George Peretz QC gave evidence this morning to the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU. The topic was the UK’s level playing field commitments after Brexit. George answered various questions on State aid and other legal issues. A video link and transcript will be available on the Committee’s website (here).
Professor Panos Koutrakos gave the prestigious annual ICLQ (International and Comparative Law Quarterly) Lecture on 13 May 2019 at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. The topic of his lecture was ‘Judicial Review in the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy’.
The lecture was based on the article he published in (2018) 67 ICLQ 1. The article is free to access for 1 month from the publisher’s website.
On 7 May, George Peretz QC gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Select Committee, which is currently investigating the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme in Northern Ireland. He answered various questions from MPs on the ways in which the State aid rules may apply to the scheme. A brief summary of part of his evidence appears in today’s story in the Irish Times, and a full transcript will be published by the Committee in due course.
On 8 March 2019, Professor Carl Baudenbacher delivered the eighth annual Sir Jeremy Lever Lecture at Oxford University. The lecture honours the contribution to the development of EU and competition law of Sir Jeremy Lever, the former Head of Monckton Chambers.
Professor Baudenbacher is the former President of the EFTA Court, a distinguished academic and a door tenant at Monckton Chambers. His lecture was entitled “Judicial Dialogue in times of European (dis) Integration” and the outline of it can be accessed here. The lecture was chaired by The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Rose.
The event was followed by a celebratory dinner at All Souls College.
On 5th March the City Law School is hosting the book launch for Professor Baudenbacher’s latest book, entitled Judicial Independence – Memoirs of a European Judge (Springer, 2019). This book is about law, but it is not a law book. It is aimed at all interested contemporaries, lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Richly seasoned with personal memories and anecdotes, it offers unique insights into how European courts actually work.
Chair: Professor Panos Koutrakos (Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law)
Keynote Speaker: Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws
Speakers: Tim Ward QC (Monckton Chambers)
Authors remarks: Carl Baudenbacher (former President of EFTA Court; Monckton Chambers)
About the author: Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Baudenbacher, a Swiss citizen, was the Liechtenstein Judge of the EFTA Court between 1995 – 2018 and its President between 2003 and 2018. He is a renowned expert in the fields of commercial, economic and competition law and is also the Director of the Competence Center for European and International Law at the University of St Gallen HSG. From 1993 to 2004, he was a Permanent Visiting Professor of the University of Texas School of Law.
This event is free to attend. For further information and to book your place please click here.
The book can be purchased here.
Monckton’s Greg Pipe is to chair a session on “The year in case law: commercial litigation in review” at this year’s CDR’s Autumn Litigation Symposium, to be held on 20th Sep 2018 in London.
The Commercial Dispute Resolution team at Monckton Chambers is happy to support this one day conference which will focus on the key strategic dispute resolution issues facing practitioners, including the impact of civil justice reform on commercial clients, client perspectives on managing litigation strategy, reform of the discovery process in England & Wales, managing class and group actions – whether for claimants or defendants – and the implications of Brexit, and how to manage the enforcement of judgements and successful asset preservation and recovery strategies internationally.
For further information on this event and/or to register, go to the CDR website.
Professor Panos Koutrakos was national rapporteur for the UK at the FIDE (Fédération internationale pour le droit européen) 2018 conference in Estoril, Portugal on 23-26 May 2018.
Professor Koutrakos’s report was on the external dimension of EU policies and covered issues of international treaty-making, trade and protection of investments, and the area of freedom, security and justice (the report may be found here).
The biannual FIDE conference is the biggest EU law conference and brings together more than 500 academics, practitioners, and judges.
This one day conference is organised by the prestigious Global Competition Law Center (GCLC) of the College of Europe and takes place on 21 June in Brussels.
Ronit Kreisberger will be a panel member discussing “The Rise of Private Competition Law Enforcement: benefits, costs and future prospects” with a presentation on the achievements and challenges of private enforcement in the United Kingdom.
The conference aims to offer an overview of the journey taken by key areas of EU competition policy over the past decades, and to then focus on three topics of particular relevance to today’s application of EU competition law, namely the interactions between competition law and intellectual property, the sharing of public enforcement between the EU and national levels, and the development of private enforcement and associated challenges. The event will conclude with a lecture by Mario Siragusa, followed by a Q&A session revolving around his practice and experience.
The Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC) of the College of Europe aims at promoting cutting-edge research in competition law and economics. Since its inception in January 2004, the GCLC has gained credentials as a high level discussion forum for academics, practitioners, and enforcement officers in the competition field across the world.
For further information click here.
Anneli Howard is one of the four “heavyweights from law and politics” being brought together on Thursday 7th June, for a contentious debate on Brexit and the future of the City’s talent. The debaters will argue the motion “The first casualty of Brexit will be City talent!”
Arguing FOR the motion:
Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe and former Lord Chancellor
Anneli Howard, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Arguing AGAINST the motion:
Michael Howard, Former leader of the Conservative party
Francis Hoar, Barrister, Field Court Chambers
The debate is being chaired by Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large, Reuters.
The Legal Debates are a series of evening events for key partners of Thomson Reuters and key customers of legal solutions.
To register for this event please click here.
This year’s The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit is being held at the Asia Gardens Hotel in Alicante, Spain on 16 – 18 May.
Monckton Chambers continues to support this important annual event, which is organised by The Lawyer magazine and is a forum for many of the UK and Europe’s most influential General Counsel to discuss the strategic and legal issues facing business leaders. The summit will bring together a host of external professionals including lawyers, economists and regulators, as well as those involved in senior decision-making at some of the world’s leading businesses.
Gerry Facenna QC is one of the leading practitioners selected to shape this “must-attend event” for GCs. He will be hosting a roundtable on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect shortly after the event on 25 May 2018. Entitled “GDPR – a continuous process, not a destination” the session will focus on the data protection issues facing businesses in the new regulatory landscape, including ownership of GDPR within corporate structures, demonstrating accountability and regulatory compliance, and benefits for business in better control of data.
Gerry Facenna QC is well placed to chair this topic, having been involved in many of the landmark cases that have shaped UK and EU data protection laws.
Monckton Chambers is a leading set in the area of data protection and information rights. Our unique combination of market-leading expertise in information rights, EU law, telecoms and regulatory litigation will all be mobilised to assist our clients when the new regulatory landscape under the GDPR comes into effect.