Monckton Chambers launches first webinar series with more to follow

Adapting to the challenge and not cancelling existing arrangements for a series of seminars by the Commercial Law Juniors at Monckton Chambers was the motivation behind Monckton’s first foray into webinars. Resending invites to invite contacts to zoom and virtually attend the original roundtable discussions resulted in an audience of over 175 tuning in to speakers William Hooper and Alfred Artley who delivered talks on ‘Frustration & Force Majeure in a COVID19 Context’ and ‘Enforcement of ‘hybrid’ foreign penal Judgments’.

Last week’s successful inaugural webinar is now being followed by:

Thursday 9th April – 5pm
Ciar McAndrew will focus on ‘Evidence from abroad’: Obtaining evidence in Arbitral proceedings from witnesses based in other EU Member States.

Thursday 16th April – 5pm
William Hooper will present on ‘Late amendments: pitfalls and procedure’.

William recently acted for the successful party in Fisken v Carl [2019] EWHC 3360 (Comm) which concerned very late amendments to make allegations of fraud in the purchase of the world’s most expensive car.

If you wish to register for either seminar please email Chris at

Monckton Chambers is currently extending the webinar formula to feature other practice areas.

Kristina Lukacova, commercial litigator, joins Monckton Chambers

Kristina Lukacova, who has a broad commercial and chancery practice with a focus on commercial litigation and company and insolvency matters, has joined Monckton Chambers.

Kristina has a particular interest in private international law and is regularly instructed in cases involving complex issues of jurisdiction, including acting as sole counsel on a $4m contract claim before the DIFC-LCIA Tribunal, defeating a jurisdiction challenge and succeeding on a preliminary issue of contractual interpretation.

Kristina has worked with barristers from Monckton Chambers on recent instructions, including acting for the Secretary of State for Transport in relation to Eurotunnel’s challenge of Brexit-related contracts for additional ferry capacity. She was led in this case by Philip Moser QC, and assisted alongside Azeem Suterwalla and Ewan West.

Philip Moser QC, joint Head of Monckton Chambers, welcomes Kristina to Monckton Chambers:

We are delighted that Kristina Lukacova has joined Monckton Chambers to bring her expertise to the growing team of members who are practising in the commercial and arbitration fields, both domestically and internationally. These may be challenging times and it is even more important that we continue to look to the future with confidence, optimistic about our ongoing strategic goals.”


In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and following guidelines from the World Health Organisation and the British Government, we continue to monitor the situation closely.

The health and safety of our clients, members staff and other visitors to our offices continues to be our priority at this time.

For this reason Monckton Chambers’ premises will be closed from the evening of Tuesday 24th March.

Business continues

As a result of a steady investment in technology and a comprehensive business continuity plan, Monckton Chambers can continue to operate effectively remotely. We remain fully operational and able to support clients on all matters.

Videos and calls

Thanks to video conferencing technology we can host online meetings of all sizes for our clients and contacts. Please contact the Clerks to arrange.

Electronic communication where possible

Please consider sending all instructions and documents electronically to the clerks. This will be the most efficient under the circumstances.

Where hard copies have to be sent to Chambers, please liaise in advance with the relevant clerk and member to arrange delivery directly to the barrister concerned.

We recommend communication with members, at least initially, by email. All our members have direct email access on their website profiles. See Barristers.

Any questions

We will be very happy to answer any queries you have about current and new instructions.

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We will continue to monitor the situation based on external expert advice. We will update this notification as and when required.

Keep safe and those who can, please stay at home.

All the best from the Members, Clerks and Staff at Monckton Chambers.

Rob Williams – New Silk

The members and staff of Monckton Chambers warmly congratulate Rob on ‘taking silk’ yesterday. Rob was sworn-in along with the 113 other new QCs, at the official Queen’s Counsel Appointments Ceremony 2020 at Westminster. The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC, who was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 24 July 2019, officiated.

Rob is a highly experienced barrister and advocate practicing in competition law, procurement law and other public law and regulatory litigation. He won Competition Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.

George Peretz QC gives evidence on level playing field issues and state aid to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee

George Peretz QC today gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-committee, which is conducting an inquiry into level playing field commitments and State aid in the future EU/UK trade agreement. George gave evidence on a wide range of issues relating to State aid, including the State aid elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol. A link to the recording of the evidence session can be found here.

Carl Baudenbacher appointed Visiting Professor at LSE

Professor Carl Baudenbacher has been appointed Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. His teaching and research will focus on the institutional design of international and supranational treaties. Baudenbacher will have a special regard for surveillance and judicial control in the EU and the EEA as well as in the bilateral relationships EU – Brexit Britain and EU – Switzerland.

Seven members of Monckton Chambers in three of The Lawyer’s top fifteen appeals for 2020

The Lawyer has published details of its top fifteen appeals to watch across 2020 and seven members of Monckton Chambers feature in three of those selected:

1. Mastercard / Visa – Interchange Fee Litigation
Supreme Court, January 20, four days (now awaiting judgment)

For Sainsburys

Monckton’s Mark Brealey QC, instructed by Morgan Lewis partner Frances Murphy and Mishcon de Reya partner Rob Murray.

For Asda, Argos and Morrisons

Monckton’s Jon Turner QC, Meredith Pickford QC and Laura John, instructed by Stewarts partner Kate Pollack for Asda, Argos and Morrisons.

For the European Commission

Monckton’s Tom Sebastian, instructed by the European Commissions legal team.

2. Walter Merricks & Ors v Mastercard
Supreme Court, May 12, two days

For Walter Merricks

Monckton Chambers‘ Paul Harris QC, instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partners Boris Bronfentrinker and Nicola Chesaites.

3. Uber v Transport for London
Westminster Magistrates’ Court, TBC

For Uber

Monckton Chambers’ Tim Ward QC, instructed by Hogan Lovells partner Charles Brasted.

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Chambers Global 2020 – Members ranked in Public International Law: The English Bar, Competition Law (UK), Dispute Resolution (Russia) and Dispute Resolution: Commercial (UK); Set recognition in Competition Law (UK)

Chambers Global 2020 has just been published, ranking the top lawyers and law firms in over 190 countries across the world.

Competition Law in UK

Monckton Chambers is one of five sets to be recognised for Competition Law in UK and one of only two in the leading band. Individual Monckton members ranked for this category are:

SILKS: Tim Ward QC, Philip Moser QC, Mark Brealey QC, Jon Turner QC, Paul Harris QC, Daniel Beard QC, Kassie Smith QC, George Peretz QC, Meredith Pickford QC, Josh Holmes QC and Ronit Kreisberger QC.

JUNIORS: Rob Williams, Alistair Lindsay, Ben Rayment, Julian Gregory, Anneli Howard, Alan Bates, Ben Lask, Philip Woolfe, Anneliese Blackwood, Laura Elizabeth John, Ligia Osepciu, Alison Berridge, Michael Armitage and James Bourke. Julianne Kerr Morrison and Thomas Sebastian are ranked in the Global Guide for the first time this year.

Public International Law in UK

Thomas Sebastian also appears for the first time in the Global Guide under Public International Law: The English Bar. Client comments include: “Very well respected in international trade.”

Dispute Resolution in Russia

Drew Holiner is one of only six UK lawyers ranked for Dispute Resolution in Russia (expertise based abroad). The Guide highlights the following client comments:
“Having somebody who is a Western-trained lawyer but also with incredible expertise is unique,” a source says, adding: “I don’t have enough good things to say! He’s a unique asset and someone I enjoy working with.” Another source adds: “He can translate the concepts into English law and vice versa. That’s a real advantage to have on your side.” reports that ‘sources appreciate his insight and expertise, with one noting: “One of a very small pool of high-level Russian law experts who acquits himself well in difficult cases.”’

Dispute Resolution: Commercial (UK)

Drew Holiner is also ranked, for the first time, alongside William Buck and Gregory Pipe, for the category of Dispute Resolution: Commercial (UK) in the Global Guide.

Drew has the following client comment : “Very good at giving incisive advice which gets to the point. He’s helpful and user-friendly and he has a great turnaround time.” “Drew Holiner is a good resource at the Bar, as he is dual-qualified in English and Russian law.”

William Buck’s strengths are highlighted as:
William is very commercial, and he finds a way to make the law work in his client’s favour.” “He is very pleasant, approachable and user-friendly. Clients like him and he works well as part of a legal team.”

Gregory Pipe is described as:“a good advocate on his feet, who is very tactical and very strategic. He’s excellent on the really heavy stuff and very good with clients.”

For the full Chambers Global Guide, click here.

24 members of Monckton Chambers in three of The Lawyer Top 20 cases for 2020

The Lawyer magazine has published its “Top 20 cases of 2020” highlighting the move from 2019’s “public interest” showcase and Brexit to this year, disputes from further afield.

In all, eight QCs and 16 Juniors at Monckton Chambers were instructed, many of them in multiple cases, across three of the cases highlighted by The Lawyer magazine as the “top cases” for 2020:

1. West Coast Trains Partnership Limited & Ors v Department for Transport & Ors, High Court, Technology and Construction Court, Jan 2020, three weeks

The 2019 Rail Franchising Litigation is four separate claims against the Department for Transport, which has been rolled up into one massive claim. The claims arise out of three separate rail franchise procurement competitions run by the DfT between 2017 and 2019: the East Midlands franchise, the South East franchise and the West Coast franchise. The claimants challenge their respective disqualification from the competitions for their failure to submit compliant tender bids.

For the claimant, Stagecoach East Midlands Trains Limited, Stagecoach South Eastern Trains Limited & Ors

For the claimant, Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

For the defendants, the Department for Transport
For claims arising from West Coast competition

For claims arising from East Midlands competition

For claims arising from South Eastern Competition

For the interested party, First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited

For the interested party, London and South East Passenger Rail Services Limited

  • Rob Williams, instructed by Womble Bond Dickinson partner Richard Collins

2. Michael O’Higgins FX Class Representative Ltd; Phillip Evans FX Claim UK; Allianz Global Investors GmbH & Ors v Barclays Bank plc, Citibank N.A, JPMorgan Chase & Co & Ors, Competition Appeal Tribunal, February 13, TBC

Three separate claims against a raft of banks will reach the courts this year, as Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Scott+Scott and Hausfeld bring proceedings
accusing the banks of rigging forex rates in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

The High Court proceedings will run separately, covering the same issues.

I. Michael O’Higgins FX Class Representative Ltd v Barclays Bank plc, Citibank N.A, JPMorgan Chase & Co & Ors, Competition Appeal Tribunal, February 13, TBC

For the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth defendant, JP Morgan Chase & Co, JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, JP Morgan Ltd and JP Morgan Europe Ltd and JP Morgan Ltd :

For the eleventh and twelfth defendant, NatWest Markets plc and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

For the fourteenth and fifteenth defendant, MUFG

II. Phillip Evans FX Claim UK v Barclays Bank plc, Citibank N.A, JPMorgan Chase & Co & Ors, Competition Appeal Tribunal, February 13, TBC

For the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth defendant, JP Morgan Chase & Co, JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, JP Morgan Ltd and JP Morgan Europe Ltd and JP Morgan Ltd

For the eleventh and twelfth defendant, NatWest Markets plc and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

For the fourteenth and fifteenth defendant, MUFG

III. Allianz Global Investors GmbH & Ors v Barclays Bank plc, Citibank NA, Citigroup Inc & Ors, High Court, Commercial Court, 25 February, TBC

For the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh defendant, JP Morgan Chase & Co, JP Morgan Chase Bank National Association, JP Morgan Ltd and JP Morgan Europe Ltd and JP Morgan Ltd

For the twelfth defendant, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

3. National Grid and Scottish Power v ABB, Prysmian, NKT, Safran & OrsHigh Court, Queen’s Bench Division, November 2020, 12 weeks

National Grid and Scottish Power claim they were overcharged on cable supplies they purchased between 1999 and 2009, alleging that the defendants were part of a cartel involving the main producers of high-voltage power cables in Europe, Japan and Korea.

For the claimant, National Grid

For the claimant, Scottish Power

For the defendant, NKT

For the defendant, Prysmian

  • Fiona Banks, instructed by Macfarlanes partners Cameron Firth and Simon Day.

For the defendant, Safran

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