Antonia Fitzpatrick

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    Education

    BA (Oxford) – First Class; MA (UCL) – Distinction; PhD (UCL); GDL (City) – Distinction; BPTC (City) – Outstanding

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    Introduction

    Antonia joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2021 and is developing a busy practice spanning all of Chambers’ principal areas of expertise.

    Recent highlights include being instructed as junior counsel: for Ryder, a claimant in the Trucks cartel litigation; for a number of retailers in claims against Visa and Mastercard in the Interchange Fees litigation; for Siemens in its challenge to the HS2 rolling-stock procurement; and for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, defending Kellogg’s challenge to the Government’s regulations restricting the promotion of less healthy food and drink products.

    She has been instructed and appeared as sole counsel in the County Court in relation to commercial matters.

    Antonia is co-author of the Competition Law chapter of Tech London Advocates/the Law Society’s ‘Blockchain Legal & Regulatory Guidance’ (Second Edition).

    Before joining Monckton, Antonia worked as a paralegal for Ofsted, assisting with the preparation of investigations in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). She was also a director of the School Exclusion Project, which provides pro bono representation to the parents of children permanently excluded from state schools.

    Prior to coming to the Bar, Antonia was a Junior Research Fellow and Lecturer in History at St. John’s College, University of Oxford, where she wrote a book on medieval history.

     

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    • Competition

      Cases

      Recent instructions include:

      • Trucks: junior counsel for Ryder, a claimant in the Trucks damages litigation (led by Mark Brealey KC, Josh Holmes KC, and Fiona Banks).
      • Interchange: junior counsel for a number of retailers in claims against Visa and Mastercard in the Multilateral Interchange Fees litigation (led by Ronit Kreisberger KC and Philip Woolfe).
      • Sportradar v Football DataCo and Betgenius: junior counsel in a standalone claim for an injunction and damages for breach of EU and UK competition law (led by Ronit Kreisberger KC, Alistair Lindsay and Ciar McAndrew). The case concerns exclusivity agreements for the collection and distribution of “in-play” betting data relating to football matches in the FA Premier League, Scottish Premier League, and English Football League.
      • Home Insurance Consumer Action Limited v BGL and CompareTheMarket: junior counsel for the proposed class representative (Home Insurance Consumer Action Limited) in an opt-out collective proceedings against price comparison website CompareTheMarket.com (led by Josh Holmes KC and Ciar McAndrew of Monckton and Tristan Jones of Blackstone Chambers).

      During pupillage, Antonia assisted in relation to a wide range of Competition matters, including standalone and follow-on claims, and collective proceedings:

      • Volkswagen AG v MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd & Others: follow-on damages claim arising from the Roll-on/Roll-off shipping cartel.
      • Stellantis NV (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV) & Others v NTN Corporation & Others: follow-on damages claim arising from the automotive bearings cartel.
      • The CMA’s investigation into alleged excessive and unfair pricing with respect to hydrocortisone tablets.
      • Justin Le Patourel v BT Group PLC: application for a Collective Proceedings Order in respect of a standalone claim against BT for unfair pricing of standalone/unbundled land-line services.
      • Justin Gutmann v First MTR South Western Trains Limited: proposed collective proceedings arising out of allegations of abuse of dominance with respect to boundary fares.
      • Churchill Gowns Limited and Student Gowns v Ede & Ravenscroft Limited & Others: standalone claim arising from an alleged infringement of UK competition law in the market for the supply of academic dress.
      • Department of Health and Social Care v Warner Lambert Company LLC: inquiry as to damages in respect of undertakings given by Warner Lambert on injunctions preventing generics companies from entering the market for the supply of the drug pregabalin.
      • Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories: “pay-for-delay” claims against Servier.
    • Procurement

      Antonia has been instructed in procurement matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants.

      Cases

      Recent instructions include:

      • James Waste Management Limited v Essex County Council: junior counsel for the defendant in a material variation claim, led by Azeem Suterwalla.
      • Siemens v HS2 Limited: junior counsel for the claimant in its challenge to the HS2 rolling-stock procurement, led by Fionnuala McCredie KC of Keating Chambers, and Fiona Banks, Ewan West and Alfred Artley of Monckton.
      • Fortem Solutions Limited v Birmingham City Council: junior counsel for the defendant in a procurement claim regarding a contract for the provision of gas servicing and improvement works programmes, led by Fiona Banks.
    • Administrative & public

      Cases

      Recent instructions include:

      • R (Kellogg Marketing and Sales Company (UK) & anor) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2022] EWHC 1710 (Admin): junior counsel for the defendant, led by Sir James Eadie KC of Blackstone Chambers and Azeem Suterwalla of Monckton, successfully defending Kellogg’s challenge to the Food (Promotion and Placement) Regulations 2021.
      • Student Nurse Paramedics (pro bono). Instructed as junior counsel on a pro bono basis, led by Michael Armitage, in a prospective challenge to Student Finance England’s decision to withdraw funding from students studying for an integrated masters Nurse Paramedic degree. Reversal of the decision was secured at pre-action stage.

      During pupillage, Antonia assisted in relation to a range of matters including:

      • R (Richards) v The Environment Agency [2021] EWHC 2501: a landmark human rights case concerning a vulnerable five-year-old boy’s challenge to the Environment Agency’s regulation of a polluting landfill site.
      • R (Cheung) v Office of Intercollegiate Services (Downing College Cambridge were an Interested Party): resisting a disappointed applicant’s challenge to the Office and College’s decision to not to admit him to study Land Economy.
      • Various matters on an advisory basis, including advising a non-departmental public body as to the extent of its vires, and advising a child in relation to his right to education under A2P1 of the ECHR.
    • Sport

      Cases

      Recent instructions include:

      • Sportradar v Football DataCo and Betgenius: junior counsel in a standalone claim for an injunction and damages for breach of EU and UK competition law (led by Ronit Kreisberger KC, Alistair Lindsay and Ciar McAndrew). The case concerns exclusivity agreements for the collection and distribution of “in-play” betting data relating to football matches in the FA Premier League, Scottish Premier League, and English Football League.

      During pupillage, Antonia assisted in advising on a range of Sport matters, including:

      • FA disciplinary proceedings against a football agent for alleged breach of conflict of interest provisions in the FA Regulations.
      • A potential judicial review challenge in respect of a sports governing body’s regulations.

       

    • Tax

      Cases

      Recent instructions include:

      • University of Birmingham Guild of Students v HMRC: junior counsel claimant Student Union in its tax appeal against HMRC, led by Melanie Hall KC.

      During pupillage, Antonia assisted Melanie Hall KC on a number of complex VAT issues in a high-profile case with a household name tax payer.

    • Commercial

      Cases

      Antonia has been instructed and appeared in the Court in commercial matters including:

      • Karmeinsky v Bolt Services UK Ltd: successfully resisting an application for permission to appeal in the Central London County Court against the striking out purported claim under s. 29 of the Equality Act 2010.
      • Chunteer v Bolt Services UK Ltd: successful strike-out application against a claim in breach of contract.
    • Information

      Cases

      During pupillage, Antonia assisted in relation to matters including:

      • A prospective claim against the Home Office under the Data Protection Act.
      • A prospective claim in judicial review against the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
    • Education, Awards and Prizes

      Education

      • BPTC, City Law School (Outstanding).
      • GDL, City Law School (Distinction).
      • PhD (Medieval History), University College London.
      • MA (Medieval Studies), University College London (Distinction, top of year).
      • BA (Hons) History, Wadham College, University of Oxford (First Class).

      Scholarships and prizes

      • Winner of the Administrative Law Bar Association Moot (2019)
      • Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2019)
      • Residential Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2019)
      • BPTC Scholarship, City Law School (2019)
      • Winner of the Maitland Advocacy Prize (2018)
      • David Karmel Award, Gray’s Inn (2018)
      • GDL Scholarship, City Law School (2018)
      • Various Academic prizes at undergraduate and postgraduate level including College Prize for performance in Finals (Wadham College, University of Oxford), UCL Alumni Association MA Prize (for the highest-scoring MA in the History Department) and MA and PhD scholarships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

      Languages

      French (working knowledge).

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