Victoria Wakefield > Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC
Brick Court Chambers
7-8 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3LD
England

Position

Barrister specialising in commercial, public and European and competition law, instructed in the CJEU, the ECtHR, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court and in LCIA Arbitration.

Career

Called 2003, Gray’s Inn; tenancy Brick Court Chambers 2005.

Languages

French.

Memberships

Treasury B Panel; Bar European Group; ALBA.

Education

Trinity College Cambridge (BA Hons Law, 1st); Université de Poitiers (ERASMUS); Université Libre de Bruxelles (DES en droit europeen – grande distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the super-sets’, Brick Court Chambers is ‘an all-round strong’ set with ‘a large selection of high-quality competition law specialists’, ‘top commercial counsel’, ‘an excellent chambers for banking litigation’, and a ‘go-to’ set for public administrative law. ‘The availability of high-calibre junior barristers assists in picking the most qualified whilst cost effective team to serve the client,’ said one solicitor. In recent news, Martin Chamberlain QC has been elevated to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court and will cease to practise with effect from 1 October. Also of note, Alec Haydon, Margaret Gray, Fionn Pilbrow, and Victoria Wakefield all took silk in 2019, while Professor Mads Adenas has been appointed an Honorary Queen’s Counsel. The clerks’ room ‘sets the benchmark’ for other sets with its ‘friendly, knowledgeable, and hardworking’ clerks. Senior clerks Paul Dennison (‘first rate; responsive, commercial, and helpful‘) and Tony Burgess (‘highly recommended; a good salesman for his set and always accessible’) have ‘stepped up brilliantly’ following changes to the clerks’ room; ‘they are a pleasure to work with’. At practice manager level, Will Jackman and Philip Wilkes are ‘stars’; Luke Carvalho ‘stands out as very commercial and knowledgeable’; Jo Francis is ‘very helpful and responsive’. Overall, the team is said to be ‘highly responsive, proactive in assisting the smooth running of cases, and always willing to assist in document production, arranging meetings, document filings, and assisting in complex cost and budgeting issues’. Offices in: London

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

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Victoria Wakefield QCBrick Court ChambersShe gets on extremely well with her case teams.

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

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Victoria Wakefield QCBrick Court ChambersA first-rate barrister.

London Bar > Competition

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Victoria Wakefield QCBrick Court ChambersShe has been involved in many high-profile follow-on damages claims.

London Bar > EU Law

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Victoria Wakefield QCBrick Court ChambersHer advocacy is excellent and her analytical skills first-rate.