Steven Gee QC, heavyweight Commercial Litigator joins Monckton Chambers

Steven Gee QC has joined Monckton Chambers. This marks a return to barristers’ chambers for this experienced commercial litigator, who has spent the last five years in independent practice as a QC and also a partner at boutique litigation law firm, Joseph Hage Aaronson (JHA). Prior to joining JHA, Steven Gee was Head of Stone Chambers.

Steven Gee QC’s practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration, including agency agreements, distribution agreements, commercial contracts, joint ventures, partnership, sale of goods, insurance, reinsurance, misrepresentation and civil fraud, shipping, shipbuilding, company law, and banking.Steven also sits as a commercial arbitrator and has acted in numerous commercial arbitrations – including International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations – in the UK, Bermuda, New York, Paris and Geneva. He has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ireland, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Turks & Caicos Islands, and Antigua. He is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practise in the State and Federal Courts in New York and is a member of the Antigua Bar.

Steven is the author of “Commercial Injunctions” (published by Sweet & Maxwell, 6th edition).He is the Chairman of City of Westminster advisory panel on Children with Disabilities, and coaches the Tonbridge School Mooting Team.

Joint Head of Monckton Chambers, Philip Moser QC, welcomes Steven to Monckton Chambers:

“We are delighted that Steven Gee QC is joining Monckton Chambers for the next stage in the development of his stellar commercial litigation and arbitration practices. Steven’s significant experience, both at the Bar and in a law firm, will provide inspiration and impetus further to expand Monckton’s commercial litigation and arbitration work. We believe his addition to the wider Monckton team is a significant milestone in the recognition of Monckton Chambers as a leading set for commercial litigation and arbitration.”

Steven Gee QC joined Monckton Chambers on 04 March 2019.

Ronit Kreisberger is recognised as one of “40 in their 40s” for Competition Law in Europe in private practice.

Congratulations to Ronit Kreisberger who has been selected for W@’s inaugural “40 in their 40s” list of Notable Women Competition Professionals in Europe, in private practice. This list is one of a number which highlight accomplished women competition professionals in Europe, the Americas and Africa in the categories of enforcement, in-house, private practice and economics/academia. The judging panel of nine included Professor Carl Baudenbacher, Professor Richard Whish and other senior practitioners and academics from in-house legal teams, law firms and the Bar.W@ is an independent platform that promotes and connects women professionals in their specialist fields. For the full W@’s 2019 “40 in their 40s” Notable Women Competition Professionals in Europe, click here.

Chambers Global 2019 – Recognition in Dispute Resolution (Russia) and Competition Law (UK)

Chambers Global 2019 has just been published. Covering 190 countries worldwide and also includes region-wide and global-wide sections, the Guide recognising the world’s best lawyers.

Drew Holiner is ranked for DISPUTE RESOLUTION (foreign expertise) — RUSSIA, just one of seven UK lawyers recognised for this area of expertise. The Guide 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.”’

Monckton Chambers is one of four sets to be recognised for COMPETITION LAW (THE BAR) — UK and one of only two in the leading band.

Individual Monckton members ranked for this category are:


Jon Turner QC, Daniel Beard QC, Tim Ward QC, Paul Harris QC, Kassie Smith QC, George Peretz QC, Meredith Pickford QC, Mark Brealey QC and Josh Holmes QC


Ronit Kreisberger, Julian Gregory, Rob Williams, Anneli Howard, Ben Lask, Ben Rayment, Alistair Lindsay, Alan Bates, Philip Woolfe, Anneliese Blackwood, Laura Elizabeth John, Alison Berridge, James Bourke and Ligia Osepciu.

Attorney General’s Panel Appointments – Conor McCarthy and Jack Williams

The Members of Monckton Chambers are pleased to announce that in the recent round of appointments Conor McCarthy and Jack Williams have been appointed to the ‘C’ Panel.  Both appointments commence from 1st March for five years.

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.

In total 22 members of Monckton Chambers are on the AG’s panels:

A  Panel: Raymond HillAnneli HowardAlan Bates, Ben LaskAndrew MacnabPeter MantleBrendan McGurkRobert PalmerValentina SloaneRob Williams

B Panel: Eric MetcalfeAzeem SuterwallaEwan West, Fiona Banks

C Panel: Anneliese BlackwoodTarlochan LallJulianne Kerr Morrison, Conor McCarthyMichael Armitage, Jack Williams

Public International Law B Panel: Anneli HowardThomas Sebastian

Public International Law C Panel: Nikolaus Grubeck 

For further information, see the Government Legal Department (GLD) website.

33 members of Monckton Chambers in seven of The Lawyer Top 20 cases for 2019

The Lawyer magazine has published its “Top 20 cases of 2019” revealing that “last year, public interest cases took centre stage in the English courts, with this set to intensify in the run-up to Brexit. The Lawyer Top 20 Cases 2019 also highlights new battles over patents, big-ticket competition claims and intense scrutiny over the UK’s regulators”

In all, ten QCs and 21 Juniors at Monckton Chambers were instructed, many of them in multiple cases, across seven of the cases highlighted by The Lawyer magazine as the “top cases” for 2019:

  • N v Royal Bank of Scotland and National Crime Agency – High Court, Commercial Court, 28 January, five weeks.
    Monckton Chambers’ Philip Moser QC, Ewan West and Imogen Proud, for the interested party, the National Crime Agency, instructed by the NCA’s in-house legal department.
  • Balmoral v Competition & Markets Authority – High Court, Commercial Court, 29 January, one day.
    Monckton Chambers’ Rob Williams and James Bourke for the defendant, the CMA, instructed by the CMA’s in-house legal department.
  • Huawei v Conversant – High Court, Patents Court, March, June and November, two weeks each for March and June and three weeks in November.
    Monckton Chambers’ Daniel Beard QC for Huawei instructed by Allen & Overy; Kassie Smith QC and Ligia Osepciu for ZTE instructed by Bristows. All are instructing on competition issues the case.
  • London Borough of Hillingdon & Ors v Secretary of State for Transport – High Court, Divisional Court, 4 March, 10 days.
    Monckton Chambers’ Robert Palmer and Alan Bates, for the defendant, Secretary of State for Transport , instructed by Government Legal Department lawyer Joe Sullivan; Monckton Chambers’ Gerry Facenna QC instructed by Heathrow Airport.
  • Campaign Against Arms Trade & Ors v Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – High Court, Commercial Court, 9 April, three days.
    Monckton Chambers’ Conor McCarthy for the Claimant NGO, Campaign Against Arms Trade, instructed by Rosa Curling of Leigh Day; Monckton Chambers’ Nikolaus Grubeck for the Interveners (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International & Rights Watch (UK)) instructed by Sue Willman of Deighton Pierce Glynn and the NGOs’ in-house teams. Monckton Chambers’ Gerry Facenna and Julianne Kerr Morrison for the Interveners instructed by Gowling.
  • Road Haulage Association or United Kingdom Trucks Claim, Royal Mail Group Limited, BT Group plc & Ors, Dawsongroup plc & Ors, Wolseley UK Limited & Ors, Suez Groupe SAS & Ors, Veolia Environnment S.A. & Ors, Ryder Limited & Another, Arla Foods and Adnams plc & Ors V Daimler, DAF, Iveco, MAN, Volvo/Renault and Scania – Competition Appeal Tribunal, 3 June, five days.
    For the second, third and fourth claimants, Royal Mail Group Limited, BT Group and Dawsongroup: Monckton Chambers’ Tim Ward QC, Ben Lask, Anneliese Blackwood and Robert Palmer instructed by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partner Edward Coulson.
    For the eighth claimant Ryder Limited: Monckton Chambers’ Mark Brealey QC and Fiona Banks, instructed by Ashurst.
    For the ninth claimant Arla Foods: Monckton Chambers’ Ronit Kreisberger instructed by Walker Morris.
    For the tenth claimant, Adnams Plc & Ors: Monckton Chambers’ Alan Bates and Jack Williams, instructed by Edwin Coe.
    For the first defendant, Daimler: Monckton Chambers’ Paul Harris QC, Ben Rayment, Michael Armitage and Alexandra Littlewood instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Boris Bronfentrinker.
    For the second defendant, DAF: Monckton Chambers’ Daniel Beard QC, Meredith Pickford QC, Nikolaus Grubeck, James Bourke, David Gregory, Thomas Sebastian and Rob Williams instructed by Travers Smith partner Caroline Edwards.
  • The Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority v Servier Laboratories Limited, (2) Servier Research and Development Limited, (4) Les Laboratoires Servier SAS, (5) Servier SAS – High Court, Business and Property Court, 1 October, three weeks.
    For the first claimant, The Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority: Monckton Chambers’ Jon Turner QC and Philip Woolfe, instructed by Peters & Peters partners Jonathan Tickner and Jason Woodland and of counsel Emma Ruane.
    For the second claimant, the Scottish and Northern Irish Ministers: Monckton Chambers’ Daniel Beard QC, Julian Gregory, Alexandra Littlewood and Imogen Proud, instructed by RPC partner Catherine Percy.
    For the third claimant, the Welsh Ministers: Monckton Chambers’ Josh Holmes QC and Laura John, instructed by Geldards partner Paul Hopkins

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Monckton Announces Three New Silks

Monckton Chambers is very pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Palmer, Ronit Kreisberger and Valentina Sloane to Queen’s Counsel.

The official swearing-in ceremony will take place on Monday 11 March.

The joint Heads of Monckton Chambers Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC commented: “We are delighted with the three appointments, which reflect the candidates’ hard work and standing across four of Monckton Chambers’ principal practice areas: Competition, Public Law, VAT and Procurement.”

The members and staff of Chambers warmly congratulate Robert, Ronit and Valentina on their new appointments.

The full list of QC appointments, announced on the 10 January, can be viewed on the QCA website.

Leading Human Rights specialist Ben Emmerson QC joins Monckton Chambers

We welcome Ben Emmerson QC, who joins Monckton Chambers from Matrix Chambers.

Specialising in European human rights law, public international law and international criminal law, Ben Emmerson QC was the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights from 2011 to 2017. He has 25 years of experience litigating before international courts and tribunals including the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He is also a deputy High Court Judge, a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.

Philip Moser QC, joint Head of Monckton Chambers, spoke for all the members in saying: “This is an exciting development for Monckton Chambers and members are pleased that Ben Emmerson QC, who has pioneered human rights law in the UK, has chosen to join Monckton’s human rights team. Ben’s arrival will further strengthen our set’s reputation for human rights law and provide an additional dimension to the wider Monckton practice, where we look forward to developing work at the intersection of commercial and public law.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019 awards – Monckton in the shortlist for seven awards







The Legal 500 Series, now in its 31st 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, has just been announced.

Monckton Chambers and its members have been nominated for awards in two of the practice areas: EU & Competition and Tax. The Set is nominated for both practice areas and five members are shortlisted for individual awards:

EU and Competition


The results will be announced on the Legal 500 website on 3rd January 2019.

The shortlists for the Bar awards are available to view here.

Chambers Bar UK 2019 – Monckton Chambers is top tier for Competition, EU Law, Telecoms, Procurement and Indirect Tax

The recently launched Chambers Bar UK 2019 ranks 50 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 six categories:

  • Aviation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Local Government
  • Public International Law

For further details visit the Chambers website.

Legal 500 UK Bar 2018-9: Monckton recognised as top tier for Competition, Telecoms, Procurement and VAT

In the recently launched The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018, 44 individual barristers from Monckton Chambers are listed across18 practice areas with many recommended in multiple categories.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Immigration (including business immigration)
  • International arbitration: counsel
  • Professional negligence
  • Public international law
  • Social housing

The annual legal directory further described the Set as follows:

“The reputation of Monckton Chambers’ barristers, ‘all of whom are of high quality and good to work with’, ‘makes it hard to look elsewhere’ when it comes EU law and competition law instructions. It is also ‘undoubtedly one of the strongest chambers for procurement and public law’. Members have ‘in-depth knowledge of human rights law as well as proceedings before European courts’. Solicitors ‘value the fact that juniors roll up their sleeves and get stuck in’, and that senior members are ‘not stuffy and able to work collaboratively and flexibly’. Under the guidance of senior clerk David Hockney, the ‘exceptional’ clerking team is ‘always on top of its brief’. Deputy senior clerk John Keegan is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. First junior Steven Duffett is ‘a real problem-solver when it comes to getting time with counsel’. Gemma Rawlinson is ‘fantastic’. And finally, more than one solicitor commented on how the set’s receptionist, Linda Antonioni, is ‘a joy’ to speak with.”

See full Monckton Chambers’ rankings here.