Administrative & public

Administrative and public law is one of Monckton’s core specialisms, and is an area in which we have long had a strong reputation for both wide-ranging and in-depth expertise. Regardless of the complexity of a particular public law dispute, Monckton Chambers has an array of market leading practitioners at all levels of seniority able to assist. Our members’ rare blend of experience means we are equally sought after in connection with judicial review claims in the commercial regulatory sphere as in respect of high–profile public interest and civil liberties challenges.

‘Administrative and public law’ is a broad practice area, within which our specific areas of expertise include:

Legal issues arising in the context of public law disputes are often cross-cutting, involving diverse other areas of law. Our public law expertise overlaps with practice areas including:

Our practitioners undertake work on behalf of both claimants and defendants, offering the exceptional quality of service our clients have come to expect. Members act for individuals, families, NGOs and charities, companies, regulators and local authorities to ensure their rights are upheld and their interests protected. A large number of our members are appointed to the Attorney General’s ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘PIL’ Panel of Counsel, from which they represent clients including Secretaries of State and central government agencies in challenges to their decisions (click here to see panel members).

We offer broad experience in judicial review challenges before not only the Administrative Court but also other specialist courts and tribunals such as the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Information Tribunal. Our members appear in domestic and international courts, at every level of the court and tribunal system.

Monckton is committed to publicly funded work as well as that which is privately paid, and many members work pro bono on public interest litigation. We are regularly instructed in urgent matters including claims requiring applications for interim relief.


Commercial dispute resolution

Monckton Chambers has extensive experience in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. The commercial team is well placed to provide advice and representation, and builds upon Chambers’ outstanding expertise in the EU, competition, and sports fields, as well as offering specialist commercial practitioners.

In addition to its Commercial & Chancery Court practice, Chambers’ members also boast formidable experience and expertise in a number of foreign jurisdictions, including Ireland, the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, The Channel Islands, the United States, Russia and the CIS states, Australia, India, and Belgium.

Members of Chambers also have expertise and experience in all major arbitral institutions and rules including LCIA, ICC, CIArb, SCAI, LMAA, UNCITRAL, ICAC (Russia), HKIAC, SIAC, and ICSID.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil & Commercial Fraud
  • Commercial Chancery
  • Company
  • Competition
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Insurance
  • Offshore
  • Partnership
  • Private International Law
  • Shipping & Commodities
  • Sports


Members of Monckton Chambers’ Education Law Group advise and represent clients in a wide range of education-related cases. Our clients include:

  • Children, parents and adult learners
  • Maintained and independent schools
  • Universities and other FE and HE Institutions
  • Local authorities
  • Ofsted and other education regulators
  • The Department for Education

Members act in public law disputes, including judicial review challenges, appeals concerning children’s special educational needs, claims of disability discrimination and admissions and exclusions appeals.

Spearheading the Education Law Group is Ian Wise QC, recognised as a leading silk in Education Law for a number of years, who combines his expertise in this area with his considerable experience in children’s law generally. Monckton’s education clients also draw on members’ expertise across Monckton Chambers’ core strengths in public law (including judicial review, human rights and local government), discrimination law, competition law, contract law and EU relations law. Our clients benefit from the experience which many members of the Group have gained through acting regularly for both Claimants and Defendants.

A particular area of expertise in chambers is cases concerning the right to education (Article 2 Protocol 1 of the ECHR), including damages actions for failure to provide an individual with education, members having acted successfully in a number of such cases in the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Other areas of Monckton’s education law expertise include:

  • Judicial reviews concerning special educational needs
  • Appeals against EHC Plans in the First Tier Tribunal
  • Disability discrimination in education
  • School exclusions
  • Failure to educate (Education Act 1996 s 19)
  • Challenges to regulatory decisions including Ofsted reports
  • Contractual disputes involving education eg. provision of education

There are several ways to instruct members of the Group. Many of our education law JRs are brought using legal aid. A number of members are direct access qualified, meaning they are available to be instructed by members of the public without instructing a solicitor, which can be more cost effective. Those members can also advise on whether a client’s legal issue means they would in fact benefit from instructing a solicitor.

Many members of the Group are instructed by DfE, Ofsted and other education regulators via being on the Attorney General’s Panels of Counsel.

Between 2020 and 2023, the Education Law Team published an Education Law blog which covered important developments across the field of education law.

Tax and duties

Monckton Chambers is consistently lauded as one of the top sets for Tax & Duties in the legal directories.

Monckton Chambers is a first-rate set known for its extensive work across the full gamut of indirect taxation disputes. Chambers frequently acts for the Revenue and for taxpayers in cases relating to VAT, anti-dumping charges, input and exit taxes and landfill taxes, among others. Members regularly appear at all levels of the court and tribunal system, and routinely handle cases before the Supreme Court and the ECJ. The set has been instructed in a number of recent notable and precedent setting matters
Chambers & Partners 2023

Monckton Chambers boasts ‘a number of excellent barristers at a senior and junior level’, offering an unrivalled breadth of experience in indirect tax matters; combining VAT expertise with extensive knowledge of EU, human rights and public law
Legal 500 2023

Members of Monckton Chambers are recommended in Who’s Who Legal as Global and National Leaders in the fields of Tax Controversy and Corporate Tax.

Members of Monckton Chambers routinely act for both the taxpayer and HMRC and one of our greatest strengths is our ability to put together the right teams for the right cases.

Members combine specialist knowledge of Value Added Tax (VAT) and other indirect taxes with extensive expertise in EU, human rights and public law, which have for many years formed the bedrock of our reputation for excellence.


Members of Monckton Chambers have represented taxpayers and HMRC in dozens of leading cases, many of them in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Justice.

Members have extensive experience of judicial review applications, for which Chambers’ acknowledged expertise in both indirection taxation and public law is invaluable.

Specific areas of VAT expertise include:

  • Assessments and penalties
  • Exemptions and zero-rating
  • Input tax and partial exemption
  • Multiple/single supplies
  • Place of supply
  • Remedies, repayment and restitution of overpaid VAT and compound interest
  • Special schemes
  • Abusive practices
  • VAT-related judicial review
  • Vouchers, customer loyalty schemes
  • MTIC fraud
  • Crypto-currencies
  • VAT groups
  • Charities
  • Local authorities
  • Property
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • European Court procedure
  • EU Relations law

Customs duties

Specific areas of customs duties expertise include:

  • Tariff classification
  • Preferential customs treatment
  • Inward/outward processing
  • Community transit
  • Tariff quota

Excise duties

Specific areas of excise duties expertise include:

  • Alcoholic liquor
  • Tobacco
  • Hydrocarbon oil
  • Other related matters such as;
    • Production
    • Processing
    • Holding
    • Movement of excise goods
    • Approval and registration of traders, warehouse keepers and tax warehouses.

Noteworthy excise duties cases in which Monckton Chambers members have acted include General Transport Service SPA in the Court of Appeal (2020), British-American Tobacco (Holdings) Ltd v HMRC  (2017) and Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Ltd v HMRC in the Court of Appeal (2017).

Environmental & other taxes

Specific areas of environmental & other taxes expertise include:

  • Aggregates Levy
  • Air passenger duty
  • Climate change levy
  • Landfill tax

Members of Chambers acted in the test case landfill tax litigation in HMRC v Devon Waste Management, Biffa Waste Services and Veolia in the Court of Appeal (2021).

Betting & gaming duties

Specific areas of betting & gaming duties expertise include:

  • Remote gaming duty
  • General Betting Duty
  • Machine games duty
  • Pool betting duty
  • Horserace betting levy

Members of Monckton Chambers have acted in high-profile betting and gaming duties litigation, including Revenue and Customs v London Clubs Management in the Supreme Court (2020) and the Rank litigation relating to taxation of income from gaming machines, in the Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the EU.

State aid and tax

Members have acted in landmark litigation on state aid and tax including Apple’s appeal to the General Court against the EU Commission decision finding that Apple’s tax treatment in Ireland constituted unlawful State aid (2020) and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd v HMRC (2019).

International arbitration

Monckton Chambers boasts considerable experience conducting arbitrations with the major arbitral institutions and rules (including ICC, LCIA, CIArb, LMAA, HKIAC, SCC, SIAC and ICAC (Russia) Rules).

Chambers has been particularly involved, both as counsel and arbitrators, in investment treaty arbitrations, arbitrations regarding utility and telecoms regulation and arbitrations involving Indian, Russian and CIS law.

We are uniquely well placed to deal with arbitrations which raise regulatory, economic and competition law issues. In addition, Chambers’ arbitration practice also reflects its broader Commercial Dispute Resolution expertise, with Members acting in arbitrations involving aviation, banking, civil fraud, shareholder disputes, energy and natural resources, shipping, commodities and sport.

Members act in arbitration-connected proceedings in the English courts such as applications for interim relief, challenges to arbitral awards and enforcement proceedings.

Barristers at Monckton Chambers are also qualified members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and are members or sit on the panels of several leading arbitration institutions, including LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, KCAB, BVI IAC, AIAC, AIFC-IAC (Kazakhstan), SCIA (Shenzhen), MIAC (Mongolia) and ICC.


Monckton Chambers has a leading-edge practice in telecommunications and electronic communications generally.  Our barristers regularly appear in the leading telecommunications cases for mobile and fixed line telecommunications companies, broadcasters, content providers and Office of Communications (Ofcom).

In addition to extensive experience of advising on legal issues specific to the communications industry, members of Monckton Chambers are able to draw on their expertise in related areas such as competition law, EU law, and other public and regulatory law.

We are accordingly able to advise on and act in all telecommunications matters, from appeals under the Communications Act, through damages actions and applications for injunctions in the High Court, to judicial review challenges of regulatory decisions and EU legislation in the domestic and Community Courts.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Mobile networks
  • Broadcasting/telecommunications convergence
  • Bundling of TV/telecoms services
  • Business direct exchange lines services
  • Communications Act
  • Competition Act (including margin squeeze, predatory pricing, price discrimination and anti-competitive agreements)
  • Consumer issues in telecommunications services
  • Contractual issues in telecommunications services
  • EU Communications Directives
  • GSM gateways
  • Internet services
  • Landing of cables
  • Licensing of intellectual property, standards setting and FRAND
  • Local loop unbundling
  • Open access agreements
  • Personal number services
  • Premium rate services
  • Radio base station backhaul circuits
  • Siting of masts
  • Termination charges to fixed and mobile networks
  • VoIP (voice over internet protocol)
  • Wireless Telegraphy Acts



Monckton Chambers has several specialists in environmental law who have regularly advised and acted in cases involving environmental law issues. The team is able to draw on years of expertise in EU law to advise on all aspects of retained EU environmental legislation, and has extensive experience of litigating environmental issues in a public law context.

Members act for private clients and campaigning groups, for the Environment Agency, central government departments and local authorities.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Access to environmental information
  • Agriculture and fisheries
  • Climate change and emissions trading
  • Contaminated land
  • The Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
  • Energy conservation
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Environmental permits
  • Environmental protection
  • Habitats and Wild Birds Directive
  • Pesticides regulation
  • Planning
  • State aid for environmental protection
  • Waste management and landfill
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Members of Monckton have appeared in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European courts in a range of environmental law cases, and members regularly appear in cases involving environmental information.


Monckton Chambers is acknowledged as a pre-eminent set in all areas of competition law.

We offer specialists at every level of seniority, to suit every type of competition law case. Our members are recognised leaders in their field, who consistently appear in the leading competition cases in both the European and domestic courts.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Antitrust (Article 101 TFEU/Chapter I Competition Act 1998 and Article 102 TFEU/Chapter 2 Competition Act 1998)
  • Class actions
  • Fast track competition claims.
  • Mergers
  • Public undertakings;
  • Specific sectoral regimes, including telecommunications; utilities (gas, electricity, and water); health; and financial services
  • State aid

We advise and represent clients on proceedings in a wide range of contexts, including:

Members act in competition law actions and inquiries in many countries around the world (including in Hong Kong), and in international competition law arbitrations and mediations: see here for a list of arbitrators. As well representing clients members also act as expert witnesses on UK and EU competition law.

See individual CVs for details of members’ recent and significant cases.

Members of Monckton Chambers write, edit and/or contribute to numerous leading competition law publications and periodicals, including:

  • Lindsay & Berridge, The EU Merger Regulation: Substantive Issues (5th ed., 2017);
  • Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition (8th ed., 2018, and updates);
  • Brealey, Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure (2nd ed., 2019).