Chambers Bar UK 2018 – “class act” Monckton Chambers is top tier for six practice areas

02 Nov 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

The recently launched Chambers Bar UK 2018 ranks 47 individual Monckton barristers across17 practice areas with many appearing in multiple categories.

Monckton Chambers is one of the most highly ranked sets in the UK as it has been recommended in eleven practice areas; in six of these, Monckton is recognised as a “Band One” leading set:

  • Competition
  • European Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Public Procurement
  • Indirect Tax
  • Community Care

The Set has also been ranked in a further five categories:

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Data Protection
  • Sports Law
  • Environment

Individual members were also recognised as “Leading Individuals” in further six categories:

  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Local Government
  • Police Law

Monckton Chambers is described in the overview of “LEADING SETS BY NUMBER OF RANKINGS as follows: Monckton Chambers is renowned for the abilities of its competition and European law-focused barristers, and fields a number of experts in these areas at both the junior and silk level. Commentators make reference to Monckton as the “go-to” and “pre-eminent” chambers for these practice areas, with others drawing attention to its “strength in depth.” Monckton is home to the “stellar” Daniel Beard QC and “compelling advocate” Jon Turner, both of whom are frequently instructed in a range of competition matters and telecoms cases. Several of the set’s barristers have been at the forefront of post-Brexit vote debates and cases, including appearances in R (on the application of Miller and others) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in the Supreme Court.

Public procurement cases are another mainstay at Monckton, which boasts the “top procurement practitioner at the Bar,” Michael Bowsher QC. The set is also notable for the regular appearances of its members in social care cases, including matters involving disabled and vulnerable adults and children.

In addition, Monckton hosts several experts in indirect tax law, including VAT. Even the clerks at the set, led by senior clerk David Hockney, are the subject of praise. “They go above and beyond,” says a client, continuing: “They do more than just arrange meetings and fees – they actually help us to progress matters.” Clients and instructing solicitors are also ably assisted by receptionist Linda Antonioni, nominated by one source for the title of “the loveliest person in the world.”

Monckton Chambers is also one of only twenty Sets particularly commended for their provision of quality client service in the section UK BAR: CLIENT SERVICE AT THE BAR “The set’s client service is summed up by one solicitor, who says: “the clerking has been absolutely perfect; head clerk David Hockney runs a very sharp operation there. They like to find a way to facilitate all pockets and be pragmatic, and they’re willing to accommodate you which means, in turn, you keep going back for more.” Another satisfied customer commented: “The chambers as a whole is fantastic. The commitment to the best interests of the client is exemplary and the barristers are very ably supported by everyone from the receptionist to the clerks. Monckton is a class act.”

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