Azeem Suterwalla > Chambers of Tim Ward KC and Philip Moser KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Tim Ward KC and Philip Moser KC
Monckton Chambers
1 & 2 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5NR
England

Position

Azeem is a leading junior with a well-established practice across Chambers’ core areas, offering expertise in Judicial Review, Public Procurement, Competition, Information Law, and general commercial work. In addition to acting as a trial and appellate lawyer, a significant part of Azeem’s practice is advisory. He is often instructed in his own right, or to lead as a “senior junior”, but he is equally happy to, and often works, as a member of a large team of counsel and solicitors.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, advising and representing the UK government in his areas of practice. He was previously Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (“IICSA” – between January 2016 and 2020).

Azeem’s Judicial Review and Human Rights practice is wide ranging and he acts across several fields. He has acted in numerous important children related and social welfare cases and undertakes the full range of community care work. Azeem has acted in a number of the leading cases concerning the retention of information by the State and regularly undertakes Data Protection and FOIA related work. He has undertaken cases involving immigration detention and challenges against housing allocation schemes run by Housing Authorities. Many of his cases involve the application of fundamental human rights. Azeem also has a significant commercial judicial review practice. His clients include commercial operators, local authorities, charities and other public bodies. Recent cases include The Avaaz Foundation’s challenge against OFCOM’s decision to find that a merged Fox/Sky entity would be fit and proper to hold a broadcast licence, a challenge by a gliding organisation against the Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to re-designate airspace, concerns by Gatwick residents as to the operation of a key flightpath from the airport and a challenge by an energy company against a substantial penalty levied against it by Central Government.

Azeem has acted in some of the most significant public procurement cases in recent years. He was junior counsel for the Secretary of State for Transport in the Eurotunnel, “Brexit Ferries” case and acted in the follow-on litigation – P&O Ferries v Secretary of State for Transport. Azeem is part of a team of counsel representing the Secretary of State in the rail franchising litigation – West Coast Trains Partnership Limited & Ors v Secretary of State for Transport, listed by the The Lawyer as one of the top cases of 2020. He regularly acts for claimant bidders seeking to challenge contract award decisions and interested parties seeking to protect their position.

Azeem’s work in EU and competition law includes acting for DAF in the ongoing Trucks follow on litigation, acting for a household name in relation to an investigation by the CMA into its practices, acting for the CMA in the viagogo litigation relating to the regulation of the secondary ticketing market, acting for a major “big six” energy provider, in a dispute with the CMA (together with Daniel Beard QC and Josh Holmes QC), and (together with Daniel Beard QC) acting for a global pharmaceutical company in a patent dispute with another such company.

Career

Called 2004; Inner Temple.

Before coming to the Bar Azeem worked for the United Nations in the Middle East (Gaza City) and was a Judicial Assistant to the former Master of the Rolls, now Supreme Court Justice Lord Clarke. He was awarded a Major Scholarship from Inner Temple for the PgDL (2002) and was a Chapman Scholar during the BVC year (2003).

Languages

Arabic (intermediate).

Memberships

Administrative Law Bar Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association

Education

The Haberdasher’s Aske’s School; The University of Oxford (1999, BA Oxon, 1st class); Harvard university (2001, MA, thesis with distinction); City University (2003, CPE, commendation), Inner Temple (2002, PgDL major scholar) (2003, Chapman scholar).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Azeem Suterwalla Monckton Chambers ‘Azeem knows the facts of cases inside out, knows how to tactically pursue matters and is always well-prepared with authorities to back up legal arguments.’

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Azeem SuterwallaMonckton Chambers ‘Azeem has a first-class mind. His drafting skills are excellent. He is one of the barristers of choice (for both claimants and defendants) in high-profile public law matters.’    

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Azeem Suterwalla Monckton Chambers ‘Azeem is hugely knowledgeable and personable. He is also hard working and very responsive.’