Anneliese Blackwood

Anneliese Blackwood
Call 2007
Education

LL.B. (First Class), BCL

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“One of the most intelligent lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with”

Chambers UK, 2013

Anneliese is a “rising star” in competition law and is a recommended junior for information law. She advises and represents clients in chambers’ key practice areas, in particular Competition, EU, Commercial and Procurement law. She has been instructed as a junior in a number of high profile cases and is regarded as “thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable’“. She has personal advocacy experience in a wide range of courts and tribunals and is considered to be “excellent in her oral advocacy”. Anneliese is a member of the Attorney-General’s C-Panel.

Competition Law & Regulatory

“Under Competition Law: Has developed a reputation as a rising star at the junior level. Recently gained experience in some of the more demanding and complex follow-on damages cases. ‘One of the most intelligent lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with,’ said one solicitor. ‘She has the ability to assimilate huge bits of information and transform them into easy to digest, simple narrative.’”

Chambers UK, 2014, Competition Law

Anneliese is a specialist competition law practitioner who regularly advises both private clients and regulators on a broad range of competition law issues. She has considerable experience of litigation on competition law matters in the CAT and the High Court and has been instructed on a number of long, document heavy trials. She has particular experience in relation to damages claims and is a contributor to chapter 16 “Litigating Infringements in the National Courts” in the Seventh Edition of Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition. She also has provided advice on complicated conflicts of laws maters in this context and has experience of negotiating commitments with the European Commission.

Notable cases include:

  • AC Nielsen Company Limited v Competition and Markets Authority (CAT – Appeal against a decision of the OFT not to refer a merger to the Competition Commission), led by Robert Palmer.
  • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc (High Court – Acting for the Claimants bringing follow on damages claims for breach of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 EEA, and claims for unlawful means conspiracy and conspiracy to injure, in relation to an air cargo cartel), part of the counsel team led by Ian Milligan QC and Paul Harris QC.
  • Advising a shipping company in relation to the proceedings opened by the European Commission against 14 container liner shipping companies concerning in price signalling and its compatibility with Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 EEA.
  • W.H Newson and others v IMI Plc and others (High Court – Representing a Part 20 Defendant in relation to contribution proceedings being brought against it for its involvement in a copper fittings cartel).
  • Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland and others v Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC and others (High Court – Settled – This case involves follow on damages and abuse of dominance claims in relation to pharmaceutical products), part of the counsel team led by Paul Harris QC.
  • The Scottish Ministers and others v Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC and others (High Court – Settled – This case involves follow on damages and abuse of dominance claims in relation to pharmaceutical products), part of the counsel team led by Paul Harris QC.
  • 2Travel Group Plc (in liquidation) v Cardiff City Transport Services Limited (Trading as Cardiff Bus) [2012] CAT 19 (CAT – First follow on damages claim decided in the CAT and the first award of exemplary damages for a breach of competition law), led by Michael Bowsher QC.
  • Morrisons and others v Office of Fair Trading [2011] CAT 41(CAT – Appeal against the OFT’s decision that there was a breach of the Chapter I prohibition by certain tobacco manufacturers and supermarkets in relation to the pricing of tobacco products), part of the counsel team.
  • Plus Markets Plc v The London Stock Exchange (High Court – Settled – Issues of abuse of dominance and barriers to entry), part of the counsel team led by Peter Roth QC (now Mr Justice Roth).

Anneliese has also been involved in advisory work including:

  • Advising on conflicts of law issues in relation to follow on and stand-alone damages claims.
  • Advising a high profile paint manufacture on their distribution agreements.
  • Advising on bringing a damages claim arising out of the marine hoses cartel.
  • Advising in relation to a potential abuse of dominance claim against a well-known jewellery company.
  • Advising in relation to a highly publicised merger between two substantial media companies.
  • Advising commercial clients on the application of the Vertical Block Exemption (Commission Regulation 330/2010) to trading agreements, in particular in relation to online sales.
  • Advising a commercial client on the terms of a selective distribution system of a luxury product
  • Advising a commercial client on making a reference to the OFT.
  • Advising an organiser of music and performing arts festivals in relation to the possible abuse of dominance by another festival organiser.
  • Advising the OFT in its investigation into the Construction Industry.
  • Advising OFWAT in relation to the introduction of competition into a sector of the industry.
  • Advising the OFT in relation to the potential reference of a merger to the Competition Commission.
  • Secondment at Ofgem in the Enforcement and Competition Policy Team.

Anneliese has worked on cases involving IP issues and is particularly interested in the intersection between IP and competition law.

Notable cases include:

  • Nestec SA and others v Dualit Limited and others (High Court – Instructed by Dualit to draft abuse of dominance as a defence to a patent infringement claim – Competition aspects of the dispute were ultimately stayed and Dualit won on the basis of its IP arguments), led by Mark Vanhegan QC.
  • Advising on competition law matters relating to license agreements for the online distribution of films and music. This involved advising a number of issues, including exhaustion of rights and the permissibility of geoblocking provisions.
  • Advising on competition issues in a patent litigation settlement agreement.
  • Advising on competition issues arising out of games licensing agreement.
  • Advising on the application of Article 101 TFEU to a licence granting IP rights relating to a cartoon character.
  • Telstra v Phone Directories Company [2010] FCA 44 – Working with Natalie Hickey’s team in Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne. This case concerned whether or not copyright could subsist in the Yellow Pages and White Pages produced by Sensis and Telstra.
Procurement Law

Anneliese has considerable experience in the field of procurement law and is happy to take instructions on all aspects of procurement. She also has experience of arbitration proceedings in this area.

Notable cases include:

  • Willmott Dixon Partnerships Ltd v London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (High Court – Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to a contract for housing repair services), led by Michael Bowsher QC
  • Clarity Informatics Limited v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (High Court – Settled - Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to the procurement of IT services relating to the processing and analysing of data), led by Philip Moser QC.
  • Atlantis Medical Limited v Minister for the Cabinet Office (High Court Settled – Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to the procurement of a national Framework Agreement for the supply of certain health professionals and staff for use by UK public bodies, including the NHS), led by Michael Bowsher QC
  • SkyLink Aviation Inc v The Secretary of State for Defence (High Court – Settled – Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to a contract for the provision of rotary wing support to UK operations in Afghanistan), led by Michael Bowsher QC
  • Five Oaks Land Limited v The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Redbridge (High Court – Settled – Claim that agreements relating to the development of a section of land amounted to a public works contract for the purposes of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) and as such the opportunity should have been put out to tender.)
  • AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP -v- Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hounslow [2012] EWHC 2639 (TCC) (High Court – This case concerned the allegation that insufficient advertising of a development opportunity amounted to a breach of Article 56 TFEU), led by Michael Bowsher QC
EU Law

Anneliese has advised in relation to a wide range of EU law issues from the fundamental freedoms to discrimination and the scope of the Marleasing principle. She is also a co-contributor, with Paul Lasok QC, to Atkin’s Court Forms: European Courts.

Notable cases include:

  • AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hounslow [2012] EWHC 2639 (TCC) (High Court – This case concerned an allegation that insufficient advertising of a development opportunity amounted to a breach of Article 56 TFEU), led by Michael Bowsher QC
  • Advising a furniture manufacturer in relation to allegations by the OFT of misleading pricing in breach of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and Directive 2005/29.
  • R (Ibrahim) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (High Court – This concerned the interpretation and application of the Dublin II Regulation).
  • Metaalhandel Broerson BV v Rank Metal Vo Limited (High Court – Stay of execution against a European Payment order).
  • Worldwide Tradin Services (UK) Limited v AJS Developments Limited (High Court -Freezing Injunction).
  • Advising an NGO on vulnerability of decisions of the European Investment Bank to challenge.
  • Advising on the impact of the fundamental freedoms and the prohibition against discrimination on the structure of a scholarship fund of a major university.
Commercial Law

Anneliese has advised and appeared in court on a range of issues arising in commercial disputes. She is currently a member of a Bar Council EU Law sub-committee tasked with reviewing existing EU law, and proposed legislative changes, in the field of banking and financial services.

Notable cases include:

  • UBS AG, DB Group Services (UK) Ltd v HMRC [2012] UKUT 320 (TCC) (On appeal to Court of Appeal – The case concerned liability to pay income tax and National Insurance contributions where bonuses had been paid through a scheme specifically developed by the employer. It involved the interpretation and application of provisions of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003), led by Paul Lasok QC and Richard Vallat.
  • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc (High Court – Acting for the Claimants bringing claims for unlawful means conspiracy and conspiracy to injure in relation to an air cargo cartel), part of the counsel team led by Ian Milligan QC.
  • SB Wakefield Limited v Honda Motor Europe Limited (High Court – Claim for breach of contract relating to the purchase, sale and resale of motor vehicles), led by Kassie Smith QC
  • Voges v Transport for London and London Underground Limited (High Court – Successfully argued for the claim to be struck out, summary judgement entered against the Claimant, a further party to be added to the claim for the purposes of making an extended civil restraint order against them and for extended civil restraint orders to be made against the claimant and the joined party.)
  • Clarity Informatics Limited v Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Clarity Informatics Limited v Mid Essex Hospital Service NHS Trust (High Court – Both cases involve claims for breach of contract in relation to an agreement to licence software.)
  • Metaalhandel Broerson BV v Rank Metal Vo Limited (High Court – Stay of execution against a European Payment order).
  • Worldwide Tradin Services (UK) Limited v AJS Developments Limited (High Court -Freezing injunction).
  • HIFX Plc v Trouillez (County Court – Claim for breach of contract in relation to a currency exchange agreement).
Public & Administrative, Information Law and Human Rights

“Appears regularly before the Information Tribunal on a range of matters, and represents a variety of clients, including the Information Commissioner and public bodies. ‘Anneliese was thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable.’ ‘She provided excellent written skeleton arguments and had a good grasp of detail. She was also excellent in her oral advocacy.”‘

Chambers UK, 2014, Data Protection Law

“The ‘thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable’ Anneliese Blackwood is recommended under Data Protection Law. ”

Legal 500, 2013, Data Protection Law

Anneliese has a particular interest in human rights law, having been a Teaching Fellow at University College London on the LLB Public Law II course. She has had experience advising large commercial entities on human rights issues, including in relation to the implications of proposed legislation, and has also been involved in several cases where references have been made to the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”).

Notable Human Rights cases include:

  • Acted for a religious organisation challenging the confiscation of religious materials, and the prohibition of their dissemination, by a State. In particular, this raised Article 8, 9, 10 and Article 1, Protocol 1 issues.
  • Acted for an individual detained pending trial for criminal charges who required medical treatment for a serious condition. This raised issues relating to Articles 5(3) and 3.
  • Acted for an individual challenging the fairness of his criminal convictions. In particular this raised Article 6 issues relating to the fairness of the trial and the impartiality of the Tribunal.
  • Advising a bank on the compatibility of proposed legislation with provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998.

In addition, she has been involved in a number of judicial review cases and has considerable experience in the field of information law, in particular Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).

Notable Public & Administrative and Information Law cases include:

  • R (Ibrahim) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (High Court – This concerned legal issues arising in relation to the Dublin II Regulation).
  • United Halal Meat v UK Border Agency (County Court – Civil penalty under Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006).
  • Hynd v Information Commissioner and Office for National Statistics EA/2013/0198 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 21 of FOIA)
  • Bousfield v Information Commissioner EA/2012/0074 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 42 of the FOIA where an allegation of contempt of Parliament had been raised).
  • Voges v Information Commissioner and Transport for London EA/2011/0076(Information Tribunal – Application of section 14 of the FOIA in relation to information held by Transport for London concerning the commission of an offence).
  • Lampert v The Information Commissioner and the Financial Services Agency EA/2010/0203 (Information Tribunal – Application of sections 14 and 40 of the FOIA to information held by the FSA).
  • Public and Commercial Services Union v The Information Commissioner and the Ministry of Justice EA/2009/0123 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 30(2)(b) of the FOIA to information held by the Ministry of Justice regarding prison staff conditions of employment ).
  • David Fergusson v The Information Commissioner and the Electoral Commission EA/2010/0085 (Information Tribunal – Application of the sections 40(2) and 30(1)(a) of the FOIA to information held by the Electoral Commission following an investigation into donations accepted by Wendy Alexander MSP’s campaign team).
What the Directories Say

Under Competition Law: Has developed a reputation as a rising star at the junior level. Recently gained experience in some of the more demanding and complex follow-on damages cases. “One of the most intelligent lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with,” said one solicitor. “She has the ability to assimilate huge bits of information and transform them into easy to digest, simple narrative.” Chambers UK, 2014

Under Data Protection: Appears regularly before the Information Tribunal on a range of matters, and represents a variety of clients, including the Information Commissioner and public bodies. “Anneliese was thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable.” “She provided excellent written skeleton arguments and had a good grasp of detail. She was also excellent in her oral advocacy.” Chambers UK, 2014

“The ‘thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable’ Anneliese Blackwood” is recommended under Data Protection Law. Legal 500, 2013

Publications
  • Contributor to chapter 16 “Litigating Infringements in the National Courts” in the Seventh Edition of Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition.
  • Co-contributor, with Paul Lasok QC, to Atkin’s Court Forms: European Courts.
  • “Case Note on Kadi II and Abdulrahim”, European Advocate Autumn 2013
  • “Need for Advertisement Under Article 56 TFEU - AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP v Mayor and Birgess of the London Borough of Hounslow“, Public Procurement Law Review 2013
Additional Information
  • Pegasus Scholarship 2009 – Worked in Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Melbourne and in the chambers of Chief Justice Black of the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Bar European Group Phoenicia Scholar 2008
  • Lady Templeman Anglo-Indian Goodwill Award 2007 (Middle Temple) – Visited various courts and tribunals in Delhi, India hosted by the late Mr L.M. Singhvi.
  • Astbury Scholarship 2006-2007 (Middle Temple)
  • University College London Dean’s List 2004-2005
  • Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding) – Inns of Court School of Law
  • Bachelor of Civil Law – Brasenose College, Oxford
  • L.L.B. Laws (First Class) – University College London
  • Member of the EU Law Committee of the Bar Council.
  • Treasurer of the Bar European Group Committee
  • Member of the editorial committee of the European Advocate.
  • Teaching Fellow at University College London on the LLB Public Law II course (2006-2007)

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