Set Profile > Monckton Chambers > London, England

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

London Bar > Competition Tier 1

Monckton Chambers is for some 'the leading chambers for competition disputes in London', with a deep bench of members at both silk and junior level that advise on state aid, follow-on damages, abuse of dominance and class action claims. Many of the set regularly litigate in Luxembourg; Daniel Beard QC led Alan Bates, James Bourke and Ligia Osepciu in representing Apple in an appeal before the General Court regarding the Commission's finding that Apple must pay €13bn to the Irish government after its tax treatment was found to amount to state aid. In the UK, members of the set acted on for multiple parties of the Sainsbury's v Visa & Mastercard in the Supreme Court case concerning interchange fees; Mark Brealey QC acted for Sainsbury's, while Jon Turner QC and Laura Elizabeth John represent other claimants. At junior level, Anneliese Blackwood has been working extensively with Tim Ward QC, including on claims relating to the trucks cartel litigation. Anneli Howard QC took silk in the 2021 round.

Rising stars

Alexandra Littlewood - Monckton ChambersAlex is hard working, careful and thoughtful. Her drafting is clear.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jack Williams - Monckton ChambersClever, calm, effective - a team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Gregory - Monckton ChambersVery bright and able to cut to the heart of difficult legal problems. David provides exceptionally clear and concise drafting.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersTerrific in high-impact situations.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Brealey QC - Monckton ChambersMark has an encyclopedic knowledge of competition litigation (he literally wrote the book) and this knowledge, combined with a commercial and tactical approach and user-friendly style makes him one of the top silks in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersPaul is one of the most tenacious advocates at the Bar. He is not afraid to take and argue a point that might not, at first blush, be hugely attractive to the court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersApproachable and collegiate. Able to see a legal argument from all perspectives and provide precise and cogent analysis.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersAn extremely bright advocate and an exceptional leader.  His superb client skills, responsiveness and strategic judgement are unrivalled at the competition Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersTim is incredibly hard working, thoughtful and very intelligent. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty and really gets to grips with the detail of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersQuick, hyper intelligent and very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersPersonable and authoritative.
Ranked: Tier 2
Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersAn incredibly persuasive advocate with excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersVery good at cutting through complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersOne of the leading QCs for state aid issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersShe is open to new ideas and good at presenting arguments in simple terms.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ronit Kreisberger QCMonckton Chambers 'A talented silk with an excellent reputation in competition collective actions.'
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Rob Williams QC - Monckton ChambersRob is an understated advocate who comes across as very measured and considered, which is an approach that works very effectively in English courts.

2021 Silks

Anneli Howard QC - Monckton ChambersAnneli is immensely bright and strategic. She is constantly considering new angles and is quickly able to see many steps ahead. Anneli has a huge memory for cases in the competition space which she can tap into in any situation.

Leading Juniors

Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersAlan is tremendously knowledgeable and is able to simplify complex claims to boil down the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
James BourkeMonckton ChambersAlways responsive, pleasant and knowledgeable, James gives well-calibrated and considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersYou know a high quality barrister when you find one and we have found one of the best in Ben. A skilled well-prepared advocate who is highly effective in his arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Rayment - Monckton ChambersBen is very thoughtful and thorough. He prepares extremely well for hearings and his advocacy is clear and persuasive. His drafting is also effective and clear.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersAnneliese is excellent at legal research and answering thorny queries that require a deep dive into legislation and case law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Alistair Lindsay - Monckton ChambersSuper smart, collaborative, effective.
Ranked: Tier 2
Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersExcellent senior junior who is always completely on top of his brief. Also an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersSuper-bright and with good strategic insight.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Woolfe - Monckton ChambersPhilip is an outstanding senior junior, more than capable of leading on a substantive case. His advice is commercial and practical, he is user-friendly and a team player, and he is a confident performer on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Armitage - Monckton ChambersGreat to work with, user friendly and a master of the detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Julian Gregory - Monckton Chambers Fantastic attention to detail in his analysis and drafting of pleadings and submissions. Considers every angle and identifies hidden strategic opportunities. Thinks ahead.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikolaus Grubeck - Monckton ChambersA strong technician, pragmatically minded and very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Conor McCarthy - Monckton ChambersHighly responsive and a pragmatic problem solver.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersShe has breadth of knowledge in FRAND/SEP unrivaled - from the technical churn of calculating FRAND, to the nuances of French law to how to plead heavy hitting Article 101/102 defences.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersTom is technically excellent, but his key strength is his approachability. There are no barristers currently working at the Bar in London that offer better client service.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Monckton are without doubt the premier competition law set. They run training sessions of a very high calibre throughout the year. The large number of very experienced barristers they have is a great asset as you always know you will be able to instruct a very able practitioner.’

Extremely well regarded and consistently deep bench strength in the area of competition law.

I consider Monckton to be the leading chambers for competition disputes in London. Monckton has a strong bench both at silk and junior level, and has good options on both the claimant and defendant sides of the disputes.’

The first port of call for me for competition counsel. Has a number of hugely able tenants who are always in demand and tend to get instructed on the headline cases.

Clerking

Very strong. Provide exceptional client service. David Hockney and Steve Duffet stand out.

The clerks are excellent. John Keegan and Steve Duffett are very personable and have a fantastic knowledge of the law firms and their own barristers. They are always able to match up barristers effectively for cases. Their business development is also very skilful and feels personal.

I am a real fan of David Hockney and colleagues.’

John Keegan is a good leader and someone you can always chat things through with. Jaden Maloney is a keen junior always on hand to help out.’

Steve Duffett is impressive and a great problem solver. Steve is always the first clerk we call.’

London Bar > European Union law Tier 1

Undoubtedly a ‘go-to set for EU law‘, Monckton Chambers members include some of the most sought-after lawyers in the jurisdiction, and receive instructions from public bodies, private companies and individuals. The set’s strength in depth is demonstrated by members being instructed on all sides of Viasat v Inmarsat and Ofcom, a Court of Appeal case relating to Ofcom’s decision to grant an authorisation for the use of 2GHz spectrum to Inmarsat; Tim Ward QC acted for Inmarsat, Viasat was represented by Philip Moser QC, while Josh Holmes QC acted for Ofcom. As regards the European Courts, Gerry Facenna QC represented the UK before the CJEU in C-623/17 Privacy International which concerned the relationship between EU data protection laws and national security, while Ian Rogers QC has acted both for and against the UK government in the CJEU, in addition to appearing in EFTA Court. At the junior level, Ben Lask has experience acting unled on behalf of the UK government in CJEU preliminary references, while Brendan McGurk focuses on environmental law, phytosanitary regulation and tax issues. Anneli Howard QC took silk in 2021.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Gerry Facenna QCMonckton ChambersHe is a very clear thinker, a brilliant communicator and importantly he is untainted by ego which often gets in the way of achieving the heights of barristerial performance.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersHe has an exceptional knowledge of a highly complex area of European constitutional law.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersGeorge has an extensive and impressive command of issues relating to European law. In a complex and novel issues he applies an incisive approach quickly getting to the key issues and providing pragmatic and helpful advice
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Ward QCMonckton ChambersAn extremely capable advocate with great client handling skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersGreat on paper and on his feet. Excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersKassie's advocacy is excellent - incisive and engaging. Kassie is conscientious and both a master of the detail and a brilliant strategist.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersAs good as it gets if you need advice on novel and difficult points regarding EU law.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersAn excellent senior-junior surely on the verge of taking silk. Phenomenally bright and excellent on his feet - he manages to turn hearings around.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersA very good lawyer, not least on EU law. Approachable and willing to go the extra mile. Concise and effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersLaura is a stand-out senior junior. She quickly gets to the heart of the issue and is able to summarise complex material in a way that clients can grasp and understand. Her calm manner is also well-received by clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Monckton remain my go-to set for EU law.’

I have the advantage of having worked with Monckton Chambers set for over a decade and the high quality of their junior Barristers and when required, the seamless way the team are able to coordinate their combined skills to best advantage has been a particular feature of this set.

High quality set for EU law/public law.’

Great quality advocates with very efficient clerking service.’

Clerking

‘David Hockney appears very well organised and capable.’

Quietly and unobtrusively efficient.’

Efficient and approachable.’

Excellent – very proactive.’

London Bar > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Involved in almost all the big cases in this area’,  Monckton Chambers includes members who act for top content providers, mobile and fixed-line telecommunications companies, broadcasters, and Ofcom. Daniel Beard QC acted for the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which the CJEU deliberated whether national security laws used by the UK, France, and Belgium requiring the retention of bulk data by telecoms were in contravention of EU law.  He was joined by Robert Palmer QC, who continues to act for MI5, MI6, and GCHQ.  In Vodafone and TalkTalk v Ofcom, Josh Holmes QC successfully defended Ofcom in an appeal challenging its new regulatory package for business data connections in the UK.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHe inspires confidence with his intellect, attention to detail and judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersKassie is measured and knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersHe is a truly exceptional advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2021 Silks

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersFiona is a brilliant barrister who distills complex information quickly and accurately and helps formulate strong pleadings and strategies.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersFantastic attention to detail, highly meticulous in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘One of the two top competition chambers; Monckton has made efforts in recent years to expand its general commercial offering, which seems to be bearing fruit.’

‘Exceptionally strong in IT/Telecoms. Involved in almost all the big cases in this area.’

Clerking

‘Clerks room and reception are excellent. Stephen Duffett always responds promptly and effectively.’

‘Responsive, great at listing appointments, practical.’

London Bar > Public procurement Tier 1

Monckton Chambers assists suppliers, contracting authorities and utilities with the full range of public procurement services, from non-contentious advice during the tender process to representation in complex litigation and mediation. Michael Bowsher QC is representing the UK Government in Good Law Project v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in defending a judicial review concerning its £15bn procurement scheme for personal protective equipment. Philip Moser QC is a respected figure for transport and infrastructure cases, and at the junior end, Brendan McGurk stands out for his expertise in advising on IT and health-related challenges. In another significant case, Valentina Sloane QC represented First Trenitalia West Coast Rail, as intervening party in the highly-publicised Stagecoach East Midlands Trains v Secretary of State for Transport case, which concerned several rail franchise procurements that occurred while bidders were being investigated by The Pensions Regulator.

Rising stars

Daisy Mackersie - Monckton ChambersVery tenacious and bright.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jack Williams - Monckton ChambersHe is a very enthusiastic junior barrister with excellent drafting skills and real desire to do his very best for the client and the case. He is a pleasure to lead and he has a great career ahead of him.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersMichael provides sound, balanced and constructive advice in relation to complex and difficult issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersPhilip is outstanding and very easy to work with. Probably the number one procurement disputes barrister at the moment.
Ranked: Tier 1
Valentina Sloane QC - Monckton ChambersA fine advocate with a fine analytic legal mind. She has the judge’s ear.
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Rob Williams QCMonckton ChambersRob is able to explain technical legal concepts to clients in a user-friendly way. His advice is clear, concise and directive.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersAnneliese is brilliant. Hard working and dependable. A first port of call when non-silk barrister support is needed for a contentious procurement matter.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersAlan is very measured, and gives very practical advice. He gains the trust of clients quickly. He is not afraid to be frank with clients. He is a calm and considered advocate, unswayed by the other side or judicial intervention. His submissions are concise and focussed.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersVery user-friendly. Ligia knows her area well and is both very commercial and tactical and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Monckton Chambers has expertise at all levels and I am generally able to find that they are able to offer alternatives if one particular barrister is unavailable.’

‘A very reliable set, particularly for EU and procurement law and a good set of helpful clerks.’

‘Monckton Chambers are pre-eminent in the field of procurement and competition law. They have real in-depth expertise.’

Clerking

‘Excellent – Steven Duffett is to be commended in particular.’

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax Tier 1

Monckton Chambers has an 'excellent pool of barristers' with extensive experience in indirect tax. Melanie Hall QC has a strong presence in tax law and has expertise advising clients in the financial services and higher education space. Valentina Sloane QC focuses on EU law, tax and procurement. A recent case of note for Sloane is HMRC v The Rank Group, a test case on fiscal neutrality that involved a refund claim for £67m of VAT overpayments. Peter Mantle is also noted and has a strong VAT and indirect tax litigation and advisory practice; he represented the Royal Opera House against HMRC on its input tax recovery claim, where it was identified that there was a sufficient link between production costs and catering supplies.

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Melanie Hall QC - Monckton ChambersA true leader in her field. She has an impressive presence, a meticulous approach, is highly technical and is very pragmatic to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersGeorge is very strong on international legal frameworks, particularly the EU and how it applies/applied to UK VAT. He also brings in the non-tax related relevant points to add material to a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Valentina Sloane QC - Monckton ChambersValentina has a great eye for detail and is collaborative. She is an excellent communicator, thorough and has detailed technical knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: VAT - Leading juniors

Raymond Hill - Monckton ChambersRaymond is greatly respected and highly experienced in tax cases, having been involved in many of the key precedents. Whilst a formidable opponent, it is always a pleasure to be working opposite him, as he is incredibly fair, knows his papers, has an excellent court manner and raises technically brilliant arguments. As a result he is an assiduous advocate and a challenging opponent to face.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Mantle - Monckton ChambersPeter can be relied upon to give a fully balanced appraisal of the position, avoiding either hedging all his views or being excessively optimistic. As he is instructed by both HMRC and tax payers, he can see the position from both sides and is a good guide to HMRC's probable attitudes and thought processes. His opinions are detailed and logical.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersBrendan is a pleasure to work with and his technical indirect tax knowledge is very strong. Brendan's work is always thoroughly researched and his written pleadings are always punchy and persuasive. As an advocate, Brendan is very polished. He is particularly impressive and accomplished on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

The chambers are my first port of call for support. They have an excellent pool of barristers covering a wider range disciplines.’

Clerking

I usually deal with John Keegan who is responsive, offers sensible suggestions and works with you on budgets.’

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 3

The ‘truly excellentMonckton Chambers is ‘very knowledgeable and generous with its time‘, and members ‘are more than willing to offer pro-bono advice‘. The ‘first-class barristerAnneli Howard QC – a 2021 silk appointment – is acting alongside Gerry Facenna QC for the claimants in R (the3million) v Minister for the Cabinet Office, a judicial review against the government for alleged failings in voter registration, prohibiting non-UK EU citizens from voting in the 2019 European Parliament elections. Tim Ward QC specialises in public law actions against commercial regulators; he represented Uber London in successfully challenging Transport for London’s refusal to renew its licence on the grounds it was not a “fit and proper person” to hold one. Ian Wise QC represented a claimant in a judicial review of the Crown Prosecution Service’s membership of Stonewall’s “Diversity Champions” scheme. In addition, with Imogen Proud, Wise QC represented the claimants in R (Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association and Petsafe Ltd), a case concerning electronic training collars for dogs hinging on issues of Wednesbury unreasonableness as well as Article 1 Protocol 1 convention rights.

Rising stars

Imogen Proud - Monckton ChambersImogen is a brilliant barrister. She has a first-class mind, is very hard-working, is greatly responsive, and is user friendly. She is also particularly good at dealing with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersOne of the leading silks in the field. His ability to recall and apply the law to very complex legal issues is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersGerry clearly knows his areas very well and delivers clear, thorough advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersHe is very informative, patient and accommodating.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersTechnically outstanding, a fantastic advocate. Great with clients - very user friendly. He is our first choice silk for public law work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersA pleasure to work with, impeccable attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Anneli Howard QC - Monckton ChambersAnneli is a first-class barrister. She has a great mind and is exceptionally hard working. She is very much a future leader of the public law bar.

Leading Juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersBrendan is a responsive and strategic barrister. Clients and solicitors have confidence in Brendan leading on cases and giving tactical advice to achieve clients' objectives.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nikolaus Grubeck - Monckton ChambersNikolaus is an excellent strategic thinker who always has the clients' overall objectives and goals in mind when advising on case strategy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe is a sensible and practical opponent and he is a confident advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersJulianne is incredibly intelligent with a grasp of data protection laws that is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of us. Julianne is not only super bright but also passionate about the work which is reflected in the quality of her drafting.
Ranked: Tier 3
Azeem Suterwalla - Monckton ChambersAzeem is a first-class barrister. He has a first-class mind, is a great tactician, is good with clients, and understands the bigger picture.
Ranked: Tier 3
Conor McCarthy - Monckton ChambersHe has complete attention to detail, and seems to find time to draft or advise even at short notice in urgent matters. His focus is always on the best result for the client.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Monckton Chambers has a wealth of public law and procurement expertise. In particular a strength-in-depth of junior and senior junior counsel to be able to handle even the largest cases requiring a multi-counsel team.’

‘Monckton Chambers is truly excellent. They are very much the go to choice of chambers for our high profile public and procurement law instructions (whether one is acting for claimants/defendants).’

‘Monckton Chambers have excellent strength from juniors to silks. Their top silks are busy but still available. Its very common to see them on at least one side of a case (if not both sides!).’

Monckton is an amazing set – the barristers are clever, innovative and demonstrate an impressive and in depth knowledge of their practice areas.

Clerking

‘Steve Duffett ensures clients and instructing solicitors get the best service from Monckton’s barristers. He helps select the right barrister for the task. Steve ensures the barristers he works with juggle their competing interests so their clients can get time in counsel’s diaries.’

‘The clerks are great and responsive. Jaden Maloney in particular is excellent: he is hard working and responsive.’

‘I have worked more with Gemma Rawlinson and Jaden Maloney both of whom have always been incredible and done all they can to assist. They’ve even arranged to assist to go and lodge an urgent bundle at court which was incredibly helpful. ‘

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 3

Monckton Chambers is particularly adept at handling cases with an overlap of commercial, regulatory litigation and human rights, and the protection of commercial interests through international human rights proceedings. In the Supreme Court, Ian Wise QC acted for the claimants in R(Z) v Hackney LBC and Agudas Israel Housing Association, a case concerning positive discrimination in the provision of housing specifically adapted for the use of Orthodox Jews. Eric Metcalfe successfully represented the government in R (Michael) v Governor of HMP Whitemoor, concerning a convicted murderer who argued that his right to a fair trial was impeded by his presence at a civil case by video link.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Piers GardnerMonckton ChambersPiers is a top notch human rights lawyer who clearly has vast experience in his field and who gives his clients confidence they are in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Data protection Tier 3

Monckton Chambers’ practitioners are praised for their ‘strong performance’ across the spectrum of public and commercial law. Its data protection and information rights offering is well exhibited by its ongoing work for the ICO. Gerry Facenna QC is ‘a good tactical thinker in relation to group and representative actions’, and recently acted for the ICO on the first two major GDPR penalty decisions against British Airways and Marriott Hotels. Julianne Kerr Morrison has ‘a good tactical understanding of the practical issues needed to progress a case’ and has been advising Open Rights Group and the3million on a judicial review about the compliance of the new Data Protection Act 2018 with the GDPR, concerning the exemption granting for immigration enforcement purposes.

Leading Silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersUnparalleled expertise in a fast developing area of law, matched with excellent strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of data protection and misuse of private information law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersVery clear about what needs to be done for a case, gently but firmly persuasive and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set:

‘Everyone I have used in Monckton has put in a strong performance’.

Clerking:

‘Helpful and friendly – they have always sought to help out on matters we have needed assistance with’.

London Bar > Sport Tier 4

Monckton Chambers is the set of Fiona Banks and Paul Harris QC, a duo ‘as good as anybody else at the sports Bar’. The set is principally renowned for matters which intersect sports and commercial EU regulations, namely competition, freedom of movement and cross-border trading laws. Harris QC recently achieved victory in the case of the extremely high-profile case of Manchester City v UEFA, successfully convincing the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the club’s ban from European competition for matters concerning Financial Fair Play regulations. As for Banks, her recent workload includes regulation, contract, conspiracy, state aid and unfair prejudice-related disputes spread across a variety of clients from the football, motorsport and rugby.

Leading Silks

Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersHead and shoulders the best sports lawyer at the Bar. A brave and effective strategist and a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersFiona is exceptionally bright, perceptive and able to both digest and explain complex matters very clearly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Strong on regulatory matters by reputation, which is warranted. Availability of counsel is very good and the clerks will give alternative junior options when and where appropriate.’

‘Fiona Banks and Paul Harris QC are a very good team and in terms of their sports practice/expertise, they are as good as anyone.’

Clerking

‘Very friendly, helpful and responsive.’

‘Gemma Rawlinson is very responsive.’

‘Very approachable.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Rising stars

William HooperMonckton ChambersVery bright and easy to work with, and happy to lead on pretty large, complex cases despite his relatively junior years. He speaks with gravitas. A star junior and one to watch.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Steven Gee QC - Monckton ChambersVery thorough, knowledgeable and hands-on. He tests the case repeatedly and never leaves any stones unturned.
Ranked: Tier 6

London Bar > Education

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

Leading Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersA highly accomplished practitioner who delivers with clarity and composure both when advising clients and when delivering submissions in court or tribunal.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Steven Gee QC - Monckton ChambersVery thorough, knowledgeable and hands-on. He tests the case repeatedly and never leaves any stones unturned.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

William Buck - Monckton ChambersWilliam rolls his sleeves up and gets on with it. Straight-talking and creative thinking, he easily does the job of a good QC - he is a good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Social housing

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Juniors

Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersAbsolutely brilliant. He's the total package - calm, client-friendly, super smart and an excellent advocate. He is also without doubt the leading expert at the Bar on WTO and trade law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Drew Holiner - Monckton ChambersIt is a huge advantage to have an expert in Russian law that is also UK-qualified and fluent in English. Drew is an excellent expert. He produces clear, concise and convincing expert reports with great efficiency.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Public international law

Leading Juniors

Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersTom is absolutely brilliant. He's the total package - calm, client-friendly, super smart and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional negligence

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

Leading Juniors

Thomas SebastianMonckton ChambersInsightful and a clear thinker, Tom is user friendly and works well in a team.’
Ranked: Tier 2

 

As established leaders with proven expertise at both silk and junior level in its core fields of EU and competition, VAT, regulatory matters, procurement and commercial public law, Monckton has an outstanding combination of intellectual ability and litigation experience in a host of tribunals and courts, both nationally and internationally.

Types of work undertaken: Every member has an impressive in-depth knowledge and a high degree of specialisation in EU law. That knowledge and experience spans a broader field than many other chambers and encompasses the following:

Competition/EU: for several years Monckton has been rated highly in EU/competition law by a number of directories. Chambers has significant experience before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, appearing in the majority of its cases since its inception, and has expertise in all regulatory matters.

Environmental: Monckton Chambers has many specialists in environmental law who regularly advise and appear before domestic courts and the community courts on environmental law issues.

Human rights and civil liberties: chambers brings to bear a range of specialist expertise in the field of human rights and civil liberties, not only in the context of traditional judicial review proceedings, but also in other areas such as competition and regulatory law, freedom of information/data protection and international human rights cases. Members of chambers regularly act for both claimants and defendants in proceedings raising human rights issues

Information and data protection: Monckton Chambers is a premier set in the field of information law, data protection and privacy rights. Members are uniquely well placed to provide assistance in relation to disputes involving EU law, and their commercial, environmental, regulatory and public law expertise means they are adept at handling disputes arising in a wide variety of contexts.

Procurement: members of Monckton provide suppliers, contracting authorities and utilities with a full range of services, from non-contentious advice during the tender process to representation in highly complex litigation and, where appropriate, mediation. Monckton has 27 practitioners specialising in procurement law, dealing with hundreds of sets of procurement instructions each year.

Public and administrative: Monckton has experience of transnational litigation in a public law context, from both a government or regulator’s viewpoint, and that of an individual, company or undertaking, specifically in: EU, ECHR, international commercial arbitration, foreign national constitutional law.

Public international law: chambers has expertise in international trade law. Post-referendum this international economic law expertise has been highly in demand. Members of chambers act in other areas of public international law including acting in bilateral investment treaty and sanctions matters.

Sports: Monckton Chambers has considerable expertise in the field of pure sports law, and vast experience in the fields of overlap between sports law and all aspects of commercial EU law, most notably competition law, freedom of movement and cross-border trading.

Telecommunications: Chambers has a leading-edge practice in telecommunications and electronic communications generally. Members regularly appear in the leading telecommunications cases for mobile and fixed-line telecommunications companies, broadcasters, content providers and the Office of Communications.

VAT: Moncktons has the largest team of indirect tax law specialists at the Bar, offering an unrivalled breadth of experience. Members have represented taxpayers and HMRC in the VAT and Duties Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union in dozens of cases.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk David Hockney
Members of Chambers WARD QC, Tim (1994)
Members of Chambers MOSER QC, Philip (1992)
Members of Chambers SWIFT QC, John (1965)*
BELLAMY QC, Sir Christopher (1968)*
Members of Chambers GEE QC, Steven (1975)
Members of Chambers COLLINS SC, Michael (1978)*
VAJDA QC, Christopher (1979)*
Members of Chambers HALL QC, Melanie (1982)
Members of Chambers BREALEY QC, Mark (1984)
Members of Chambers BOWSHER QC, Michael (1985)
Members of Chambers TURNER QC, Jon (1988)
Members of Chambers WISE QC, Ian (1992)
Members of Chambers HARRIS QC, Paul (1994)
Members of Chambers BEARD QC, Daniel (1996)
Members of Chambers SMITH QC, Kassie (1995)
Members of Chambers ROGERS QC, Ian (1995)
Members of Chambers PERETZ QC, George (1990)
Members of Chambers PICKFORD QC, Meredith (1999)
Members of Chambers FACENNA QC, Gerry (2001)
Members of Chambers HOLMES QC, Josh (1997)
Members of Chambers PALMER QC, Robert (1998)
Members of Chambers KREISBERGER QC, Ronit (1999)
Members of Chambers SLOANE QC, Valentina (2000)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS QC, Rob (2000)
Members of Chambers BAUDENBACHER, Prof. Carl (Former President of the EFTA Court 2003-2017)*
Members of Chambers MITCHELL SC, Frank (2010)*
Members of Chambers MACNAB, Andrew (1986)
Members of Chambers MANTLE, Peter (1989)
Members of Chambers HILL, Raymond (1992)
Members of Chambers LINDSAY, Alistair (1993)
Members of Chambers PIPE, Gregory (1995)
Members of Chambers RAYMENT, Ben (1996)
Members of Chambers METCALFE, Eric (1999)
Members of Chambers GARDNER, Piers (2000)
Members of Chambers GREGORY, Julian (2000)
Members of Chambers BUCK, William (2001)
Members of Chambers HOWARD, Anneli (2002)
Members of Chambers BATES, Alan (2003)
Members of Chambers LASK, Ben (2003)
Members of Chambers McGURK, Brendan (2004)
Members of Chambers WOOLFE, Philip (2004)
Members of Chambers McBRIDE, Jeremy (2004)*
Members of Chambers SUTERWALLA, Azeem (2004)
Members of Chambers HOLINER, Drew (2005)
Members of Chambers WEST, Ewan (2006)
Members of Chambers BANKS, Fiona (2006)
Members of Chambers BLACKWOOD, Anneliese (2007)
Members of Chambers JOHN, Laura Elizabeth (2007)
Members of Chambers OSEPCIU, Ligia (2008)
Members of Chambers LALL, Tarlochan (2010)
Members of Chambers KERR MORRISON, Julianne (2010)
Members of Chambers GRUBECK, Nikolaus (2010)
Members of Chambers MCCARTHY, Conor (2010)
Members of Chambers BERRIDGE, Alison (2011)
Members of Chambers ARMITAGE, Micahel (2011)
Members of Chambers SEBASTIAN, Thomas (2012)
Members of Chambers KUPPEN, Stefan (2013)
Members of Chambers MACKERSIE, Daisy (2013)
Members of Chambers GREGORY, David (2014)
Members of Chambers BOURKE, James (2014)
Members of Chambers HOOPER, William (2014)
Members of Chambers KOUTRAKOS, Prof. Panos (2014)*
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Jack (2015)
Members of Chambers PROUD, Imogen (2015)
Members of Chambers LUKACOVA, Kristina (2015)
Members of Chambers LITTLEWOOD, Alexandra (2016)
Members of Chambers HAFESJI, Khatija (2016)
Members of Chambers MCANDREW, Ciar (2016)
Members of Chambers GILLOW, Harry (2017)
Members of Chambers PERRY, Will (2018)
Members of Chambers ARTLEY, Alfred (2018)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Michael Armitage  photo Michael Armitage Michael specialises in competition law (both advisory and litigation) and EU/public law,…
 Alfred Artley  photo Alfred Artley Alfred has already established a strong junior practice since joining Chambers in…
 Fiona Banks  photo Fiona Banks Fiona is consistently ranked as a leading junior by the legal directories…
 Alan Bates  photo Alan Bates Alan has particular experience in dealing with complex regulatory disputes involving combinations…
Professor Carl Baudenbacher  photo Professor Carl Baudenbacher European courts and procedures EU fundamental freedoms law EEA fundamental freedoms law…
 Daniel Beard photo Daniel Beard Daniel Beard is widely regarded as one of the Bar’s leading specialists…
Sir Christopher Bellamy photo Sir Christopher Bellamy
 Alison Berridge  photo Alison Berridge Alison is a competition and public law specialist. She is a highly…
 Anneliese Blackwood  photo Anneliese Blackwood Anneliese is a leading junior in competition and public procurement. She advises…
 James Bourke  photo James Bourke James is a competition law specialist with strong experience in EU law. James…
 Michael Bowsher photo Michael Bowsher Michael Bowsher QC has a busy practice in public procurement, competition and…
 Mark Brealey photo Mark Brealey Mark Brealey QC specialises in EU and Competition Law. He regularly appears before…
 William Buck  photo William Buck William has a strong practice covering a wide spectrum of high value…
 Michael Collins Sc photo Michael Collins Sc Michael is a leading silk in commercial, competition and EU law at…
 Gerry Facenna photo Gerry Facenna Gerry is ranked by the legal directories as a Leading Silk in:…
 Antonia Fitzpatrick  photo Antonia Fitzpatrick Antonia joined Chambers in October 2021 following the successful completion of her…
 Piers Gardner  photo Piers Gardner Piers transferred to the Bar in 2000, after over 20 years’ experience…
Mr Steven Gee  photo Mr Steven Gee Steven Gee QC is a commercial litigator with nearly forty years’ experience.…
 Harry Gillow  photo Harry Gillow Harry joined Chambers as a tenant in 2018 following successful completion of…
 David Gregory  photo David Gregory David has practiced at Monckton Chambers as a tenant since 2015, following…
 Julian Gregory  photo Julian Gregory Julian Gregory is a competition and regulatory law specialist who is consistently…
 Nikolaus Grubeck  photo Nikolaus Grubeck Nikolaus has a busy practice spanning public & regulatory, civil and international…
 Khatija Hafesji  photo Khatija Hafesji Khatija has a vibrant practice with a particular focus on public law,…
 Melanie Hall photo Melanie Hall Melanie Hall has been an acknowledged leader in the field of VAT…
 Paul Harris photo Paul Harris Paul is a highly sought-after litigation and appellate Silk, relishing the cut…
 Raymond Hill  photo Raymond Hill Raymond specialises in VAT and Direct Tax, as well as the pensions…
 Drew Holiner  photo Drew Holiner Drew specialises in commercial dispute resolution and is admitted to practise in…
 Josh Holmes photo Josh Holmes Josh’s practice covers all aspects of competition law and regulation, including communications,…
 William Hooper  photo William Hooper Will has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice. He acts both…
 Anneli Howard  photo Anneli Howard Anneli Howard is top-ranked by Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who in…
 Laura Elizabeth John  photo Laura Elizabeth John Laura is a highly experienced specialist in Competition law and Information law.…
 Clíodhna Kelleher  photo Clíodhna Kelleher Clíodhna joined Monckton as a tenant in October 2021. She is developing…
 Julianne Kerr Morrison  photo Julianne Kerr Morrison Julianne is a popular junior barrister whose busy practice covers many of…
 Panos Koutrakos  photo Panos Koutrakos Professor Panos Koutrakos is a leading authority on EU law, who has…
 Ronit Kreisberger  photo Ronit Kreisberger Ronit is a leading barrister at the London Bar and former Solicitor-Advocate,…
 Stefan Kuppen  photo Stefan Kuppen Stefan is a competition and regulatory specialist. He has extensive experience in…
 Ben Lask  photo Ben Lask Ben is an experienced junior specialising in Competition, Public and EU Law.…
 Alistair Lindsay  photo Alistair Lindsay Alistair Lindsay practises exclusively in competition law, specialising in merger control, cartels/restrictive…
 Alexandra Littlewood  photo Alexandra Littlewood Alex joined Chambers as a tenant in 2017 following the successful completion…
 Kristina Lukacova  photo Kristina Lukacova Kristina has a broad commercial and chancery practice with a focus on…
 Daisy Mackersie  photo Daisy Mackersie Daisy is an experienced junior practising in competition, procurement and regulatory law.…
 Andrew Macnab  photo Andrew Macnab Andrew practises principally in the areas of VAT, duties and indirect taxation,…
 Peter Mantle  photo Peter Mantle Peter has a breadth and depth of experience and expertise in the…
 Ciar McAndrew  photo Ciar McAndrew Ciar is a sought-after junior tenant whose practice spans all areas of…
 Conor McCarthy  photo Conor McCarthy Conor’s practice encompasses public law, civil claims and international law. He is…
 Jeremy Mcbride  photo Jeremy Mcbride Jeremy has had considerable experience in litigating and advising on European and…
 Brendan Mcgurk  photo Brendan Mcgurk Brendan is a leading junior with a wealth of experience in Commercial,…
 Eric Metcalfe  photo Eric Metcalfe Eric is a specialist in human rights, information law, public law and…
 Frank Mitchell SC QC photo Frank Mitchell SC QC Frank has spent almost twenty years representing taxpayers’ interests in tax disputes.…
 Philip Moser photo Philip Moser Philip Moser QC, joint Head of Chambers, is ranked as a Leading…
 Ligia Osepciu  photo Ligia Osepciu Ligia specialises in European law, with a particular focus on competition law,…
 Robert Palmer  photo Robert Palmer Robert Palmer QC is widely recognised as a leader in the fields…
 George Peretz photo George Peretz George’s practice covers a wide range of public law, regulatory and tax…
Mr Will Perry  photo Mr Will Perry Will joined Monckton as a tenant in October 2019. He has a…
 Meredith Pickford photo Meredith Pickford Meredith is a leading silk for competition and economic regulatory matters. As…
 Gregory Pipe  photo Gregory Pipe Greg is a heavy-weight commercial practitioner who litigates and advises on complex…
 Imogen Proud  photo Imogen Proud Imogen’s practice includes a number of Chambers’ specialist areas: Administrative and public…
 Ben Rayment  photo Ben Rayment Ben is an experienced litigator of heavy and complex disputes in the…
 Ian Rogers photo Ian Rogers Ian Rogers QC is a leading silk who has built up an…
 Thomas Sebastian  photo Thomas Sebastian Thomas acts in complex regulatory and commercial disputes. His practice is diverse…
 Valentina Sloane  photo Valentina Sloane Valentina is a leading barrister in EU relations, procurement and tax law,…
 Kassie Smith photo Kassie Smith Kassie Smith QC is one of the Bar’s leading specialists in competition,…
 Azeem Suterwalla  photo Azeem Suterwalla Azeem is a leading junior with a well-established practice across Chambers’ core…
 John Swift photo John Swift John Swift was in full time practice as a member of Monckton…
 Jon Turner photo Jon Turner Jon is the top-ranked UK Queen’s Counsel in The Legal 500’s European…
 Christopher Vajda photo Christopher Vajda Christopher Vajda was the judge of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland…
 Tim Ward photo Tim Ward Tim Ward QC, joint Head of Chambers, is widely recognised as a…
 Ewan West  photo Ewan West Ewan has a wide-ranging and well-established practice spanning all of Chambers’ main…
 Rob Williams  photo Rob Williams Rob is a highly experienced barrister and advocate practicing in competition law,…
 Jack Williams  photo Jack Williams Jack practises in Competition Law; Public Procurement Law; Administrative & Public Law;…
 Ian Wise photo Ian Wise Ian Wise QC is ranked as a leading silk in Administrative and…
 Philip Woolfe  photo Philip Woolfe Philip is an EU law specialist with a particular focus on Competition…