Sarah Love > Chambers of Mark Howard KC and Helen Davies KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Howard KC and Helen Davies KC
Brick Court Chambers


Barrister specialising in competition and regulatory law, public and administrative law, European Union law and commercial law. Cases include: Office of Fair Trading v Abbey National plc & ors [2009] UKSC 6, the ‘Bank Charges’ test case (acting for the OFT); Office of Fair Trading v Foxtons Ltd [2009] EWHC 1681 (Ch) (acting for the OFT); Competition Commission v BAA Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 1097 (acting for Ryanair Ltd, the successful intervener); Hereward and Foster LLP & anor v Legal Services Commission [2010] EWHC 3370 (Admin) (acting for the LSC, which succeeded); Cases 1156-9 & 1170/8/3/10 Virgin Media, Inc & ors v Office of Communications, the ‘Pay TV’ appeals against Ofcom (acting for BT); and WHA v HM Revenue & Customs, forthcoming Supreme Court appeal against [2007] EWCA Civ 728 (acting for HMRC).


Called 2006, Middle Temple; tenant Brick Court Chambers 2007 to date; member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown 2010 to date. Previously a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Publications of note include: Robertson A, Lester M, Love S, ‘Judicial review in the United Kingdom of Competition and State Aid Decisions’ (2007) ECLR; Love S, ‘The Merger Action Group Case’ (2009) CLJ; contribution to Brealey QC, Green QC (general eds), ‘Competition Litigation, UK Practice and Procedure’ (OUP, 2010); and Blakeley R, Knight C, Love S, The New Tribunals Handbook (Bloomsbury Professional, 2011).


Reasonable French, basic Spanish.


Bar Pro Bono Unit; Free Representation Unit; Bar European Group (Phoenicia Scholar, 2007); ALBA; HRLA; ARDL; Combar and South Eastern Circuit.


Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2002 BA Hons Philosophy, Politics and Economics, First Class Hons, 1st in year); Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2002-03); City University (2005 Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction, 1st in year); BPP Law School (2006 Bar Vocational Course, Outstanding); King’s College London (2006 Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Telecoms Regulation

(Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Sarah LoveBrick Court ChambersExcellent written work and strong, persuasive oral advocacy.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah LoveBrick Court Chambers ‘Very clever and very user friendly. Offers insights beyond her years and contributes strongly to strategy discussions.’


London Bar > Competition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Sarah LoveBrick Court ChambersSarah is calm and authoritative, incredibly clever and a fantastic strategic thinker.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah Love – Brick Court Chambers

Solid and reliable‘ junior Tim Johnston is a key name to note as Brick Court Chambers, and he often assists public authorities and claimants with procurement matters. Public procurement is also becoming more and more of a significant part of Sarah Love’s practice – she represented the claimant in R (Bluebird Boats Ltd) v The Royal Parks Ltd and The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, a judicial review against the Royal Parks regarding its refusal to grant Bluebird Boats an interim contract and permission to trade following the expiry of the previous concession contract.