Alan Bates > Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC
Monckton Chambers
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Alan specialises in EU, competition, procurement and public law, with a strong emphasis on regulatory disputes. Alan has a particular interest in State aid law, and is the co-author of the State aid chapter of Bellamy & Child (2008 edition). He is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel.


Research assistant Law Commission of England and Wales 2000-01; called 2003; completed pupillage 2004; judicial assistant to Law Lords, House of Lords 2004-05; tutor in Public Law King’s College, London 2004-05. Alan read Law at Christ’s College, Cambridge, graduating with first class honours. He was awarded the University’s Clive Parry Prize for Public International Law, the De Hart Prize for Public Law (re-awarded twice) and was a scholar of his college. He was subsequently awarded a Thouron scholarship to study at the University of Pennsylvania (where be obtained an LL.M. degree in 2002) and a Middle Temple Queen Mother scholarship for his year at Bar School. He subsequently interned with an organisation in India that was conducting DFID-funded research on the enactment and enforcement of competition law in developing countries. For the judicial year 2004-05, Alan was Judicial Assistant to the then Senior Law Lord, Lord Bingham. More recently, Alan was awarded a Pegasus scholarship which enabled him to spend an extended period working on competition and regulatory disputes at leading New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp. He is a strong believer in the need for the Bar to be modern, meritocratic, user-friendly and diverse, while staying true to its ethics and values, and he seeks to further that belief through his membership of the Bar Standards Board’s Education and Training Committee. Publications of note: co-author of the State aid chapter of Bellamy & Child (2008 edition).


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); Lawyers for Animal Welfare (ALAW); Bar European Group (BEG); JUSTICE; Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA); UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA). Competition Law Association.


Reigate Grammar School; University of Cambridge (2000 BA Hons Law First Class; Clive Parry Prize for International Law; De Hart Prize for Public Law); University of Pennsylvania (2002 LLM; Thouron Scholar).


Interests include independent travel and learning to play the violin. He is a governor of Barrow Hill Junior School and a trustee of Freightliners City Farm.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Competition

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Alan BatesMonckton ChambersHe gets the points over to the court clearly and effectively.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Alan BatesMonckton ChambersHe has a good eye for details and gets the points over to the court clearly and well.