Monckton in shortlist for Chambers of the Year at The British Legal Awards 2019

Legal Week has announced the shortlist for The British Legal Awards 2019 and Monckton Chambers is one of seven sets nominated for Chambers of the Year. The 29 category winners will be selected by an independent judging panel which includes senior business lawyers from major banks and corporates, as well as former private practice leaders and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on Thursday 21st November 2019, hosted by Legal Week in association with The City of London Law Society.

For the full list of this year’s finalists, click here.

Legal 500 UK Bar 2020: Monckton recognised as top tier for five practice areas

In the recently launched Legal 500 UK Bar 2020, 47 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
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Immigration (including business immigration)
  • International arbitration: counsel
  • International Crime & Extradition
  • Professional negligence
  • Public international law
  • Social housing

The annual legal directory further described the Set as follows:

Although known as a ‘leading set’ for EU, competition, and public procurement law instructions, thanks to having ‘excellent strength in depth across the spectrum’, Monckton Chambers ‘also has barristers who can turn their hand to more esoteric public law challenges’. Chambers is also a ‘go-to’ for civil liberties and human rights work. ‘Barristers have always made themselves available on a pro bono basis, including at the highest level, and consistently produced work of the highest quality.’ Robert Palmer, Ronit Kreisberger, and Valentina Sloane took silk in 2019. Meanwhile, in other news, Steven Gee QC joined chambers after five years at boutique litigation firm Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, while Ben Emmerson QC arrived from Matrix Chambers. Senior clerk David Hockney and his deputy, John Keegan, ‘run a great clerking team’ that is ‘a cut above all other sets’. The clerks are ‘responsive to requests for assistance; open to considering varied arrangements for instruction, and thoroughly 21st century in their use of technology and means of communications’. First junior Steven Duffett is ‘highly effective in a hands-on and task-focused way’.

See full Monckton Chambers’ rankings here.

Professor Panos Koutrakos awarded prestigious Jean Monnet Chair by European Commission

Professor Panos Koutrakos has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law by the European Commission. The Chair is accompanied by a financial award which, in the course of the next three years, will fund a range of activities, including the organisation of seminars and conferences on the role of the EU in the world and the relationship between EU and international law.

It is the third time in his career that this prestigious Chair has been awarded to Professor Koutrakos. The award decision recognises him as ‘an excellent scholar’ whose ‘expertise in the field of the law of the EU’s external relations is of special importance in the context of post-Brexit relations’.

Professor Koutrakos is a leading authority on EU law, who has written and advised in a wide range of issues, including trade and internal market law and, in particular, in those areas where EU law meets international law. He recently gave a lecture at the Legal Conference 2019 organised by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt on the relevance of EU law to investment arbitration (read here).

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019 – Monckton Chambers and its members in the shortlists for Competition and Tax

The shortlists for Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019 have 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 Paul Harris QC in the final three for Silk of the Year and Rob Williams for Junior of the Year for the same category.

Monckton is also in the running for the Set award for Tax with Melanie Hall QC shortlisted in the final three for Silk of the Year in the category.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, 31st October The London Hilton on Park Lane.

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 2020 edition of Chambers Bar and reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Attorney General’s Panel – new appointment for Imogen Proud, elevation to A Panel for Ewan West and successful A Panel retention for Raymond Hill, Andrew Macnab and Peter Mantle

The members of Monckton Chambers are pleased to announce that in the recent round of Attorney General Panel appointments, Ewan West has been elevated to the A Panel and Imogen Proud has been appointed to the C Panel.

In addition Raymond Hill, Andrew Macnab and Peter Mantle have all been successful with renewed A Panel applications.

All appointments commence from 2nd 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 21 members of Monckton Chambers are on the AG’s panels:

A Panel: Raymond Hill, Anneli Howard, Alan Bates, Ben Lask, Andrew Macnab, Peter Mantle, Brendan McGurk, Rob Williams, Ewan West

B Panel: Eric Metcalfe, Azeem Suterwalla, Fiona Banks

C Panel: Anneliese Blackwood, Tarlochan Lall, Julianne Kerr Morrison, Conor McCarthy, Michael Armitage, Jack Williams, Imogen Proud

Public International Law B Panel: Anneli Howard, Thomas Sebastian

Public International Law C Panel: Nikolaus Grubeck

Frank Mitchell to be admitted to the Inner Bar in Ireland

Monckton tax specialist, Frank Mitchell, has been granted Patents of Precedence entitling him to admission to the Inner Bar in Ireland and the status Senior Counsel (SC).

Frank is one of thirteen Irish barristers to be appointed, this month, by the Irish Government on the recommendation of an advisory committee currently consisting of the Chief Justice, the President of the High Court, the Attorney General and the Chairperson of the Bar Council. The date for these barristers to be called to the Inner Bar will be fixed by the Chief Justice. See Irish Government news release.

Frank has specialised in VAT, Customs Duty and direct tax issues since 2000 when he worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and then London working in tax consultancy and litigation.

Frank read law in Trinity College Dublin (1994-98) before completing his Barrister-at-Law Degree in the Honourable Society of the Kings Inns, Dublin in 2000. He was admitted as an associate of the Irish Tax Institute in 2001 and will become President of the Irish Tax Institute in September this year.

Frank has been a member of the European Commission’s VAT Expert Group since its inception. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2010 and joined Monckton Chambers in the same year as a result of his specific interest in the European law aspects of indirect taxes. He spreads his time between the UK and Ireland according to clients’ needs.

The Lawyer Awards 2019 – Monckton Chambers is first winner of Specialist Chambers of the Year

Sandi Toksvig was the Master of Ceremonies at last night’s The Lawyer Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, presenting joint Head of Chambers, Philip Moser QC and Senior Clerk, David Hockney with the award for Monckton Chambers, winner of the new category, “Specialist Chambers of the Year”.

Judges commended in particular Monckton’s high profile cases, its record turnover for 2018/19 and its three new Silks, two of which are women.

David Hockney was thrilled with the specialist award: “This is a new category which rightly recognises the excellence of those sets that are known for key specialist areas; in our case Competition, EU Law, Public Procurement, Indirect Tax, Public Law & Human Rights, whilst still offering a wider range of services. The award applauds strategic focus and the achievement of excellence in core areas and Monckton Chambers is delighted to be its first recipient.”

Celebrating its 25th year, The Lawyer Awards commend excellence in the profession across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar.

FCA appoints John Swift QC to review the redress scheme for Interest Rate Hedging Products

The FCA has appointed John Swift QC as one of two Independent Reviewers for the lessons learned reviews commissioned by the FCA’s Board. One review will cover the redress scheme for Interest Rate Hedging Products and the other will cover the regulation of firms involved with the Connaught Income Fund Series 1.

John Swift QC will carry out the review of the redress scheme for Interest Rate Hedging Products, which is expected to last 15 months.

See full FCA press release.

John Swift QC is a non-practising barrister specialised in competition and regulatory issues. He was Head of Monckton Chambers from 1999-2002. He now practices as a domestic and international Arbitrator based at Monckton Chambers.

Who’s Who Legal Competition 2019: Lawyers – Monckton in most listings table; Daniel Beard QC, Jon Turner QC and George Peretz QC recognised as “Global Elite”

WWL has once again collaborated with Global Competition Review to produce the 20th edition of WWL: Competition, featuring 1,068 lawyers from over 400 firms across 55 jurisdictions who stand out as the foremost legal practitioners in the competition space.

Monckton Chambers is one of only two sets to appear in the table: “Most listings in WWL: Competition 2019”. The rest of the rankings are international law firms.

In addition, Daniel Beard QC, Jon Turner QC and George Peretz QC are the only three barristers amongst 14 specialist individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year and who are recognised as “The Global Elite Thought Leaders”.

This what the researchers say about Monckton Chambers and its members:

“A top-tier set at the UK Bar that sees 12 barristers identified here for their expertise.

Global Elite Thought Leader Daniel Beard QC is “the best out there”, effuse sources who add he stands “head and shoulders above the rest”. They consider him a “clever and effective” advocate and praise his “amazing” work on matters such as damages actions and appeals.

Jon Turner QC sits among “the best of the Bar”, say sources who consider him “one of the very best advocates in the field”. He is “in high demand” for his profound ability in abuse of dominance and collusion cases.

George Peretz QC is a prominent figure for state aid work, where he stands out for his remarkable work advising public and private sector clients.

Josh Holmes QC is “a very skilled barrister” who sources “would certainly instruct”. He is credited with an “encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law”.

The “excellent” Anneli Howard is a well-established figure in the competition sphere who enjoys a strong reputation for her handling of complex matters involving both EU and UK regulations.

Meredith Pickford QC is a “favourite” among market commentators. He is “a top-flight competition QC” who excels when it comes to damages actions and regulatory appeals proceedings.

Kassie Smith QC is a “terrific and well-thought of” advocate who stands out for her work on complex competition damages actions, and for her “strong grasp of competition economics”. Other Monckton members identified for this specialist area are: Tim Ward QC, Mark Brealey QC, Paul Harris QC, Ronit Kreisberger QC, Alistair Lindsay, Alan Bates and Alison Berridge.

Three Monckton members appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Panel

Eric Metcalfe, Steve Broach and Michael Armitage have all been appointed to the panel of counsel which is the EHRC’s list of preferred providers of external legal services, including representation and advice. These legal services support the EHRC’s equality and human rights work, including strategic litigation in domestic and European courts.

Having been a member of the B panel since 2015, Eric has been promoted to the A panel, to which Steve has also now been appointed. Michael has been appointed to the C panel. All appointments are for 2019 – 23, a duration of four years.

Click here for the full panel of counsel.