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Leading Silks

David Anderson QCBrick Court ChambersDavid is very accurate in his advice; he expresses advice in a very user-friendly way. He also has amazing gravitas before the court.
Kieron Beal QCBlackstone ChambersAlways thinks outside the box. First choice for complex, high value cases raising issues of European Union law and public and administrative law.
Marie Demetriou QCBrick Court ChambersMarie is simply excellent – one of the best barristers for her areas of expertise.
James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has very wide knowledge and a real understanding of how EU law bolts together.
Brian Kennelly QCBlackstone ChambersHis advice is always clear and succinct and, most importantly, he provides practical solutions to complex problems.
Thomas de la Mare QCBlackstone ChambersTom is pre-eminent in the field, entrusted by clients and plainly highly respected by the tribunals before whom he appears.
Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersJemima is a very strong EU lawyer who knows the relevant principles and case law inside out. She strikes me as having real strength in seeing the bigger picture and has very good judgement as to which arguments are likely to find favour with the court and achieve the client's commercial objectives.
Gerry Facenna QCMonckton ChambersHe is a very clear thinker, a brilliant communicator and importantly he is untainted by ego which often gets in the way of achieving the heights of barristerial performance.
Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersFabulous leader and team player. Terrific strategic thinker. Unparalleled excellence in drafting. Meticulous preparer of cases and gifted advocate.
Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersHe has an exceptional knowledge of a highly complex area of European constitutional law.
George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersGeorge has an extensive and impressive command of issues relating to European law. In a complex and novel issues he applies an incisive approach quickly getting to the key issues and providing pragmatic and helpful advice
Tim Ward QCMonckton ChambersAn extremely capable advocate with great client handling skills.
Charles Banner QC - Keating ChambersSuperb in relation to complex planning law matters, particularly where they overlap with other areas of legal control such as EU environmental law.
Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersGreat on paper and on his feet. Excellent with clients.
Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersA very high level of expertise in EU law, combined with an ability to come up with new arguments and thoughts.
Timothy Lyons QC - 39 Essex ChambersThe authority in the UK for customs and trade law, and one of the few shining lights in EU customs law. He wrote the book on the topic. He is just incredibly good.
Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersAttention to detail and pragmatism - you always know that Aidan knows every bit of the law, but more importantly what it all means in practice and how to use it procedurally and tactically.
Jessica Simor QC - Matrix ChambersA tenacious advocate. Extremely approachable and great to work with. An excellent QC for EU law cases.
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersKassie's advocacy is excellent - incisive and engaging. Kassie is conscientious and both a master of the detail and a brilliant strategist.
Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHe has a calm manner and exudes confidence; he has deep experience of competition law and knowledge of the judges.
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersAs good as it gets if you need advice on novel and difficult points regarding EU law.

2020 Silks

David Blundell QC - Landmark ChambersQC of choice for the government in challenges to the EU settlement scheme.
Eleni Mitrophanous QC - Matrix ChambersExcellent analytically, she presents her case clearly and persuasively. She chooses her best points well. Her oral advocacy is calm, collected and impressive.
David Scannell QC - Brick Court ChambersVery personable, easily approachable and excellent at rigorous analysis of the legislation.
James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersJames is an absolute star – professional, extremely bright and articulate, very responsive and a fantastic team player.

2022 Silks

Sarah Abram QC - Brick Court ChambersWithout a doubt a star of her generation. Now a senior junior, she is stand-out for her depth of knowledge and range of experience in EU law.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Knight - 11KBWOne of the finest junior barristers that I have ever worked with.
Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersAn excellent senior-junior surely on the verge of taking silk. Phenomenally bright and excellent on his feet - he manages to turn hearings around.
Emily NeillBlackstone ChambersExcellent knowledge of EU law. Provides clear concise legal advice. Works well on complex files with multiple actors.
Takis Tridimas - Matrix ChambersHe has superb knowledge of EU law principles and court procedures. Immensely helpful in framing applications and responding to procedural and substantive points and arguments.
Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersGreat attention to detail, able to marshal myriad facts whilst keeping the bigger picture in mind. Good technical legal ability. Able to make the facts and the law fit together well.
Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersHe must be one of the most experienced EU sanctions juniors around.
Ravi MehtaBlackstone ChambersGreat analytical skills, good with clients, produced excellent written advice and legal documents.
Jason PobjoyBlackstone ChambersJason is the ultimate team player, super responsive and a delight to work with. Not only is his knowledge of EU law exceptional, but he adopts an incredibly commercial approach to cases, making him one of best EU and competition law juniors around.
Christopher Staker - 39 Essex ChambersChris responded quickly with very helpful and constructive advice and his French-language ability was significantly of particular use.
Zahra Al-Rikabi - Brick Court ChambersGreat attention to detail. Very calm.
Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersA very good lawyer, not least on EU law. Approachable and willing to go the extra mile. Concise and effective advocate.
Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersLaura is a stand-out senior junior. She quickly gets to the heart of the issue and is able to summarise complex material in a way that clients can grasp and understand. Her calm manner is also well-received by clients.
Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersTim is an out-of-the-box thinker, dependable and experienced in EU law matters. He presents superbly to both his instructors and our clients - his advice and delivery are always commercial.
Hugo Leith - Brick Court ChambersUnquestionably destined for great things.
Emily MacKenzie - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent legal mind and a great team player, diligent and efficient and great at written advocacy. She is a future superstar.
Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersVery strong at expert work, very conscientious, very crisp and clear submissions; an extremely strong senior junior.
Charlotte Thomas - Brick Court ChambersIncredibly easy to work with; a team player who takes on board comments from across the team and works incredibly hard.
Jonathan Worboys - 4 New SquareThough light-hearted in manner, Jonathan is deeply serious about his work. A wise head on rather young shoulders.

Rising Stars

Emma Mockford - Brick Court ChambersShe has penetrating intellectual ability, drafts beautifully and is a strong team player, always delivering what is promised within the time set. She punches well above her weight in terms of call and gains client confidence immediately.

European Union law in London Bar

Blackstone Chambers

In the words of one client, 'for EU law matters, Blackstone Chambers is one of the best sets, able to offer the brightest, most highly skilled advocates', and the set houses specialists in jurisdiction issues, customs, sanctions, employment and immigration. Members are routinely instructed on the most innovative and significant cases in the English courts; as an example, Paul Luckhurst acted as sole counsel in Langton v DEFRA & Natural England, an important Court of Appeal case regarding the correct application of the Habitats Directive. Emily Neill had a particularly busy year which included acting in a £500m group litigation claim against Royal Mail for VAT “hidden” in the price of postal services under EU VAT rules. In Luxembourg, Brian Kennelly QC, leading Jason Pobjoy, successfully acted in Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak and others v Council of the European Union as the CJEU annulled sanctions imposed on the claimant. James Segan QC took silk in 2020.

Testimonials

Set

Really good chambers for all aspects of a commercial litigation practice.’

I enjoy working with barristers from Blackstone. The juniors are approachable and very easy to work with; they are enthusiastic and always keen to help. From my experience it is abundantly clear that they have particular strengths in aviation, European law and regulatory matters, but they have shown the ability to turn their hand to just about any dispute we can throw at them. There is real strength in depth at Blackstone and when our preferred Counsel is unavailable, Blackstone is never short of other options.

For EU law matters, Blackstone Chambers is one of the best sets, able to offer the brightest, most highly skilled (yet practical) advocates. Availability can, however, be a challenge and the clerks have a tendency to over-commit Counsel.’

Blackstone is without doubt one of the leading chambers for EU law. It has many leading practitioners and is a ‘go to’ chambers for Linklaters for instructions on EU as well as UK litigation cases.’

The go to set for European, public and administrative law.

Clerking

Danny Compton is great. Really hardworking.’

Marc Armstrong is excellent – always extremely helpful and responsive.’

The clerks at Blackstone are very helpful and good to work with. I have particular experience of working with Billy Brian, who is fantastic. Billy is always contactable and never fails to help me out at short notice when we need urgent assistance. He is friendly, personable and always professional.’

Very professional particularly Derek Sutton.’

Organised and punctual.’

Brick Court Chambers

When it comes to EU law, ‘there is no one to beat Brick Court Chambers for depth and level of expertise‘, as the set has an extensive pool of barristers of various levels of experience with expertise in a diverse range of areas. The set is instructed on numerous innovative cases in Luxembourg; James Flynn QC (leading Emma Mockford) is acting on behalf of the claimant before the CJEU in Sharpston v Council of the European Union and Representatives of the Governments of Member States, which concerns whether a British Advocate General of that court’s mandate was automatically terminated as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Marie Demetriou QC  is also acting in ongoing CJEU cases, including in PTC Therapeutics v European Medicines Agency, in which the court will rule on the relationship between commercial confidentiality and the public interest in disclosure of clinical trial data. Also in the CJEU, David Anderson QC represented former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family in a successful appeal against the imposition of EU economic sanctions. David Scannell QC, having taken silk in 2020, focuses on pharmaceutical and life science disputes.

Testimonials

Set

Very formal set. Superb across all levels for commercial, competition and public law.’

One of the three market leading EU sets, with a strong roster in both silks and juniors.

Very good strength in depth and a consistently strong quality of barrister.’

I find for EU work there is no one to beat Brick court chambers for depth and level of expertise.

Brick Court continues to be first rate, with counsel able to advise on a huge range of issues.

Clerking

The best clerking team around. Work hard to assist.’

Very professional and effective. Jo Francis particularly stands out.’

I have a lot of time for Tony Burgess, who I find particularly good to deal with and pragmatic.’

Tony Burgess and Luke Cavahlo are the clerks/practice managers with whom I communicate most at Brick Court. They are responsive and a pleasure to deal with. This level of client service is difficult to come by!

Great service. Jo Francis is amazing and always helpful.

Monckton Chambers

Undoubtedly a ‘go-to set for EU law‘, Monckton Chambers members include some of the most sought-after lawyers in the jurisdiction, and receive instructions from public bodies, private companies and individuals. The set’s strength in depth is demonstrated by members being instructed on all sides of Viasat v Inmarsat and Ofcom, a Court of Appeal case relating to Ofcom’s decision to grant an authorisation for the use of 2GHz spectrum to Inmarsat; Tim Ward QC acted for Inmarsat, Viasat was represented by Philip Moser QC, while Josh Holmes QC acted for Ofcom. As regards the European Courts, Gerry Facenna QC represented the UK before the CJEU in C-623/17 Privacy International which concerned the relationship between EU data protection laws and national security, while Ian Rogers QC has acted both for and against the UK government in the CJEU, in addition to appearing in EFTA Court. At the junior level, Ben Lask has experience acting unled on behalf of the UK government in CJEU preliminary references, while Brendan McGurk focuses on environmental law, phytosanitary regulation and tax issues. Anneli Howard QC took silk in 2021.

Testimonials

Set

Monckton remain my go-to set for EU law.’

I have the advantage of having worked with Monckton Chambers set for over a decade and the high quality of their junior Barristers and when required, the seamless way the team are able to coordinate their combined skills to best advantage has been a particular feature of this set.

High quality set for EU law/public law.’

Great quality advocates with very efficient clerking service.’

Clerking

‘David Hockney appears very well organised and capable.’

Quietly and unobtrusively efficient.’

Efficient and approachable.’

Excellent – very proactive.’

39 Essex Chambers

A number of members of 39 Essex Chambers advise extensively on EU law. Timothy Lyons QC has a strong reputation for EU customs issues, in addition to representing professional bodies in relation to EU money laundering directive. Fellow silk Deok Joo Rhee QC is representing the trustees in Bankruptcy in Case C-168/20 Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Mr M, a case pending before the CJEU regarding the compliance of UK insolvency law under EU freedom of establishment and citizenship provisions. As regards juniors, Katherine Apps represented European Public Service Unions as sole counsel before the CJEU.

Testimonials

Clerking

‘The clerks have been very helpful in my dealings with them.’

They are excellent. Alastair Davidson in particular.

 

Matrix Chambers

Members of Matrix Chambers represent clients at both UK and EU level, and in recent years have been instructed on a number of high-profile cases. Rhodri Thompson QC represented an applicant in a judicial review of Secretary of State for Transport's decision to reject bids in the 2019 rail franchising round due to non-compliance with pensions requirements, the judgment in which was handed down in July 2020. David Wolfe QC focuses on EU law as it relates to environmental regulation, often working alongside Jessica Simor QC on fisheries and animal welfare-themed matters. The set also includes some impressive juniors such as Takis Tridimas, who regularly appears in Luxembourg in relation to banking, corporate taxation and fundamental rights. Eleni Mitrophanous QC is a 2020 silk appointment.