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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 3978
DX:
298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
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39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC), Duncan Sinclair, London, ENGLAND

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Duncan Sinclair

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Position

Competition law (damages claims before the CAT and the High Court; investigations); energy law including commercial and regulatory aspects; public law (judicial review) primarily. Recent cases (since 2013) include: National Grid v ABB, Lumsden v the Legal Services Board; Homesun and Friends of the Earth v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Capital Meters v National Grid (CAT). Other advisory work includes both for and against regulators, including the Competition Commission, Ofgem and Ofwat, for commercial disputes including for Carillion, RWE nPower and the Home Builders Association. Has been engaged in two investigations by the OFT, and four by other concurrent regulators in the past two years.

Career

Called 1996; Lincoln’s Inn. Former head of legal at Offgen for five and a half years; Lovells, Brussels; 39 Essex Street. Publications of note: co-editor, ‘Butterworth’s Competition Law Service’; numerous articles in the European Competition Law Review.

Languages

French.

Member

BIICL; Leander; UKELA; XI.

Education

Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning; Downing College, Cambridge (1994 MA, 1995 LLM).

Leisure

Chess, sailing.


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Energy

Within: Energy – Leading juniors

Duncan Sinclair - 39 Essex ChambersA go-to for electricity ratings work.

Within: Energy

With ‘excellent strength in depth for construction-related and commercial energy disputes’, 39 Essex Chambers also handles public international law in the energy sector; it ‘consistently delivers, often on short notice or with imperfect or incomplete information’. Stuart Catchpole QC acted for Tepe in an enforcement appeal to the Privy Counsel from the Court of Appeal in Jersey regarding two arbitral awards over the construction of a pipeline in Turkey. Duncan Sinclair is especially experience in electricity work: he defended npower in a regulatory case brought by Ofgem, and represented Peakgen as claimant in a judicial review case against the regulator regarding the latter’s changes to transmission charges.

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