Monckton Chambers is recognised as a pre-eminent set in all areas of EU Law.  Members regularly advise and litigate on behalf of private sector clients, the UK and government departments, local authorities, NGOs, the EU institutions and non-UK clients including other Member States, and have acted in many of the leading EU law cases.

We can offer specialists at every level of seniority, from leading QCs with decades of experience to junior tenants, several of whom have worked within the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and other EU institutions.  We are able to provide teams of barristers to suit every type of EU law case.

EU Relations Law

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU. No longer an EU Member State, the UK’s relationship with the EU has altered fundamentally. Monckton Chambers specialises in all aspects of the new arrangements between the EU and UK post Brexit.

EU Relations Law is the developing area of law concerning all aspects of the new relationship between the EU and the UK post Brexit. This includes the potential for private parties to assert rights and/or bring claims based on legal agreements concluded between the UK and EU. It also includes the potential for legal disputes between the EU and UK. The implementation and transposition of the new arrangements gives rise to potential disputes between citizens and the respective executives.

The new relationship is governed by new legal instruments, both international and domestic.

As a matter of international law, the originating source of those laws and rights is (at least for now) the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK, which entered into force on the 1 February 2020. That Agreement comprises two aspects: the Withdrawal Agreement itself (including the Protocol on Northern Ireland) and a political declaration. It is that political declaration which, in time, is to develop into another – more comprehensive – agreement between the EU and the UK. That is likely to be the originating source of a considerable body of law, for a considerable time.

As a matter of domestic law, the rights and obligations arising under the Withdrawal Agreement have been implemented within the UK (a dualist state) under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.

Recognised as pre-eminent specialists in EU law and public and administrative law, members of Monckton Chambers are well placed to advise in all of these areas. We can offer specialists at every level of seniority, from leading QCs with decades of experience to junior tenants, several of whom have worked within EU and UK institutions.

Members of Monckton Chambers have also been involved in advice and litigation concerning all aspects of Brexit leading up to the new relationship between the UK and the EU. For example, members were instructed in the Miller and Wightman cases concerning Article 50 TEU and have advised a multitude of private and public bodies concerning all aspects of the Brexit process. Members are now actively engaged in advising a range of private and public bodies on all aspects of the new UK-EU relationship, EU Relations Law.

Members of Monckton Chambers have launched a website and blog covering all matters related to EU Relations Law, which can be viewed at

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EU barristers

Tim Ward QC
Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
Philip Moser QC
Call: 1992  | Silk: 2012
Michael Collins SC
Call: 1978  | Silk: 1994
Ben Emmerson CBE QC
Call: 1986  | Silk: 2000
Melanie Hall QC
Call: 1982  | Silk: 2002
Mark Brealey QC
Call: 1984  | Silk: 2002
Michael Bowsher QC
Call: 1985  | Silk: 2006
Jon Turner QC
Call: 1988  | Silk: 2006
Paul Harris QC
Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
Daniel Beard QC
Call: 1996  | Silk: 2011
Kassie Smith QC
Call: 1995  | Silk: 2013
Ian Rogers QC
Call: 1995  | Silk: 2014
George Peretz QC
Call: 1990  | Silk: 2015
Meredith Pickford QC
Call: 1999  | Silk: 2015
Gerry Facenna QC
Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
Josh Holmes QC
Call: 1997  | Silk: 2017
Robert Palmer QC
Call: 1998  | Silk: 2019
Ronit Kreisberger QC
Call: 1999  | Silk: 2019
Valentina Sloane QC
Call: 2000  | Silk: 2019
Rob Williams QC
Call: 2000  | Silk: 2020
Andrew Macnab
Call: 1986
Peter Mantle
Call: 1989
Raymond Hill
Call: 1992
Ben Rayment
Call: 1996
Eric Metcalfe
Call: 1999
Piers Gardner
Call: 2000
Julian Gregory
Call: 2000
Anneli Howard
Call: 2002
Alan Bates
Call: 2003
Ben Lask
Call: 2003
Brendan McGurk
Call: 2004
Philip Woolfe
Call: 2004
Drew Holiner
Call: 2005
Ewan West
Call: 2006
Fiona Banks
Call: 2006
Ligia Osepciu
Call: 2008
Tarlochan Lall
Call: 2010
Conor McCarthy
Call: 2010
Stefan Kuppen
Call: 2013
David Gregory
Call: 2014
James Bourke
Call: 2014
Jack Williams
Call: 2015
Imogen Proud
Call: 2015
Ciar McAndrew
Call: 2016
Harry Gillow
Call: 2017
Frank Mitchell SC
Call: 2010  | Silk: 2019
Jeremy McBride
Call: 2004