Kassie Smith KC and Ronit Kreisberger KC recognised in W@Competition Five Star Competition Professionals list in private practice

Congratulations to Kassie Smith KC and Ronit Kreisberger KC who are celebrated as notable women competition professionals in private practice by W@.

Kassie Smith KC is listed as a ‘Guide Star – trailblazers who have reached lead roles or have otherwise inspired you with their professional expertise beyond the last five years, and who will typically count some 20 years’ experience in the competition field’ and Ronit Kreisberger KC as a ‘Shining Star– women competition professionals who stood out and/or who have made notable professional accomplishments (e.g. promotions to senior roles) in the last five years; these women will typically have at least a dozen of years’ experience in the competition field.’

The Five Star Professionals Survey celebrates notable women competition professionals of different levels of experience and seniority, to view the full list please click here.

Jonathan Lewis joins Monckton Chambers

Members of Chambers are delighted to announce that Jonathan Lewis has joined Monckton Chambers as of today, Monday 6th February 2023.

Jonathan has a broad practice with particular focus upon public procurement, public and administrative law, consumer law and commercial law. He has a highly regarded procurement practice, representing both claimants and contracting authorities in a variety of substantial procurement challenges. He has been involved in some of the most notable recent procurement claims (such as the Covid-19 PPE challenges).

Jonathan has substantial experience across a broad spectrum of public law work and is on the Attorney General’s “A” Panel of counsel. He is instructed in a number of judicial review claims, many of which have an underlying regulatory thread, involving challenges to the decisions of a wide array of regulators. He also has experience acting in claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 and acting in various statutory appeals.

Jonathan’s commercial practice primarily covers contractual disputes in a variety of different industry sectors and often intersects with his government and procurement work. He has recently been instructed on various technology related disputes. Jonathan has substantial consumer law experience, having acted for the Competition and Markets Authority in a number of high profile enforcement actions as well has having advised consumers on a variety of issues.

Philip Moser KC, Joint Head of Chambers, welcomes Jonathan to Chambers, ‘Monckton Chambers are delighted to welcome Jonathan Lewis. An A Panellist and first class litigator, he will add further strength across a number of Monckton’s practice areas, especially in Public Procurement and in Public law.’

Jonathan says, “I am delighted to be joining Monckton Chambers where there are clearly so many strong synergies with my existing practice. It will be a huge asset to be surrounded by such a formidable set of talented barristers with expertise in my primary areas of practice”.

Jonathan is recommended in the leading directories, and in 2023 as been described as:

“An excellent and accessible counsel, who provides commercially astute advice” (Chambers UK, 2023)

“He is an excellent junior, who’s relaxed, collaborative, responsive and open to input” (Chambers UK, 2023)

“Approachability, knowledge and ability to explain legal matters in a commercial context to a lay client” (Legal 500, 2023)

To view Jonathan’s full profile, please click here.

The Legal Cheek Awards 2023 – Monckton Chambers shortlisted for four awards

The Legal Cheek Awards 2023 shortlists have been announced and Monckton Chambers is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Best chambers for training 2023
  • Best chambers for quality of work 2023
  • Best chambers for colleague supportiveness 2023
  • Best chambers for legal tech 2023

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on Thursday 16 March 2023.

For the full shortlist of Chambers please click here.

Anneli Howard KC and Alan Bates appointed as Deputy High Court Judges

Chambers is pleased to announce that Anneli Howard KC and Alan Bates have been appointed as Deputy High Court Judges.

The appointments follow an open competition by the Judicial Appointments Commission. The role of Deputy High Court Judge is reserved for those who have the experience and expertise to deal with very complex cases which would otherwise be undertaken by High Court Judges.

Anneli and Alan will continue to practise full time from Chambers.

A full list of the Judicial appointments can be found here.


Anneliese Blackwood Listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2023

Every year, The Lawyer Hot 100 recognises a diverse mix of legal professionals who have been the standout lawyers in the UK over the previous twelve months. This year, Monckton Chambers’ Anneliese Blackwood is recognised amongst the 16 “Hot 100” barristers listed.

Anneliese Blackwood is described as follows:

Monckton junior Anneliese Blackwood didn’t come from a legal background. She grew up watching her family ply their trade in medicine. Blackwood considered following their lead, but came to the conclusion that she lacked the requisite coordination to work in a lab and so opted to study law. Her early work focused on public law and human rights. However, as a Monckton pupil, it was inevitable that she would be drawn to the world of competition.

Blackwood’s early experiences were nothing short of cinematic. One instance in the ‘Cardiff Bus’ case saw her holed up in a Cardiff hotel during an abuse of dominance trial while pop group JLS was in town. Sadly, the gathered crowds cheering for their heroes were not there to view Blackwood’s advocacy. More fool them.

Her recent work has seen Blackwood take crucial victories in the long-running Merricks trial over card payments and the ‘McLaren’ claim brought against one of Blackwood’s clients over allegations of cartel behaviour in the shipping of cars. Both of these cases will keep Blackwood exceptionally busy in 2023 and both have huge implications for the future of class action litigation. Her role will undoubtedly be a defining one.

Please click here to view the full list of the hundred.

UKAEL Annual Lecture

UKAEL Annual Lecture was held at King’s College, London, on Thursday 19th January 6pm,  where Christopher Vajda KC was speaking on Data Protection: Made in Europe and Exported Globally.

To read the talk please click here.

Unveiled: The Lawyer Top 20 Cases for 2023

The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases with proceedings set to be heard in 2023 have been listed today, three of which involve a total of 15 members of Monckton Chambers:


Euronet 360 Finance and others v Mastercard and Visa – listed in the Competition Appeal Tribunal on 2nd October for 12 weeks.

Monckton’s Jon Turner KC, Kassie Smith KC, Andrew Macnab and Philip Woolfe, instructed by Constantine Cannon partner Richard Pike and of counsel Simon Yeung, and Alston & Bird partner James Ashe-Taylor and senior associate Irene Fraile for the claimants, Euronet and others and Monckton’s Khatija Hafesji, instructed by Linklaters partners Tom Cassels and Sarina Williams for the defendant, Visa.


Epic Games and others v Alphabet, Google and others listed in the CAT in October for 6 weeks.

For the claimant, Epic Games Monckton Chambers’ Mark Brealey KC, Daisy Mackersie and Will Perry are instructed by Clifford Chance partners Elizabeth Morony and Samantha Ward, for the defendants, Alphabet and Google Monckton Chambers’ Josh Holmes KC, Jack Williams, and Thomas Sebastian for Google,  are instructed by RPC partners David Cran and Sarah Mountain, and associate Samuel Coppard, and Gunnercooke partner Alex Waksman and for an interested party, the Competition and Markets Authority Monckton Chambers’ Ben Lask is instructed.


Dr Reddy’s Laboratories and the NHS in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland v Warner-Lambert Company listed in the High Court, Intellectual Property List, Patents Court on 6 November for 25 days

 For the claimant, NHS England, Wales and Northern Ireland Monckton Chambers’ Philip Moser KC and Brendan McGurk, are instructed by Government Legal Department senior lawyer Louise Dean and for the claimant, NHS Scotland Monckton Chambers’ Ligia Osepciu, instructed by RPC partner Catherine Percy.


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Ben Lask appointed as King’s Counsel

Monckton Chambers is delighted to announce that Ben Lask has been appointed King’s Counsel in the 2022 Silks appointments. Ben will be sworn in during a ceremony in 2023. This is the first announcement of new King’s Counsel in over 70 years.

Ben specialises in Competition, Public and EU Law. He is Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority and currently a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel. He is recommended in Chambers UK in the fields of Competition Law, EU Law and Telecommunications, and in Legal 500 for Administrative & Public and Data Protection.

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

The full list of appointments, announced today the 23rd December 2022, can be viewed here.

Michael M. Collins SC called as Bencher of Middle Temple

At a Bench Dinner on 29th November 2022, Michael M. Collins SC was called as an Ordinary Bencher of Middle Temple, having been unanimously elected by a decision of the Benchers of Middle Temple at Parliament. The occasion was presided over by Master Treasurer, the Hon. Ms. Justice McGowan DBE.  Amongst the guests who attended were Mr. Justice Charleton of the Supreme Court of Ireland, Ms. Justice Costello of the Court of Appeal of Ireland and Mr. Justice Barniville, President of the High Court of Ireland. Michael Bowsher KC and George Peretz KC were also present.

Michael Bowsher KC elected Leader of the European Circuit

The European Circuit is an association of litigators, barristers, and advocates across Europe.  It provides a vehicle for litigators, barristers, and advocates to share experience and education. It is also has a strong social component with events across the Continent. We are delighted to announce Michael has been elected as Leader of the Circuit.

Michael said “ I am excited about this opportunity which means that from now I will take on a role equivalent to those of the Leaders of the other historic Circuits around England, Wales and Ireland.  These have provided practical support, education and a social focus for those barristers whose practice is based in particular regions of the country.  Indeed when I came to the Bar it was regarded as obligatory to join at least one Circuit.

The European Circuit was set up at the beginning of this century to support those whose practice involved work around Europe, not only those working in areas which obvious European roots such as competition, VAT or human rights, but also those who were active in aspects of the law which involved a cross border element.  A traffic accident abroad, the break up of a family living abroad, the estate of a UK citizen living elsewhere (or the other way around) might be typical examples of work where there could be a need for particular practical support, education, local contacts and so forth.  The Circuit has sought to provide that.  Evidently, things have not all gone as those who set up the Circuit might have planned, but those same cross border demands are there and if anything the challenges for those trying to help clients in those sorts of cases are ever greater.  So the Circuit will continue to address the needs of those who need to deliver services in other countries in Europe, or involving disputes in Europe.  In so doing it will enable the profession to provide a better service to its clients.

I don’t imagine that this will be easy and while the Circuit has its historic roots in the Bar we welcome all lawyers involved in cross border disputes from anywhere in Europe as Members.

We will be having a number of events during the year and a conference usually takes place in September.  We are not quite ready to reveal our destination for this year!

To read more please click here to view Michael Bowsher KC’s blog post.

For further information on the European Circuit of the Bar please click here.