Jenn Lawrence

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    Education

    BA (Yale); MPhil (Oxford); GDL (City); Bar Course (ICCA)

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    Introduction

    Jenn joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She is developing a busy practice spanning Chambers’ core areas of expertise.

    During pupillage, Jenn gained experience in a broad range of areas including competition, civil liberties & human rights, public & regulatory, data protection & information, sport and commercial law. She assisted members of Chambers in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Competition Appeals Tribunal.

    Jenn was the recipient of Lincoln’s Inn’s top scholarships for both the GDL and the Bar Course. She achieved a Distinction in the GDL and, in her year on the Bar Course, achieved the 1st score in Criminal Litigation and 2nd score in Civil Litigation.

    Before that, Jenn graduated from Yale University with a BA in Classics (with Distinction) and from the University of Oxford with an MPhil in Ancient Greek and Roman History (with Distinction). She wrote her MPhil thesis on inter-state surrender during the Roman Republic, which bears similarity to extradition in current international law.

    Prior to coming to the Bar, Jenn was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley for two years, where she worked on a variety of international mergers and acquisitions. She was born in New York and raised in Hong Kong and Canada.

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    • Competition

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

      • Churchill Gowns Limited & Another v Ede & Ravenscroft Limited & Others [2022] CAT 34: standalone claim arising out of alleged infringements of competition law in the market for the supply of academic dress.
      • Achilles Information Limited v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited [2022] CAT 9: damages claim (in a quantum trial) arising out of the defendant’s established breach of the Chapter I prohibition.
      • Gemalto v Infineon and Renesas: follow-on damages claim concerning the landmark question of whether limitation can, in principle, run from a Statement of Objections released by the EU Commission.
      • JJH Enterprises (trading as ValueLicensing) v Microsoft: standalone claim arising out of alleged infringements of competition law in the market for second-hand software.
      • Cabo Concepts Limited v MGA Entertainment (UK) Limited: standalone claim arising out of alleged breaches of the Chapter II prohibition by one of the world’s largest toy companies.
      • Volkswagen AG v MOL (Europe Africa) Limited & Others: follow-on damages claim arising out of the Roll-on/Roll-off shipping cartel.
      • Stellantis NV (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV) & Others v NTN Corporation & Others: follow-on damages claim arising out of the automotive bearings
      • Justin Le Patourel v BT Group PLC: standalone claim in collective proceedings against BT for unfair pricing of standalone/unbundled land-line services.
      • Various matters on an advisory basis, including advising a global sporting organisation on prospective claims it faced under competition law.

      Given her prior experience as an investment banker, Jenn is particularly comfortable working with complex financial and economic matters. At Morgan Stanley, she worked on a range of high-profile deals including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s sale of Helly Hansen to Canadian Tire for CAD $1 Bn and Reckitt Benckiser’s sale of French’s Mustard and Frank’s Red Hot to McCormick for USD $4.2 Bn.

    • Civil liberties & human rights

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a wide range of matters concerning Civil Liberties & Human Rights, including:

      • R (Jagtar Singh Johal) v Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Others: claim brought on the ground that unlawful intelligence sharing by UK intelligence agencies (MI6 and/or MI5) caused or contributed to the claimant facing arbitrary detention, torture and death penalty proceedings in India.
      • R (C15b) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: challenge to the lawfulness of the Home Office’s refusal to recognise the British citizenship of a young child detained in Syria on the basis that she was born after a (now withdrawn) deprivation order that was made in respect of her mother.
      • Interpreters: various claims brought by Afghan nationals who previously held roles in UK-funded projects in Afghanistan, challenging the Home Office’s ongoing failure to consider their applications for urgent relocation from Afghanistan to the UK following the fall of Kabul.
      • R (the3million and Open Rights Group) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and Another: challenge to the lawfulness of the immigration exemption contained in the Data Protection Act 2018, which provides for an exemption from the majority of fundamental data protection rights conferred by the UK GDPR where compliance with those rights is said to prejudice ‘effective immigration control’.
      • R (KMO) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: challenge to the lawfulness of the commissioner’s refusal to remove an allegedly illegitimate warning signal from the claimant’s PNC record.
      • Various matters on an advisory basis, including advising a private individual on how he might challenge an assertion made by the Liechtenstein government that it had complied with its obligations pursuant to a judgment of the ECtHR.

      Before joining Monckton, Jenn volunteered at Advocate (the Bar’s official pro bono charity) and also volunteered for a trade union legal department where she represented members in employment disputes.

    • Public & Regulatory

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a wide range of Public & Administrative matters, including:

      • R (Kellogg Marketing and Sales Company (UK) & Another) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2022] EWHC 1710 (Admin): defence against Kellogg’s challenge to the Food (Promotion and Placement) Regulations 2021.
      • R (the3million and Open Rights Group) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and Another: challenge to the lawfulness of the immigration exemption contained in the Data Protection Act 2018, which provides for an exemption from the majority of fundamental data protection rights conferred by the UK GDPR where compliance with those rights is said to prejudice ‘effective immigration control’.
      • R (Jagtar Singh Johal) v Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Others: claim brought on the ground that unlawful intelligence sharing by UK intelligence agencies (MI6 and/or MI5) caused or contributed to the claimant facing arbitrary detention, torture and death penalty proceedings in India.
      • R (C15b) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: challenge to the lawfulness of the defendant’s refusal to recognise the British citizenship of a young child detained in Syria on the basis that she was born after a (now withdrawn) deprivation order that was made in respect of her mother.
      • R (ZK) v London Borough of Hackney: an unaccompanied child asylum seeker’s challenge to the defendant’s ‘age assessment’ which found that child to be over 18 years old.
      • R (KMO) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: challenge to the lawfulness of the commissioner’s refusal to remove an allegedly illegitimate warning signal from the claimant’s PNC record.
      • Interpreters: various cases brought on behalf of Afghan nationals who had held roles in UK-funded projects in Afghanistan, challenging the Home Office’s ongoing failure to consider their applications for urgent relocation from Afghanistan to the UK since the fall of Kabul.
      • Various matters on an advisory basis, including advising both private bodies and non-departmental public bodies on potential grounds to challenge government regulations and guidance.
    • Data protection & information

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a wide range of Data Protection & Information matters including:

      • R (the3million and Open Rights Group) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and Another: challenge to the lawfulness of the immigration exemption contained in the Data Protection Act 2018, which provides for an exemption from the majority of fundamental data protection rights conferred by the UK GDPR where compliance with those rights is said to prejudice ‘effective immigration control’.
      • R (KMO) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: challenge to the lawfulness of the commissioner’s refusal to remove an allegedly illegitimate warning signal from the claimant’s PNC record.
      • Sheldon De’Nero Cooper and Others v Home Office: claim concerning breaches of the claimants’ data protection rights in the context of identity fraud.
      • Child Abuse Imagery Database: various advices concerning the lawful transfer, for law enforcement purposes, of indecent images of children and associated data and metadata.
      • Various other matters on an advisory basis, including prospective private claims under the DPA 2018, UK GDPR and common law.
    • Sport

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a range of matters concerning Sport, including:

      • European Professional Club Rugby v RDA Television LLP: dispute concerning the construction of a force majeure clause in an agreement between a rugby organisation and a sports media broadcaster.
      • Advising a global sporting organisation on prospective claims it faced under competition law.

      Jenn has a particular interest in matters concerning Sport given that, outside of her legal practice, she plays ice hockey for the Streatham Storm in the top division of the Women’s National Ice Hockey League.

    • Commercial

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a range of Commercial matters including:

      • J T Kelly and Another v B E Baker and Another [2022] EWHC 1879 (Comm): dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud following a management buyout.
      • European Professional Club Rugby v RDA Television LLP: dispute concerning the construction of a force majeure clause in an agreement between a rugby organisation and a sports media broadcaster.
    • Education, scholarships and prizes

      Education

      • Bar Course, Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ranked 1st in the year in Criminal Litigation and 2nd in the year in Civil Litigation)
      • GDL, City Law School (Distinction)
      • MPhil in Ancient Greek and Roman History, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (Distinction)
      • BA in Classics, Yale University (First Equivalent and Distinction in the Classics Major)

      Scholarships and prizes

      • John and Sophie Laws Scholarship, Bar European Group (2022)
      • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2020)
      • Winner of the Maitland Advocacy Prize Moot (2019)
      • Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2019)
      • GDL Scholarship, City Law School (2019)
      • Various academic prizes at school, undergraduate and postgraduate levels
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