Monckton Chambers is delighted to welcome two new tenants after the successful completion of their pupillage on 2nd October 2007. Both Fiona Banks and Ewan West have gained valuable experience outside the Bar which supports our beliefs of being a progressive and forward thinking set which understands the commercial pressure its clients are under.
Before coming to the Bar, Ewan West worked for twelve years at what is now the Department for Transport. From 2000 he was a member of the Senior Civil Service. He developed a particular expertise working at the interface of the public and private sectors and was involved with a number of high-profile projects, including railway privatisation, the London Underground PPP and, in his last post, the early stages of the Crossrail project. He also worked on aviation policy in the European Union and on certain aspects of the regulation of the Channel Tunnel. He also gained considerable experience of dealing with a wide variety of regulatory and other public sector bodies, and with senior figures of the private and public sector, including Government Ministers. Ewan holds an MBA from Cranfield University and has a solid grounding in the principles of corporate finance, accounting and financial analysis, including investment appraisal.
Between 2004 and 2006 Fiona Banks was Trainee Solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and qualified as a Solicitor in 2006. Fiona is currently representing clients in disputes in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and at arbitration. Her recent work includes acting for DEFRA in relation to litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, acting for an applicant in an appeal to the CAT in relation to a determination of Ofcom and acting for a defendant Premier League football club at arbitration. She recently appeared in the VAT & Duties Tribunal for HMRC in a case concerning Insurance Premium Tax (DSG v HMRC). Fiona is currently seconded on a part-time basis to the Competition department of Visa Europe.