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Ligia specialises in European law, with a particular focus on competition law, public procurement, telecommunications law and utilities regulation. She has been involved in a number of high profile, high value cases in these areas. She regularly advises private and public sector clients on complex legal and strategic issues across these fields.
Recent and significant cases include:
Ligia regularly advises on commercial matters, often with a European or competition law flavour. She has appeared in her own right in commercial cases for the High Court and the County Courts.
Ligia has advised on a range of commercial/EU law issues, including:
Ligia regularly acts for clients in proceedings before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, High Court and General Court – as well as investigations by the UK competition authorities and European Commission.
Recent competition law instructions include:
Recent State aid instructions include:
Ligia regularly advises on the interpretation of European legislation and its interaction with domestic law as part of her competition, procurement and regulatory law practice. She is particularly familiar with EU legislation on telecommunications, gas and electricity and, increasingly, banking and credit-related matters.
Recent European law instructions include:
Ligia regularly advises private sector and government clients on the merits of bringing or defending proceedings under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2015, as well as acting in High Court procurement litigation. Ligia undertakes the majority of her procurement work in her own right. She has particular experience of NHS procurement, ICT projects and mid-contract change or termination in the context of long term Public Private Partnerships or Private Finance Initiatives.
Recent procurement instructions include:
Ligia has been involved in appeals against Ofcom decisions in both price control and non-price control matters. She is familiar with the European Common Regulatory Framework (CRF) for telecommunications and its implementation though the UK Communications Act 2003. She advises regularly in relation to private enforcement of General and SMP Condition.
Recent telecommunications instructions include:
In 2010/11, Ligia was seconded to the Smarter Grids and Governance team at Ofgem, where she gained a strong grounding in the UK electricity and gas transmission and distribution licensing and charging regimes. She has since advised both the regulator and private parties on a range of transmission and distribution issues. She has also gained experience of water regulation and railway regulation through her secondment to Linklaters LLP in 2012.
Recent utilities regulation instructions include:
Competition Law: “Ligia is a rising star of the Competition Bar and a must-have on any FRAND or telecoms dispute. She’s a fantastic drafter, who easily grasps technical detail and distils it into powerful written advocacy.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2023
Public Procurement: “She is brilliant. She’s just incredibly diligent and a barrister of excellent judgement.” “Very strategic in her approach and cuts to the crux of the issue quickly. Clients really appreciate how she presents her analysis of a case.” – Chambers UK, 2023
Leading junior in Competition: “Ligia is able to grasp really technical subject matters and convey them in straightforward terms. She is highly flexible in her approach to work and is a real team player, making her great to work with.” – Legal 500, 2023
Leading junior in Public procurement: “Ligia is great at turning round work quickly. She is very easy to work with and good with clients. Her advocacy is also good.” – Legal 500, 2023
Recommended in Government Contracts, Who’s Who Legal Global Guide 2022
“A cool, calm head, brimming with creative solutions and effective practical advice” in complex competition litigation.” – Competition, Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2022
Recommended in Government Contracts, Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2022
Recommended in Telecoms, Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2019
Competition Law: “Her ability to find the right argument and to make it quickly is just excellent.” “Incredibly hard-working, bright, very able, engaged and committed, and good to work with.” “An incisive legal mind with exceptional clarity of thought. She also produces powerful and persuasive drafting.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2022
Public Procurement: “Very good on the detail and very quick-thinking, she is a barrister who really knows her stuff.” “She is excellent and has a great facility for mastering the technical aspects of a case.” – Chambers UK, 2022
Leading junior in Competition: “She has breadth of knowledge in FRAND/SEP unrivaled – from the technical churn of calculating FRAND, to the nuances of French law to how to plead heavy hitting Article 101/102 defences.” – Legal 500, 2022
Leading junior in Public procurement: “Very user-friendly. Ligia knows her area well and is both very commercial and tactical and good with clients.” – Legal 500, 2022
Recommended in Government Contracts, Who’s Who Legal 2021
Competition Law: “She is an excellent junior,” who “gets into the details.” “Ligia works very hard and is excellent at covering all the bases.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2021
Public Procurement: “Ligia is a rising star who is sharp-witted, thorough and efficient.” “She is industrious and provides new ideas on strategy in a difficult area of law.” – Chambers UK, 2021
Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘Ligia is the hardest working junior I have worked with – she is very intelligent and easy to work with, and open to discussion. Clients love her.’’ – Legal 500, 2021
Leading junior in EU law: ‘‘She gets to grip quickly with complex technical issues.’’ – Legal 500, 2021
Leading junior in Public procurement: ‘‘A top junior. We rate Ligia very highly as a junior. Clients love her.’’ – Legal 500, 2021
Competition Law: “Able to get to grips with a large amount of detail and background in a short time.” “She works very well in a team and can take on the lion’s share of any case.” “Ligia is an encyclopaedia of competition law knowledge, who spots issues very well and gives pragmatic and commercial advice.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2020
Public Procurement: “She is practical, pragmatic, sensible and turns around documents at the speed of light – she is a real joy to work with.” – Chambers UK, 2020
Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘She gets to grip with complex technical issues.’’ – Legal 500, 2020
Leading junior in EU law: ‘‘She gets to grip quickly with complex technical issues.’’ – Legal 500, 2020
Leading junior in Public procurement: ‘‘A very highly rated junior.’’ – Legal 500, 2020
“A hard-working and clever advocate” whose practice spans state aid and damages claims matters before domestic and EU courts for clients in the technology and energy sectors” – Competition, Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2019
“Very experienced in the field”, according to our research. Sources say: “She has an excellent brain, and always presents the case in a very clear manner” – Government Contracts, Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2019
“Gains recognition in this chapter for her excellent work handling a range of telecommunications and regulatory disputes” – Telecoms, Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2019
Competition Law: “Very user-friendly and hard-working.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2019
Public Procurement: “Very thorough, clear and hard-working, she’s a pleasure to have as a junior.” “She is very clever and invariably on top of things.” – Chambers UK, 2019
Leading junior in Public procurement: ‘‘Very bright, responsive and concise and interested in the technology space.’’ – Legal 500, 2018
Competition Law: “She delivers robust, thorough advice against a tight timetable.” – Chambers UK, 2018
Public Procurement: “Ligia is very accessible and is always prepared to take on and fight difficult cases in a measured and sensible way.” – Chambers UK, 2018
Leading junior in Public procurement: ‘‘Calm, commercial and prepared to take on a difficult case when others might not have.’’ – Legal 500, 2017
Competition Law: “Offers clear, easily digestible advice and makes complex issues appear straightforward.” – Chambers UK, 2017
Public Procurement: “She is so good, and never makes you feel like you’re a burden on her time.” “She’s bright, friendly and flexible.” – Chambers UK, 2017
Leading Junior in Public Procurement: ‘‘Clearly at the top of her game technically and tactically.’’ – Legal 500, 2016
Public Procurement: “A very quick thinker with a great breadth of knowledge and understanding of the potential grounds for bringing actions. She’s able to work very impressively to tight deadlines and engages well with a range of different clients.” – Chambers UK, 2016
Telecommunications: “She’s very switched on, is able to make difficult things seem easy, and provides sensible, straightforward advice.” “Her written advocacy is of high quality; she’s someone who is worth keeping an eye on.”- Chambers UK, 2016
Public Procurement: “Excellent, with a capability well beyond her years of experience. She is also very pleasant to work with.” “She was very helpful and responsive, and able to put the clients at ease.” – Chambers UK, 2015
Telecommunications: “She always comes across excellently.” – Chambers UK, 2015
French (fluent), Romanian (native)