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Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Javan Herberg KC – Blackstone Chambers 'Javan is ferociously bright, and quick to identify the key points at issue. His advice is clear and always considered. He has a calm, clear advocacy style which steps the court through complex points in an easily understandable way.'
Josh Holmes KC – Monckton Chambers 'Josh is a star. He is forensic, clear and concise. He drafts beautifully and his oral advocacy is outstanding, including in cross examination. He prepares thoroughly and it shows.'
Brian Kennelly KC – Blackstone ChambersIn-depth working (and practical) knowledge of heavily regulated industries and issues facing clients. Excellent at explaining risks and distilling complex issues into concise and persuasive argument.
Robert Palmer KC – Monckton Chambers 'His advocacy is clear, structured and persuasive. His technical knowledge is excellent and Judges listen carefully to what he has to say.'
Meredith Pickford KC – Monckton Chambers 'Meredith has a remarkable intellect, easy rapport with clients and a clarity of thought and argument which is respected by the judiciary.'
James Segan KCBlackstone Chambers 'James has excellent knowledge of the broadband industry and its regulator. He is able to speak authoritatively about relevant law and the relevant market, and is excellent at advising the client on these matters in a simple, easy to follow and commercial manner.'
Jon Turner KC – Monckton ChambersOne of the best advocates at the Bar. Wonderful to work with and fearsome to have on the other side.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2021 Silks

Anneli Howard KCMonckton Chambers 'Bright, able, ability to think laterally.'

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Georgina HirschDevereux 'A great team player, real telecoms expert, fantastic with clients and hugely popular.'
Ben LaskMonckton ChambersHe is highly dedicated, clear, methodical and superb with detail. A top choice as junior counsel although surely will soon be taking silk.
Sarah LoveBrick Court Chambers 'Excellent written work and strong, persuasive oral advocacy.'
Tom RichardsBlackstone ChambersSuper bright and an excellent advocate. A real star of the future.‘ 
Alan Bates – Monckton Chambers 'Alan is very approachable and good at presenting the main issues in a clear and succinct manner.'
Emily Neill – Blackstone Chambers 'Incredibly switched on, all over the detail, personable and approachable.'

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Rising Stars

Stefan KuppenMonckton Chambers 'Stefan is all-round first rate - practical, knowledgeable, analytical, commercial and shrewd.'

Telecoms Regulation in London Bar

Blackstone Chambers

The barristers at Blackstone Chambers often represent the likes of Vodafone and Ofcom, among other major communication operators and regulators in the space. James Segan KC is representing Lenovo in InterDigital v Lenovo, a global FRAND licensing action in connection with Motorola and Lenovo smartphones. Segan is also acting for the Chinese technology company in IP Bridge v Huawei, another high-profile FRAND licensing action in relation to Huawei mobile devices. Acting for Three UK, Brian Kennelly KC reached a successful outcome, having the General Court annul the Commission’s decision to block a merger between Three UK and O2 UK, estimated at £10.25 billion.



Blackstone has an extremely strong roster of counsel, all of whom are impressive.

Blackstone is one of the go-to chambers for Telecoms regulatory and competition matters.’

‘They have a wealth of senior and junior Counsel with relevant experience, all of whom are more than capable.’



Excellent. Billy Brian is, in particular, responsive and easy to deal with.

User friendly and flexible on fees.

Excellent. Responsive and helpful at all times. Understand clients needs and react accordingly.

Monckton Chambers

Considered a ‘specialist’ set for regulatory issues, the members at Monckton Chambers regularly act for Ofcom, mobile and fixed line telecommunications companies, and broadcasters. In CityFibre v Ofcom, Josh Holmes KC is acting for the claimant on an appeal to challenge Ofcom’s decision to approve a BT discount scheme for fibre broadband products, adversely affecting an investment by the claimant in a new fibre network targeting UK cities. In Google v European Commission, Meredith Pickford KC represented Google, appearing before the General Court of the European Union to appeal against the largest ever fine imposed by the Commission, a €4.34 billion sanction concerning the licensing of the Android operating system. In addition, Robert Palmer KC advised the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport in its development of a legislative act intended to strip Huawei equipment out of telecom provider’s 5G networks.



Monckton is a specialist and market leader in regulatory and competition law, in particular in relation to telecoms.

Great strength in depth at Monckton – a suite of top class competition and regulatory law barristers at various levels of experience.

Monckton are a top set, particularly for regulatory and competition work.

They have amazing strength in depth and are up to standard, on time and on budget, no surprises, every time.

Monckton Chambers are a leading set in telecoms work.


The clerks are helpful and able to forge good relationships with clients.

The clerks have been particularly efficient and helpful.  Most of our interaction has been with Steven Duffet who has been prompt, pro-active and efficient.

The clerks as super efficient and super helpful. David Hockney and John Keegan are each superb.’


With a spread between regulatory and non-regulatory issues, the barristers at Devereux are noted for their role in commercial disputes involving telecom providers, regulatory appeals, Electronic Communications Code issues, and IT matters. Among other highlights, Graham Read KC represented EE and Hutchinson 3G in EE and H3G v Stephenson & AP Wireless II Ltd, involving a preliminary issue with regard to what needs to be alleged under Part 5 of the ECC, after the claimants sought to terminate an existing agreement. Led by Read, Georgina Hirsch acted for BT in BT & TalkTalk v Ofcom, concerning an alleged breach of an obligation to have ethernet product prices based on a cost orientation formula.