Set Profile > Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC > London, England

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

Immigration (including business immigration)

2019 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.

Competition Tier 1

'The leading set for competition damages actions on both the claimant and defendant sides', according to some, with 'good bench strength across all levels', Monckton Chambers is frequently in the position of having members instructed on both sides of elite follow-on damages claims and more esoteric competition law matters. State aid highlights include a matter, which settled, concerning former Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling's decision to award a ferry contract to Seaborne Freight, which had no ferries. Daniel Beard QC, Valentina Sloane, Ligia Osepciu and Jack Williams acted for Eurotunnel, with Philip Moser QC for the Secretary of State; Michael Bowsher QC and Brendan McGurk represented P&O Ferries in a subsequent challenge to the settlement. Members were also on both sides of a Competition Appeal Tribunal case between Royal Mail and Whistl concerning alleged abuse of a dominant position bulk mail delivery with Jon Turner QC, Alan Bates and Daisy Mackersie for Whistl, and Beard QC and Osepciu for Royal Mail. Among the set's juniors, Bates leads Williams in representing business including Adnams and Poundland (as end-users of lorries rather than hauliers) in a damages claim following the trucks investigation. In recent news, Rob Williams QC took silk and the future of chambers looks bright with rising stars David Gregory, Stefan Kuppen and Mackersie.

Rising stars

David Gregory - Monckton Chambers David Gregory is one of the best juniors in the competition field I have worked with. He is very clever and his written work is exceptionally clear, impeccably researched and beautifully put together. A total pleasure to lead. A total pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stefan Kuppen - Monckton ChambersCalm and thoughtful junior who is unflappable and good at getting to the nub of things. User friendly and capable of acting as sole counsel or as a supporting junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daisy Mackersie - Monckton ChambersHard working, dependable, approachable, technically very able.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersAn excellent tactician and consummate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Brealey QC - Monckton ChambersA highly respected and well liked competition specialist.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersVery well-known. A top practitioner for good reason – super-committed, very energetic – you can see why he is busy and well-regarded. He really is in your corner in a way clients appreciate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHugely impressive – has really grown into his role as QC. A very able advocate; provides leadership but is also collegiate and open.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersA top competition law QC; will transform a case to the best it can possibly be (and will not take any half-baked points); perhaps a little lacking in flexibility in consequence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersTom is a hands on, hard working silk, who is an attractive, reasonable and persuasive advocate. He would be my first choice for pretty much everything competition related.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersSound, balanced and constructive advice in relation to complex and difficult issues, easy to work with and highly responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Moser QC - Monckton Chambershis advocacy skills are very strong, he can really “read” a judge resulting in effective, targeted submissions and very effective advocacy. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in the field of EU law.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersHe is confident and good at reassuring the client. He has a positive can-do attitude and is extremely responsive over email. I found this particularly helpful when the client wanted quick answers to questions about strategy and litigation process. He is adept at digesting large amounts of information and going to the heart of the issue.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersKassie is an excellent advocate. Her written advice is also cogent, well-reasoned and easy to follow. She offers thorough and considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersGerry is a very effective advocate. He has an accessible style whilst on his feet and writes well. He has a knack for explaining complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand, and a gravitas with Judges which mean that he is listened to.
Ranked: Tier 3
Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersJosh Holmes QC is an exceptionally good junior QC. He is quick to get on top of the detail and the issues; communicates complex points to clients clearly and precisely; and is very user friendly. I have no hesitation in putting Josh in front of clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Ronit Kreisberger QC - Monckton ChambersShe is is an excellent silk with a true specialism in pharma competition cases and unrivalled at her level. She is very knowledgeable of course, but commercial and pragmatic, and able to instil confidence on the part of clients.
Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersA great communicator.

2020 Silks

Rob Williams QC - Monckton ChambersHe is hugely intelligent and also realistic.

Leading Juniors

Alan Bates - Monckton Chambers ‘He gets the points over to the court clearly and effectively.

Ranked: Tier 1
Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersAnneli is extremely intelligent, responsive and practical - the quality of her work is superb. Anneli is very easy to work with, willing to roll her sleeves up, and is very robust.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersBen is a very effective junior who is able to hold his own against senior QCs. He is a very able barrister and attracts high profile instructions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersAnneliese is very intelligent and has a lot of experience in competition damages actions. A great all-rounder: skilled advocate, provides clear and insightful advice, very good to work with and team-oriented.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Bourke - Monckton ChambersJames is very knowledgeable as a result of his long years of experience in the European Commission legal service. He is rapidly gaining in stature in UK competition litigation circles, and has developed a precise style of pleading. James is very pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alistair Lindsay - Monckton Chambers Deep thinking, careful, courteous. A good communicator; incredible technically; imbues confidence. Responsive, clear (no sitting on the fence), pragmatic and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersVery bright and articulate, Brendan is thorough, calm and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersJulianne is super bright and knowledgeable; and considers things from every angle. Definitely an up-and-coming star of the competition bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Rayment - Monckton ChambersA go-to junior for competition matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Woolfe - Monckton ChambersA star senior junior counsel, renowned for taking on David v Goliath cases and winning against more decorated and senior opponents. Has a mastery of detail and is committed to the client's cause - leaving no stone unturned. Outstanding work ethic and never found wanting.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Armitage - Monckton ChambersA stronger drafter who is highly regarded by senior QCs.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersA very competent lawyer. Always a pleasure to work with her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alison Berridge - Monckton Chambers Alison is a standout barrister particularly on complex merger control matters. She is great both with her written advice and as an advocate before the CMA and Competition Appeal Tribunal. A go-to barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Julian Gregory - Monckton ChambersHe is bright and hard working and knows his sector well. He does a great job.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikolaus Grubeck - Monckton ChambersHighly responsive, great manner with clients and very knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersLaura is pragmatic and always on top of the detail of a case. She is a very impressive senior junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Conor McCarthy - Monckton ChambersHe is enthusiastic and inventive. Easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersLigia is the hardest working junior I have worked with - she is very intelligent and easy to work with, and open to discussion. Clients love her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersSignificant expertise in competition disputes and gives high quality advice which is measured and considered; calm and composed and easy to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 3

European Union law Tier 1

'Simply the best on EU law' with 'excellent strength across the board', members of Monckton Chambers are active in a range of EU law matters for both the UK government, businesses and individuals. Ian Rogers QC represents the UK in infraction proceedings brought by the European Commission, which seeks over €3bn for allegedly undervalued Chinese clothing imports. In the domestic courts, Tim Ward QC succeeded for the appellants in R (Chiltern Farm Chemicals) v HSE, a case concerning a ban on particular types of slug pellets. The set's juniors are busy in Luxembourg, where Anneli Howard represented the UK government in a number of cases concerning if unfair clauses in mortgage contracts should be excised or cause the loan to be voided; Ben Lask represents Catalan politician Carles Puigdemont in a dispute as to if he can take his seat as an MEP without taking his oath of office in Spain, where he is subject to an arrest warrant concerning the attempted independence referendum in 2017.

Leading Silks

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersProfessional, thorough and involved.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersTechnically outstanding, very user friendly with clients. Tim is also a fantastic advocate - very clear and assertive when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersGerry is a fearless and extremely competent barrister. His is forensic in his approach to preparation, he is on top of his subject, his delivery inspires confidence and he has consistently delivered outcomes which have exceeded my expectations. Importantly, he is approachable and takes the time to build up a mutualy supportive relationship with his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersHe grasps technical legal concepts easily and translates them for client and judge.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersStrengths: attention to detail, hard-working, excellent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersKassie is clever, calm and collected. Responsiveness and excellent team working are two real strengths.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersGreat presence, in-depth experience before the CAT and General Court, very strategic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersA well respected, excellent silk. One of the best advocates I have come across.
Ranked: Tier 3
Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersA firm favourite for me. He was an excellent senior junior and is growing in stature as a silk. His strengths are his attention to detail, being hard-working, and excellent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Ronit Kreisberger QC - Monckton ChambersShe is brilliant. A very extraordinary legal mind. Very clear presentation and effective in getting her points across. I would not hesitate to instruct her.
Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersIntellectually rigorous and a great communicator.

Leading Juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersAs a junior, she is simply excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersBen is a very able barrister and attracts high profile instructions. He has the ability to grapple with difficult technical cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersVery bright and articulate and enjoyable to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersSuperlative knowledge of EU law. He wears his learning lightly and is able to explain highly intricate and complex legal complex areas of law in clear and accessible terms, to the benefit of clients, solicitors and judges alike!
Ranked: Tier 3
Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersShe is very analytical and provides very thorough, strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Eric Metcalfe - Monckton ChambersEric is an excellent barrister. We regularly instruct him in human rights and data protection cases. He is an incredibly trustworthy pair of hands. He has unrivalled expertise in data protection and EU law. He is a rigorous in his preparation for cases and his drafting is clear and persuasive. Eric never loses sight of the important role that evidence plays in bringing complex litigation and is a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersShe gets to grip quickly with complex technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 3

International crime and extradition Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Monckton ChambersHighly experienced in representing foreign governments in inter-state litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Public procurement Tier 1

Monckton Chambers is hailed as the ‘leading procurement and competition set'. It is instructed on significant cases in areas including pharmaceuticals, transport and construction. Michael Bowsher QC represented Mitie Limited in a challenge against the Secretary of State for Justice regarding the procurement of a contract for facilities management services. 'Seen as the leading QC in this area', Philip Moser QC is instructed on critical transport cases, and Valentina Sloane QC ('a class act') is handling a range of high-profile cases, particularly in the transport sector. 'Judges take notice ofRob Williams QC who has also acted on a number of high-profile transport cases including representing Govia in rail franchise challenges. The junior cohort includes the 'insightfulAnneliese Blackwood, who has been involved in a range of transport or construction matters, and rising stars Jack Williams and Daisy Mackersie.

Rising stars

Daisy Mackersie - Monckton ChambersShe was the brains of the operation.
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 ChambersSound, balanced and constructive advice in relation to complex and difficult issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersExcellent advocate and really knows his stuff. Seen currently as the leading counsel in this area. His input helped us achieve an outstanding result.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Valentina Sloane QC - Monckton ChambersA fine advocate with a fine analytic legal mind. She had the judge’s ear.

2020 Silks

Rob Williams - Monckton ChambersA measured, sensible, lovely advocate. Excellent judgement and also a voice of reason in the room.

Leading Juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton Chambers ‘He is very intellectual and extremely thorough. He is very good on heavyweight, black letter law.

Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan West - Monckton ChambersForensic knowledge of procurement law and practice, brings a wealth of experience to the advice that he gives, a QC in waiting.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersFocused, committed and hardworking team player. Tenacious advocate in court. A first-class brain and her analysis of the law is also first-class.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersExcellent drafting, attention to detail and hugely responsive. Insightful and sees the issues and understands difficult concepts very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersTenacious on his feet. His advice is always very clear, user-friendly and timely. He is a pleasure to work with and has a good ability to deliver difficult advice and offer pragmatic solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersA top junior. We rate Ligia very highly as a junior. Clients love her.
Ranked: Tier 3

Education Tier 2

Leading Silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersHe can immediately identify the issues and is always one step ahead of his opposition.
Ranked: Tier 2

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 3

'Well-known for its expertise and strength in public and administration law', Members of Monckton Chambers act for a range of parties crossing over with its expertise in European Union and competition law. Ian Wise QC represented the claimants in R (DA) v SSWP, a challenge to the benefit cap with issues about the court considering parliamentary materials, and R (Miller) v College of Policing, in which the High Court found that College of Policing guidance around "non-crime hate incidents" was unlawful. The set handles some government work too, with a number of members on panels for such work: Ben Lask represents the Department for International Trade in a challenge brought by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights to a regime permitting the import of cotton from Uzbekistan, which historically was significantly produced using forced labour.

Rising stars

Imogen Proud - Monckton ChambersShe 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 ChambersA first choice of leader in complex discrimination and other judicial review claims. Always produces succinct and compelling written and oral submissions. Very well organised and always turns around instructions quickly and meets deadlines. Proactive and good on tactics and strategy. Responsive and down-to-earth.
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

2019 Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersIntellectually rigorous and a great communicator.

Leading Juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersExtremely clever and thoughtful - very on top of the detail of nuanced tests.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersShe has a first-class mind and a formidable work ethic. She has consistently delivered high-quality work. The barrister also has a pleasing style of advocacy: she knows how to deal with Judges in both the High Court and above.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe is a sensible and practical opponent and he was a confident advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersParticularly good at spotting the wood from the trees.
Ranked: Tier 3
Azeem Suterwalla - Monckton ChambersAbility to see core issue and formulate best strategy to achieve outcome sought. A great awareness of potential pitfalls and the ability to steer through them.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikolaus Grubeck - Monckton ChambersNik has incredible technical knowledge of the law coupled with an ability to explain it in a clear and concise manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Conor McCarthy - Monckton ChambersHe is intelligent, knowledgeable and inventive.
Ranked: Tier 4

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

Monckton Chambers is described as a 'progressive and dynamic set, with star quality throughout', with particular emphasis on the intersection of civil liberties and data protection rights, with members frequently engaged in complex data rights claims and public law challenges. In one instance, Ian Wise QC acted in Harry Miller v College of Policing and Humberside Police surrounding the Police's action of a video recording a 'non-crime hate accident' which the High Court concluded disproportionately interfered with the claimant's right of freedom of expression. Elsewhere, Eric Metcalfe acted for the Secretary of State and successfully defended HMP Whitemoor Prison’s decision's use of video link before the Court of Appeal. Also of note, the 'excellent' Nikolaus Grubeck is acting for a consortium of human rights NGOs in a pending Supreme Court challenge to the decision by the Secretary of State for International Trade to continue to export arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Leading Silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Monckton ChambersA distinguished silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersExcellent on his feet and is very adept at taking clients through sensitive and complex matters. He is very hands on and is always thinking ten steps ahead.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Eric Metcalfe - Monckton ChambersHe has unrivalled expertise in data protection and EU law which he utilises in civil liberties cases. He is a rigorous in his preparation for cases and his drafting is clear and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersAn encyclopaedic knowledge of data protection legislation and case law. She is fully up to speed on recent developments in this complex and constantly evolving area of practice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Azeem Suterwalla - Monckton ChambersClarity of thought and the ability to draw on considerable expertise in a client-friendly manner. Sound judgement and pragmatic approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Piers Gardner - Monckton ChambersVery clever, imaginative lawyer with an unrivalled, in-depth knowledge of the workings of various EU and UN institutions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikolaus Grubeck - Monckton ChambersHas a sharp legal mind, clear strategic thinking and is outcome focused. He is one a few counsel that understand the dynamics of developing technology and rights.
Ranked: Tier 3

Data protection Tier 3

Monckton Chambers is 'a wonderful, adept and flexible set', which is 'a leading name for data protection and information rights'. 'Housing some of the best legal minds for data issues', key practitioners include Gerry Facenna QCJulianne Kerr Morrison and the 'very thorough and ableLaura Elizabeth John. Facenna and Morrison are key names for the ICO and are currently acting for the regulator in the first two GDPR penalty decisions against British Airways and Marriott Hotels. John is representing the ICO as defendant against the Department of Transport in an appeal relating to whether information can be severed and dealt with partly under FOIA and partly under the Environmental Information Regulations.

Leading Silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHis advocacy is clear and persuasive. Works very well with juniors. You know you're in good hands.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersShe is super bright and knowledgeable, and considers things from every angle.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersA competent and professional advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersA very effective junior who is able to hold his own against senior QCs.
Ranked: Tier 3

Aviation Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersShe’s an expert in the field of competition, is approachable, and rolls her sleeves up and gets on with the job in hand.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Drew Holiner - Monckton ChambersAs counsel, he has superb instincts and great knowledge of Russian and English law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersVery responsive and always make himself available to discuss matters and turns work around promptly - his advice is comprehensive and accounts not only for the strict legal merits of the position, but also considers the broader strategic perspective of the case.
Ranked: Tier 3

Public international law Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersOne of the most experienced, if not the most experienced, counsel on trade law issues in the UK, he is also excellent on investment treaty issues.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Leading Silks

Steven Gee QC - Monckton ChambersThe pre-eminent leading counsel on injunctions, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case law. Despite his seniority, he is very hands-on and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 3

Social housing Tier 3

Leading Silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersA top pick for social housing work with a public law aspect, in particular discrimination and other challenges relating to social housing allocations schemes, or accommodation duties where there is a need for co-operation between social services and housing departments.
Ranked: Tier 3

Environment Tier 3

Leading Silks

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersHe appears to possess the entire skillset – he is both a superb technical lawyer and a bold and engaging advocate of the highest calibre.
Ranked: Tier 3

Sport Tier 4

Monckton Chambers has a strong reputation in competition law in the sporting context, thanks to the work of Paul Harris QCRonit Kreisberger QC, and Fiona Banks. Harris has acted in litigation and arbitration concerning football, rugby, swimming and racing; Kreisberger has been particularly active in competition law disputes concerning media and broadcasting rights; Banks is an expert in competition and commercial disputes, and most recently acted for Liverpool FC in its sponsorship dispute with Winlink.

Leading Silks

Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersAn excellent choice for contentious sports matters, particularly those involving competition law issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Ronit Kreisberger QC - Monckton ChambersVery clear, concise and thorough. She is unrivalled at her level in sport and competition law.

Leading Juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersA robust and forceful practitioner. She is very good in competition law-related matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Leading Silks

Steven Gee QC - Monckton ChambersA walking legal encyclopedia - ask him any question and he can give you the most thorough, well reasoned and supported answer. Despite his seniority, he is very hands-on and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 6

IT and telecoms

Monckton Chambers is 'a go-to option for telecoms regulatory matters' with 'strength right across the board'; it 'houses some of the best advocates' who are 'right at the top of the list for telecoms and competition law'. With clients spanning telecoms companies, broadcasters, content providers and Ofcom, recent work includes Tim Ward QC acting for Inmarsat in Viasat v Inmarsat and Ofcom relating to the launch of a new satellite broadband service for airline passengers with Josh Holmes QC representing the regulator; and Meredith Pickford QC acting for Google before the General Court of the European Union in an abuse of dominance case relating to its promotion of its shopping services over those of rivals.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Rising stars

Stefan Kuppen - Monckton ChambersHe has a very strong grasp of the EU telecoms regulatory framework and also has strong commercial acumen.
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersA brilliant advocate who is absolutely superb in every aspect of his work. He has a fierce intellect and can get to grips with matters of great complexity extremely quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHe has the fundamental quality of a top silk; he is incredibly bright. He has excellent judgment and a remarkable ability to distill complex issues into simple and effective strategies.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersShe exemplifies calmness and intelligence and is an excellent team member and exceptionally responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersExcellent understanding and commercial application of competition law – persuasive advocate and forensic in legal analysis. Quite fearless in running difficult points.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersA very good team player who is a pleasure to work with. He is very thorough in his analysis and is excellent at anticipating lines of argument.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersHe has great presence with good sector and legal knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersA first-rate silk.
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2019 Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersAn agile thinker who is committed, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersShe is razor sharp and has excellent judgement in the court and with the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Julian Gregory - Monckton ChambersHe is strong on technical elements with experience across the regulatory and telecoms fields.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersTechnically excellent, combined with strong commerciality and great ability to present arguments clearly and contextually. Hard working, responsive, very personable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe is extremely bright with impressive arguments, both written and when presented.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Woolfe - Monckton ChambersMakes the most complex of issues easily understandable. One of the most user-friendly barristers around – engaging, bright and practical. Very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Although known as a ‘leading set’ for EU, competition, and public procurement law instructions, thanks to having ‘excellent strength in depth across the spectrum’, Monckton Chambersalso has barristers who can turn their hand to more esoteric public law challenges’. Chambers is also a ‘go-to’ for civil liberties and human rights work. ‘Barristers have always made themselves available on a pro bono basis, including at the highest level, and consistently produced work of the highest quality.Robert Palmer, Ronit Kreisberger, and Valentina Sloane took silk in 2019. Meanwhile, in other news, Steven Gee QC joined chambers after five years at boutique litigation firm Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, while Ben Emmerson QC arrived from Matrix Chambers. Senior clerk David Hockney and his deputy, John Keegan, ‘run a great clerking team’ that is ‘a cut above all other sets’. The clerks are ‘responsive to requests for assistance; open to considering varied arrangements for instruction, and thoroughly 21st century in their use of technology and means of communications’. First junior Steven Duffett is ‘highly effective in a hands-on and task-focused way’. Offices in: London

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Indirect tax is a speciality of the 'very smoothly runMonckton Chambers, which houses impressive advocates who regularly act for taxpayers and the revenue. Melanie Hall QC continues to act in cutting-edge cases, and successfully represented SAW Education before the Supreme Court in SAE Education Ltd v Commissioners of Revenue and Customs, a case clarifying tax law on what is a college or university. Valentina Sloane QC, who specialises in the intersection between EU law, tax, and procurement, represented FMX at the Supreme Court in HMRC v FMX, a case on customs duties and limitation periods. Senior junior Peter Mantle has a strong indirect tax practice and was recently re-appointed to the treasury A panel.

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Melanie Hall QC - Monckton ChambersShe is an excellent silk; has the ear of the judge and is forensically charming.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersHe is extremely knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 3
George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersHe has a great mind and the ability to communicate complex issues to lay clients in a manner they can understand.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: VAT - 2019 silks

Valentina Sloane QC - Monckton ChambersVery user friendly with clients and has a great grasp of the detail when evidence is complex.

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Raymond Hill - Monckton ChambersHe is very calm under pressure and an excellent team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Mantle - Monckton ChambersHe is able to explain complex ideas in a straightforward way that clients like. He is also willing to adopt challenging arguments if he believes in the cause.
Ranked: Tier 2
Frank Mitchell - Monckton ChambersHe considers all angles on a matter which encourages an open and healthy debate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Macnab - Monckton ChambersAndrew has all the qualities needed from a junior barrister in this area. He is imaginative, looking for solutions from different angles, and finding them. Well respected by both HMRC and taxpayers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersHe is extremely impressive on his feet, delivering powerful speeches and being unfazed by difficult and probing questions from the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 3

 

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.

Employment: the employment law group at Monckton Chambers provides advocacy and advisory services at every level, from employment tribunals to the Supreme Court and The Court of Justice of the European Union, representing employers, employees and government bodies. Many of the leading employment cases of the past 15 years have featured members of Monckton Chambers, particularly in the fields of pension rights, equal pay, discrimination, transfer of undertakings and social policy.

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.

See www.monckton.com for more details.

 

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)*
Members of Chambers EMMERSON QC, Ben (1986)
Members of Chambers GEE QC, Steven (1975)
Members of Chambers COLLINS SC, Michael (1978)*
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 OLIVER, Peter (1977)*
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 KELSEY, Elizabeth (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)
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 Michael Armitage  photo Michael Armitage Michael specialises in competition law (both advisory and litigation) and EU/public law,…
 Fiona Banks  photo Fiona Banks Fiona’s practice focuses on the fields of competition, European, broadcasting an telecommunications,…
 Alan Bates  photo Alan Bates Alan specialises in EU, competition, procurement and public law, with a strong…
 Daniel Beard QC photo Daniel Beard QC Barrister specialising in EU and competition law. Also specialising in administrative law…
 Alison Berridge  photo Alison Berridge Litigation, mergers, competition litigation, competition advisory.
 Anneliese Blackwood  photo Anneliese Blackwood Anneliese is a ‘rising star’ in competition law and is a recommended…
 James Bourke  photo James Bourke James joined Monckton Chambers in 2014. James was a member of the…
 Michael Bowsher QC photo Michael Bowsher QC Michael Bowsher has been a member of Monckton Chambers since 2001. He…
 Mark Brealey QC photo Mark Brealey QC Mark Brealey QC specialises in EU and Competition Law. He regularly appears…
 Steve Broach  photo Steve Broach Steve practises across the broad spectrum of public law. His practice has…
 William Buck  photo William Buck William has developed a strong commercial practice covering a wide spectrum of…
 Michael Collins Sc QC photo Michael Collins Sc QC Michael is a leading silk in commercial, competition and EU law at…
 Ben Emmerson QC photo Ben Emmerson QC Ben Emmerson QC has an international practice, with 30 years’ experience representing…
 Gerry Facenna QC photo Gerry Facenna QC Gerry Facenna is a leading new silk in public law and EU…
 Piers Gardner  photo Piers Gardner Piers transferred to the Bar in 2000, after over 20 years’ experience…
 Harry Gillow  photo Harry Gillow Harry joined Monckton Chambers as a tenant in 2018 following successful completion…
 David Gregory  photo David Gregory David is developing a practice across all of Chamber’s main specializations: EU, public…
 Julian Gregory  photo Julian Gregory Julian is ranked as a leading competition law junior and has been…
 Nikolaus Grubeck  photo Nikolaus Grubeck Nikolaus has a broad practice in public, civil and international law, across…
 Khatija Hafesji  photo Khatija Hafesji Khatija joined Monckton Chambers as a tenant in 2017 following successful completion…
 Melanie Hall QC photo Melanie Hall QC Described as a ‘sensational litigator’ Melanie Hall has been an acknowledged leader…
 Paul Harris QC photo Paul Harris QC Paul’s practice concentrates on contested litigation and advocacy, particularly in the fields…
 Raymond Hill  photo Raymond Hill Raymond specialises in VAT and direct tax, as well as the pensions…
 Drew Holiner  photo Drew Holiner Drew is the only barrister in England and Wales who is also…
 Josh Holmes QC photo Josh Holmes QC Josh’s practice covers all aspects of competition, EU, public and regulatory work.…
 William Hooper  photo William Hooper Will has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice. He has experience…
 Anneli Howard  photo Anneli Howard Barrister specialising in EC and UK competition law before the CAT, Commercial…
 Laura Elizabeth John  photo Laura Elizabeth John Laura is a highly sought after junior with ‘very good tactical judgement,…
 Elizabeth Kelsey  photo Elizabeth Kelsey Elizabeth has experience of all key Chambers’ practice areas and specialises in…
 Julianne Kerr Morrison  photo Julianne Kerr Morrison Julianne joined Monckton Chambers in March 2012 having successfully completed pupillage. As…
 Panos Koutrakos  photo Panos Koutrakos Panos Koutrakos is Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Professor of…
 Ronit Kreisberger  photo Ronit Kreisberger Ronit Kreisberger is a leading senior junior in Competition and EU Law.…
 Stefan Kuppen  photo Stefan Kuppen Stefan practises in all areas of Chambers’ work with a particular focus…
 Tarlochan Lall  photo Tarlochan Lall Tarl has over 20 years’ experience as a tax lawyer. He gained…
 Ben Lask  photo Ben Lask Ben Lask is an experienced junior specialising in Public, EU and Competition…
 Alistair Lindsay  photo Alistair Lindsay Alistair Lindsay specialises in merger control, cartels/restrictive agreements, and abuse of market…
 Alexandra Littlewood  photo Alexandra Littlewood Alexandra joined Monckton Chambers as a tenant in 2017 following successful completion…
 Daisy Mackersie  photo Daisy Mackersie Daisy’s practice includes all of Chambers’ main specialisations: competition, commercial regulatory, EU,…
 Andrew Macnab  photo Andrew Macnab Andrew practises in the fields of VAT, duties and indirect taxation, EU/competition…
 Peter Mantle  photo Peter Mantle Peter has a breadth and depth of experience and expertise in the…
 Ciar McAndrew  photo Ciar McAndrew Ciar joined Monckton Chambers as a tenant in 2018 following successful completion…
 Conor McCarthy  photo Conor McCarthy Conor has broad practice encompassing public law, civil claims and international law.…
 Jeremy Mcbride  photo Jeremy Mcbride Jeremy was called to the Bar under the exceptional route for academics…
 Brendan Mcgurk  photo Brendan Mcgurk Brendan is a leading junior with a wealth of experience in commercial,…
 Eric Metcalfe  photo Eric Metcalfe Eric joined Monckton Chambers in October 2011 where he specialises in human…
 Frank Mitchell  photo Frank Mitchell Having spent nearly ten years in PricewaterhouseCoopers working in indirect tax consultancy…
 Philip Moser QC photo Philip Moser QC Philip is regularly instructed in EU law cases, often involving novel or…
 Peter Oliver  photo Peter Oliver Peter has extensive experience of advocacy before the ECJ and CFI and…
 Ligia Osepciu  photo Ligia Osepciu Ligia is a junior barrister specialising in competition law, European law, public…
 Robert Palmer  photo Robert Palmer Robert Palmer is an experienced litigator in the fields of EU, human…
 George Peretz QC photo George Peretz QC George Peretz has a broad and deep experience of competition law in…
 Meredith Pickford QC photo Meredith Pickford QC Meredith is a former economist who is consistently ranked in ‘band 1’…
 Gregory Pipe  photo Gregory Pipe Greg is a heavy-weight commercial practitioner who litigates and advises on complex…
 Imogen Proud  photo Imogen Proud Imogen joined Monckton Chambers as a tenant in October 2016 following successful…
 Ben Rayment  photo Ben Rayment Ben is a former Legal Secretary to the UK Competition Commission/Competition Appeal…
 Ian Rogers QC photo Ian Rogers QC Called to the Bar in 1995, I an has vast expertise in…
 Thomas Sebastian  photo Thomas Sebastian Thomas has extensive experience advising and representing sovereigns and corporations in disputes…
 Valentina Sloane  photo Valentina Sloane Valentina is an experienced advisor and litigator in European, tax, procurement and…
 Kassie Smith QC photo Kassie Smith QC Kassie Smith QC specialises in competition/ regulatory, EU and public law. Directories…
 Azeem Suterwalla  photo Azeem Suterwalla Azeem is recommended as a leading practitioner across three practice areas: Administrative/Public…
 Jon Turner QC photo Jon Turner QC Jon Turner QC is widely recognised as one of the Bar’s foremost…
 Tim Ward QC photo Tim Ward QC Tim Ward QC is widely recognised as a leading litigator and advocate…
 Ewan West  photo Ewan West Ewan specialises in public procurement, competition, indirect taxation, European Union law, regulatory…
 Jack Williams  photo Jack Williams Jack practises across all Chambers’ specialisms, with a particular focus on competition…
 Rob Williams  photo Rob Williams Rob is an experienced barrister and litigator whose practice spans a range…
 Ian Wise QC photo Ian Wise QC Ian Wise QC is ranked as a leader in his field in…
 Philip Woolfe  photo Philip Woolfe Philip is an EU law specialist with a particular focus on competition…