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Under Public & Administrative Law: Specialises in public law matters concerning the environment, equality and discrimination. He also handles commercial and regulatory cases. "He can master material, his pleadings are first-class, and he is incredibly reliable." "He is great with clients and his knowledge of public law issues is comprehensive." Chambers UK, 2014

Under Data Protection: Practises extensively in this field, and also has a strong EU and public law practice. He represents both public and private bodies on a range of issues including the scope of 'late exemptions' under the legislation. He also advises on requests made to government bodies for information. "Gerry did a stunning job for us. He hit the issues on the head. He is remarkable - I can't recommend him highly enough." "He has been brilliant whenever we have worked with him. In court he is persuasive and clear; he uses straightforward language and presents his case very clearly." "Mr Facenna has a complete familiarity with the relevant law; he is a real expert, has clear drafting skills and takes a practical approach to the litigation. He is also easy to work with." Chambers UK, 2014

Under Environment Law: A well-regarded junior with a broad public law practice that encompasses environment law challenges. "He has a very genial approach but you have to be careful because he is much more ruthless than he lets on," one peer commented. Chambers UK, 2014

Under European Law: Has a vast amount of experience spanning the breadth of EU law. Has recently acted on a range of cases touching on free movement rights, discrimination questions and various tax levy issues. "Totally brilliant at European law and lovely to work with." Chambers UK, 2014

"Gerry Facenna is 'an expert in the field, with a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant case law', and 'presents clear and compelling arguments for his clients'."  He is recommended as a leading Junior in Data Protection Law. Legal 500, 2013

"The 'diligent' Gerry Facenna" , is a recommended leading Junior under Administrative & Public Law. Legal 500, 2013

Gerry Facenna is recommended as a leading Junior in Environmental Law. Legal 500, 2013

"Gerry Facenna is highlighted by sources for the large volume of work he has recently been undertaking in the environmental sphere. Peers say that he is "highly knowledgeable and very creative in his submissions."" Chambers UK, 2013 

"Gerry Facenna "is strong and he knows his stuff" when handling public law and judicial review. His public law practice is a little wider than is common at Monckton, and he is actively instructed by traditional general public law claimant solicitors, as well as those working with large corporate entities." Chambers UK, 2013 

Under Administrative and Public Law "Gerry Facenna is 'a leading junior in public law matters'." - Legal 500, 2012

Under Environment Law: "Gerry Facenna is 'a good public law adviser' who specialises in all aspects of EU environmental law." - Legal 500, 2012

Gerry Facenna is recommended as a leading junior in Environment Law. Legal 500, 2012

"Gerry Facenna has a fine public law practice with a heavy emphasis on EU law. "Very focused in all he does and always working to a high standard," he recently demonstrated his skills in a case before the European Court of Justice. He has also been involved in a high-profile Information Tribunal case on behalf of the Cabinet Office." - Chambers UK, 2012

Environment: "Gerry Facenna is singled out for his "personable manner" and "ability to be both swift and yet careful in his approach." He is highly regarded for his expertise in EU environmental law and also continues to win praise for his work on behalf of regulators. Examples of his work include representing the Environment Agency in a judicial review by a campaigning group challenging the UK's implementation of the Environmental Information Directive and EU regulation on persistent organic pollutants. Peers further describe Facenna as being "a sound, focused and highly creative advocate."" - Chambers UK, 2012

Consumer and Product Liability recommends Gerry Facenna. Legal 500, 2011

Environment states that Monckton Chambers' Gerry Facenna is "'exceptionally bright, approachable and willing to go the extra mile to find a solution'." Legal 500, 2011

"Gerry Facenna "does a superb job" in public law cases, and has extensive discrimination and European law expertise. He was recently led by Dinah Rose QC in R (Lunt & Allied Vehicles) v Liverpool, a significant test case on the positive equality duty under the Disability Discrimination Act." Public & Administrative Law, Chambers UK, 2011

"Gerry Facenna's reputation as "an excellent and developing young advocate" is on the rise. He is particularly commended for his work on behalf of regulators." Environmental Law, Chambers UK, 2011

Under Civil liberties and human rights (including public inquiry law and actions against the police) the Legal 500, 2010 states that Gerry Facenna is "able, hardworking, responsive and has a very pleasant manner and an excellent grasp of both the big picture and the detail when pursuing a legal case."

Consumer and product liability recommends Gerry Facenna as a leading junior. Legal 500, 2010

Chambers UK, 2010 for Administrative & Public law states that Gerry "is a busy practitioner with a varied practice, including freedom of information cases and public law challenges in the financial, environmental, transport and healthcare sectors. Clients value his practical approach, responsiveness, and attention to detail."

"Highly recommended [...] up-and-comer Gerry Facenna, has a flourishing reputation for his work involving EU environmental law." - Chambers UK, 2010

"In-demand and 'approachable' Gerry Facenna" has been listed under Environmental Law for Legal 500, 2009

Chambers UK, 2009 states "Up-and-comer Gerry Facenna received rave reviews after an active year in 2007. He acts on both the claimant and respondent sides in public law matters, and was involved in leading environmental judicial review cases in 2007. "He's a real team player with an eye for detail, who turns things around very quickly and is just very practical and useful to have on your team.""

For Environmental Law, " Gerry Facenna is ' superb. his written advocacy is so lucid and powerful that it does the hard work'..."  The Legal 500, 2008.

The Legal 500, 2007 recommends: "Monckton Chambers focuses on European law - a key source of legislation and regulation, as well as policy, which means that its tenants are well placed to advise on environmental matters from policy inception to regulatory implementation. New silk Jon Turner QC led Gerry Facenna in advising the defendant in R (Anti-Waste Ltd.) v Environment Agency, concerning the UK implementation of the Landfill Directive and the Environment Agency's landfill licensing." In 2006 they mentioned: " ... and Gerry Facenna act for organisations, including the Environment Agency and a number of NGOs, including Greenpeace UK and the WWF, on issues from GM labeling to defending public nuisance protests. Clients praise the barristers' 'great skill and enthusiasm', and are impressed by 'their ability to combine attention to detail with an understanding of the broader legal and policy context of the work'."