Monckton Chambers is in the vanguard of collective proceedings and class action litigation. Its members’ unparalleled experience, across a range of different jurisdictions, makes them the stand-out choice for any party involved in group litigation.
- Competition law: collective proceedings in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and proceedings in the High Court under CPR Part 19
Members are involved in all the leading cases that are shaping the UK’s new collective proceedings regime in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Monckton barristers led the successful defence in the very first collective proceedings in Dorothy Gibson v Pride Mobility Products Limited  CAT 9; and the successful appeal in the leading case on certification, Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard Incorporated and others  UKSC 51.
Recent cases include:
- Gormsen v Meta
- Kent v Apple
- Coll v Google
- Gutmann v First MTR South West Trains Limited and Others
- Boyle & Vermeer v Govia Trains
- Justin Le Patourel v BT Group plc
- Which? v Qualcomm
- UK Trucks Claim Limited v Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Others
- Road Haulage Association Limited v Man SE and Others
- Michael O’Higgins FX Class Representative Limited v Barclays Bank PLC and Others
- Mr Phillip Evans v Barclays Bank PLC and Others
- Mark McLaren Class Representative Limited v MOL
Members also regularly advise on the parallel regime under CPR Part 19, and were involved, for example, in Emerald Supplies & others v British Airways plc  EWCA Civ 1284.
- Data protection and information rights
Members are involved in the leading group litigation concerning breaches of the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. Monckton barristers appeared for the Information Commissioner and the Open Rights Group in Lloyd v Google  UKSC 50, and their recent cases include Duncan McCann v Youtube (a claim brought by some 5 million children and their parents in relation to the way YouTube uses the personal data of child users) and Grahame Smith and ors v. TalkTalk (a claim brought by around 400 claimants who suffered damage and loss as a result of a data protection breach by TalkTalk).
- Civil liberties and human rights: representative proceedings in the High Court
Members are involved in a variety of civil liberties and human rights, including in particular Francovich damages claims such as R (The3Million and others) v Minister for the Cabinet Office.
- Consumer law
Members are involved in large scale group litigation in relation to unfair contract terms, unfair advertising and misleading commercial practices under the new provisions for direct consumer redress under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Recent cases include the Dieselgate and AdBlue litigation.
- Commercial law
Monckton Chambers welcomes instructions in collective proceedings in commercial law, shareholder class actions, and claims under s. 90 / 90A Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Monckton’s commercial team routinely act in myriad banking and finance disputes and this, coupled with members’ wealth of experience in collective proceedings and class action litigation across multiple practice areas, makes Monckton barristers the first choice such work.
- Tax and duties: proceedings in the High Court under CPR Part 19, and Lead Case procedures in the First-tier Tax Tribunal
Members also have experience of group litigation and related procedures in tax and duties cases, for example, Monckton barristers successfully defended the first High Court group litigation proceedings in VAT (FJ Chalke Limited and AC Barnes (Wokingham) Limited v HMRC  EWCA Civ 313, concerning the VAT Interest Cars Group Litigation).
In the First-tier Tax Tribunal, Members are regularly involved in “Rule 18” formal “Lead Case” procedures. Recent cases include the “Colchester Institute Corporation” (see  UKFTT 479 (TC) and  STC 15) and the “Fareham College” Lead Case group litigation.
In addition members have extensive experience of the management of litigation for and against large groups of claimants through other procedures, such as the selection of informal lead cases or test claims.
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