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Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC

1 & 2 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5NR, ENGLAND
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London Bar

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

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Monckton Chambers

While Monckton Chambers 'is known for its EU and competition law expertise, it evidently has barristers who can turn their hand to more esoteric public law challenges'. Ian Wise QC represented claimants in a challenge to the lawfulness of the "benefits cap" on the basis that it discriminates against single parents with children under two years old, while Robert Palmer QC – a 2019 silk appointment – represented the campaign group in R (Jewish Human Rights Watch) v Leicester City Council, which brought a challenge to the local authority's decision in support of boycotts of products from the occupied West Bank. In the High Court, Brendan McGurk represented the government in a case concerning if, in judicial review proceedings concerning the Gender Recognition Panel, the court was able to issue gender recognition certificates itself rather than remit matters back to the panel.

Leading Silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Monckton ChambersWell-known for international issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersA brilliant lawyer and great in court.

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersProfessional, thorough and involved.

Ranked: tier 3

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHe clearly knows his areas well.

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersTechnically able and an articular advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersHis submissions are forceful, persuasive and well-researched.

Ranked: tier 1

Azeem Suterwalla - Monckton ChambersGood at seeing every angle.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Broach - Monckton ChambersA go-to choice for Upper Tribunal matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersParticularly good at spotting the wood from the trees.

Ranked: tier 4

Nikolaus Grubeck - Monckton ChambersHe uses his deep practical knowledge of national security to good effect.

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Leading Juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersShe is trusted to give pragmatic, frank advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers' members 'work to a very high standard and with incredible dedication' to the clients they serve, according to instructing solicitors. Members undertake a breadth of human rights instructions, including the right to a fair trial, data protection, immigration, and asylum. Ben Emmerson QC has a vast international practice representing heads of states and foreign governments, and is an accomplished European human rights expert having litigated before international courts. Also of note, Eric Metcalfe was recently instructed by the Information Commissioner in Liberty’s challenge to the use of facial recognition cameras in public spaces.

Leading Silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Monckton ChambersA seasoned silk who is at the forefront of human rights law.'

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersHas a breadth of experience, knowledge and tactical nous; is thorough, proactive, pleasant and efficient.

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersHas a rapier intellect on European matters.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Eric Metcalfe - Monckton ChambersHe has a fierce intellect and in-depth knowledge of human rights law, particularly as it relates to surveillance, data protection and freedom of expression.

Ranked: tier 2

Azeem Suterwalla - Monckton ChambersHis advocacy is excellent.

Ranked: tier 3

Piers Gardner - Monckton ChambersA superb human rights lawyer with experience across a variety of jurisdictions. Tenacious and widely respected.

Ranked: tier 3

Steve Broach - Monckton ChambersHe is tenacious in his approach and has had a major role in advising on high-profile judicial reviews.

Ranked: tier 3

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Competition
Competition - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is 'a formidably strong set, with a critical mass of highly regarded members in this specialism'. The set has members instructed in all manner of competition cases, including the most high-profile cartel investigations, follow-on damages claims, and litigation over standard essential patents. Paul Harris QC  represents the claimants in the Merricks collective action case, in which a litigation funder-backed class representative seeks to bring a claim against Mastercard concerning interchange fees, nominally on behalf of every UK resident who purchased anything from a Mastercard-accepting retailer in a sixteen year window. Jon Turner QC is defending Google in an abuse of dominant position claim brought by price comparison website Foundem; the claim concerns the placement of competing price comparison websites on Google's search engine. More unusually, on behalf of the States of Jersey, Kassie Smith QC carried out a review into the Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority, after the Jersey Royal Court overturned a finding that a fuel supplier abused its dominant position at Jersey airport.

Leading Silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersA clear and compelling advocate with a particular strength in follow-on cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersThe master of competition law, if he does not know it, it is not worth knowing.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersVery pragmatic and straightforward.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersExtremely good with senior stakeholders.

Ranked: tier 1

Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersA brilliant mind and able communicator with an easy manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Brealey QC - Monckton ChambersHighly respected.

Ranked: tier 2

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHe has a strong understanding of economic issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersPragmatic in his advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHe delivers clear, thorough advice.

Ranked: tier 3

George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersEloquent and clear on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersAn effective advocate and a team player.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersVery knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersA great communicator.

Ranked: tier 1

Ronit Kreisberger QC - Monckton ChambersAn extraordinary legal mind.'

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersAll over the details but understands the big picture.

Ranked: tier 1

Alan Bates - Monckton ChambersHe gets the points over to the court clearly and effectively.

Ranked: tier 2

Alistair Lindsay - Monckton ChambersExcellent, concise and clear.

Ranked: tier 2

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersShe provides very strategic and considered advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Rayment - Monckton ChambersInstructed across the range of competition matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersAn extremely bright junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Woolfe - Monckton ChambersA combative advocate who fights the client's corner.

Ranked: tier 2

Rob Williams - Monckton ChambersHe always gets to the root of the issue.

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Berridge - Monckton ChambersA class act – very shrewd.

Ranked: tier 3

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersHe draws on his wide experience of competition law to find imaginative ways of tackling problems.

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersA good pleader.

Ranked: tier 3

Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersShe has particularly good strategic insight for someone at the stage of her career.

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Gregory - Monckton ChambersHe has great commercial awareness.

Ranked: tier 3

James Bourke - Monckton ChambersHe has experience and knowledge beyond his year of call.

Ranked: tier 3

Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersShe gets to grip with complex technical issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersHer work and knowledge of competition law is outstanding.

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Leading Silks

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersKnows the sector inside and out; pragmatic with his advice.

Ranked: tier 4

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Data protection
Data protection - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers' members count the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), government departments, NGOs, and corporates as clients, which they assist with GDPR issues, Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) litigation, Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests, and investigations. Gerry Facenna QC is particularly noted for his DPA and FOI work; he recently acted for the ICO in Stunt v Association of Newspapers in the Court of Appeal, which has been referred to the European Court of Justice, relating to journalistic and artistic exemptions from the DPA. Laura Elizabeth John also regularly acts for the Information Commissioner; she recently advised on an infringement decision issued against Uber for breaching its data protection obligations and the related fine following a cyber attack on Uber's US data storage in 2016.

Leading Silks

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton Chambers‘He is highly regarded for his Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act work.’

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers‘He is strong in the freedom of information field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton Chambers‘A sought after junior for data protection claims and other information public law cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton Chambers‘She is a go-to counsel for the Information Commissioner.’

Ranked: tier 2

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EU Law
EU Law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers, which has a strong bench across EU law matters (crossing over with its strength in competition law) acts for a number of private clients but is also notable for the work its members handle for the UK government. Ian Rogers QC successfully represented the government in Swedish Match's failed challenge before the CJEU of the UK's ban on the sale of snus, a smokeless tobacco product popular in Sweden but banned in the rest of the EU. Gerry Facenna QC and Anneli Howard represented two members of parliament in Wightman, and Ben Lask (unled) represented the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the MB case concerning a male-to-female transsexual without a gender recognition certificate's entitlement to a state pension at the female age. In Motor Insurers' Bureau v LewisPhilip Moser QC represented the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) concerning its role in compensating those injured by uninsured vehicles: in this Court of Appeal case, a suspected scrap metal thief was rammed by a farmer (who was acquitted of GBH with intent in a criminal case) in an uninsured Nissan Terrano; the claimant argued that the Motor Insurance Directive made the MIB liable despite the fact the incident occurred on a private farm.

Leading Silks

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersProfessional, thorough and involved.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersExtremely good with senior stakeholders and always practical in his advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersAn excellent advocate, who also provides cogent and well-reasoned advice.

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 ChambersEloquent and clear on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHe delivers clear, thorough advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersHe offers very clear, measured advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersAn excellent tactician and consummate advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersMeasured, calm and a good strategist.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1

Ronit Kreisberger QC - Monckton ChambersEnthusiastic and conscientious, her submissions are clearly presented and well received.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersVery robust and always willing to roll up her sleeves.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe clearly knows his EU law and comes up with arguments that persuade the courts.

Ranked: tier 1

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersAn accomplished advocate who adjusts when he assesses which way the wind is blowing from the bench's interventions.

Ranked: tier 2

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersThoughtful and insightful.

Ranked: tier 3

Eric Metcalfe - Monckton ChambersA government panelist instructed in serious cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersShe gets to grip quickly with complex technical issues.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Stephen Broach - Monckton ChambersIncredibly committed and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 5

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Environment
Leading Silks

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersStrong across the board as technical lawyer, advocate, adviser and tactician; an excellent public law and EU lawyer.

Ranked: tier 3

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IT and telecoms
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers ‘has an impressive strength for contentious telecoms regulatory work’ with ’a deep knowledge of the regulatory framework and its technical aspects’. The set is frequently instructed in regulatory challenges; Meredith Pickford QC represented by TalkTalk and Sky in the Court of Appeal in an appeal against Ofcom relating to charges for Ethernet services while Michael Bowsher QC and Fiona Banks  was instructed by Viasat UK Limited and Viasat, Inc in an appeal against Ofcom’s authorisation to the intervener Inmarsat Ventures Ltd for the use of the 2GHz spectrum by ground stations for the operation of a satellite mobile communications network, pursuant to the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

Leading Silks

Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersAn excellent leader in regulatory appeals, he is clear, calm, and forensic in his submissions and cross-examination, and is very user-friendly. His understanding of telecoms law is second to none.

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersHe is a very clear and compelling advocate with particular strength in follow-on cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersHe is a compelling advocate who can turn a court around.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersHe is particularly strong for regulated procurement.

Ranked: tier 1

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHe has a grasp of economic and technical issues and is a fantastic expert cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersA good advocate with combined strength in public law and telecoms cases.

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2019 Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersHe is known for handling regulatory, EU and competition law matters, including in the telecoms sector.

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Anneli Howard - Monckton ChambersShe is is tactical, savvy and understands a client’s needs.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe is extremely bright with impressive arguments, both written and when presented.

Ranked: tier 1

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersShe represents both telecoms companies and regulators in disputes and investigations.

Ranked: tier 1

Julian Gregory - Monckton ChambersHe is strong on technical elements with experience across the regulatory and telecoms fields.

Ranked: tier 1

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Immigration (including business immigration)
2019 Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersOne of the best counsel used by the secretary of state in the field of immigration.

Ranked: tier 1

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International arbitration: counsel
Leading Juniors

Drew Holiner - Monckton ChambersAn extremely smart and astute lawyer on matters of both English and Russian law.

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
Leading Silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Monckton ChambersHighly experienced in representing foreign governments in inter-state litigation.

Ranked: tier 1

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Professional negligence
Leading Juniors

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersHe is very bright and strong on the detail.

Ranked: tier 6

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Public international law
Leading Juniors

Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersHighly rated for state v state disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Considered 'the top set' for public procurement instructions, Monckton Chambers is home to an impressive range of practitioners with expertise across the health services, housing, utilities, transport, and defence sectors. Members cover EU matters, PPPs, and project finance in the form of advice or complex litigation or mediation. Michael Bowsher QC is pre-eminent for UK and EU procurement; in Central Surrey Health Limited v NHS Surrey Downs CCG he successfully represented Central Surrey Health in the first stage of a procurement challenge. Philip Moser QC is also well known – acting for both claimants and government departments on procurement disputes. He acted for the NHS in a high-profile case where AbbVie challenged the health service on a Hepatitis C drug procurement. Valentina Sloane QC combines her EU procurement expertise with her tax practice. She acted for Eurotunnel in a headline grabbing case which challenged to the Secretary of State for Transport's (Chris Grayling MP's) procurement of Brexit-related ferry contracts. The government agreed to pay Eurotunnel £33m to settle the action.

Leading Silks

Michael BowsherQC - Monckton Chambers'A top pick for public procurement advice, he knows the subject inside out and is pragmatic with his advice too.

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Moser QC - Monckton ChambersAn extremely impressive silk.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Valentina Sloane QC - Monckton Chambers'A star performer, and especially good on funds in public procurement.’

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Rob Williams - Monckton ChambersOne of the top four juniors for procurement.

Ranked: tier 1

Brendan McGurk - Monckton Chambers‘An extremely thoughtful lawyer, who analyses a situation from all possible angles.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan West - Monckton ChambersHe is excellent on contentious procurement matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Anneliese Blackwood - Monckton ChambersShe is very analytical and picks up very minor, technical points that often escape others.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersA very personable, approachable and available junior.

Ranked: tier 3

Ligia Osepciu - Monckton ChambersA very highly rated junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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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

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Social housing
Leading Silks

Ian Wise QC - Monckton ChambersHe has experience of cases concerning the lawfulness of housing allocation policies, and also matters involving housing obligations to children with disabilities.

Ranked: tier 3

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Sport
Sport - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers' members' sports law work load is often focused around competition issues in the sports arena. Motorsport, however is also a notable area for the set: Paul Harris QC and Fiona Banks represented TDS Racing in the FIA Court of Appeal after one of its cars, which had won the LMP2 class on the track at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, was disqualified after modifications to its refuelling system were discovered.

Leading Silks

Paul Harris QC - Monckton ChambersA very forceful and direct advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Ronit Kreisberger QC - Monckton ChambersA commercially minded silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersA very good pleader.

Ranked: tier 2

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: VAT - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Monckton Chambers

Members of Monckton Chambers regularly act for taxpayers and HMRC, standing out in VAT and other indirect tax cases that intersect with EU, human rights, and public law. Melanie Hall QC was instructed HMRC v Fortyseven Park Street, where she represented Marriott Hotel Group USA, in a case which clarified whether timeshare interests in luxury hotels fall within the hotel rather than the property sector. She also appeared before the Supreme Court in SAE Limited v HMRC, a case which confirmed that the client is VAT exempt because it supplies a university education. 2019 saw Valentina Sloane QC take silk.

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Melanie Hall QC - Monckton ChambersShe has outstanding expertise in VAT.

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 ChambersShe is a class act.

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Raymond Hill - Monckton ChambersHe is diligent, well informed and extremely clever.

Ranked: tier 1

Frank Mitchell - Monckton ChambersHe considers all angles on a matter which encourages an open and healthy debate.

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Mantle - Monckton ChambersHe is willing to bring new ideas and solutions to the table.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Macnab - Monckton ChambersAlways efficient and approachable.

Ranked: tier 3

Brendan McGurk - Monckton ChambersHis submissions are forceful, persuasive, and well-researched.

Ranked: tier 3

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