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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

Noted for its ‘tremendous strength in depth’, Monckton Chambers is ‘the premier set for EU and competition disputes’ as well as a strong choice for telecoms regulatory, indirect tax and public law. ‘The barristers are all user-friendly, unstuffy, very good at rolling up their sleeves and fun to work with’, and are complemented by the ‘21st century and entrepreneurial-style clerking’, which is ‘highly professional and client-focused’; ‘they know how to match the right barrister to the right case and appear to take care to do so, rather than just looking at who has capacity at any given time.’ Senior clerk David Hockney ‘tries to accommodate clients, wherever possible’. His team includes John Keegan and Steven Duffett, who are ‘a real pleasure to deal with’, and Sam Fullilove, who has ‘exactly the qualities required in a clerk’. ‘The professionalism of the reception and switchboard is also outstanding and reflects chambers’ general approachability, which is a welcome feature of dealing with this set. 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 has a ‘growing reputation in this field’ and is ‘a go-to set for competition-related work’. Clients note that there is ‘strength in depth at silk and junior level’.

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

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersWell-known for judicial reviews of government commercial activity.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Ward QC - Monckton Chambers ‘He has excellent judgement and is a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersOne of the top EU silks.’

Ranked: tier 5

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersA brilliant lawyer, who commands immediate respect from the judiciary, opponents and clients.’

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

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersAt the top of his game but still down to earth and fun.’

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

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersClever and very capable; he adds real value.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Palmer - Monckton ChambersCalm, commercial and willing to engage as part of a team.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe has good presentation skills and inspires the court’s trust.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersA detail-orientated junior.’

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

Those instructing Monckton Chambers highlight the ‘really friendly and approachable’ ethos, and ‘strong junior barristers, who work extremely hard’.

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

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersA pioneering and campaigning silk, fantastic at spotting good points.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersExtremely well-informed on European law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Cragg QC - Monckton ChambersVery knowledgeable and confident in his advice and strategies.’

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

Eric Metcalfe - Monckton Chambers‘Outstanding on the law and very articulate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Azeem Suterwalla - Monckton ChambersNot afraid of a fight and strongly committed to his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Piers Gardner - Monckton ChambersA hugely knowledgeable and well-regarded human rights senior junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersExceptional for commercial litigation and competition advice.

Ranked: tier 6

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersHe thinks outside of the box and has a great knowledge of procurement law.

Ranked: tier 4

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EU and competition
EU and competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Barristers at Monckton Chambers are ‘extremely impressive’ and ‘clearly in command of their subject’. Several members, including Jon Turner QC, Paul Harris QC and Anneliese Blackwood appeared in Emerald Supplies and others v British Airways, an alleged cartel activity claim in the air cargo sector.

EU and competition – Leading silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersProbably the best competition advocate available.

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersA master of his subject and a compelling advocate who can turn a court around.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersResponsive and commercial, and she knows when not to overcook things.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersA ferocious litigator, who never fails to impress with his ability to take control.

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersA persuasive advocate who gives everything to the cause; he fights his client’s corner hard.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersHis advice is always clear, pragmatic and to the point.

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersImmensely thorough; he combines highly effective analysis with original thinking.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersA formidable force in both competition and procurement matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersVery bright and responsive; excellent overall.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersHe is strategically very sharp and adds gravitas.

Ranked: tier 3
EU and competition – New silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersA very competent advocate, driven by a tangible passion to achieve a good outcome.

Ranked: tier 1
EU and competition – Leading juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersHardworking, thoughtful, conscientious and clever; she really adds value.

Ranked: tier 1

Josh Holmes - Monckton ChambersHe works extraordinarily hard to master the nuances of a case; a tremendous senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersA combination of high intellect and a willingness to engage at client level.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersExceptionally able and extremely effective.

Ranked: tier 2

Ronit Kreisberger - Monckton ChambersMeticulous and thoughtful; judges listen and warm to her.

Ranked: tier 2

Alistair Lindsay - Monckton ChambersHe has an incisive mind, and is willing to roll up his sleeves and weigh in to get the job done.

Ranked: tier 3

Alison Berridge - Monckton ChambersHer knowledge of merger control regulation is tremendous.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersHe thinks of every angle to provide well-balanced and measured advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Rayment - Monckton ChambersHe firmly stands his ground when challenged.

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Gregory - Monckton ChambersHe provides great clarity of thought and expression.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rob Williams - Monckton ChambersA strong junior with a razor-sharp intellect.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersHis practice focuses on the rights of children.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Monckton Chambers

With ‘a range of strong barristersMonckton Chambers is ‘a strong set for EU environmental matters’. Notable cases include a judicial review brought by Greenpeace against the government’s implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Environment – Leading silks

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersA first-rate intellect and a very powerful advocate; his grasp of environmental law is tremendous.

Ranked: tier 2

Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersShe adopts a very practical approach to difficult issues and is a good team player.

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – New silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHe has a strong ability to get to the nub of the issue, and is a master of complex technical evidence.

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

Approaching its telecoms practice through a competition lens, Monckton Chambers has ‘a real focus on approachability and team work’, as well as ‘tremendous strength in depth’. The set’s data protection practice continues to grow in strength.

Data protection – New silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHis tactical skills are exceptional, and he is extremely persuasive in the courtroom.

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersA very clear and compelling advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersHe probably could quite literally argue that black is white.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersVery affable, responsive and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHe has an outstanding ability to present arguments effectively on paper and in court.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersA good advocate with combined strength in public law and telecoms cases.

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – New silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHe incorporates huge amounts of factual information into laser-focused legal arguments.

Ranked: tier 1
Data protection – Leading juniors

Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe is very responsive, approachable and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersA very good head for detail and a calm advocate.

Ranked: tier 2
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersShe makes clear that she is one of the team and is always prepared to roll up her sleeves.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe combines a giant intellect with an immense work ethic.

Ranked: tier 1

Julian Gregory - Monckton ChambersA good junior, who is helpful in supporting a team.

Ranked: tier 1

Josh Holmes - Monckton ChambersAn effective advocate and a real team player.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Palmer - Monckton ChambersA highly accomplished practitioner, who delivers with clarity and composure.

Ranked: tier 1

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

Robert Palmer - Monckton ChambersRegularly acts unled for the Home Office in major cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Drew Holiner - Monckton ChambersA sharp, quick-thinking, effective advocate, who handles complexity with ease.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersAn excellent technician but also a pragmatist.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading juniors

Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersHe combines astute and sound advice with an invaluable “bigger-picture” strategy.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Monckton Chambers

The ‘leadingMonckton Chambers provides a ‘superb’ expertise and ‘great strength in depth, from the most senior silks through to juniors’. Philip Moser QC, leading Anneliese Blackwood and Ewan West, represented HM Treasury in the Supreme Court case brought by Edenred, challenging the delivery of the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.

Public procurement – Leading silks

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersA real star performer, who pulls no punches when advising on strategy.

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersFormidable intellect combined with exemplary client handling skills.

Ranked: tier 3
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Rob Williams - Monckton ChambersA filing cabinet of a brain for procurement case law.

Ranked: tier 1

Valentina Sloane - Monckton ChambersDecisive, thorough and leading from the front.

Ranked: tier 1

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersSmart and strong tactically.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersThoughtful, well prepared and a pleasure to deal with.

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan West - Monckton ChambersHe knows procurement law better than almost every barrister in this field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersClearly at the top of her game technically and tactically.

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Noted for its ‘tremendous strength in depth’, Monckton Chambers is ‘the premier set for EU and competition disputes’ as well as a strong choice for telecoms regulatory, indirect tax and public law. ‘The barristers are all user-friendly, unstuffy, very good at rolling up their sleeves and fun to work with’, and are complemented by the ‘21st century and entrepreneurial-style clerking’, which is ‘highly professional and client-focused’; ‘they know how to match the right barrister to the right case and appear to take care to do so, rather than just looking at who has capacity at any given time.’ Senior clerk David Hockney ‘tries to accommodate clients, wherever possible’. His team includes John Keegan and Steven Duffett, who are ‘a real pleasure to deal with’, and Sam Fullilove, who has ‘exactly the qualities required in a clerk’. ‘The professionalism of the reception and switchboard is also outstanding and reflects chambers’ general approachability, which is a welcome feature of dealing with this set. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersA pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Monckton Chambers

At Monckton Chambers, members undertook several football, rugby and motor racing disputes in 2015, showcasing regulatory and competition law experience.

Sport – Leading silks

Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersVery authoritative, articulate and commercial.

Ranked: tier 2
Sport – Leading juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersShe is very responsive and has good attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 2

Ronit Kreisberger - Monckton ChambersA confidence-inspiring barrister, who is delightful to work with and very hardworking.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is ‘one of the strongest chambers for VAT’ and related indirect tax matters such as landfill duties. Melanie Hall QC represented The Wellcome Trust in a dispute regarding input tax on buildings charities occupy for their use. Paul Lasok QC has retired.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Melanie Hall QC - Monckton ChambersTo be found in complex VAT and landfill tax cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersHis strength lies in the interaction of VAT with other EU law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersHe represents HMRC in MTIC cases before the domestic and European courts.’

Ranked: tier 4
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Valentina Sloane - Monckton ChambersAn excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Mantle - Monckton ChambersHe represents HMRC and taxpayers in novel VAT cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Hill - Monckton ChambersHMRC trusts him with high-value cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Macnab - Monckton ChambersTechnically strong and very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersHis ability, charm and industry make him a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Monckton Chambers has an impressive calibre of counsel’. Thomas Sebastian commenced his practice at the Indian Bar, and is instructed by Indian law firms for a range of international arbitrations.

Commercial – Leading juniors

Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersHe is able to combine sound case advice with big-picture strategy.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Monckton ChambersThomas Sebastian, who practised as a member of the Indian bar for over a decade before qualifying in London in 2012, advises on international trade matters. David Hockney is the senior clerk.

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