Monckton Chambers Public Procurement Webinar Series – Monday 27 April, Thursday 30 April and Thursday 7 May

We have just launched our series of three webinars designed by the specialist Procurement team at Monckton Chambers. We are particularly delighted that Christopher Vajda, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union 2012-2020, has agreed to provide comments on the matters raised at our third webinar of the series which takes place on 7 May.

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

The three webinars are all being held 4pm – 5pm on the following dates:

27 April, 4pm Webinar 1COVID: Issues in Public Procurement and State Aid arising from Covid; the impact of crisis on Development of Procurement Law

Immediate Procurement Law Issues:
– Maintaining Quality and Transparency in a Crisis; the Place for Direct Awards
– What Sort of Market is this? Do our Current Laws Match the Reality of Current Conditions?
Financial Issues Going Forward – Fraud, Subsidy and State Aid
Contract amendment and material change – Regulation 72 and COVID
Long Term Contract amendment and material change – Regulation 72 and COVID
Impact of the Crisis on Procurement Law – How will Events and Conduct in the Crisis affect Tendering in the Future?

Chair: Philip Moser QC
Speakers: Michael Bowsher QC, Alan Bates, Azeem Suterwalla, Ewan West and Ciar McAndrew

The recording is available here


30 April, 4pm Webinar 2UK Procurement Law: Key Current Issues. Lessons from Recent Cases and Key Developments in Practice

Round Up of recent UK Cases; and Practical Lessons from Cases and Guidance. What are the current Challenges and Opportunities in taking Procurement Claims forward in Court?

Chair: Valentina Sloane QC
Speakers: Brendan McGurk, Ewan West, Anneliese Blackwood and Will Perry

The recording is available here


7 May, 4pm Webinar 3EU Developments – Brexit and Public Procurement & Recent Procurement Cases in Luxembourg

Where are we now and how will Procurement and State Aid Law develop? What Impact will ongoing Trade Negotiations have on Procurement Law? What are the lessons for UK procurement law from recent cases in the Luxembourg courts? How will retained EU law develop in the English Courts?

Chair: Michael Bowsher QC
Speakers: Philip Moser QC, George Peretz QC and Rob Williams QC

With comments on the matters raised provided by Christopher Vajda, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union 2012-2020.

The recording is available here


If you have queries with regards these webinars, please contact Steven Duffett in the clerks team.

Monckton Chambers launches first webinar series with more to follow

Adapting to the challenge and not cancelling existing arrangements for a series of seminars by the Commercial Law Juniors at Monckton Chambers was the motivation behind Monckton’s first foray into webinars. Resending invites to invite contacts to zoom and virtually attend the original roundtable discussions resulted in an audience of over 175 tuning in to speakers William Hooper and Alfred Artley who delivered talks on ‘Frustration & Force Majeure in a COVID19 Context’ and ‘Enforcement of ‘hybrid’ foreign penal Judgments’.

Last week’s successful inaugural webinar is now being followed by:

Thursday 9th April – 5pm
Ciar McAndrew will focus on ‘Evidence from abroad’: Obtaining evidence in Arbitral proceedings from witnesses based in other EU Member States.

Thursday 16th April – 5pm
William Hooper will present on ‘Late amendments: pitfalls and procedure’.

William recently acted for the successful party in Fisken v Carl [2019] EWHC 3360 (Comm) which concerned very late amendments to make allegations of fraud in the purchase of the world’s most expensive car.

If you wish to register for either seminar please email Chris at

Monckton Chambers is currently extending the webinar formula to feature other practice areas.

Kristina Lukacova, commercial litigator, joins Monckton Chambers

Kristina Lukacova, who has a broad commercial and chancery practice with a focus on commercial litigation and company and insolvency matters, has joined Monckton Chambers.

Kristina has a particular interest in private international law and is regularly instructed in cases involving complex issues of jurisdiction, including acting as sole counsel on a $4m contract claim before the DIFC-LCIA Tribunal, defeating a jurisdiction challenge and succeeding on a preliminary issue of contractual interpretation.

Kristina has worked with barristers from Monckton Chambers on recent instructions, including acting for the Secretary of State for Transport in relation to Eurotunnel’s challenge of Brexit-related contracts for additional ferry capacity. She was led in this case by Philip Moser QC, and assisted alongside Azeem Suterwalla and Ewan West.

Philip Moser QC, joint Head of Monckton Chambers, welcomes Kristina to Monckton Chambers:

We are delighted that Kristina Lukacova has joined Monckton Chambers to bring her expertise to the growing team of members who are practising in the commercial and arbitration fields, both domestically and internationally. These may be challenging times and it is even more important that we continue to look to the future with confidence, optimistic about our ongoing strategic goals.”


In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and following guidelines from the World Health Organisation and the British Government, we continue to monitor the situation closely.

The health and safety of our clients, members staff and other visitors to our offices continues to be our priority at this time.

For this reason Monckton Chambers’ premises will be closed from the evening of Tuesday 24th March.

Business continues

As a result of a steady investment in technology and a comprehensive business continuity plan, Monckton Chambers can continue to operate effectively remotely. We remain fully operational and able to support clients on all matters.

Videos and calls

Thanks to video conferencing technology we can host online meetings of all sizes for our clients and contacts. Please contact the Clerks to arrange.

Electronic communication where possible

Please consider sending all instructions and documents electronically to the clerks. This will be the most efficient under the circumstances.

Where hard copies have to be sent to Chambers, please liaise in advance with the relevant clerk and member to arrange delivery directly to the barrister concerned.

We recommend communication with members, at least initially, by email. All our members have direct email access on their website profiles. See Barristers.

Any questions

We will be very happy to answer any queries you have about current and new instructions.

Please get in touch with your usual Monckton Chambers contact or via email at

The Senior Clerks team can also be contacted individually as follows:

David Hockney
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John Keegan
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Steve Duffett
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Chris O’Brien
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Gemma Rawlinson
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Jaden Maloney
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We will continue to monitor the situation based on external expert advice. We will update this notification as and when required.

Keep safe and those who can, please stay at home.

All the best from the Members, Clerks and Staff at Monckton Chambers.

Rob Williams – New Silk

The members and staff of Monckton Chambers warmly congratulate Rob on ‘taking silk’ yesterday. Rob was sworn-in along with the 113 other new QCs, at the official Queen’s Counsel Appointments Ceremony 2020 at Westminster. The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC, who was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 24 July 2019, officiated.

Rob is a highly experienced barrister and advocate practicing in competition law, procurement law and other public law and regulatory litigation. He won Competition Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.

George Peretz QC gives evidence on level playing field issues and state aid to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee

George Peretz QC today gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-committee, which is conducting an inquiry into level playing field commitments and State aid in the future EU/UK trade agreement. George gave evidence on a wide range of issues relating to State aid, including the State aid elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol. A link to the recording of the evidence session can be found here.

Carl Baudenbacher appointed Visiting Professor at LSE

Professor Carl Baudenbacher has been appointed Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. His teaching and research will focus on the institutional design of international and supranational treaties. Baudenbacher will have a special regard for surveillance and judicial control in the EU and the EEA as well as in the bilateral relationships EU – Brexit Britain and EU – Switzerland.

Seven members of Monckton Chambers in three of The Lawyer’s top fifteen appeals for 2020

The Lawyer has published details of its top fifteen appeals to watch across 2020 and seven members of Monckton Chambers feature in three of those selected:

1. Mastercard / Visa – Interchange Fee Litigation
Supreme Court, January 20, four days (now awaiting judgment)

For Sainsburys

Monckton’s Mark Brealey QC, instructed by Morgan Lewis partner Frances Murphy and Mishcon de Reya partner Rob Murray.

For Asda, Argos and Morrisons

Monckton’s Jon Turner QC, Meredith Pickford QC and Laura John, instructed by Stewarts partner Kate Pollack for Asda, Argos and Morrisons.

For the European Commission

Monckton’s Tom Sebastian, instructed by the European Commissions legal team.

2. Walter Merricks & Ors v Mastercard
Supreme Court, May 12, two days

For Walter Merricks

Monckton Chambers‘ Paul Harris QC, instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partners Boris Bronfentrinker and Nicola Chesaites.

3. Uber v Transport for London
Westminster Magistrates’ Court, TBC

For Uber

Monckton Chambers’ Tim Ward QC, instructed by Hogan Lovells partner Charles Brasted.

If you are a subscriber of The Lawyer’s premium content, you can access the full article here.

Chambers Global 2020 – Members ranked in Public International Law: The English Bar, Competition Law (UK), Dispute Resolution (Russia) and Dispute Resolution: Commercial (UK); Set recognition in Competition Law (UK)

Chambers Global 2020 has just been published, ranking the top lawyers and law firms in over 190 countries across the world.

Competition Law in UK

Monckton Chambers is one of five sets to be recognised for Competition Law in UK and one of only two in the leading band. Individual Monckton members ranked for this category are:

SILKS: Tim Ward QC, Philip Moser QC, Mark Brealey QC, Jon Turner QC, Paul Harris QC, Daniel Beard QC, Kassie Smith QC, George Peretz QC, Meredith Pickford QC, Josh Holmes QC and Ronit Kreisberger QC.

JUNIORS: Rob Williams, Alistair Lindsay, Ben Rayment, Julian Gregory, Anneli Howard, Alan Bates, Ben Lask, Philip Woolfe, Anneliese Blackwood, Laura Elizabeth John, Ligia Osepciu, Alison Berridge, Michael Armitage and James Bourke. Julianne Kerr Morrison and Thomas Sebastian are ranked in the Global Guide for the first time this year.

Public International Law in UK

Thomas Sebastian also appears for the first time in the Global Guide under Public International Law: The English Bar. Client comments include: “Very well respected in international trade.”

Dispute Resolution in Russia

Drew Holiner is one of only six UK lawyers ranked for Dispute Resolution in Russia (expertise based abroad). The Guide highlights the following client comments:
“Having somebody who is a Western-trained lawyer but also with incredible expertise is unique,” a source says, adding: “I don’t have enough good things to say! He’s a unique asset and someone I enjoy working with.” Another source adds: “He can translate the concepts into English law and vice versa. That’s a real advantage to have on your side.” 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.”’

Dispute Resolution: Commercial (UK)

Drew Holiner is also ranked, for the first time, alongside William Buck and Gregory Pipe, for the category of Dispute Resolution: Commercial (UK) in the Global Guide.

Drew has the following client comment : “Very good at giving incisive advice which gets to the point. He’s helpful and user-friendly and he has a great turnaround time.” “Drew Holiner is a good resource at the Bar, as he is dual-qualified in English and Russian law.”

William Buck’s strengths are highlighted as:
William is very commercial, and he finds a way to make the law work in his client’s favour.” “He is very pleasant, approachable and user-friendly. Clients like him and he works well as part of a legal team.”

Gregory Pipe is described as:“a good advocate on his feet, who is very tactical and very strategic. He’s excellent on the really heavy stuff and very good with clients.”

For the full Chambers Global Guide, click here.