Group actions

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 [2017] CAT 9; and the successful appeal in the leading case on certification, Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard Incorporated and others [2020] 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 [2010] EWCA Civ 1284.

    More information is available on our Competition page. For Competition barristers click here.

  • 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 [2021] 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).

    More information is available on our Data protection and information page. For Data protection and information barristers click here.

  • 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.

    More information is available on our Civil liberties and human rights page.  For Civil liberties and human rights barristers click here.

  • 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.

    More information is available on our Consumer law and business regulation page.  For Consumer law and business regulation barristers click here.

  • 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 [2010] 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 [2018] UKFTT 479 (TC) and [2021] 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.

    More information is available on our Tax and duties page.  For Tax and duties barristers click here.

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    Group actions barristers

    Tim Ward KC
    Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
    Philip Moser KC
    Call: 1992  | Silk: 2012
    Mark Brealey KC
    Call: 1984  | Silk: 2002
    Michael Bowsher KC
    Call: 1985  | Silk: 2006
    Jon Turner KC
    Call: 1988  | Silk: 2006
    Paul Harris KC
    Call: 1994  | Silk: 2011
    Daniel Beard KC
    Call: 1996  | Silk: 2011
    Kassie Smith KC
    Call: 1995  | Silk: 2013
    Meredith Pickford KC
    Call: 1999  | Silk: 2015
    Gerry Facenna KC
    Call: 2001  | Silk: 2016
    Josh Holmes KC
    Call: 1997  | Silk: 2017
    Robert Palmer KC
    Call: 1998  | Silk: 2019
    Ronit Kreisberger KC
    Call: 1999  | Silk: 2019
    Rob Williams KC
    Call: 2000  | Silk: 2020
    Anneli Howard KC
    Call: 2002  | Silk: 2021
    Ben Rayment
    Call: 1996
    Julian Gregory
    Call: 2000
    Alan Bates
    Call: 2003
    Philip Woolfe
    Call: 2004
    Fiona Banks
    Call: 2006
    Stefan Kuppen
    Call: 2013
    David Gregory
    Call: 2014
    James Bourke
    Call: 2014
    Jack Williams
    Call: 2015
    Ciar McAndrew
    Call: 2016
    Will Perry
    Call: 2018