EducationBA (Oxford); GDL and BPTC (BPP Law School)
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Will joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2019 following pupillage. His supervisors were Valentina Sloane QC, Julian Gregory and Azeem Suterwalla. He is building a practice in line with Chambers’ expertise.
Since accepting tenancy, he has been instructed by the Department for Transport in ongoing challenges to the West Coast, East Midlands and South Eastern rail franchise competitions; by the claimant in R (Actegy) v The Advertising Standards Authority  EWHC 2374 (Admin) (on whether efficacy claims made for medical devices were substantiated); and by the Information Commissioner’s Office in Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations appeals. He has also appeared as sole counsel in the county court.
In January 2020, he will take up a role as a judicial assistant in the High Court (Administrative Court).
- Competition, telecommunications and regulatory law
During pupillage, Will assisted on a range of competition, telecoms and regulatory matters, including:
- Advice on Ofcom’s General Conditions of Entitlement (instructed, with Tim Ward QC).
- Royal Mail v Ofcom and Whistl, on whether Royal Mail abused a dominant position in the bulk mail delivery market.
- R (VIP Communications) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 994 (Admin), a judicial review on whether a direction given by the Home Secretary to Ofcom, in relation to its licensing duties, was ultra vires.
- Advice on the application of competition law and the Transport Act 1985 to the bus industry.
- Advice on the EU law concept of a ‘single economic entity’ and ‘VABER’.
- Public law and human rights
Will was instructed, with Alan Bates, as junior counsel for the claimant in R (Actegy) v The Advertising Standards Authority  EWHC 2374 (Admin) – on whether efficacy claims made for medical devices were substantiated.
As a pupil, he also assisted on a range of public law and human rights matters, including:
- R (Lasham Gliding Society) v Civil Aviation Authority  EWHC 2118 (Admin), a challenge to the CAA’s implementation of air traffic controls in largely uncontrolled airspace .
- A challenge to cuts to a heavily disabled individual’s community care services under the Care Act 2014.
- A challenge to a local authority’s refusal to provide or finance accommodation for a child under the Children Act 1989.
- A challenge to NICE’s decision to progress a life-changing drug through the Standard Technology Appraisal programme, rather than the Highly Specialised Technology Appraisal programme.
- Haringey LBC v Simawi  EWHC 2733 (QB), on whether the ‘one succession’ rule on secure tenancies under the Housing Act 1985 is discriminatory.
- Public procurement
Will is presently instructed by the Department for Transport in the ongoing Rail Franchising Litigation.
During pupillage, he worked on a range of procurement matters, including:
- P&O Ferries v Department for Transport and Eurotunnel, on the lawfulness of the settlement of the ‘Brexit Ferries’ litigation.
- Advice on the application of public procurement rules to the education sector.
- Advice on an ethical procurement initiative.
- Bombardier v London Underground Ltd  EWHC 2926 (TCC), on whether the automatic suspension should be lifted in the ‘Deep Tube’ Procurement litigation.
Will has drafted pleadings on behalf of the Information Commissioner for First-Tier Tribunal in both FOIA and EIR proceedings.
During pupillage, Will worked on various information law matters, including:
- R (Bridges) v South Wales Police  EWHC 2341 (Admin) , a challenge to the use of Automatic Facial Recognition technology by the police.
- Information Commissioner v Department for Transport and Hastings  UKUT 184 (AAC), on the severability of environmental and non-environmental information.
- Advice for a charity on consent under the GDPR.
- Indirect tax
During pupillage, Will assisted on a range of VAT and customs matters, including:
- McBraida v HMRC  UKFTT 43 (TC), on the VAT zero-rating of aircraft components.
- A Francovich claim for overpayment of VAT.
- A preliminary reference to the CJEU on the VAT treatment of consumer contract termination fees.
- FMX Food Merchants Import Export Co Ltd v HMRC  EWCA Civ 2401, a Court of Appeal case on time limits for raising post clearance demands under the Community Customs Code.
- Additional information
- BPTC, BPP University (VC)
- GDL, BPP University (Distinction)
- BA, History, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford (First Class)
Scholarships and prizes
- Lincoln’s Inn: Walter Wigglesworth Pupillage Scholarship; European Education Award; Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship; Hardwicke Entrance Award.
- BPP Law School: BPTC Advocacy Scholarships; BPTC Excellence Scholarship; GDL Scholarship.
- Oxford University: Joan Thirsk Prize (best pre-modern thesis in history or a joint school); Proxime Accessit to the HWC Davis Prize (for Preliminary Exams – 4th in year).
- Lady Margaret Hall: CV Wedgwood Prize (best thesis in history or a joint school); Parker Scholarship (graduates pursuing a legal career); Academic Scholarship.
- Other: ALBA 2019 conference scholarship; Inaugural Lady Sophie Laws Scholar for the 2019 BEG conference in Gdansk; winner of the 2017 University of Southampton Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition (final judged by Green J).