Challenges to warrants obtained under Section 28

16 Nov 2017 | by Claire Alderman

COMPETITION AND MARKETS AUTHORITY v CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL RX (UK) LIMITED On 5 October 2017, the CMA was granted ex parte a warrant under section 28 Competition Act 1998 to search the premises of the pharmaceutical company, Concordia. The basis upon which the warrant was obtained was that there was a risk that documents relevant to […]

Two new tenants for Monckton Chambers

09 Nov 2017 | by Claire Alderman

Monckton Chambers is delighted to announce that Alexandra Littlewood and Khatija Hafesji have joined Monckton Chambers on their successful completion of pupillage. Prior to coming to the Bar, Alexandra Littlewood taught Contract Law at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. She graduated from the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) with a Distinction in the BCL and […]

No compound interest on overpaid VAT

01 Nov 2017 | by Claire Alderman

Littlewoods Ltd and others v HMRC [2017] UKSC 70 The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in Littlewoods Ltd v HMRC [2017] UKSC 70. The Court has ruled that those claiming refunds of overpaid VAT from HMRC do not have a right to compound interest either under EU law or under the common law; and […]

Competition and Markets Authority accepts commitments from Showmen’s Guild

27 Oct 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

The CMA announced yesterday that it has accepted commitments by the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, the main association for travelling showmen who earn their living at funfairs. The announcement closes, without the imposition of any penalty, an investigation by the CMA into the Guild’s rules that led to the issue of a Statement of Objections […]

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017 – Rob Williams is Competition Junior of the Year

27 Oct 2017 | by Claire Alderman

Congratulations to Rob Williams, winner of Competition Junior of the Year at this year’s Chambers UK Bar Awards. The awards are based on research for the 2018 edition of Chambers UK Bar reflecting notable achievements over the past 12 months. Monckton Chambers was also shortlisted for the Set award and Tim Ward QC for Silk, […]

ECJ rules “Bridge is not a sport” – VAT success for UK, represented by Raymond Hill

26 Oct 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

The European Court of Justice has decided this morning that contract bridge is not a sport. Therefore, entry fees to bridge tournaments are not exempt from VAT. Although bridge involves intellectual effort and skill, the Court held that the term “sport” referred to an activity characterised by a “not negligible” physical element. The Court recognised […]

Brendan McGurk successfully defends Italian Rugby’s Marco Fuser

19 Oct 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Brendan McGurk has successfully defended Italy and Benetton Lock, Marco Fuser, following his citing for an alleged bite on Francois Louw during the European Champions Cup clash between Bath and Benetton on 14 October 2017. Louw was also cited in the same incident for making contact with Fuser’s eye. Following a hearing before the EPCR […]

Thomas Sebastian appointed as a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics

16 Oct 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Thomas Sebastian has been appointed a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics for the period 2017 to 2020.  Thomas will contribute to postgraduate teaching in the fields of WTO law and international investment law (alongside his full time practice in these areas). He said “I am delighted to have this opportunity […]


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