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Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC

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Philip Moser QC

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Monckton Chambers (Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC)


Philip is regularly instructed in EU law cases, often involving novel or untested points of law. Specialist practices in public procurement, commercial agents’ cases, EU sanctions cases and MTIC fraud have each developed out of his involvement with EU law. He also has particular expertise in Conflict of Laws. Commercial work, often with cross-border elements, complements his specialist areas. Clients include: companies, NGOs and individuals in the UK and abroad (particularly the US, Germany and Austria), as well as HM Revenue & Customs. Called to the Bar in 1992 (Inner Temple), Philip has extensive forensic experience, having appeared as both junior and lead counsel in the High Court; the Court of Appeal; the House of Lords and the ECJ, as well as acting in national and international arbitrations. A former supervisor in EC Law at Robinson College, Cambridge, Philip occasionally lectures on EU Law and is the editor of The European Advocate. He is bilingual English/German and an accredited mediator. Philip has been elected a Bencher of the Inner Temple following the Trinity Elections in July 2012. Philip is also a Fellow of the European Law Institute, 2012. Before taking Silk, Philip was a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.


Called 1992. Mediator 2004. Professional background: research associate, Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS), University of Cambridge 1996-1998; supervisor in EC Law, Robinson College, Cambridge 1995-97; Editorial Board, European Law Reports 1999-editor, The European Advocate 2000-; Bar Council Representative to the Federation of European Bars 2001-2007; accredited as mediator (College of Law); elected UK council member for the International Criminal Bar 2003-2007; chairman, ICB Election & Constitution Committees, 2003-2007.


German (bilingual); French (working knowledge).


European Law Institute, 2012; Bar European Group; Europaische Anwaltsvereinigung (DACH); Association of German-Speaking Lawyers; UKAEL; European Circuit; SouthEastern Circuit; PNBA.


Robinson College, Cambridge; Vienna University; MA(Cantab ); Inns of court school of law; Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship.

London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers ‘ Very knowledgeable. ’

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EU Law

Within: Leading Silks

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers ‘ He grasps technical legal concepts easily and translates them for client and judge. ’

Within: EU Law

Monckton Chambers, which has a strong bench across EU law matters (crossing over with its strength in competition law) acts for a number of private clients but is also notable for the work its members handle for the UK government. Ian Rogers QC successfully represented the government in Swedish Match's failed challenge before the CJEU of the UK's ban on the sale of snus, a smokeless tobacco product popular in Sweden but banned in the rest of the EU. Gerry Facenna QC and Anneli Howard represented two members of parliament in Wightman, and Ben Lask (unled) represented the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the MB case concerning a male-to-female transsexual without a gender recognition certificate's entitlement to a state pension at the female age. In Motor Insurers' Bureau v Lewis, Philip Moser QC represented the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) concerning its role in compensating those injured by uninsured vehicles: in this Court of Appeal case, a suspected scrap metal thief was rammed by a farmer (who was acquitted of GBH with intent in a criminal case) in an uninsured Nissan Terrano; the claimant argued that the Motor Insurance Directive made the MIB liable despite the fact the incident occurred on a private farm.

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Public procurement

Within: Leading Silks

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers ‘ An extremely impressive silk. ’

Within: Public procurement

Considered 'the top set' for public procurement instructions, Monckton Chambers is home to an impressive range of practitioners with expertise across the health services, housing, utilities, transport, and defence sectors. Members cover EU matters, PPPs, and project finance in the form of advice or complex litigation or mediation. Michael Bowsher QC is pre-eminent for UK and EU procurement; in Central Surrey Health Limited v NHS Surrey Downs CCG he successfully represented Central Surrey Health in the first stage of a procurement challenge. Philip Moser QC is also well known – acting for both claimants and government departments on procurement disputes. He acted for the NHS in a high-profile case where AbbVie challenged the health service on a Hepatitis C drug procurement. Valentina Sloane QC combines her EU procurement expertise with her tax practice. She acted for Eurotunnel in a headline grabbing case which challenged to the Secretary of State for Transport's (Chris Grayling MP's) procurement of Brexit-related ferry contracts. The government agreed to pay Eurotunnel £33m to settle the action.

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Within: Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambers ‘ He is extremely knowledgeable. ’

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