Jenn Lawrence

Call: 2021

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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. She has a busy practice spanning Chambers’ core areas of expertise, including competition law, public law and human rights, data protection and information law, sports law and tax law. She is direct access qualified.

    Current and recent case highlights include:

    • Acting in a number of collective proceedings before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, including for Vodafone in the £3.2 billion ‘loyalty penalties’ class action, and for Google in the £7 billion ‘mobile search’ class action.
    • Acting for a former Afghan interpreter who worked alongside the British armed forces in relation to his application to relocate to the UK following the fall of Kabul.
    • Acting for an asylum-seeker from Iranian Kurdistan in an age dispute case.
    • Acting for the ICO in relation to a £12.7 million fine imposed on TikTok for a number of breaches of data protection law, including failing to use children’s personal data lawfully.
    • Acting for Heathrow in its appeal against the Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to modify the price control terms of Heathrow’s economic licence.

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

    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 and regulatory

      Jenn acts across the spectrum of Chambers’ competition litigation work, which includes both standalone and follow-on claims, both bringing and defending damages actions and collective proceedings. She also has experience acting in regulatory cases.

      Given her prior experience as an investment banker, Jenn is particularly comfortable working with complex financial and economic matters.

      Cases

      Current and recent highlights include:

      • Vodafone: acting for Vodafone in the £3.2 billion ‘loyalty penalties’ class action (led by Rob Williams KC and David Bailey).
      • Google: acting for Google in the £7 billion ‘mobile search’ class action (led by Meredith Pickford KC, Josh Holmes KC, Narinder Jhittay, David Gregory and Max Shaefer).
      • RoRo – McLaren: acting for the WWL defendants in the RoRo Shipping Cartel class action (led by Josh Holmes KC and Laura John).
      • Trains – Gutmann: acting for South Western Railway, a defendant in the ‘boundary fares’ class action (led by Tim Ward KC and James Bourke).
      • Heathrow appeal – price control: acting for Heathrow in its appeal against the Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to modify the price control terms of Heathrow’s economic licence (led by Daniel Beard KC, Josh Holmes KC, Philip Woolfe and Stefan Kuppen).
      • Trucks – Asda: acting for a group of leading UK retailers (Asda, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Wilko, Iceland and Currys) as claimants in the Trucks Cartel damages litigation (led by Jon Turner KC, Anneli Howard KC and Ciar McAndrew).
      • Advising the Office of Road and Rail in relation to the feasibility of a proposed enforcement action (as sole counsel).

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

      • 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 shipping cartel.
      • Stellantis NV (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV) & Others v NTN Corporation & Others: follow-on damages claim arising out of the automotive bearings cartel.
      • 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.
    • Public and human rights

      Jenn accepts instructions in all areas of public law and human rights (including ECtHR work), both as sole and junior counsel. She is a member of the UK Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme, HRLA and ALBA.

      Cases

      Current and recent highlights include:

      • Acting for an Afghan former interpreter for the British armed forces in relation to his application to relocate to the UK following the fall of Kabul (led by Nikolaus Grubeck).
      • R (ARA) v Secretary of State for Defence and another: Acting for an Afghan former employee at a leading UK consultancy in relation to his application to relocate to the UK following the fall of Kabul (sole counsel).
      • R (BH) v London Borough of Newham: Acting for an asylum-seeker from Iranian Kurdistan in an age dispute case, and successfully securing interim relief in the Admin Court in circumstances where he had (on his claimed age) already turned 18 years old (as sole counsel).
      • R (Islam and Another) v London Borough of Haringey: Acting for the claimants in a dispute concerning whether a local authority had erred in its decision that they were not eligible to be placed on Band A of the housing register (as sole counsel).
      • Acting for the ride-hailing service Bolt and the supermarket chain Morrisons in two separate judicial review proceedings brought against HMRC (led by Valentina Sloane KC).

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a wide range of matters concerning public law and human rights, including:

      • 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 (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.
      • 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 (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 (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.
        • Advising both private bodies and non-departmental public bodies on potential grounds to challenge government regulations and guidance.
    • Data protection and information

      Jenn accepts instructions in all areas of data protection and information law, both as sole and junior counsel, including matters concerning the DPA 1998, DPA 2018, GDPR, UK GDPR and EIR 2004.

      Cases

      Current and recent highlights include:

      • Acting for the ICO in relation to a £12.7 million fine imposed on TikTok for a number of breaches of data protection law (led by Gerry Facenna KC, Robin Hopkins, Nikolaus Grubeck, Daisy Mackersie, Jamie Susskind and Alexandra Littlewood).
      • Acting for over ninety claimants in a c.£150 million restitution claim against several public authorities across England resulting from their alleged failure to comply with their obligations under the EIR 2004 (led by Gerry Facenna KC and Narinder Jhittay).
      • Advising two children as to the appropriate value of a settlement (agreed with the local council on their behalf following a series of data breaches) prior to an infant approval hearing (as sole counsel).

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a wide range of data protection and 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

      Jenn accepts instructions in all areas of sports law. She has a particular interest in matters concerning sport given that, outside of her practice, she plays ice hockey for the Streatham Storm in the top division of the Women’s National Ice Hockey League.

      Cases

      Current and recent highlights include acting for the English Football League in relation to an arbitration under the EFL Rules (led by Paul Harris KC and Ruth Kennedy).

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a range of sport matters, 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.
    • International

      Jenn has experience in the foundations of public international law and is particularly interested in cases with an international law or international relations element. She has also been involved in a range of matters and advice involving Outer Space law.

      Cases

      Recent such work includes:

      • Advising an intergovernmental organisation on the immunity of international organisations as well as the compatibility of certain of its endeavours with international trade law, EU competition law and public procurement law (led by Michael Bowsher KC).
      • Acting for an Afghan former interpreter for the British armed forces in relation to his application to relocate to the UK following the fall of Kabul (led by Nikolaus Grubeck).
      • R (ARA) v Secretary of State for Defence and another: Acting for an Afghan former employee at a leading UK consultancy in relation to his application to relocate to the UK following the fall of Kabul (led by Nikolaus Grubeck).
      • Advising an intergovernmental organisation on the EU competition and state aid law repercussions of proposed changes to its procurement policy (led by Michael Bowsher KC).

      During pupillage, Jenn assisted on a range of matters with an international law or international relations element, 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.
      • 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.
      • 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’.
    • Commercial and tax

      Cases

      Current and recent highlights include:

      • Acting for over ninety claimants in a c.£150 million restitution claim against several public authorities across England resulting from their alleged failure to comply with their obligations under the EIR 2004 (led by Gerry Facenna KC and Narinder Jhittay).
      • Acting for Bolt in a successful appeal against HMRC regarding the VAT treatment of ride-hailing services (led by Valentina Sloane KC).
      • Acting for the ride-hailing service Bolt and the supermarket chain Morrisons in two separate judicial review proceedings brought against HMRC (led by Valentina Sloane KC).

      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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