Attorney General Panel appointments: Julianne Kerr Morrison promoted to B panel; James Bourke and Khatija Hafesji new appointments to C panel

The members of Monckton Chambers congratulate Julianne Kerr Morrison, James Bourke and Khatija Hafesji on their successful applications in the most recent round of Attorney General Panel appointments. Julianne is promoted to B panel; James and Khatija are new additions to the C Panel.

All appointments commence from September 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, these most recent appointments mean that 22 members of Monckton Chambers are on the following AG’s panels:

Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2020 – Monckton Chambers is a leading set with 50 listings across nine practice areas

The recently published Who’s Who Legal UK Bar confirms Monckton Chambers as one of the UK’s leading sets.

Monckton Chambers is represented by 29 members across nine practice areas.

Number of Listings:

Arbitration 1
Competition 20
Corporate Tax 1
Environment 3
Government Contracts 10
International Trade & Commodities 1
Media & Entertainment 2
Sports 2
Telecoms 10

The research makes the following summary conclusions:

“Monckton Chambers enjoys a prominent position at the UK Bar, and showcases the breadth and depth of expertise on offer from its barristers in our research this year. Its members earn 50 listings across nine practice areas.

Competition is a core strength for the set, illustrated in our corresponding chapter where we recognise 11 silks and nine juniors for their excellence in the field. Their expertise spans a range of matters, from M&A and state aid to class action cases.

Government contracts is a further area in which it excels, with 10 barristers recognised for their impressive ability when it comes to concessions matters and public procurement proceedings.

The set also performs well in our telecoms chapter, where five juniors and five silks are singled out for their exceptional work handling contentious proceedings spanning a range of matters, including licensing, contractual claims and broadcasting issues.

Standout figures at the set include George Peretz QC and Jon Turner QC, pre-eminent silks in competition law. Josh Holmes QC is a go-to silk for telecoms disputes, while Daniel Beard QC and Anneli Howard are identified as a top-tier advocates for competition and telecoms matters. Michael Bowsher QC, Rob Williams QC and Ewan West and are held in high esteem for their first-rate government contracts practices, while Fiona Banks is distinguished as a top name for sports disputes.”

Read full analysis here.

Daniel Beard QC is The Lawyer’s Barrister of the Week

The Lawyer has selected Daniel Beard QC, who acted for Apple in the €13bn State aid and tax case (see website news 15 July), as its “Barrister of the Week”

The recognition was the result of Daniel being a key member of the team, that convinced EU judges to reverse a European Commission decision, which had ordered Apple to pay back €13bn in taxes to the Republic of Ireland.

Acknowledged by The Lawyer as being “one of the biggest decisions to come out of the appeals court in the EU”, Daniel has worked on the case for the past five years, instructed by Freshfields. Fellow Monckton members Alan Bates, Ligia Osepciu and James Bourke, were also on the team working closely with the in-house lawyers at Apple.

“Barrister of the Week” is selected by The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker team which also concludes that Daniel Beard is the busiest barrister at Monckton, acting on 31 cases in the public domain since 2015.

Philip Moser QC elected Chair of BEG

Philip Moser QC, joint Head of Monckton Chambers, was elected Chairman of the Bar European Group (BEG) at the Annual General Meeting of the association held online on 15 July 2020.

The BEG is a Specialist Bar Association of the Bar of England and Wales. In addition to having a seat on the Bar Council, it acts as a forum for practitioners, judges and academics to attend meetings, talks and conferences for those whose area of practice or interest is European law and issues concerning the European Union, Brexit and future EU-UK relations.

Mark Brealey QC is The Times Lawyer of the Week

The Times newspaper has selected Mark Brealey QC, who acted for Sainsbury’s in the Supreme Court over interchange fees, (see last week’s website news), to be its featured lawyer this week.
In today’s column written by Linda Tsang, Mark highlights watching the TV series Crown Court as a teenager, as motivating him to be a barrister; the late David Vaughan QC as a career inspiration; the best advice received being from his father: “Always be polite, never afraid.” and the three qualities a lawyer should have as “Objectivity, clarity and humour – in that order.”

You can read the full feature here.

EU Relations Law: Monckton members launch new website

No longer an EU Member State, the UK’s relationship with the EU has altered fundamentally. Now that Brexit has happened, this requires a forward-looking shift to consider the new legal position after Brexit.

With that in mind, members of Monckton Chambers have launched a new website blog, covering EU Relations Law.

EU Relations Law represents the new, developing area of law (distinct from EU law) concerning the specific arrangements between the UK and the EU post-Brexit, covering all aspects of the new legal relationship between the parties. This includes the potential for private parties to assert rights and/or bring claims based on legal agreements concluded between the UK and EU. It also includes the potential for legal disputes between the EU and UK. The implementation and transposition of the new arrangements also gives rise to potential disputes.

The new website explores all areas of EU Relations Law from both international and domestic law perspectives, including:

  • the meaning and application of the Withdrawal Agreement;
  • he UK and EU implementations of the Withdrawal Agreement;
  • the Northern Ireland Protocol;
  • the Future Relationship Agreements;
  • case comments on relevant judgments and opinions; and
  • legislative changes and analysis of their implications.

You can visit the website at, where you can also subscribe to receive new blog posts by e-mail. Blog posts are written by subject specialist barristers at Monckton Chambers, academics, policy experts, regulatory officials and solicitors. The site is aimed at all those interested in the law post-Brexit, including: solicitors, academics, students, regulators, policy experts, and in-house clients.

Professor Panos Koutrakos mentioned in two Opinions by Advocates General of European Court of Justice

Professor Panos Koutrakos has been mentioned in two Opinions by Advocates General of the European Court of Justice. Both cases are about judicial review in the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), an area of profound significance. The Court of Justice only has limited jurisdiction in CFSP and there has been developing case-law on the scope of this jurisdiction.

In Case C 730/18 P SC v EULEx Kosovo, the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo was sued for damages by an employee whose contract had not been renewed. After the EU’s General Court had dismissed her action, she appealed to the Court of Justice. In his Opinion, Advocate General Tanchev dealt, amongst others, with the scope of the Court’s jurisdiction in CFSP and referred to two pieces of work by Professor Koutrakos: his book entitled Research Handbook on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (co-edited with S Blockmans) (Edward Elgar, 2018), and his article on ‘Judicial Review in the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy’, (2018) 67 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1.

In Case C 14/19 P European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) v KF , a decision by the Appeals Board of the European Union Satellite Centre removing an employee from her post was challenged before the EU’s General Court. After the latter had found for the applicant, the EU Satellite Centre appealed before the European Court of Justice. In his Opinion, Advocate General Bobek concluded that the Court of Justice had jurisdiction to rule on the matter and he referred to the above article by Professor Koutrakos on ‘Judicial Review in the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy’, (2018) 67 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1.

Sir Kenneth Parker, former joint head of Monckton Chambers, appointed to Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) panel

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has confirmed the appointment of nine new members to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) panel. The members of Monckton Chambers are delighted to congratulate former member and joint head of Monckton Chambers, Sir Kenneth Parker, on being one of the nine.

Sir Kenneth Parker was formerly a QC, a Law Commissioner and Judge of the High Court. He is currently a Judicial Commissioner in the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, and a legal chair for the Financial Reporting Council.

The CMA panel members are tasked with running merger and market inquiries that have been referred for a thorough (phase 2) investigation. Panel members also make decisions on regulatory appeals on price controls or terms of licences.

See full list of the new appointments here.

Monckton’s education law specialists launch blog

Education has been in the spotlight with the country in lockdown. With schools and universities closed “until further notice”, the education sector is being subjected to a broad spectrum of novel problems, from setbacks to pupils progress and financial compensation claims by fee-paying learners, to concerns for the most vulnerable students and potential human rights infringements, with grading disputes potentially following this summer.

A number of Monckton Chambers’ public law barristers have considerable experience of working with the education sector. The current crisis has provided a focus for them to come together to share their views and expertise under the banner of a dedicated Education Law Group. Recognising the need for specialist advice to the sector, Monckton’s Education Law Group will provide clients and contacts with meaningful support. The launch of the blog is the next step.

The blog is written by specialist barristers from Monckton and covers important developments across the field of education law. It includes:

  • case notes on important judgments, both from Monckton and elsewhere;
  • legislative changes and analysis of their implications, for example in relation to human rights; and
  • commentary on topical issues in education law, such as school closures due to COVID-19.

You can visit the blog, where you can also subscribe to receive posts by email.

It is aimed at all those active in this area: solicitors and barristers, students and parents, schools, universities and other FE & HE institutions, local authorities, the Department for Education, Ofsted and other education regulators.

We hope that readers will find the blog to be an enjoyable as well as a valuable resource.

Monckton Chambers Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Video Roundtables – every Thursday at 5pm

Building on the success of our first three commercial webinars Monckton Chambers has scheduled a further six in the series to be held at 5pm on Thursday over the next six weeks.

If you have not received an invitation but would like to tune in and join the online panel of experts as they discuss and debate these current hot topics in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, please email and we will send you an invitation.

The webinars are all being held at 5pm-6pm on the following dates:

30 April, 5pm Webinar 4 – The Law of Set Off – when it is available as a defence at law and in equity, which forms of set-off require an express contractual agreement, the extent to which set-off can be contractually excluded?

Speakers: William Buck and Kristina Lukacova


7 May, 5pm Webinar 5 – Anti Suit Injunctions – Where are we now?

Speakers: Steven Gee QC and Kristina Lukacova


14 May, 5pm Webinar 6 – Arbitration & Injunctions – what can you do?

Speakers: Steven Gee QC and Alfred Artley


21 May, 5pm Webinar 7 – Pleading and proving Fraud

Speaker: Steven Gee QC


28 May, 5pm Webinar 8 – Dishonesty Claims – Redress Against the Controllers of Insolvent Companies

Speaker: Gregory Pipe


4 June, 5pm Webinar 9 – GDPR/DPA – A sword and a shield in Commercial Litigation

Speakers: Gerry Facenna QCBrendan McGurkJulianne Morrison and Nikolaus Grubeck.