SAE Education Ltd v HMRC: The Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeal judgment and paves the way for commercial higher education providers to claim VAT exemption

20 Mar 2019 | by Monckton Chambers

In a unanimous judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court overturned the judgment of the Court of Appeal and the decision of the Upper Tribunal and ruled that SAE Ltd, part of a global group of higher education providers, was entitled to claim exemption from VAT as a college of Middlesex University. The judgment reiterates that […]

Brexit ferry case settled

01 Mar 2019 | by Monckton Chambers

Eurotunnel v Secretary of State for Transport Eurotunnel and the Secretary of State for Transport have today settled Eurotunnel’s challenge to the award by the Government of contracts to DFDS, Brittany Ferries, and Seaborne Freight for the provision of additional freight capacity between the UK and continental Europe. The capacity contracts were procured under the […]

Monckton members act in another successful challenge to local authority cuts

28 Feb 2019 | by Monckton Chambers

In a judgment handed down today, the Administrative Court has ruled that Worcestershire County Council acted unlawfully in failing to carry out proper transitional planning in relation to families affected by its decision to cut a much-valued home-visiting service known as ‘Portage’ for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The Claimants raised a variety […]

FCA issues its first decision under competition law

25 Feb 2019 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

On 21 February 2019, the FCA issued a decision which finds that 3 asset management firms breached competition law. This is the FCA’s first formal decision under its competition enforcement powers. The infringements found by the FCA consisted of the sharing of strategic information, on a bilateral basis, between competing asset management firms during one […]

Court of Appeal upholds Galvanised Steel Tanks Information Exchange

15 Feb 2019 | by Rob Williams

In a judgment handed down today, the Court of Appeal has dismissed Balmoral Tanks’ appeal against the judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal upholding the CMA’s Information Exchange Infringement decision. The infringement occurred at a single meeting in July 2012. At that meeting, Balmoral rejected an invitation to join a cartel involving customer allocation, price […]

Aggregates Levy State Aid Appeals Withdrawn after hearing but before judgment

12 Feb 2019 | by Claire Alderman

A Complex dispute concerning the Aggregates Levy has now been concluded after over 14 years of litigation in the European and domestic courts. Three separate but linked appeals to the General Court have been withdrawn after hearings in Luxemburg  but before Judgments were handed down. The Aggregates Levy was introduced by the UK Government in […]

Court of Appeal rules on temporal scope of EU competition law

29 Jan 2019 | by Monckton Chambers

In a judgment handed down today in the air cargo cartel damages litigation, the Court of Appeal (Master of the Rolls; Flaux and Bean LJJ) has held that the national court did not have jurisdiction to award damages for a contravention of what is now Article 101 TFEU in relation to collusion on surcharges on […]

NHS wins £1billion Hepatitis drug challenge

18 Jan 2019 | by Monckton Chambers

ABBVIE LIMITED -v- THE NHS COMMISSIONING BOARD (OPERATING AS NHS ENGLAND) [2019] EWHC 61 (TCC) Pharma giant AbbVie challenged the largest NHS drug procurement ever undertaken, for contracts to treat and eliminate Hepatitis C (“HCV”) worth about £1 billion over five years commencing April 2019. The procurement is a “whole market” procurement, to award market […]

Concordia warrant challenge is dismissed

16 Jan 2019 | by Monckton Chambers

The High Court (Marcus Smith J) has today dismissed Concordia’s long running challenge to the warrant granted to the CMA in respect of Concordia’s premises in October 2017. The ruling concerns the first challenge to a warrant granted under the Competition Act 1998. The decision is the subject of an open judgment in which the […]

33 members of Monckton Chambers in seven of The Lawyer Top 20 cases for 2019

15 Jan 2019 | by Monckton Chambers

The Lawyer magazine has published its “Top 20 cases of 2019” revealing that “last year, public interest cases took centre stage in the English courts, with this set to intensify in the run-up to Brexit. The Lawyer Top 20 Cases 2019 also highlights new battles over patents, big-ticket competition claims and intense scrutiny over the […]