The Sixth Annual VAT and EU Law Conference

30 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Our flagship VAT event took place on Tuesday 29 April at the Kingsway Hall Hotel. Once again in association with Lexis Nexis, the event brought together some of the leading practitioners in VAT to discuss updates in the principles of EU law which underpin the VAT system. Seven speakers from Monckton Chambers, along with special […]

England and Wales Cricket Board Decide ‘Not Out’ for South African Players

30 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Wednesday 30 April 2008, the Appeal Panel of the ECB unanimously allowed appeals by three South African cricketers against the decision of the ECB to refuse to register them as Qualified Cricketers for the English 2008 season. The ECB had refused to register them because they had played cricket for the Indian Cricket League. […]

OFT Issues Formal Apology to Morrisons

23 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The OFT announced today (23 April) that it had settled the judicial review and defamation actions brought against it by Morrisons. In September last year, the OFT issued a press release with a Statement of Objections against a number of large supermarkets and dairy processors. Morrisons was one of the supermarkets included in the Statement […]

Court of Appeal Upholds Coal Authority’s Licensing Decision as Fair

21 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Court of Appeal gave judgment on Wednesday 16 April in an appeal brought by Abbey Mine Limited (“AML”), the disappointed applicant for a coal mining licence at the Margam site in South Wales. Margam has large reserves of high quality coal, and once it is operational, will supply virtually all the coking grade coal […]

House of Lords Hands Down Judgment in Edwards v Environment Agency

16 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Wednesday 16 April, the House of Lords handed down judgment in the case of Edwards v Environment Agency [2008] UKHL 22. The appeal arose out of an application by a concerned local resident to quash a permit issued on 12 August 2003 by the Environment Agency (“the Agency”) to Rugby Ltd for the operation […]

Paul Lasok QC Invited to Join Prestigious Competition Law Debate Panel

14 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Monday 14th April Paul Lasok QC will be taking part in a Competition Law debate at the new offices of Norton Rose. The panel will be made up of some of the most highly regarded experts in the area of competition law, including former CAT President Sir Christopher Bellamy, Michael Grenfell (Norton Rose), Stephen […]

OFT Accepts Undertakings in Transocean/GlobalSantaFe Merger

14 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 11 April, the OFT accepted undertakings offered by Transocean Inc arising from its merger with GlobalSantaFe (GSF) in November 2007. Transocean and GSF are major worldwide suppliers of drilling rigs to oil and gas exploration companies: each party had a worldwide turnover in 2006 of between US$3 and 4 billion. The merger was considered […]

Lords Decide Loyalty Scheme Case Appeals

08 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Petitioners) v Loyalty Management (UK) Limited (Respondents) Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Petitioners) v Baxi Group Limited (Respondents) Total (UK) Limited (Petitioners) v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Respondents) An Appeal Committee of the House of Lords comprising Lord Hoffmann, Lord Walker and Lord Mance has granted the Commissioners leave […]

Race and Sex Discrimination Claims Against Foreign Office Rejected

07 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The London Central Employment Tribunal has dismissed all complaints of race and sex discrimination brought by Manchula Kuganesan against her employer, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where Ms Kuganesan is a senior accountant. The Tribunal heard evidence focusing on the selection of a white male candidate instead of Ms Kuganesan following a decision to upgrade […]

All Sides Look to Monckton in Broadcasting Dispute Appeal

03 Apr 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Competition Appeal Tribunal considered the nature of Ofcom’s dispute resolution powers contained in the Communications Act 2003 in the recent decision in Rapture Television Plc v Office of Communications. Each of the six counsel appearing at the Tribunal were Monckton barristers. Rapture Television, a broadcaster, complained to Ofcom about the terms and conditions on […]


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