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Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC
Brick Court Chambers
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Jemima Stratford QC is widely recognised as a leading litigator in EU, competition and public law/human rights.

Jemima’s EU and competition expertise range from FRAND licensing to pharmaceuticals, and from free movement to financial services. She has appeared in more than 50 cases in the General Court and Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Her domestic practice includes competition law cases in the CAT, Commercial Court and Patents Court.

Jemima’s public law and human rights work have taken her to the Supreme Court and to the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR. Before taking silk, she was a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel. She acts for both claimants and defendants across a wide range of cases, some of which also have a connection with EU law. Jemima also advises both States and international organisations on immunities from jurisdiction, dealing with both public international law and human rights arguments before the ECtHR, the High Court and Employment Tribunals.

Jemima has been called to the Bar of Ireland.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including local government)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Jemima Stratford QCBrick Court ChambersInstructed by pharmaceutical companies and public bodies.

Brick Court Chambers is ‘an extremely impressive set in public and administrative law with both high-quality silks, and intelligent, committed juniors, who can all turn their hand to almost anything‘. The set includes a number of government panelists, with national security a notable area of expertise, and has also been particularly active in matters for claimants, ranging from pharmaceutical companies to major NGOs. Martin Chamberlain QC (soon to join the Queen’s Bench Division in October 2019) represented the Campaign Against the Arms Trade in a successful Court of Appeal case concerning the government’s grant of export licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in the civil war in Yemen; Jemima Stratford QC represented interveners Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Paul Bowen QC represents the Cayman government in a judicial review of a decision to transfer two men serving life sentences for murder to serve their sentences in HMP Belmarsh in London. 2019 silk promotion Victoria Wakefield QC represented the Lord Chancellor in defeating a claim from the Institution of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, which attempted to enter the market as a regulator of legal services.

London Bar > EU Law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jemima Stratford QCBrick Court ChambersInstructed on pharmaceutical and chemical matters.

Brick Court Chambers ‘has a wide array of excellent silks and juniors‘ involved in many of the agenda-setting EU law cases before the UK and the European courts. In the High Court, Lord David Anderson  of  Ipswich  KBE QC represented the landlords in Canary Wharf Group v European Medicines Agency; the latter institution, which was relocated to Amsterdam from London in March 2019 due to Brexit, argued that its lease was frustrated under English law as it no longer had the power under EU law to pay the rent. Marie Demetriou QC represented Ioan Micula in the Supreme Court in Micula and others v Romania: two brothers won an investment treaty award against the Romanian government, which the European Commission instructed the Romanians to refuse to honour, alleging that payment of the award would constitute state aid – Gerard Rothschild and Emily MacKenzie having represented the Romanian government at various junctures. In the European courts, Maya Lester QC represented the victorious claimants in Wightman – a case considering whether it is permissible for the UK to withdraw its Article 50 notice – while Jemima Stratford QC represented MSD Animal Health in a challenge to a decision of the European Medicines Authority to release its veterinary clinical trial data. Martin Chamberlain QC has been appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Jemima Stratford QCBrick Court ChambersA measured advocate who is good on public law.

London Bar > Competition

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jemima Stratford QCBrick Court ChambersShe has a track record of FRAND and pharma cases.