The Law Society found to have breached Competition Act

26 May 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

The Tribunal has today handed down judgment in Socrates Training Limited v The Law Society, the first Fast-Track case in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, which concerned the Law Society’s training requirements under its Conveyancing Quality Scheme (“CQS”). Socrates claimed that, as the only supplier of accreditation for conveyancing solicitors, The Law Society held a dominant […]

High Court rules on Heathrow / Crossrail access dispute

26 May 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Heathrow Airport Ltd v Office of Rail & Road [2017] EWHC 1290 (Admin) The High Court (Ouseley J.) has dismissed a judicial review challenge by Heathrow Airport to the decision of the Office of Rail & Road concerning Heathrow’s ability to impose track access charges on Crossrail reflecting the costs of building the Heathrow rail […]

Jon Turner QC appointed Deputy High Court Judge (part-time)

24 May 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Jon Turner QC has been appointed a Deputy High Court Judge this week by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, under section 9(4) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. The appointment is for a single fixed four-year term. This is a part-time appointment, occupying up […]

EU and Competition specialist Mark Brealey QC joins Monckton Chambers

24 May 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

We welcome Mark Brealey QC who joins Monckton Chambers from Brick Court Chambers. A specialist in EU and Competition Law, Mark Brealey is experienced before both UK and EU courts. Recent work includes acting for Sainsbury’s against MasterCard and Visa pursuing damages claims based on the allegation that the interchange fees charged by MasterCard and […]

Irish Supreme Court holds third party funding prohibited by maintenance and champerty but expresses “disquiet”

24 May 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Persona Digital Telephony Ltd v. The Minister for Public Enterprise, Ireland and the Attorney General. The Irish Supreme Court, in a 4-1 decision, has decided that a third party funding agreement between a plaintiff and an English third party funder, Harbour Litigation Limited is contrary to the laws on maintenance and champerty under ancient statutes […]

Mobility scooters ‘opt out’ class action abandoned

12 May 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

The first ever application for a Collective Proceedings Order (CPO) for an ‘opt out’ competition law class action is to be withdrawn. An order published on the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s website today confirms that the applicant for the CPO “has decided not to pursue her application“. By the CPO application (which was the first to […]