Chambers Bar UK 2021 ranks 53 individual Monckton barristers across 20 practice areas

The recently launched Chambers Bar UK 2021 ranks 53 individual Monckton barristers across 20 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 nine categories:

  • Aviation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution – London
  • Consumer Law
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Local Government
  • Public International Law
  • Crime: International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law

This is how the researchers summarised the set in the overview of leading sets:

Hailed as the “go-to set for difficult competition matters,” Monckton Chambers wins further plaudits for its strength in telecommunications law, with one commentator describing the set as “top of the pack.” It also boasts top-tier rankings in our public procurement, European law and indirect tax sections. Star individual Melanie Hall QC is lauded her for “extremely sharp and strategic insight” in relation to indirect tax, while Anneli Howard is described as a “stunningly bright barrister” on European law matters. The set is also home to top-ranked Jon Turner QC who “is an exceptional lawyer and advocate and arguably the best competition barrister in the UK,” according to one source, while another describes him as “brilliantly clever and analytical, with a calm, client-friendly approach.” The public procurement offering is bolstered by “guru” Michael Bowsher QC, “a fearless tactician” with “encyclopaedic knowledge of the area.” The “superb quality, innovative thinking and reliable service” of the set is further shown through its inclusion in the community care, administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights, data protection, environment and sport rankings, with commentators also underlining the “genuine human warmth from the team” as a key attribute.

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

Anneli Howard – Barrister of the Year finalist in The Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2020

Anneli Howard is one of five lawyers shortlisted for the Barrister of the Year category of this year’s The Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2020.

The awards, now in their fifth year, are part of “The Next 100 Years”, the new project from the team behind the “First 100 Years”, which is dedicated to achieving equality for women in law. The aim is to accelerate the pace of change over the next decade by encouraging collaboration across the profession, improving the visibility of women in law and supporting the women lawyers of the future. Baroness Hale is the patron of “The Next 100 Years”.

The winners of the five categories will be announced at a virtual event on Thursday 5th November 2020 (6 – 8pm). You can see the full list of finalists here.

Professor Panos Koutrakos mentioned in Opinion by Advocate General of European Court of Justice

Professor Panos Koutrakos has been mentioned in the Opinion by Advocate General Pikamäe of the European Court of Justice in Joined Cases C‑225/19 and C‑226/19 R.N.N.S. and K.A. v Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken

These cases are about Article 32 of Regulation 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas and its interpretation in the light of Articles 41 (right to a fair hearing) and 47 (right to an effective remedy) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The cases arose in the context of visa applications rejected by the Netherlands authorities after other Member States had objected on grounds of public policy, internal security or public health, or their international relations. The questions referred to the European Court of Justice are about the information that may be communicated to the applicants and the remedies available to challenge the objections to the issuing of the visa. 

In his Opinion, delivered on 9 September 2020, Advocate General Pikamäe referred to the article by Professor Koutrakos on ‘Judicial Review in the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy’, (2018) 67 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1. 

This article has also been mentioned in two other Opinions this year: by Advocate General Tanchev in Case C 730/18 P SC v EULEx Kosovo and by Advocate General Bobek in Case C 14/19 P European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) v KF.

Ben Emmerson QC receives CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Monckton’s Ben Emmerson QC has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to international human rights and humanitarian law.

Ben Emmerson is an international lawyer who has acted in a long list of international human rights cases, including representing the widow of Alexander Litvinenko; representing Ukraine in a series of cases against Russia arising out of the invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines MH17a, and representing Georgia following the Russian invasion of South Ossetia in 2008.

He previously served as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, and a Judge on the UN international criminal tribunals, in the equivalent UN rank of the Assistant Secretary-General.
We congratulate Ben on this great recognition.

Responding to the announcement, Ben Emmerson QC said:

“I was both chuffed and at the same time humbled when I heard the news. I am sensitive to the debate surrounding the continued use of the word “empire” in the name of the award, but from a purely personal point of view, it’s a great way to mark the end of what has been an amazing and rewarding 35 year career at the Bar, and a great way to start the next chapter of my life. I am leaving the Bar at the end of this month to move on to a new challenge, and this is a high note for me to go out on.”

A link to the full press release is here.

Former Head of Chambers, Paul Lasok QC, is lead editor on just released EU Value Added Tax Law

Written by a team of practitioners led by former Head of Monckton Chambers, KPE Lasok QC, and recently released as part of the Elgar Tax Law and Practice series, EU Value Added Tax Law provides a practical commentary on, and analysis of, the harmonised system of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the European Union and each of its Member states.

Monckton’s Tarlochan Lall, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and member of the VAT Experts Group set up by the European Commission in 2012 until 2016, is one of the contributors.

For further details, click here for the publishers’ marketing flyer.

Legal 500 UK Bar 2021: Monckton recognised as top tier for five practice areas

In the recently launched Legal 500 UK Bar 2021, a record 53 individual barristers from Monckton Chambers are listed across 19 practice areas with many recommended in multiple categories.

Monckton Chambers has been recommended, as a TOP-TIER set in the following five practice areas:

• Competition
• EU law
• Telecoms (regulatory)
• Public procurement
• Tax – VAT

The Set has also been ranked in a further four areas:

• Administrative and public law (including local government)
• Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
• Data protection
• Sport

Individual members were also recognised as “Leading Individuals” in:

• Aviation
• Commercial Litigation
• Education
• Environment
• Fraud:civil
• Immigration (including business immigration)
• International arbitration: counsel
• International Crime & Extradition
• Public international law
• Social housing

See full Monckton Chambers’ rankings here.

Monckton Chambers and its members in the shortlists for Competition and Tax

The shortlist for the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020 has been announced and Monckton Chambers and its members are up for multiple awards across two categories.

Monckton Chambers is nominated for the Set award for Competition with Mark Brealey QC in the final three for Silk of the Year and Alan Bates for Junior of the Year for the same category.

Monckton is also in the running for the Set award for Tax with Andrew Macnab shortlisted in the final three for Junior of the Year in the category.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony which will be held virtually on Thursday, 19 November 2020

The aim of the awards is to recognise, reward and celebrate both sets’ and individual barristers’ pre–eminence in key practice areas. The awards are based on the research for the 2021 edition of Chambers Bar and reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Monckton – Cambridge Faculty of Law Webinar Series on EU Relations Law

The end of the Brexit transition period is rapidly approaching. Monckton Chambers is delighted to be collaborating with the University of Cambridge to deliver a five-part webinar series on EU Relations Law across October – December, exploring all aspects of this new legal relationship between the UK and EU.

Panels are formed of leading experts from academia, Monckton Chambers and the Judiciary. Please see below details and individual registration links for each one-hour webinar, hosted on Zoom. We look forward to welcoming you at some, or all, of the below events. Please also check out our new EU Relations Law blog, covering all aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement, the future relationship negotiations, and the UK internal market.

The webinars are being held on the following dates:

Webinar 1 – 7 October, 1pm – 2pm  – What is EU Relations Law? The Legal Ecosystem of Brexit

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union is of immense political and economic significance. But it also amounts to a legal transformation both internally within the UK and externally in the UK’s relationship with the EU and other countries. A complex legal ecosystem is emerging that draws upon EU law, international law, UK and devolved law in fashioning a set of rules and principles that manage the phenomenon of Brexit. The aim of this webinar is to introduce the salient and novel features of this body of law that we term “EU Relations Law”.

Chair: Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge

Jack Williams, Monckton Chambers – What is EU Relations Law?
Anneli Howard, Monckton Chambers – Key Aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement and Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
Professor Alison Young, University of Cambridge – Key Aspects of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020
Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge – The Future Relationship – What Type of Agreement (if any?)

Click here to register for this webinar


Webinar 2 – 14 October, 1pm – 2pm  – EU Relations Law – Interpretation, Enforcement and Dispute Resolution

EU Relations Law is more than a body of formal rules. It has an institutional infrastructure that includes institutions for the interpretation and enforcement of that body of law. In examining this institutional dimension, the role of UK and EU courts is of particular interest not least because Brexit put that role and relationship under scrutiny. The seminar aims to evaluate this evolving institutional landscape and the tasks assigned to old and new institutions in shaping EU Relations Law.

Chair: Christopher Vajda, former judge of the Court of Justice of the EU

Professor Takis Tridimas, Kings College London – Enforcement and Dispute Resolution under the Withdrawal Agreement
Dr Emily Hancox, University of Cambridge – Interpreting and Departing from Retained EU Law Case Law
Dr Lorand Bartels, University of Cambridge – Enforcement and Dispute Resolution in the Future Relationship
Jack Williams, Monckton Chambers – Domestic Enforcement and Dispute Resolution

Click here to register for this webinar


Webinar 3 – 25 November, 1pm – 2pm  – The UK Internal Market

Leaving the EU internal market has been a clear domestic policy priority of the UK Government albeit one that has encountered political resistance among the constituent nations of the UK. More directly, the repatriation of regulatory powers to the UK also entails an enhanced role for the devolved governments in the elaboration of domestic regulatory policies. However, the risk that regulatory divergence within the UK might create friction in internal trade in goods and services has prompted the UK Government to propose enshrining a Market Access Commitment in UK law. This webinar explores the thinking behind the UK Government’s proposals for a UK Internal Market and how its squares with the responsibilities and ambitions of the devolved governments.

Chair: Valentina Sloane Q.C., Monckton Chambers

Professor Jo Hunt, University of Cardiff – The UK Internal Market – a Solution in Search of a Problem?
Alan Bates, Monckton Chambers – A Market Access Commitment – The Principles of Mutual Recognition and Non-Discrimination
Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge – The Impact of the UKIM on Devolved Powers in Scotland
Professor Stephen Weatherill, University of Oxford – Two Internal Markets – the Position of Northern Ireland

Click here to register for this webinar


Webinar 4 – 2 December, 1pm – 2pm  – The External Trade Relations

As the UK moves towards the end of the transition period, Brexit will become less about the UK’s departure from the EU and more about its future relationship with the EU and with other trading nations. Ambitions for the future EU-UK economic relationship are limited to the agreement of a free trade agreement. Whether or not even that style of agreement can be concluded, the legal discipline underpinning the EU-UK economic relationship will change markedly. Any new agreement between the EU and UK will have to be implemented in domestic law in the UK adding to the body of statutes that encompass the Brexit process. But looking beyond its relationship with the EU, the UK also needs to find ways of replicating existing trade deals to which it is a party by virtue of EU membership while also seeking out new opportunities to pursue an independent trade policy. This webinar focuses on the emerging external trade policy of the UK and the legal instruments which give it effect.

Chair: Philip Moser Q.C., Monckton Chambers

Professor Catherine Barnard, University of Cambridge – The EU-UK Future Trade Relationship – What Changes?
Gerry Facenna Q.C., Monckton Chambers – Approving and Implementing the New Relationship in Domestic Law
Alexander Horne, Legal Adviser, House of Lords International Agreements Committee – Parliamentary Scrutiny of Trade Agreements
Brendan McGurk, Monckton Chambers – External relations: Ireland and Northern Ireland

Click here to register for this webinar


Webinar 5 – 7 December, 5pm – 6pm  – A Level Playing Field for EU-UK Economic Relations

For both the EU and the UK, protection of their autonomy has defined the terms of their mandates for the negotiations. For the EU, protecting its autonomy means that a zero quotas and zero tariffs free trade agreement gives the UK significant market access that exposes it to potentially unfair competition from the UK unless the UK agrees to abide by level playing field requirements. For the UK, protection of its autonomy means that the UK should be free to define its own regulatory policy and the role of the state in the economy. But it is not just public intervention in the market that is in issue. Brexit will see the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority develop its mandate across its anti-trust and mergers jurisdiction while also potentially acquiring a new state aid control function. In this webinar, we explore how potential distortions to competition will be manage in the new EU relations legal framework.

Chair: Judge Ian Forrester, former judge at the General Court, CJEU

Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge – Regulatory Policy and Level Playing Field Obligations
George Peretz Q.C., Monckton Chambers – State Aid Control
Michael Bowsher Q.C., Monckton Chambers – Procurement
Dr Oke Odudu, University of Cambridge – The Role of the Competition and Markets Authority

Click here to register for this webinar

Four Monckton finalists in Women in Law Awards 2020

Melanie Hall QC, Ronit Kreisberger QC, Anneli Howard and Imogen Proud are in the shortlist for a Women in Law Award.

The Monckton finalists span four award categories with Melanie Hall in the shortlist for two awards:
Woman of the YearMelanie Hall QC
Mentor of the YearRonit Kreisberger QC
Barrister/Advocate of the YearMelanie Hall QC, Anneli Howard
Rising Star – Barrister/Advocate of the YearImogen Proud

More than 400 legal professionals, law firms, legal departments and other legal businesses have been nominated for these inaugural UK awards that set out to promote diversity within the legal profession.

The Women in Law Awards are the latest in a series of diversity events delivered by Incisive Media, which include The Women in Insurance Awards, The Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards and The Women in Investment Awards. The ethos of the awards is to promote equality across all parts of the profession by showcasing excellence and achievement.

You can read the full shortlist here and the winners will be announced at the virtual ceremony taking place on Wednesday 11th November.