Anneliese Blackwood

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LL.B. (First Class), BCL
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“She is always on top of her brief and fantastic to work with.”Chambers UK, 2019

“She is very impressive.”Chambers UK, 2018

“She is very bright and very calm…Chambers UK, 2017

“She is dedicated, diligent and extremely sharp.”Chambers UK, 2016

Anneliese is a leading junior in competition and public procurement. She advises and represents clients in chambers’ key practice areas, in particular Competition, EU, Commercial and Procurement law and is regarded as “thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable”. She has been instructed as a junior in a number of high profile cases and has appeared in a wide range of courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She has personal advocacy experience in a wide range of courts and tribunals and is considered to be “excellent in her oral advocacy” and “incisive in her cross- examination of witnesses.”

Anneliese is a member of the Attorney-General’s C-Panel.

  • Competition Law & Regulatory

    Competition Law: “She is always on top of her brief and fantastic to work with.” – Chambers UK, 2019

    Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘Very impressive attention to detail and is very effective at turning around documents within short timescales.’’Legal 500, 2018

    Competition Law: “She is very good at understanding economic evidence and distilling it for the client, and her advocacy is very good, too.”Chambers UK, 2018

    “She is very bright and very calm, and has particular expertise in merger control.” – Chambers UK, 2017

    ‘‘A combination of high intellect and a willingness to engage at client level.’’Legal 500, 2016

    “…continues to build her reputation in the market.”Chambers UK, 2016

    “Skilled in dealing with experts.” Leading Junior in EU and Competition Law. – Legal 500, 2015

    “She is very good and undoubtedly a star of the future.”Chambers UK, 2015

    “Her work is completed to a high standard and she really gets stuck in.”Chambers UK 2015

    “Has developed a reputation as a rising star at the junior level. Recently gained experience in some of the more demanding and complex follow-on damages cases. One of the most intelligent lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with,’ said one solicitor. She has the ability to assimilate huge bits of information and transform them into easy to digest, simple narrative.” Chambers UK, 2014

    Anneliese is a specialist competition law practitioner who regularly advises both private clients and regulators on a broad range of competition law issues. She has considerable experience of litigation on competition law matters in the CAT and the High Court and has been instructed on a number of long, document heavy trials. She has particular experience in relation to damages claims and is a contributor to chapter 16 “Litigating Infringements in the National Courts” in the Seventh Edition of Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition. She also has provided advice on complicated conflicts of laws maters in this context and has experience of negotiating commitments with the European Commission.

    Notable cases include:

    • Royal Mail Group Limited v DAF Trucks Limited & others (CAT – Acting for the Claimants bringing follow on damages claims in relation to the Trucks cartel), Led by Tim Ward QC.
    • BT Group Plc & others v DAF Trucks Limited & others (CAT – Acting for the Claimants bringing follow on damages claims in relation to the Trucks cartel), Led by Tim Ward QC.
    • Dawsongroup Plc v DAF Trucks Limited & others (CAT – Acting for the Claimants bringing follow on damages claims in relation to the Trucks cartel), Led by Tim Ward QC.
    • Advising a pharmaceutical company in relation to an investigation by the CMA.
    • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc (High Court – Acting for the Claimants bringing follow on damages claims for breach of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 EEA in relation to an air cargo cartel), led by Philip Moser QC.
    • AC Nielsen Company Limited v Competition and Markets Authority (CAT – Settled – Appeal against a decision of the OFT not to refer a merger to the Competition Commission), led by Robert Palmer.
    • Advising a shipping company in relation to the proceedings opened by the European Commission against 14 container liner shipping companies concerning in price signalling and its compatibility with Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 EEA.
    • H Newson and others v IMI Plc and others (High Court – Representing a Part 20 Defendant in relation to contribution proceedings being brought against it for its involvement in a copper fittings cartel).
    • Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland and others v Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC and others (High Court – Settled – This case involves follow on damages and abuse of dominance claims in relation to pharmaceutical products), led by Paul Harris QC.
    • The Scottish Ministers and others v Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC and others (High Court- Settled – This case involves follow on damages and abuse of dominance claims in relation to pharmaceutical products), led by Paul Harris QC.
    • 2Travel Group Plc (in liquidation) v Cardiff City Transport Services Limited (Trading as Cardiff Bus) [2012] CAT 19 (CAT – First follow on damages claim decided in the CAT and the first award of exemplary damages for a breach of competition law), led by Michael Bowsher QC.
    • Morrisons and others v Office of Fair Trading [2011] CAT 41(CAT – Appeal against the OFT’s decision that there was a breach of the Chapter I prohibition by certain tobacco manufacturers and supermarkets in relation to the pricing of tobacco products)
    • Plus Markets Plc v The London Stock Exchange (High Court – Settled – Issues of abuse of dominance and barriers to entry), led by Peter Roth QC (now Mr Justice Roth).

    Anneliese has also been involved in advisory work including:

    • Advising on abuse of dominance claim against a Pharmaceutical company for refusal to supply.
    • Advising on conflicts of law issues in relation to follow on and stand-alone damages claims.
    • Advising a high profile paint manufacture on their distribution agreements.
    • Advising on bringing a damages claim arising out of the marine hoses cartel.
    • Advising in relation to a potential abuse of dominance claim against a well-known jewellery company.
    • Advising in relation to a highly publicised merger between two substantial media companies.
    • Advising commercial clients on the application of the Vertical Block Exemption (Commission Regulation 330/2010) to trading agreements, in particular in relation to online sales.
    • Advising a commercial client on the terms of a selective distribution system of a luxury product.
    • Advising a commercial client on making a reference to the OFT.
    • Advising an organiser of music and performing arts festivals in relation to the possible abuse of dominance by another festival organiser.

    Anneliese has worked on cases involving IP issues and is particularly interested in the intersection between IP and competition law.

    Notable cases include:

    • Nestec SA and others v Dualit Limited and others (High Court – Instructed by Dualit to draft abuse of dominance as a defence to a patent infringement claim – Competition aspects of the dispute were ultimately stayed and Dualit won on the basis of its IP arguments), led by Mark Vanhegan QC.
    • Advising on competition law matters relating to license agreements for the online distribution of films and music. This involved advising a number of issues, including exhaustion of rights and the permissibility of geoblocking provisions.
    • Advising on competition issues in a patent litigation settlement agreement.
    • Advising on competition issues arising out of games licensing agreement.
    • Advising on the application of Article 101 TFEU to a licence granting IP rights relating to a cartoon character.
  • Procurement Law

    Public Procurement: “Approachable and very client-friendly,” she is “an excellent junior whose knowledge of the procurement regime, attention to detail and drafting skills are all impressive.”Chambers UK, 2019

    Leading junior in Public procurement: ‘‘An excellent procurement junior – her knowledge and drafting skills are standout qualities.’’Legal 500, 2018

    Public Procurement: “She is very impressive. Her attention to detail and her grasp of the very technical matters in cases set her apart.”Chambers UK, 2018

    “She is very commercially minded and very quick to understand client concerns. An effective junior with a great understanding of the law.” “Anneliese is extremely user-friendly and very strong tactically.”Chambers UK, 2017

    ‘‘Smart and strong tactically.’’Legal 500, 2016

    Has a strong focus on procurement law and has been involved as junior counsel in a number of high profile cases. She is “very focused and dedicated to her clients”, according to sources. She is also praised for both her “excellent” written and oral skills.WHO’S WHO LEGAL (WWL) UK BAR 2016

    “She is dedicated, diligent and extremely sharp. Working with her is a pleasure as she ‘gets it’ straight away.”Chambers UK, 2016

    “Quick to spot practical and commercial issues.” Leading Junior in Public Procurement Law. – Legal 500, 2015

    Anneliese has considerable experience in the field of procurement law and is happy to take instructions on all aspects of procurement. She has recently advised a number of pharmaceutical companies on NHS procurements for drugs where their patent has, or is about to, expire.

    Notable cases include:

    • Bombardier Transportation UK Limited v London Underground Limited; Hitachi Rail Europe Limited v London Underground Limited (High Court – Representing the Claimants, Bombardier and Hitachi who tendered as a consortium, who are challenging a procurement carried out by London Underground Limited for the London Underground New Tube for London Rolling Stock (Deep Tube Upgrade Programmed) Project) led by Philip Moser QC.
    • Patentes Talgo S.L.U. v High Speed Two (HS2) Limited (High Court – Representing Patentes Talgo S.L.U. in a procurement being carried out by High Speed Two (HS2) Limited for rolling stock and associated services for the new high speed railway known as ‘High Speed 2’.), led by Philip Moser QC.
    • Marston Holdings Ltd v Ministry of Defence (High Court – Settled – Representing Marston Holdings Limited who challenged the Ministry of Defence’s conduct of the tender process for the award of a contract(s) for the supply of Approved Enforcement Agency services on behalf of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services) led by Michael Bowsher QC.
    • Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus v Secretary of State for Defence [2018] 11 WLUK 300 (High Court – Successfully represented Secretary of State for Defence in having a claim brought by the Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus on the basis that it was time barred) led by Philip Moser QC
    • Openview Security Solutions Limited v London Borough of Merton (High Court – Representing the winning tenderer, Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions (UK) Limited, in relation to the protection of its confidential information).
    • Endred (UK Group) Limited v Her Majesty’s Treasury and others [2015] UKSC 45 – Claim for breaches of the Public Contract Regulations 2006 (as amended) and general principles of EU law for an alleged direct grant of a public services contract concerning tax free childcare vouchers without undertaking a procurement process), led by Philip Moser QC.
    • GroupM UK Limited v Cabinet Office (High Court – Settled – Claim for breaches of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to the government’s procurement of a multi-million pound contract for media buying services), led by Michael Bowsher QC and Joanna Smith QC
    • Faithful + Gould v UKSBS (High Court – Settled – Claim for breaches of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to a framework agreement for the provision of project management and design team services), led by Philip Moser QC
    • Willmott Dixon Partnerships Ltd v London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (High Court – Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to a contract for housing repair services), led by Michael Bowsher QC
    • Clarity Informatics Limited v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (High Court – Settled – Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to the procurement of IT services relating to the processing and analysing of data), led by Philip Moser QC.
    • Atlantis Medical Limited v Minister for the Cabinet Office (High Court – Settled – Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to the procurement of a national Framework Agreement for the supply of certain health professionals and staff for use by UK public bodies, including the NHS), led by Michael Bowsher QC
    • SkyLink Aviation Inc v The Secretary of State for Defence (High Court – Settled – Claim for breach of the Public Contract Regulations 2006(as amended) and general principles of EU law in relation to a contract for the provision of rotary wing support to UK operations in Afghanistan), led by Michael Bowsher QC
    • AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP -v- Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hounslow [2012] EWHC 2639 (TCC) (High Court – This case concerned the allegation that insufficient advertising of a development opportunity amounted to a breach of Article 56 TFEU), led by Michael Bowsher QC.
  • EU Law

    Anneliese has advised in relation to a wide range of EU law and regulatory issues. Most recently she has had particular experience in the application of EU law in the Pharmaceutical sector.

    Leading junior in EU Law: ‘‘Impressive attention to detail and is effective at turning around documents within short timescales’’Legal 500, 2018

    Notable cases include:

    • R (on the application of Teva) v Secretary of State for Health ( High Court – Acting for the Secretary of State in relation to Teva’s challenge of the MHRA’s decision to refuse marketing authorization for a generic medicine).
    • AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hounslow [2012] EWHC 2639 (TCC) (High Court – This case concerned an allegation that insufficient advertising of a development opportunity amounted to a breach of Article 56 TFEU), led by Michael Bowsher QC.
    • Advising a furniture manufacturer in relation to allegations by the OFT of misleading pricing in breach of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and Directive 2005/29.
    • Advising on the compliance of proposed new tax laws with EU law.
    • Advising an NGO on vulnerability of decisions of the European Investment Bank to challenge.
    • Advising on the impact of the fundamental freedoms and the prohibition against discrimination on the structure of a scholarship fund of a major university.
  • Commercial Law

    Anneliese has advised and appeared in court on a range of issues arising in commercial disputes.

    Notable cases include:

    • UBS AG, DB Group Services (UK) Ltd v HMRC [2014] EWCA Civ 452 (On appeal to Supreme Court) – The case concerns liability to pay income tax and National Insurance contributions where bonuses had been paid through a scheme specifically developed by the employer. It involved the interpretation and application of provisions of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003), led by Paul Lasok QC and Richard Vallat.
    • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc (High Court – Acting for the Claimants bringing claims for unlawful means conspiracy and conspiracy to injure in relation to an air cargo cartel), part of the counsel team led by Ian Milligan QC.
    • SB Wakefield Limited v Honda Motor Europe Limited (High Court – Claim for breach of contract relating to the purchase, sale and resale of motor vehicles), led by Kassie Smith QC
    • Voges v Transport for London and London Underground Limited (High Court – Successfully argued for the claim to be struck out, summary judgement entered against the Claimant, a further party to be added to the claim for the purposes of making an extended civil restraint order against them and for extended civil restraint orders to be made against the claimant and the joined party.)
    • Clarity Informatics Limited v Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Clarity Informatics Limited v Mid Essex Hospital Service NHS Trust (High Court – Both cases involve claims for breach of contract in relation to an agreement to licence software.)
    • Metaalhandel Broerson BV v Rank Metal Vo Limited (High Court – Stay of execution against a European Payment order).
    • Worldwide Tradin Services (UK) Limited v AJS Developments Limited (High Court –Freezing injunction).
  • Public & Administrative, Information Law and Human Rights

    “She can think on her feet and is incisive in her cross-examination of witnesses.” Chambers UK, 2015

    “Appears regularly before the Information Tribunal on a range of matters, and represents a variety of clients, including the Information Commissioner and public bodies. Anneliese was thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable. She provided excellent written skeleton arguments and had a good grasp of detail. She was also excellent in her oral advocacy.” Chambers UK, 2014

    “The thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable Anneliese Blackwood is recommended under Data Protection Law.”  Legal 500, 2013

    Anneliese has a particular interest in human rights law, having been a Teaching Fellow at University College London on the LLB Public Law II course. She has had experience advising large commercial entities on human rights issues, including in relation to the implications of proposed legislation, and has also been involved in several cases where references have been made to the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”).

    Notable Human Rights cases include:

    • Acted for a religious organisation challenging the confiscation of religious materials, and the prohibition of their dissemination, by a State. In particular, this raised Article 8, 9, 10 and Article 1, Protocol 1 issues.
    • Acted for an individual detained pending trial for criminal charges who required medical treatment for a serious condition. This raised issues relating to Articles 5(3) and 3.
    • Acted for an individual challenging the fairness of his criminal convictions. In particular this raised Article 6 issues relating to the fairness of the trial and the impartiality of the Tribunal.
    • Advising a bank on the compatibility of proposed legislation with provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998.

    In addition, she has been involved in a number of judicial review cases and has considerable experience in the field of information law, in particular Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).

    Notable Public & Administrative and Information Law cases include:

    • British American Tobacco v HMRC (First Tier Tax Tribunal /High Court – This is the first appeal against the imposition of a penalty under the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 for failure to comply with the duty not to facilitate smuggling. BAT have also sought to judicially review the decision), led by Melanie Hall QC
    • R (Ibrahim) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (High Court – This concerned legal issues arising in relation to the Dublin II Regulation).
    • United Halal Meat v UK Border Agency (County Court – Civil penalty under Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006).
    • Kings College London v Information Commissioner EA/2014/0054 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 43(2) and section 40 of FOIA to King College London staff salaries)
    • Hynd v Information Commissioner and Office for National Statistics EA/2013/0198 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 21 of FOIA)
    • Bousfield v Information Commissioner EA/2012/0074 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 42 of the FOIA where an allegation of contempt of Parliament had been raised).
    • Voges v Information Commissioner and Transport for London EA/2011/0076 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 14 of the FOIA in relation to information held by Transport for London concerning the commission of an offence).
    • Lampert v The Information Commissioner and the Financial Services Agency EA/2010/0203 (Information Tribunal – Application of sections 14 and 40 of the FOIA to information held by the FSA).
    • Public and Commercial Services Union v The Information Commissioner and the Ministry of Justice EA/2009/0123 (Information Tribunal – Application of section 30(2)(b) of the FOIA to information held by the Ministry of Justice regarding prison staff conditions of employment ).
    • David Fergusson v The Information Commissioner and the Electoral Commission EA/2010/0085 (Information Tribunal – Application of the sections 40(2) and 30(1)(a) of the FOIA to information held by the Electoral Commission following an investigation into donations accepted by Wendy Alexander MSP’s campaign team).
  • What the Directories Say

    Competition Law: “She is always on top of her brief and fantastic to work with.”Chambers UK, 2019

    Public Procurement: “Approachable and very client-friendly,” she is “an excellent junior whose knowledge of the procurement regime, attention to detail and drafting skills are all impressive.” – Chambers UK, 2019

    Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘Very impressive attention to detail and is very effective at turning around documents within short timescales.’’Legal 500, 2018

    Leading junior in EU Law: ‘‘Impressive attention to detail and is effective at turning around documents within short timescales’’Legal 500, 2018

    Leading junior in Public procurement: ‘‘An excellent procurement junior – her knowledge and drafting skills are standout qualities.’’Legal 500, 2018

    Competition Law: “She is very good at understanding economic evidence and distilling it for the client, and her advocacy is very good, too.”Chambers UK, 2018

    Public Procurement: “She is very impressive. Her attention to detail and her grasp of the very technical matters in cases set her apart.” – Chambers UK, 2018

    Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘Bright and easy to work with.’’Legal 500, 2017

    Leading junior in EU Law: ‘‘She is very bright and her analysis is spot-on.’’Legal 500, 2017

    Leading junior in Public procurement: ‘‘She is very bright and her analysis is spot-on.’’Legal 500, 2017

    Competition Law: “She is very bright and very calm, and has particular expertise in merger control.” Chambers UK, 2017

    Public Procurement: “She is very commercially minded and very quick to understand client concerns. An effective junior with a great understanding of the law.” “Anneliese is extremely user-friendly and very strong tactically.” – Chambers UK, 2017

    Leading Junior in Public Procurement: ‘‘Smart and strong tactically.’’ Legal 500, 2016

    Leading Junior in EU and Competition: ‘‘A combination of high intellect and a willingness to engage at client level.’’Legal 500, 2016

    Government Contracts: Has a strong focus on procurement law and has been involved as junior counsel in a number of high profile cases. She is “very focused and dedicated to her clients”, according to sources. She is also praised for both her “excellent” written and oral skills.WHO’S WHO LEGAL (WWL) UK BAR 2016

    Competition Law: “…continues to build her reputation in the market.” – Chambers UK, 2016

    Public Procurement: She is dedicated, diligent and extremely sharp. Working with her is a pleasure as she ‘gets it’ straight away.” – Chambers UK, 2016

    “Skilled in dealing with experts.” Leading Junior in EU and Competition Law. Legal 500, 2015

    “Quick to spot practical and commercial issues.” Leading Junior in Public Procurement Law. Legal 500, 2015

    Competition Law: “She is very good and undoubtedly a star of the future.” “Her work is completed to a high standard and she really gets stuck in.” Chambers UK, 2015

    Data Protection: “She can think on her feet and is incisive in her cross-examination of witnesses.” – Chambers UK, 2015

    Competition Law: Has developed a reputation as a rising star at the junior level. Recently gained experience in some of the more demanding and complex follow-on damages cases. “One of the most intelligent lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with,” said one solicitor. “She has the ability to assimilate huge bits of information and transform them into easy to digest, simple narrative.” Chambers UK, 2014

    Data Protection: Appears regularly before the Information Tribunal on a range of matters, and represents a variety of clients, including the Information Commissioner and public bodies. “Anneliese was thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable.” “She provided excellent written skeleton arguments and had a good grasp of detail. She was also excellent in her oral advocacy.” Chambers UK, 2014

    “The ‘thorough, alert, knowledgeable, prompt and approachable’ Anneliese Blackwood” is recommended under Data Protection Law. Legal 500, 2013

  • Publications
    • Contributor to chapter 16 “Litigating Infringements in the National Courts” in the Seventh Edition of Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition.
    • Co-contributor, with Paul Lasok QC, to Atkin’s Court Forms: European Courts.
    • “Case Note on Kadi II and Abdulrahim”, European Advocate Autumn 2013
    • “Need for Advertisement Under Article 56 TFEU – AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP v Mayor and Birgess of the London Borough of Hounslow“, Public Procurement Law Review 2013
  • Additional Information
    • Pegasus Scholarship 2009 – Worked in Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Melbourne and in the chambers of Chief Justice Black of the Federal Court of Australia.
    • Bar European Group Phoenicia Scholar 2008
    • Lady Templeman Anglo-Indian Goodwill Award 2007 (Middle Temple) – Visited various courts and tribunals in Delhi, India hosted by the late Mr L.M. Singhvi.
    • Astbury Scholarship 2006-2007 (Middle Temple)
    • University College London Dean’s List 2004-2005
    • Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding) – Inns of Court School of Law Bachelor of Civil Law – Brasenose College, Oxford
    • L.L.B. Laws (First Class) – University College London
    • Member of the editorial committee of the European Advocate.
    • Teaching Fellow at University College London on the LLB Public Law II course (2006-2007)

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