Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023 – Monckton Chambers and five members in the shortlists

Monckton Chambers is delighted to have been recognised and shortlisted for this year’s upcoming Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023.

The set has been nominated for ‘Competition Set of the Year’ and five members shortlisted for individual awards:

The shortlists are a result of extensive objective research by over 200 analysts. The lists reflect achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. They honour the work of Chambers across the country based on the research for the most recent edition of Chambers UK Bar.

Thank you to our professional clients for their ongoing support and for taking part in this year’s research cycle and congratulations to all those shortlisted.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 30th November 2023.

The full shortlist can be seen here.

Will Perry returns from Pegasus Scholarship at Electronic Frontier Foundation

Will Perry has returned to chambers after completing a Pegasus Scholarship with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. EFF is one of the world’s leading nonprofits defending digital human and consumer rights. During his time at EFF, Will worked on internet and platform regulation matters and cases involving digital privacy and freedom of expression.

In the words of the scholarship scheme’s founder, Lord Goff of Chieveley, “The Pegasus scholarship scheme makes it possible for gifted young lawyers – the future leaders of their professions – to learn about the practical working of the common law system in countries other than their own, and to form enduring links with lawyers in those counties”. Tim Ward KC, Ian Rogers KC, Alan Bates and Anneliese Blackwood are all previous scholars.

Monckton Chambers shortlisted at British Legal Awards 2023

Monckton Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards 2023, hosted by International, the “premier legal awards in the region, representing the best of the best within the UK’s legal community.”

The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 29 November 2023 at City Central at the HAC and will celebrate those at the pinnacle of the profession.

Congratulations to all those that have been shortlisted. The full shortlist for all categories can be seen here.

Monckton member Alfred Artley appointed to Attorney General’s ‘C’ Panel

We are pleased to announce that Alfred Artley has been successful with his application to the Attorney General’s ‘C’ Panel of Crown Counsel and both Raymond Hill and Ewan West have received renewals to their A Panel status for a further 5 years.

Alfred has established a strong junior practice in public procurement, competition, and general commercial law, and is regularly instructed by a range of government, corporate and private clients on significant pieces of litigation. He is ranked as a ‘rising star’ in public procurement by Legal 500, while Chambers UK 2023 describes him as “the junior counsel of his call that everyone wants on their team”.

The Attorney General maintains four advisory panels of junior counsel to undertake civil and EU work for all government departments. There are three London panels (an A panel for senior juniors, a B panel for middle juniors, a C panel for junior juniors) and a regional panel. In addition, there are three Public International Law Panels.

All appointments will commence from 1 September 2023 for five years.

The full list of Monckton Chambers panel members is:

Monckton Chambers attains Cyber Essentials Certified Plus

Monckton Chambers are pleased to have been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus,  a Government-backed industry-supported scheme to help businesses protect themselves against common online threats, including cyber-attacks.

To achieve this quality mark, we recently passed a technical audit of our internal systems by a qualified and licensed external assessor. The rigorous and externally verified assessment process ensures that the best cyber defences are in place to protect Chambers business from the increasing number of wide-ranging cyber security risks.

We are committed to providing the highest levels of security and obtaining Cyber Essentials Plus, the highest level of certification offered under the Cyber Essentials Scheme, reinforces that.

Monckton Chambers shortlisted 19 times across 15 categories at the 2023 Legal 500 Bar Awards

The Legal 500 Bar Awards UK seeks to recognise chambers as a whole and individuals (barristers of all levels of seniority), clerks, other chambers professionals and arbitrators from London and across England, Scotland and Wales.

The shortlist for the 2023 awards has been announced and we are delighted to have been nominated for 19 awards, across 15 categories

Congratulations to everyone that has been shortlisted! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 3rd October 2023.

The full shortlist can be found on the Legal 500 website here.

Natalie Nguyen and Hugh Whelan to become Monckton tenants

The members of Monckton Chambers congratulate pupil barristers Natalie Nguyen and Hugh Whelan on being invited to join Chambers following successful completion of pupillage, during which they have experienced a wide range of Chambers practice areas. All are delighted they have accepted. 

Natalie and Hugh will join Chambers as tenants in October 2023.

35 Monckton members recognised in the Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2023 report across 8 practice areas.

Monckton Chambers is pleased to have 35 Monckton members recognised in The Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2023 report across the following areas:

  • Arbitration – Mixed practice or mainly acting as counsel.
  • Competition
  • Corporate Tax
  • Govt Contracts
  • International Trade and Commodities
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Sport
  • Telecoms

The WWL: UK Bar 2023 research report is the result of research methodology and robust evaluation framework, which uses quantitative and qualitative research to identify the market-leading barristers across the United Kingdom.

Congratulations to all of our barristers who have been recognised. You can view the full report here.


Monckton Chambers awarded ‘Wellbeing at the Bar’ certificate

As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek this week, the The Bar Council of England and Wales have relaunched the ‘Wellbeing at the Bar’ certificates and Monckton Chambers are delighted to have been recognised and awarded a certificate.

Sam Mercer, Head of Equality at the Bar Council, said: “We are delighted to award the new Wellbeing Certificates in recognition for outstanding work to improve wellbeing at the Bar. The certificates are valid for three years and we are still encouraging other organisations to apply. It is great to see so many organisations are willing to put in so much effort to support barristers and staff.”

Read more here.

Webinars on the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

In a two-part webinar series, members of Monckton Chambers will discuss the competition and consumer law aspects of the new Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill, as introduced in Parliament on 25 April 2023. The first webinar (Wed 3 May at 1pm) will explore competition law aspects of the Bill, and the second webinar (Wed 10 May at 1pm) will explore consumer law aspects. You can sign up to these respective webinars here and here. Further information is below.

Part 1: Competition aspects of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

Date: Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 1pm – 2pm

In the first rapid response webinar, the panel will address the competition law aspects of the Bill, namely Part 1 on Digital Markets and Part 2 on Competition. Part 1 of the Bill puts the Digital Markets Unit in the CMA on statutory footing and introduces a new regulatory regime for digital markets. Part 2 of the Bill introduces a number of reforms to UK competition law more generally, including in relation to: investigative and enforcement powers; the powers of the CAT; mergers; and the scope of the Chapter 1 prohibition. The panel will discuss the genesis for these new substantive and procedural provisions; their relationship with the EU’s Digital Markets Act; and how they will work in practice, once enacted.

Speakers include: Tim Ward KC; Robert Palmer KC; Alison Berridge; and Daisy Mackersie.

The recording is available here

Part 2: Consumer aspects of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

Date: Wednesday 10 May 2023 at 1pm – 2pm

In the second rapid response webinar, the panel will address the consumer law aspects of the Bill, namely Part 3 on enforcement of consumer law and Part 4 on consumer rights and disputes. The Bill introduces new, substantive consumer protection measures (including on subscription traps and fake reviews), as well as providing the CMA with new tools to enforce consumer law directly and new remedies e.g. the CMA and the Courts will have the power to impose penalties of up to 10% of global turnover for breaching consumer law. The panel will discuss the genesis for these new substantive and procedural provisions, and how they will work in practice, once enacted

Speakers include: George Peretz KC; Rob Williams KCJonathan Lewis; Jack Williams; and Khatija Hafesji.

The recording is available here.