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Meredith Pickford QC

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


Meredith is a former economist who is consistently ranked in ‘band 1’ of leading juniors in both competition/european and telecommunications law. He is described in the legal directories as ‘absolutely fantastic’, an ‘outstanding junior’, ‘one of the very best juniors at the bar’, ‘wonderfully bright and creative’, and a ‘stand-out performer’. Additionally cited are his: advocacy: ‘very concise and just excellent on his feet’, ‘utterly assured’, ‘someone who can very easily lead a case in the CAT without a QC’; economic and legal knowledge: ‘tremendous economic skill and experience in legal competition’ matters’, ‘awfully well informed’, ‘a master of economic arguments’, ‘an expert in public law, he knows the regulatory regime inside out’; tactical ability: ‘incredible tactical awareness’, ‘[his] strategic understanding is highly prized by solicitors and their clients’; commercial awareness: ‘a competition lawyer with real commercial nous’, ‘[his] commercial… understanding is highly prized’; teamwork: ‘genuinely nice and easy to work with’, ‘unstuffy’, ‘hard-working’, ‘a good team player’. Meredith appears in damages actions, claims for interim injunctions and challenges to regulatory decisions, and has considerable experience of cases which raise further issues such as conflict of laws and interaction with intellectual property law. In addition to involvement in cases across all main industry sectors he has particular experience in broadcasting and telecommunications, being described as having ‘built himself the reputation for being the go-to junior for telecommunications related competition cases’, while Chambers UK 2012 notes that ‘scarcely anyone can remember a major telecommunications regulatory challenge in which Meredith Pickford hasn’t been involved’. The Lawyer Hot 100 2011 notes that ‘Pickford possesses an impressive list of blue-chip clients… keeping his diary packed with instructions.’ They include: Sky, T – Mobile, Orange (now merged as Everything Everywhere}, Samsung, TalkTalk, Cable & Wireless, AlcateiLucent, earphone Warehouse, FA Premier League, lTV, Channel4, National Grid, EdF, Scottish Power, Welsh Water, Scottish Water, Morrisons, P&O, Stena, Tubelines, Dow Chemical, (IP specialists) Sisvel and IPCom, as well as the OFT, Ofcom, Ofgem and Ofwat. Prizes and scholarships include: EU and Competition Law Junior of the Junior, 2012 Chambers and Partners Bar Awards; Davies Prize for Economics (received second highest first in University); winner, Rosamund Smith Cup (Middle Temple Mooting Competition); Diplock Scholarship.


Worked as a corporate strategy consultant and city economist before training for the Bar. Called 1999. QC 2015. Appointed junior counsel to the Crown (B Panel) 2007.


CLA, BEG, ALBA, COMBAR, European Circuit.


Cambridge University 1991-94, Economics (1st Class hons). City University 1997-98, Diploma in Law.

London Bar


Within: Competition – Leading silks

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersVery highly rates; a sharp silk.

Within: Competition

Monckton Chambers is ‘one of the go-to sets for competition law advice’ and ‘is extremely strong in competition litigation and utility regulatory matters’. Headline recent instructions include In Federation (Foundem) v Google, where Jon Turner QC acted as lead counsel for the search engine giant; various members involvement in the ‘Mastercard’ unlawful price agreements litigation; and Tim Ward QC and Meredith Pickford QC’s instruction in Royal Mail v DAT Trucks.

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHe has the ability to explain complex economic concepts in an intuitive way.

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Monckton Chambers is ‘a leading chambers’ for telecoms work, ‘particularly in the competition law and regulatory sphere’. The ‘top drawer’ set is ‘accommodating’ and ‘dependable’ in handling a range of issues in communications industry cases, including appeals under the Communications Act, challenging regulatory decisions and legislation, and applications for injunctions. Led by Jon Turner QC, a team including Meredith Pickford QC acted for Samsung in Unwired Planet and Ericsson v Samsung and others.

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