General Court issues a key judgment on the reach of the Aarhus Regulation

14 Mar 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

The General Court has annulled the Commission’s decision that it did not need to comply with a request for review made under the Aarhus Regulation insofar as the decision in question related to the safety risks, as opposed to ‘environmental risks’ posed by a genetically modified organisms (“GMO”). Pursuant to the Aarhus Regulation, Testbiotech submitted […]

George Peretz QC gives evidence to the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee.

14 Mar 2018 | by George Peretz QC

George Peretz QC gave evidence to the International Trade Select Committee this morning on the provisions of the Trade Bill and Customs (Cross border trade) Bill that deal with the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) and anti-dumping duties and countervailing measures post-Brexit. Topics covered included the division of powers between the TRA and the Secretary of […]

Landmark Judgment on Western Sahara

08 Mar 2018 | by Conor McCarthy

The Court of Justice of the EU has found unlawful the application of the EU – Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement (“FPA”) to Western Saharan territory. In a decision with broader significance for agreements between the EU and third countries, the Court found that the implementation of the FPA in Western Sahara would contravene the right […]

No Exemption for Interchange Fees

27 Feb 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd -v- Visa Europe Ltd and Or – Latest decision In a judgment of 30 November 2017 [2017] EWHC 3047, Phillips J held that Visa’s UK MIFs did not restrict competition within the meaning of Article 101(1). In a subsequent judgment dated 23 February 2018 [2018] EWHC 355 Phillips J held that if […]

Monckton Chambers supports the seventh annual Sir Jeremy Lever Lecture

24 Feb 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

The seventh annual Sir Jeremy Lever lecture was held on Friday 23rd February, to celebrate the career of Sir Jeremy Lever KCMG, QC, a pioneer of both the practice and academic study of competition law in Europe. The lecture titled “Mutual recognition and individual rights: the golden mean between blind trust and inadequate trust” was […]

High Court to review Muslim graves case

19 Feb 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review of Walsall Council’s cemeteries policy, deeming it a matter of public interest. The Claimant’s late father is buried in the lawn area of Streetly Cemetery, which is reserved for Muslim burials. The Council’s policy prohibits edging around graves in that area. The Claimant argues that […]

Chambers Global 2018 – Recognition in Dispute Resolution (Russia), and UK Competition Law and Construction

19 Feb 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

Chambers Global 2018 has just been published. Covering 190 countries worldwide and also includes region-wide and global-wide sections, the Guide recognising the world’s best lawyers. Monckton Chambers is one of four sets to be recognised for COMPETITION LAW (THE BAR) — UK and one of only two in the leading band. Individual Monckton members ranked for […]

GCR Awards 2018 – Daniel Beard QC nominated for Litigator of the Year

14 Feb 2018 | by Monckton Chambers

Monckton’s Daniel Beard QC is flying the flag for the English Bar at the forthcoming GCR Awards. The only barrister to be nominated, Daniel is one of eight lawyers shortlisted for “Litigator of the Year” award. The category is described as “a competition litigator whose superior technical skill, practical judgment and excellence in serving clients in […]

Melanie Hall QC in landmark case for the timeshare sector

12 Feb 2018 | by Claire Alderman

The Upper Tribunal has allowed an appeal in Fortyseven Park Street Limited v HMRC concerning the purchase of fractional interests in a luxury property in Mayfair comprising 49 self-contained apartments. The Tribunal endorsed the First tier Tribunal’s finding that the interests fell within the land exemption. However, it overturned the Tribunal’s finding that exemption from […]

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