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Ian Rogers QC

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Monckton Chambers (Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC)


Called to the Bar in 1995, I an has vast expertise in his specialist fields of public law, human rights, EU and employment law. Novel cases raising issues under the Human Rights Act are a particular strength of his practice. Much of his advisory, drafting and advocacy work is in the commercial sphere. He has recently appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, EFTA Court, Court of Appeal and Isle of Man courts. In these courts he has secured pensions for part-time judges (O’Brien v Ministry of Justice); defended the tobacco display bans in the UK and Norway (Imperial Tobacco v Secretary of State for Health, Philip Morris v Norway) and the UK cigarette vending machine ban (Sinclair Collis v Secretary of State for Health); and resisted a free movement challenge to the monopoly on ferry services between the Isle of Man and the UK (Seaside Shipping v Steam Packet Company). Much of his work is of an international character. In addition to his work in the Court of Justice and EFTA Courts, he has appeared before the Privy Council in relation to appeals from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the Isle of Man. Other work has included substantial cross-border fraud litigation in The Bahamas, mutual assistance proceedings involving the UK, Australia, Switzerland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and The Bahamas (Hafner v Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Warner v Verfides) and proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights against Spain (the Valencia ‘Land Grab’ Laws), France (challenge to the French tax proceedings) and Russia (expropriation of oil producing assets). Clients continue to benefit from the breadth of work undertaken in diverse areas of law, particularly where cases involve intersecting areas of law and a need to understand or forge links beyond the traditional boundaries of a subject. lan read Law at Hertford College, Oxford, where he obtained a First Class Honours degree and was awarded the University Prize for Tort. I an obtained valuable experience abroad in Australia and in Italy. He was awarded the Master’s degree in Comparative, European and International Law from the European University Institute, Florence and has published in the fields of human rights, employment and EU law. He recently undertook research on one of his particular interests: the field of commercial ‘human’ rights and how businesses may rely on corporate privacy and property rights to protect their commercially sensitive information. This work links a number of his cases in the fields of procurement, information law, competition, civil procedure, whistle-blowing, surveillance, industrial espionage and mutual legal assistance.


Called 1995 (Gray’s Inn); tenant since 1996; Pegasus Scholar to Australia 1998 (worked in commercial litigation department of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne and acted as a judicial associate for Mr Justice Lindgren in the Federal Court, Sydney). Publications: chapters on EU law, human rights and Crown proceedings in ‘Oliver & Dingemans Employers’ Liability Cases’ (Butterworths, 2003); articles in the ‘Solicitors Journal’, ‘Legal Week’ and the ‘New Law Journal’; ‘The Creation of a Private Law of Human Rights in the UK’ (EUI, Florence, 2002); ‘From the Human Rights Act to the Charter: Not Another Human Rights Instrument to Consider’ European Human Rights Law Review (2002) EHRLR.


French, Italian, basic Spanish and German.


Served on Human Rights Lawyers’ Association Executive Committee. Member of Bar European Group. Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel to the Crown and Freedom of Information Panel (2007-2013); Welsh Government A Panel Counsel (2012); Equality and Human Rights Commission Preferred Panel of Counsel (2011);Queen’s Counsel (2014).


St Joseph’s High School, Newport, South Wales; Hertford College, Oxford (1994 MA Hans Jurisprudence first class; winner of Oxford University (Martin Wronker) Prize for Tort); Inns of Court School of Law (1995 Prince of Wales Scholar); European University Institute, Florence (2002 LLM Comparative, European and International Law).


Following Newport County FC and the Welsh rugby team.

London Bar

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

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersHas a reputation as a seasoned advocate in both European and domestic courts.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

Ian Rogers QC - Monckton ChambersHis gentle demeanour means working with him is a delight, and he manages the stress of proceedings on his client’s behalf admirably by way of his natural empathy.

Within: EU law

Monckton Chambers demonstrates ‘an impressive depth of knowledge and experience of EU law’, with members of chambers holding a range of niche specialisms, including utilities regulation, state aid considerations and issues arising from the Euratom treaty. Recent work includes Ian Rogers QC coordinating and leading the government’s defence of R (British American Tobacco and others) v Secretary of State for Health, a challenge to regulations on the plain packaging of tobacco products; Jon Turner QC is acting for American Express in two challenges to the regulation of payment systems; and, in R(Chiltern Farm Chemicals) v Health and Safety Executive, Tim Ward QC and Robert Palmer acted on a challenge to pesticides regulation under a regulatory framework derived from EU law.

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