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  1. EU law – Leading sets
  2. EU law – Leading silks
  3. EU law – 2017 silks
  4. EU law – Leading juniors

EU law – Leading silks

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EU law – 2017 silks

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EU law – Leading juniors

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    • Anneli Howard - Monckton Chambers β€˜She has a depth and breadth of knowledge on EU and EEA law that gives her a genuine ability to challenge the thinking processes of more senior colleagues.’
    • James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An all-round brilliant, bright advocate with excellent client skills.’
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    • Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and one of the ablest juniors at the Bar. User friendly, accessible and cuts to the heart of the issue in double quick time.’
    • Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton Chambers β€˜Impressive attention to detail and is effective at turning around documents within short timescales.’
    • Nicholas Gibson - Matrix Chambers β€˜Bright, quick on the uptake, approachable, and understands the brief quickly.’
    • Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers β€˜Hardworking and diligent with good judgement. Great to have on your team.’
    • Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and offers sound legal advice. He is also highly responsive.’
    • Takis Tridimas - Matrix Chambers β€˜It is hard to think of anyone with more expertise and knowledge on general principles of EU law.’
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    • Katherine Apps - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Emerging junior with a strong practice built around her twin public law and EU law skills, she excels at technical cases with hard legal problems at their core.’
    • Richard Blakeley - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A versatile and analytically brilliant lawyer.’
    • David Blundell - Landmark Chambers β€˜Gets to the heart of a case – he is clever, but also practical; a crisp, clear, concise and persuasive advocate who has the ear of the court.’
    • Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Digs deep to really understand the detail of a case.’
    • Ravi Mehta - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A bright, hardworking junior, who is an excellent team player, he is highly regarded by the silks he works with.’
    • Eleni Mitrophanous - Matrix Chambers β€˜An intelligent junior who will resolutely pursue arguments in support of her client’s case.’
    • Robert Palmer - Monckton Chambers β€˜His legal analysis is very strong. His written arguments are well constructed and he has strong tactical skills.’
    • Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very intelligent, collaborative, works well under pressure and is gracious with solicitors and clients alike.’
    • Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜She is fleet of foot in terms of adapting and adjusting her approach.’

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Blackstone Chambers services a wide range of EU law issues, ranging from customs questions to EU charter rights and state liability claims. Recent case highlights include R (Uber) v Transport for London where, using free movement and non-discrimination arguments, Thomas de la Mare QC and Hanif Mussa secured a short-term reprieve for Uber, following TfL’s earlier refusal to renew the ride-sharing company’s operating licence in September 2017. Nathalie Lieven QC and Ravi Mehta acted for the successful claimant in R (ClientEarth (No 3)) which found the government’s air quality plan unlawful under the EU’s Air Quality Directive. And Kieron Beal QC secured a reference to the CJEU for an NGO claiming EU legislation fails to recognise the independent status of Western Sahara; Brian Kennelly QC and Paul Luckhurst appeared for respondents HMRC and Defra in the hearing.

β€˜Quality set’ Brick Court Chambers has β€˜an impressive array of barristers specialising in a variety of complex areas of law’. The chambers services a wide range of EU-related sectors, including advice on the telecoms, aviation and pharmaceuticals sectors, and questions of freedom of movement and fundamental rights. Following its prominent role in R (Miller), the set is prepared to take advantage of further Brexit-related litigation; Fergus Randolph QC has re-established his professional base in Brussels where the set also has door tenants based. In a recent highlight, Aidan Robertson QC represented the UK before the EU General Court in a challenge to state aid for Hinkley Point C power station. Bringing the application, Austria argued it was a breach of EU rules for the UK government to subsidise the nuclear facilities, an argument rejected by the court in Brussels.

Monckton Chambers demonstrates β€˜an impressive depth of knowledge and experience of EU law’, with members of chambers holding a range of niche specialisms, including utilities regulation, state aid considerations and issues arising from the Euratom treaty. Recent work includes Ian Rogers QC coordinating and leading the government’s defence of R (British American Tobacco and others) v Secretary of State for Health, a challenge to regulations on the plain packaging of tobacco products; Jon Turner QC is acting for American Express in two challenges to the regulation of payment systems; and, in R(Chiltern Farm Chemicals) v Health and Safety Executive, Tim Ward QC and Robert Palmer acted on a challenge to pesticides regulation under a regulatory framework derived from EU law.

β€˜Excellent set’ Matrix Chambers has β€˜a wide range of outstanding barristers’ with β€˜considerable experience and expertise in EU law’. Members of chambers appeared in the headline-grabbing Brexit litigation, R (Miller). Some more recent highlights of note include Rhodri Thompson QC acting on a challenge to the office of road and rail concerning charges for access to the Heathrow Spur; Jessica Simor QC acting in R (McKeown, Duggan & others) v HMRC, which concerned excise smuggling; and the Court of Appeal case of Guebeladze v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, where Helen Mountfield QC successfully resisted an appeal against a finding that an extension of the UK’s β€˜worker registration scheme’ for the nationals of Accession State countries constituted a disproportionate infringement of EU law.

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