EU Advocate General concludes that UK pension protection rules are contrary to EU law

27 Apr 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

In her Opinion dated 26 April 2018, Advocate General Kokott concludes that restrictions on the compensation payable by the UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF) to employees of insolvent companies is contrary to Directive 2008/94/EC (the Insolvency Directive). The Advocate General accepts all of the arguments of the claimant Mr Hampshire, represented by Monckton Chambers’ Gerry […]

Former EFTA Court President Carl Baudenbacher joins Monckton Chambers

18 Apr 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

The members of Monckton Chambers welcome Professor Carl Baudenbacher, who joins Chambers as a door tenant on 1 May 2018. Professor Baudenbacher has enjoyed a distinguished career as a judge, university professor, arbitrator, author of legal and political publications, consultant, political advisor and speaker, in recent years with a particular emphasis on Brexit. A Swiss […]

De La Rue abandons blue passport procurement challenge

18 Apr 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

De La Rue International Limited has today announced that it will not be pursuing its threatened challenge to the award by Her Majesty’ Passport Office of the contract for the production of blue passports to Gemalto UK Limited. Following a two-week extension for the parties to exchange pre-action correspondence and information, the standstill period in […]

Tax Tribunal rejects test cases brought by the landfill sector

13 Apr 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

In test cases led by Veolia, Devon Waste and Biffa (who brought two separate appeals), the landfill sector has failed in its bid to claim substantial landfill tax refunds for the entire sector on the basis that layers of soft waste, known as “fluff”, were not intended to be discarded but instead were used to […]

Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2018 – Monckton Chambers in top five leading sets, members recognised as “Most Highly Regarded” for Competition, Telecoms and Government Contracts and Ligia Osepciu is a “rising star”

10 Apr 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

Who’s Who Legal (WWL) has published its analysis of the UK Bar. 30 members of Monckton Chambers are recognised across eight practice areas. With 48 listings in total, Monckton Chambers is ranked joint fifth in the table “Leading sets in WWL: UK Bar 2018 by total listings”. Monckton members are particularly strong in three chapters […]

Michael Collins SC delivers report to Irish Prime Minister on events which led to resignation of Deputy Prime Minister

29 Mar 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

When it transpired in November 2017 that the Irish Department of Justice had failed to disclose certain emails involving the Minister for Justice to a Tribunal of Inquiry into an alleged police campaign against a whistleblower within the police, the minority Irish government almost fell, saved only by the reluctant resignation of the Minister for […]

CAT refers Paroxetine case to CJEU

23 Mar 2018 | by David Gregory

In the latest instalment of competition litigation surrounding the issue of ‘Pay for Delay’, the Competition Appeals Tribunal has referred a series of appeals against a decision of the Competition and Markets Authority to the EU Court of Justice. The CMA had fined GlaxoSmithKline – the patent holder of antidepressant drug, Paroxetine – and a […]

Robert Palmer appointed Recorder to the South Eastern Circuit

23 Mar 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers’ Robert Palmer is one of the 133 Recorders appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. Robert has been deployed to the South Eastern circuit covering the […]

High Court finds Haringey LBC acted unlawfully in failing to ensure housing needs of family with severely disabled child are met.

21 Mar 2018 | by Ian Wise QC

The High Court today handed down judgment in R (KS & AM) v London Borough of Haringey. The claim was brought by a mother and her youngest child who is six years old, is severely disabled and has no sense of danger. Children’s services recognized the danger that the current accommodation presents, particularly the danger […]


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