Employment Tribunal dismisses test claims alleging changes to Firefighters’ pension arrangements are discriminatory

17 Feb 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

In a judgment handed down this week, the Employment Tribunal dismissed all test claims brought by five firefighters alleging that transitional arrangements included in the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2015 are discriminatory. The changes to firefighters’ pensions were part of the wide-ranging public sector pension reforms brought in after the 2011 Hutton Report concluded that since […]

Challenge to Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia before High Court

13 Feb 2017 | by Conor McCarthy

The High Court has heard a challenge brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade (“CAAT”) in respect of the granting of licences by the United Kingdom in respect of the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in its military operations in Yemen. Yemen is presently engulfed in a bloody civil war in which  Houthi […]

Monckton barristers speaking about ‘Brexit: The Future of International Trade’

09 Feb 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Monckton barristers Thomas Sebastian and Professor Panos Koutrakos spoke at an event organised by UKLegalFuture at the House of Commons on 8 February 2017. The topic of the event was ‘Brexit: The Future of International Trade’. It was chaired by Tim Ward QC and introduced by the Chairman of UKLegalFuture, John Davies (Freshfields). The audience […]

Court of Appeal agrees in Test Case that the Department of Work and Pensions was required to award £120,000 to boy suffering from narcolepsy with cataplexy caused by H1n1 vaccine

09 Feb 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

In a judgment in a test case handed down today, the Court of Appeal upheld tribunal judgments awarding a boy (known as “John”) £120,000 under the Vaccine Damages Payments Act 1979 (“the Act”). It was agreed that John’s narcolepsy with cataplexy was caused by his vaccination against H1N1 flu in 2009.  He has sudden attacks of day-time […]

Anneli Howard and Thomas Sebastian appointed to the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel

06 Feb 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Chambers is delighted to announce that Anneli Howard and Thomas Sebastian have been appointed to the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel as members of the “B” Panel. Members of the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel advise the UK Government on matters of public international law and represent the UK Government in international and domestic […]

Stephen Cragg QC and Nikolaus Grubeck are two of the ten barristers profiled in this year’s The Lawyer Hot 100

30 Jan 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Stephen Cragg QC and Nikolaus Grubeck have been named as two of only ten barristers in this year’s The Lawyer’s Hot 100, which “gathers together the best lawyers in the UK”. Stephen Cragg QC is noted for his “busy human rights practice”, “packed with significant cases” including acting for a young woman from Northern Ireland  in […]

Single market challenge: Adrian Yalland and Peter Wilding v SSEU (Article 127 EEA)

23 Jan 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers’ members are advising on a challenge to the Government’s plan for the United Kingdom to leave the single market. The claim was commenced by two members of the think-tank British Influence on 29 December 2016.  The claim challenges the Government’s statement that the United Kingdom automatically leaves the European Economic Area following its […]

New Appointment to the Attorney General’s Panel of Crown Counsel

23 Jan 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

Chambers is delighted to announce Michael Armitage has been appointed to the C panel of the Attorney General’s Panel of Crown Counsel, with effect from 28 February 2017. In total, there are 20 members of Monckton Chambers currently AG Junior Counsel to the Crown: London A Panel Raymond Hill, Andrew Macnab, Peter Mantle, Robert Palmer, […]

CAT dismisses claim for interim relief in Phenytoin challenge

20 Jan 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (Peter Freeman QC) has rejected an urgent application by Flynn Pharma for interim relief against the CMA’s decision that Flynn should reduce its prices of Phenytoin capsules with effect from Monday.  The Directions form part of the CMA’s decision of 7 December 2016 in which it found that Flynn’s prices (and […]