Jon Turner QC

Jon Turner QC
Call 1988 | Silk 2006
Education

QC MA (Cantab), LLM (Harvard)

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“Jon Turner QC is lauded as “an incisive, commercially focused and adaptable team player” who hoovers up much of the best work in the market” (Chambers, 2011).  He is the first ranked silk in The Legal 500’s European and Competition category and a Chambers “Star Performer”: “Turner ‘combines approachability with prodigious intellect and a willingness to get stuck in’. Turner’s ‘ability both to be part of, and ultimately, to lead a team into court’ made him ‘one of the foremost QCs at the competition Bar‘. Chambers 2009 states: “Jon Turner QC is “a blessed barrister,” according to clients. As well as being “extremely bright and brilliant at recalling evidence,” he enjoys the untrammelled respect of both peers and clients“.

Jon is one of the finest advocates in Competition, EU, and Telecoms/Utilities law, as well as Commercial, Public, and Environmental law.  He is admired for his “incredible analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a case, as well as his powerful cross-examination skills” (Chambers, 2010), and as a courtroom king who can dance round opponents” (Chambers, 2011).  Jon handles cases regularly in the appellate courts as well as at first instance, and is a first choice for advocacy in the European Courts.

‘A terrific lawyer, and very easy to work with’, Legal 500 2013

Competition Law

A hardworking silk who handles the whole range of competition litigation‘, Jon Turner QC is ‘ferociously bright‘, and is ‘an excellent performer under pressure‘. Legal 500, 2013

Jon is widely regarded as a pre-eminent advocate in the field of EU/Competition law.  He stands at the pinnacle of the legal directories’ rankings for EU/Competition law, and is a Chambers and Partners “Star Performer”. Before taking silk, Jon was the Standing Counsel to the Office of Fair Trading for nine years, and honed his trial strategy and cross-examination skills in a number of the OFT’s heaviest court cases (including the replica football shirts cartel case in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and the Over-The-Counter Medicaments trial in the Restrictive Practices Court).  He was praised for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and unparalleled trial skills.”

Jon’s practice in silk has involved leading teams in some of the largest defence cases on abuse of dominance before the regulator and/or on appeal (such as the National Grid metering case, and Reckitt Benckiser’s case in the pharma sector), as well as anti-competitive collusion cases for clients across a wide span of sectors, from the drugs to the film/media industry.  He has handled cases on the interplay between IP and competition law, including FRAND disputes concerning standard-setting organisations.  In recent years, he has acted in some of the cutting-edge private actions for damages arising from international cartel and abuse cases, including the pending litigation on the worldwide gas insulated switchgear cartel (on the claimant side), the multi-party air cargo case (on the defence side), and the recent challenges to Google’s use of its search engine.  He has acted in a series of major Court of Appeal cases, including Deutsche Bahn (2012), KME (2012), and National Grid (French Blocking Statute) (2013).  He also argues cases before the European Courts, acting for the United Kingdom in 2013 in the appeal by MasterCard against the European Commission’s decision that its cross-border payment system involves anti-competitive collusion.

 

Telecommunications & Utilities Regulation

Jon is one of the elite advocates in telecommunications/regulatory law, combining top flight advocacy and analytical skills with excellent strategy and team work.  He is ranked in the first band by Chambers & Partners (2013), which describes him as “roundly regarded as one of the best competition and regulated utilities counsel in the land. Solicitors like him as “he shows you the light in a case and directs you down the path that is best for you.” He also “adds an aura of calm and control to any situation,” which proves highly reassuring to those who instruct him“.  In Chambers 2012, a commentator reported: “[He] has got the lot – he’s a brilliant advocate, and really gets to grips with the case.

He acts for companies at every level, including in the Competition Commission, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Administrative Court (in judicial reviews), and the Court of Appeal.  In 2012/13 he acted for Everything Everywhere in their challenge to termination rate controls imposed by Ofcom.  In 2012, he secured a landmark victory in the Court of Appeal on a joint instruction by Everything Everywhere, Three and Vodafone against a CAT decision concerning Ofcom’s remit in deciding interconnection disputes among telecoms operators.  In 2010, he acted for Carphone Warehouse in one of the largest pieces of telecommunications litigation that year, concerning price controls over the charges for BT’s copper wire telephone and broadband products.  In 2008-10 he acted in the first wave of challenges to Ofcom’s mobile price controls, involving expert cross-examination in the Tribunal, ending with a key victory in the Court of Appeal on the powers of the CAT when overturning regulatory price controls.  In 2013, Jon also represented the water regulator, Ofwat, in the Administrative Court judicial review attack on a “bulk supply” determination in favour of Albion Water.

European Law

Jon is one of the Bar’s foremost litigators in EU law, handling cases in the European Courts and in the UK.  As junior Treasury Counsel, he handled cases in areas as diverse as environmental law and criminal justice in the Court of Justice.  His landmark victories included Novartis (an intellectual property case concerning the validity of supplemental protection certificates in the pharma industry), and Roquette Freres (concerning the powers of the European Commission in their “search and seizure” activities in dawn raids.  In silk, he has acted in a wide variety of cases, including the recent attack on the EU’s Carbon Trading Scheme in the aviation sector (2011), where he successfully resisted the challenge by US airlines based on public international law norms to the legality of the environmental measure, and where another party described his performance as “spectacular“.  He was nominated for the Bar Pro Bono award of the year in view of his outstanding work in the case.  He also acted for the United Kingdom in the EU General Court (2012) and Court of Justice (2013) in the appeal mounted by MasterCard to the European Commission’s decision that its cross-border payment card system had anti-competitive elements (the “interchange fee”).  In 2007, Jon was instrumental in the defence of another EU-wide law, the “Roaming Regulation” in the telecommunications field, against an attack on its validity by a coalition of telecommunications companies.

Public & Administrative Law

Jon Turner QC is recommended in Chambers & Partners for his excellent practice in judicial review and public law, where he focuses on three main areas: commercial and regulatory judicial reviews; environmental law, and more generally in cases raising EU law issues.  Legal 500 (2012) reported under Public & Administrative Law that he is widely seen as “a man of fabulous intellect, who always offers great support to those that instruct him“.

He acts for companies and public bodies in judicial reviews of decisions by the economic and regulatory bodies, such as (in 2013): Everything Everywhere’s judicial review of the Competition Commission’s decision on mobile call termination charges in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in ([2013] EWCA Civ 154, where the Court noted his skill as an advocate); on behalf of Global Radio in its challenge to the Competition Commission’s decision that its merger in the radio sector should be partly dismantled; and on behalf of the water regulator, Ofwat, in the challenge mounted by a company to a decision based on economic principles under the Water Industry Act.

He has acted in a series of major environmental judicial review cases, on matters extending from habitats protection for dolphins in the English Channel to the international CITES convention, and the EU regime on pollution control.  In 2010 and 2011, he acted for a group of environmental organisations in a judicial review challenge to the EU Carbon Trading regime as it applied to international aviation, which led to a landmark judgment of the European Court of Justice on the interface between public international law norms and European freedom to legislate on matters affecting third countries (Case 366/11, Air Transport Association of America v. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change).

Environmental Law

Jon Turner QC has a very strong niche practice in environmental law, particularly in judicial review cases and cases raising EU and international law issues.  Chambers (2013) reports that he is: “a popular brief for litigious matters in the environmental arena and counts Greenpeace and the Environment Agency amongst his many clients. Clients say that he is a superb barrister who is especially good on the more complex cases, particularly those with an EU angle to them.”  Similarly, Chambers (2010) has reported: “Jon Turner QC is widely admired for his direct approach and fantastic regulatory practice, and has recently acted in significant judicial reviews in the environmental sector.”  Legal 500 (2008) commented that: “he can turn a reasonable case into a really strong argument”.

He has acted as lead advocate in a series of major environmental judicial review cases in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and in the European Courts, on matters extending from habitats protection for dolphins in the English Channel to the international CITES convention, and the EU regime on pollution control.  In 2010 and 2011, he acted for a group of environmental organisations in a judicial review challenge to the EU Carbon Trading regime as it applied to international aviation, which led to a landmark judgment of the European Court of Justice on the interface between public international law norms and European freedom to legislate on matters affecting third countries (Case 366/11, Air Transport Association of America v. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change).  He has also acted in numerous judicial reviews relating to the EU and UK landfill and waste law rules, and the groundwater protection regime.

What the Directories Say

Under Administrative & Public Law: “He is very easy to deal with, and is a prodigious worker, who is very clever and a good advocate.” “He is calm, lucid and extremely diligent.” Chambers UK, 2014

Under Competition Law: Viewed by peers and clients as a silk at the absolute forefront of the competition market. His formidable advocacy skills have recently been demonstrated in some of the most significant and complex cases. “He is always in complete command of the detail but also keeps in mind the big picture. He is a superb strategist and a forceful advocate.” “Demonstrates complete mastery of this area.” Chambers UK, 2014

Ranked in Band 2 for Environmental Law. Chambers UK, 2014

Under Telecommunications:One of the most respected telecoms litigators, with experience of representing clients in the full range of disputes across this area. His roles in the two recent rounds of mobile termination price control appeals speak volumes for his reputation. “One of the most impressive barristers around, who can make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear.” “Very intense and highly competent.” Chambers UK, 2014

A hardworking silk who handles the whole range of competition litigation‘, Jon Turner QC is ‘ferociously bright‘, and is ‘an excellent performer under pressure‘. Recommended as a leading Silk in EU and Competition Law. Legal 500, 2013

‘A terrific lawyer, and very easy to work with’, Jon Turner QC is also recommended as a leading Silk under Telecommunications Law and Environmental Law. Legal 500, 2013

Under Telecommunications:  “Jon Turner QC is a regular choice of the top solicitors in the market, and is roundly regarded as one of the best competition and regulated utilities counsel in the land. Solicitors like him as “he shows you the light in a case and directs you down the path that is best for you.”” Chambers UK, 2013

Under Environment: “Jon Turner QC is a popular brief for litigious matters in the environmental arena and counts Greenpeace and the Environment Agency amongst his many clients. Clients say that he is a superb barrister who is especially good on the more complex cases, particularly those with an EU angle to them.” Chambers UK, 2013

Under Competition/European Law: “There was an abundance of supporting evidence for Jon Turner QC’s star ranking in terms of both the work he has recently undertaken and the quality of the feedback he received from the market. He is “someone you want playing on your team” as he is “formidably bright and incredibly personable,” and he “has a complete grasp of incredibly complex cases.” One example of his recent work saw him act as lead counsel for National Grid in a highly significant damages claims. He also acted for Toshiba Carrier and others in a claim for damages from industrial copper tubing suppliers.” Chambers UK, 2013

Under EU and Competition Law: “The ‘very highly regarded’ Jon Turner QC has great expertise in litigation, EU law, telecoms and utility regulation.”- Legal 500, 2012

Jon Turner QC is recommended as a leading silk in EU and Competition Law. Legal 500, 2012

Jon Turner QC is recommended as a leading silk in Environment Law. Legal 500, 2012

Under Public & Administrative Law: “Jon Turner QC’s talents tend towards competition issues, and he is widely seen as being “a man of fabulous intellect, who always offers great support to those that instruct him.” He has been a notable favourite for telecoms operators over the past year, acting in several challenges to Ofcom decisions in all levels of court.” - Chambers UK, 2012

Competition/European Law: “Jon Turner QC receives high praise from sources, who state that “he is hands-on, tenacious, and worth his weight in gold as he knows the OFT inside out.”“Hard-working and tactically astute, he is simply excellent to work with,” according to solicitors. His many notable cases have included leading the team for Reckitt Benckiser in relation to the OFT’s abuse of dominance investigation for its conduct in the supply of the stomach remedy Gaviscon.” - Chambers UK, 2012

Environment: “Jon Turner QC is “extremely thorough and excellent on his feet.” In addition to his expertise in public and environmental law, he is very popular in the competition and telecoms arena. Recently, he represented the Environment Agency in a judicial review brought against it by landfill operator Anti Waste. This case hinged on the agency’s approach to compliance with EU-wide landfill laws and EU groundwater protection laws.” - Chambers UK, 2012

Telecommunications: “Jon Turner QC has “got the lot – he’s a brilliant advocate, and really gets to grip with the case.” Famed for his mastery of public and regulatory law, he acted for Carphone Warehouse in one of the largest pieces of telecommunications litigation of 2010, which ran both in the CAT and before the Competition Commission. It consisted of two related, and ultimately successful, appeals against Ofcom decisions concerning the pricing of BT’s ‘copper wire’ telephone and broadband wholesale products.” - Chambers UK, 2012

EU & Competition Law recommends ‘Fantastic silk’ Jon Turner QC who “is ‘impressive and hardworking’, and appeared in Humber Oil Terminals Trustees Limited (joint venture Totel and Conocophilips) v Associated British Ports.”  Legal 500, 2011

Environment recommends Jon Turner QC as a leading silk. Legal 500, 2011

“”Praised for his outstanding work in both public and private competition cases, Jon Turner draws high acclaim from several peers, and is recognised as a “very good, dynamic and tenacious” practitioner. He has represented Reckitt Benckiser in the OFT’s abuse of dominance investigation over allegedly preventing generic versions of heartburn medicine Gaviscon. Turner is also heavily involved in numerous cartel damages claims and follow-on actions, ranging from the gas insulated switchgear cartel to the liquid crystal display and cathode ray tube investigations. He is lauded as a “first-rate” lawyer.”” - Global Competition Review: Barrister Survey, 2011

“Jon Turner QC is lauded as “an incisive, commercially focused and adaptable team player” who hoovers up much of the best work in the market. His highlights include acting as lead counsel for National Grid in connection with an abuse of dominance matter before the CAT.” In Competition/European Law – Chambers UK, 2011

Under Public & Administrative Law in Chambers UK, 2011  “Jon Turner QC ‘has a strong reputation as a decisive competition litigator with strength in complex regulatory judicial review. Recent matters for him include acting for the Secretary of State in the Administrative Court and consequent proceedings in the ECJ over the validity of an EU-wide law capping the price of mobile roaming services’.”

“Jon Turner QC is a leading competition and telecoms expert with additional strength in public and environmental law. He recently represented a coalition of environmental NGOs involved in a judicial review brought on behalf of the Air Transport Association of America seeking to overturn the EC’s greenhouse gas trading programme for aviation activities.” Environmental Law - Chambers UK, 2011

Telecommunications Law, Chambers UK, 2011 states that “”Impressive in his focus and strategic thinking,” Jon Turner QC is “a courtroom king who can dance round opponents.” He is popular as he is “a principled barrister who won’t run any old argument, preferring to speak with real conviction on issues he has thought long and hard over.” Never short of a brief, he recently represented T-Mobile in a joint appeal with Vodafone and other mobile operators against the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) ruling that charges for mobile call termination should apply retrospectively.”

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