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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Rob Williams – New Silk appointment

Monckton Chambers is delighted to announce that Rob Williams will take silk this year.

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.

The members and staff of Chambers warmly congratulate Rob on his appointment to Queen’s Counsel.

The official swearing-in ceremony of the 114 new QCs will take place on Monday 16 March.

The full list of QC appointments, announced on the 16 January, can be viewed on the QCA website.

Flybe bailout – George Peretz QC comments on the State Aid rules issues

On the 15th January, George Peretz QC spoke with Iain Dale on his LBC 7.00pm programme about the State Aid issues around the Government’s plan to rescue Flybe.

To listen to the programme click here. George Peretz comments just after the news at 7.00pm.

Earlier George Peretz had been interviewed by Evan Davies, on the same topic, for PM at 5.00pm on Radio 4. To listen to the programme click here. George Peretz comments approximately 18 minutes into the programme.

The Legal 500 UK 2020 awards – Monckton wins Set and Ben Lask takes Junior for EU & Competition

The Legal 500 has announced the winners of its UK 2020 awards and Monckton Chambers has been successful in the following areas:

EU AND COMPETITION: Set of the year

EU AND COMPETITION: Junior of the year – Ben Lask

Monckton Chambers and its members were nominated for awards in three of the practice areas: EU & Competition, Public Law and Tax. The Set was nominated for all three practice areas and six members were shortlisted for individual awards.

The winners will be presented with their awards at an exclusive ceremony in London on 27th February 2020.

The Legal 500 UK 2020 awards – Monckton in the shortlist for nine accolades

The Legal 500 Series, now in its 32nd year, recognises the very best law firms, chambers, silks, in-house lawyers, business leaders and general counsel operating within the UK market through its annual awards.

Based on months of research, which includes 70,000 interviews with in-house counsel, law firms and sets, the shortlist for the 2020 awards has just been announced.

Monckton Chambers and its members have been nominated for awards in three of the practice areas: EU & Competition, Public Law and Tax. The Set is nominated for all three practice areas and six members are shortlisted for individual awards:

EU and Competition

Public Law

Tax

The winners of will be announced on the Legal 500 website in the first week of December and invited to attend a ceremony on the 27th February 2020.

Professor Carl Baudenbacher – first non-EU lawyer to be made an honorary member of the European Lawyers’ Union (U.A.E.)

On the 23rd November, the European Lawyers’ Union (U.A.E.) made Professor Carl Baudenbacher an honorary member. This is the first time that this status has been bestowed on a non-EU lawyer.

The European Lawyers’ Union (U.A.E.) brings together the practicing lawyers in all the Member States of the European Union, with the primary aim of promoting the professional practice of law in Europe, as well as furthering the practice of European Union Law and of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Chambers Bar Awards 2019 – Melanie Hall QC is Tax Silk of the Year and Rob Williams is Competition Junior of the Year

At last night’s awards ceremony at The London Hilton on Park Lane, Monckton Chambers members came away with two awards – Melanie Hall QC won Silk of the Year for Tax and Rob Williams won Competition Junior of the Year.

The awards are based on research for the 2020 edition of Chambers UK Bar. These awards reflect a set’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Chambers Bar UK 2020 – Monckton Chambers is once again top tier for Competition, EU Law, Telecoms, Procurement and Indirect Tax

 

The recently launched Chambers Bar UK 2020 ranks 53 individual Monckton barristers across 18 practice areas with many appearing in multiple categories.

Monckton Chambers is one of the most highly ranked sets in the UK as it has been recommended in eleven practice areas; in five of these, Monckton is recognised as a “Band One” leading set:

  • Competition
  • European Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Public Procurement
  • Indirect Tax

The Set has also been ranked in a further six categories:

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Data Protection
  • Sports Law
  • Environment
  • Community Care

Individual members were also recognised as “Leading Individuals” in a further seven categories:

  • Aviation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution – London and North East
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Local Government
  • Public International Law
  • Crime: International Criminal Law

This is how the researchers summarised the set:

A “first-choice set” for competition and EU law, Monckton Chambers also earns top-tier rankings for its indirect tax and telecommunications expertise. It is also widely considered one of “the leading public procurement disputes chambers.” The set houses an enviable bench of competition and EU experts including Daniel Beard QC, who is described by market sources as “a leading competition silk with profound knowledge of competition law issues, case law and procedure.” Top-ranked Gerry Facenna QC has quickly risen the rankings owing to his “really pragmatic approach” to EU law. Anneli Howard, whom a solicitor describes as “one of the leading juniors of her generation,” has the distinction of being ranked in the highest tier for both disciplines. The set is regularly called on by public bodies and international corporations to act in cases which address the most pressing issues of the day. The “premier competition silk” Jon Turner QC has recently represented household names including National Grid and British Airways. On behalf of Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP, members successfully argued at the CJEU that the UK’s notice under Article 50 is unilaterally revocable. Monckton Chambers’ “excellent barristers” are also recognised this year for their work in community care, administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights, data protection, environment and sports law.

For further details on how Monckton Chambers performed, visit the Chambers and Partners website.