The CMA has today announced the appointment of Ben Lask to its standing counsel panel. Ben will join the current panel as its fourth member following an open competition and approval by the Attorney General. Rob Williams of Monckton Chambers is already a member of the panel.
Members of the standing counsel panel assist the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) with its cases, including defending them in court.
The CMA has such a panel because the areas of law it applies – competition, mergers, consumer – are highly specialised and its cases are often heavily contested in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and other courts.
Welcoming Ben’s appointment, the CMA General Counsel, Sarah Cardell, said:“I am delighted that we have been able to appoint an additional member of such high calibre to our current panel. Having a dedicated, expert team of standing counsel has provided the CMA with high quality legal support across our functions and the addition of Ben to the team will strengthen them further. I look forward to working closely with all four members of the panel.”