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 […]

First Appeal Under the Jersey Telecommunications Law Settled as Channel Islands Mobile Phone Companies and Regulators Agree Date for Mobile Number Portability

27 Mar 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 25 March, the Royal Court of Jersey made a consent order discontinuing the first appeal made to the Royal Court against a decision by the Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority (JCRA) under the Telecommunications (Jersey) Law 2002. The appeal had been brought by Jersey Telecom (JT), the largest mobile phone operator in Jersey, against […]

Lord Chief Justice Applies Article 8 ECHR Rights to Business Transactions

06 Mar 2008 | by Monckton Chambers

5 March 2008 – Lord Chief Justice rules that Article 8 ECHR rights to private life and correspondence must be respected in mutual assistance proceedings concerning business transactions On 4 & 5 March 2008, the Divisional Court (Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers LCJ presiding) heard the judicial review in Hafner and anor v. City of […]

New Appointments to the Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown

25 Feb 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Daniel Beard, who has been elevated to the Attorney General’s A Panel. Similarly, we are also very pleased to announce that Rob Williams and Ben Lask have been successful in their application to the C Panel. This takes our total up to an impressive 19 panellists […]

Kurdish Groups in CFI Bid to Annul EU Decision to Proscribe

31 Jan 2008 | by Monckton Chambers

Two Kurdish groups, the PKK and Kongra-Gel will today attempt to persuade the CFI in Luxembourg to annul decisions by the EU Council (made in 2002 and 2004 respectively) to place them on a list of terrorist organisations. The case (T-229/02) follows the PKK’s successful 2007 appeal to the ECJ to allow its case (brought […]


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