β€˜very, very attentive’. Senior clerk David Hockney is β€˜first class’ and β€˜always responsive’, and first junior John Keegan is β€˜approachable and very easy to deal with’ – β€˜nothing is too much trouble’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is a β€˜strong set in this area and has earned a good reputation accordingly’. Chambers has recently produced a β€˜very helpful’ Brexit blog to address ongoing client concerns in the wake of the 2016 referendum. Ian Wise QC has maintained a particularly wide-ranging public law practice and regularly appears in the highest courts.

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

Ian Wise QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A formidable advocate and tactician.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜In a class of his own.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Ward QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A natural choice for regulatory judicial review.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Unflappable and supreme on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2016 silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜It’s unusual to be so good in every stage of advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton Chambers β€˜He has found a real niche in public and EU law and is highly knowledgeable in the field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Palmer - Monckton Chambers β€˜Unflustered, well-prepared and client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers β€˜He delivers well-presented written work and is well-respected in the court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading silks

Mark Brealey QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 5
Aviation – Leading juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton Chambers β€˜She is hardworking and thinks outside the box.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Monckton Chambers

With β€˜a number of really excellent barristers’, Monckton Chambers has seen increased involvement in domestic human rights and discrimination cases. Additionally, Ian Wise QC and Steve Broach acted for the intervener in an important case questioning whether children’s anonymity in criminal proceedings expires on their 18th birthday.

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

Ian Wise QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Down to earth, approachable and very good in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He admirably manages the stress of litigation proceedings on his client’s behalf.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Cragg QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A great legal mind combined with a great ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Eric Metcalfe - Monckton Chambers β€˜Highly praised for the quality of his advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Azeem Suterwalla - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is tenacious in his advocacy yet approaches each issue with sensitivity.’

Ranked: tier 3

Piers Gardner - Monckton Chambers β€˜Fantastic experience acting before the European Court of Human Rights.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steve Broach - Monckton Chambers β€˜A master of the law relating to disabled children.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Competition
Competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

The β€˜premier’ Monckton Chambers is β€˜pre-eminent in the field’ and boasts β€˜some of the key players and best known names in the market’, who frequently appear in the most high-profile cases. Headline recent instructions include Streetmap EU v Google, EmeraldSupplies v British Airways and the BT and EE merger investigation before the Competition and Markets Authority. Mark Brealey QC joined from Brick Court Chambers.

Competition – Leading silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜An exceptional advocate and the go-to silk for state aid matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Turner QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜The best in the business – if you are against him, you are likely to lose.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Brealey QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He marries expert knowledge with on-point analytical skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Intelligent and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Harris QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable and extremely able.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Ward QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Hardworking, accessible and not afraid to get into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Peretz QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He has a detailed grasp of the law and the approach taken by the courts and the regulator.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kassie Smith QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Wonderfully pragmatic in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is able to look at the broad picture while focusing on detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜An authoritative advocate with an easy manner and good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3
Competition – 2016 silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He combines gravitas and intellect with an amiable manner.’

Ranked: tier 1
Competition – 2017 silks

Josh Holmes QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He marries technical expertise and strategic excellence with whole-hearted commitment.’

Ranked: tier 1
Competition – Leading juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton Chambers β€˜Sensible, calm, unflashy and a complete pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton Chambers β€˜Bright and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alistair Lindsay - Monckton Chambers β€˜He has a complete grasp of the law, meticulous attention to detail and a down-to-earth approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Rayment - Monckton Chambers β€˜He second-guesses the court and is a real team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers β€˜Clever and a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Woolfe - Monckton Chambers β€˜He knows each case inside out and knows what is going to play well with the judge.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Bates - Monckton Chambers β€˜An exceptional performer with a winning personality.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alison Berridge - Monckton Chambers β€˜Knowledgeable and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Bourke - Monckton Chambers β€˜An outstanding junior, experienced far beyond his year of call.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Gregory - Monckton Chambers β€˜A highly regarded junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton Chambers β€˜Extremely able and collaborative.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rob Williams - Monckton Chambers β€˜An extremely talented, approachable and diligent lawyer, who works well under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ronit Kreisberger - Monckton Chambers β€˜She has a track record of cases in the pharmaceutical sector.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He has a really useful blend of niche sector knowledge and procurement law.’

Ranked: tier 4

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EU law
EU law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is a β€˜leading set with brilliant practitioners’, who have β€˜great EU courts experience’. Recent work saw members appear in the judicial review challenge to the government’s failure to comply with the EU nitrogen dioxide emission limits in London, and instructed by the Treasury Solicitor in R (Rosneft) v Secretary of State, challenging the EU economic sanctions against Russia.

EU law – Leading silks

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Thorough, assured, methodical and hugely knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jon Turner QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A phenomenal lawyer with a brilliant mind, wealth of experience and tremendous judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kassie Smith QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A lateral thinker for complex regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Ward QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A terrific counsel and a persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Peretz QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A great analytical mind, who remains calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is a great strategist with a real intellectual rigour.’

Ranked: tier 3
EU law – 2016 silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜An incisive and tactical thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1
EU law – 2017 silks

Josh Holmes QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜User-friendly and pragmatic in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 1
EU law – Leading juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton Chambers β€˜An undoubted star.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton Chambers β€˜She is very bright and her analysis is spot-on.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers β€˜A clever, hardworking and strong advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Eric Metcalfe - Monckton Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for his expertise in cases involving children.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers β€˜has the ability to put together a high-quality team at short notice’. Three members provided a public opinion for Greenpeace and Ecotricity regarding the state aid implications of the government’s plan to authorise a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, and Kassie Smith QC acted in ClientEarth v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Environment – Leading silks

Jon Turner QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He has incredible attention for detail and no point or issue passes him by.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kassie Smith QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Thoroughly recommended for high-profile air pollution matters.’

Ranked: tier 3
Environment – 2016 silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is authoritative in his advocacy and easily assimilates technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
Data protection – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Monckton Chambers

Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers has β€˜some really excellent silks and juniors’, who have considerable experience in telecoms and data protection matters, and benefit from allied strengths in EU, competition and public law.

Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A skilled and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Turner QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A formidable and creative performer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A tenacious and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Ward QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A very clear advocate, who is good on technical points of law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Data protection – 2016 silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Very focused and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – 2016 silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜An impressive silk in this area, with wide experience in EU law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – 2017 silks

Josh Holmes - Monckton Chambers β€˜β€˜An excellent silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Data protection – Leading juniors

Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is intelligent and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton Chambers β€˜A thorough and detailed advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton Chambers β€˜An intelligent and thorough team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers β€˜Intelligent and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julian Gregory - Monckton Chambers β€˜A diligent and personable junior.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Palmer - Monckton Chambers β€˜He combines an incisive mind with a clear and courteous courtroom manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Robert Palmer - Monckton Chambers β€˜A very pleasant opponent and very much liked by his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Drew Holiner - Monckton Chambers β€˜He brings strong preparation and depth of analysis.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton Chambers β€˜His judgement and eye for the commercial realities of a case are first class.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading juniors

Thomas Sebastian - Monckton Chambers β€˜Good at getting to the nub of the situation, and his drafting is concise and elegant.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers has β€˜unrivalled expertise and breadth of coverage’ and β€˜always has the right lawyer at the right level with the right expertise’. Michael Bowsher QC acted for FP McCann in a case against the Department of Regional Development in Northern Ireland, arising from the procurement of a Β£100m road contract. In another highlight, Philip Moser QC and Brendan McGurk appeared for the successful tenderer as an intervenor in Premaitha v Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Public procurement – Leading silks

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A go-to procurement specialist and a client favourite.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜A great strategist, with a second-to-none knowledge of complex regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 2
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Rob Williams - Monckton Chambers β€˜A standout junior in high demand for the most high-profile challenges.’

Ranked: tier 1

Valentina Sloane - Monckton Chambers β€˜Brilliant in court and at cutting straight to the issue.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ewan West - Monckton Chambers β€˜He has a piercing intellect and shines on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton Chambers β€˜She is very bright and her analysis is spot-on.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brendan McGurk - Monckton Chambers β€˜Incredibly hardworking and extremely responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Banks - Monckton Chambers β€˜A real expert, whose authoritative manner is backed by experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ligia Osepciu - Monckton Chambers β€˜Calm, commercial and prepared to take on a difficult case when others might not have.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Monckton Chambers has β€˜breadth and depth across all levels from silks to junior barristers’. It has expertise across the public law and regulatory spectrum, but is singled out as β€˜the place to go to for EU law and competition advice’, and clients praise chambers’ ability to communicate insights surrounding these ever-changing areas: for example, β€˜the Brexit blog is excellent and showcases the knowledge and commercial awareness of the set’. On the support side, β€˜the front of house is personal and friendly, yet professional’, and the clerks are β€˜very, very attentive’. Senior clerk David Hockney is β€˜first class’ and β€˜always responsive’, and first junior John Keegan is β€˜approachable and very easy to deal with’ – β€˜nothing is too much trouble’. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers has particular strength in matters at the interface of competition law, telecoms and sport, alongside some disciplinary and regulatory expertise. Fiona Banks advised FIA Formula E Championship team Virgin Racing in an FIA International Court of Appeal hearing as an intervenor: Dragon Racing appealed two penalties issued to Virgin Racing’s Jean-Eric Vergne that it considered unduly lenient; the appeal was considered inadmissible.

Sport – Leading juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton Chambers β€˜She is very supportive and responsive, and able to absorb a huge amount of detail very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ronit Kreisberger - Monckton Chambers β€˜A very gifted lawyer, whose advice is absolutely precise.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

β€˜Thoroughly impressive at senior and junior levels’, Monckton Chambers is β€˜very strong in the indirect tax space and makes a point to be user-friendly’. For some, the set is β€˜go-to in VAT cases where there is a European angle’. Of particular note, Melanie Hall QC acted in a test case for all local authorities in the UK involving the provision of sports and leisure facilities at discounted VAT rates.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Melanie Hall QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Consummate in VAT and broadly one of the most able indirect tax practitioners at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

George Peretz QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜Particularly skilled in navigating the crossroads between UK and EU tax law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers β€˜He’s mastered his subject matter and he knows how to communicate in a clear fashion.’

Ranked: tier 4
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Valentina Sloane - Monckton Chambers β€˜Experienced in everything from the small, tricky issues to the vast, technically complex ones.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Mantle - Monckton Chambers β€˜Strategically excellent; he’s able to quickly identify the chinks in an opponent’s arguments.’

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Hill - Monckton Chambers β€˜A calm and approachable junior, who is able to think through all the angles.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Macnab - Monckton Chambers β€˜A great choice for complex VAT cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brendan McGurk - Monckton Chambers β€˜Extremely patient with his solicitors in complex situations.’

Ranked: tier 3

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