- Administrative & Public Law (Including Local Government Law) ~ Leading Set
Monckton Chambers has expertise in issues relating to EU and procurement law within a public sector context: the barristers ‘live and breathe public procurement’. ‘Leading light in procurement law‘ Michael Bowsher QC remains ‘one of the founding fathers of procurement counsel: a prophet in his own land’. At the junior end, where the set has growing strength, Kassie Smith provides ‘confident and forthright advice which is pragmatically tailored to the issue’, and Tim Ward and Daniel Beard are also highly regarded.
Leading Silk: Michael Bowsher QC
- Civil Liberties & Human Rights (Including Public Inquiry Law & Actions Against The Police)
Monckton Chambers provides ‘outstanding service, with prompt high-quality advice’. Former City solicitor Piers Gardner has vast knowledge of all aspects of the ECHR. Ian Rogers and Tim Ward are also recommended. Gerry Facenna and Laura Elizabeth John are ‘able, hardworking, responsive and have a very pleasant manner and an excellent grasp of both the big picture and the detail when pursuing a legal case’.
- Consumer & Product Liability ~ Leading Set
- EU & Competition ~ Top Tier Leading Set
Monckton Chambers is commended for its ‘proactive’, ‘practical’ and ‘helpful’ clerks, most notably senior clerk David Hockney, who has a ‘very good understanding of the issues and requirements‘ in this field. With a rich array of silks and juniors, it is ‘ever present in all the major competition cases’. The ‘outstanding’ Jon Turner QC (‘exceptionally bright’, ‘confident‘, ‘very good understanding of the underlying economics’) impresses many with his ‘excellent advocacy skills’, most notably in the Court of Appeal case T-Mobile v Ofcom. Paul Lasok QC is a ‘highly skilled specialist’ and provides ‘commercial‘, ‘detailed, and ‘reliable advice’. John Swift QC (‘hugely pragmatic’, ‘tremendous gravitas’, ‘excellent on his feet’) successfully appeared for the Competition Commission in the Court of Appeal case BSkyB v Competition Commission. Michael Bowsher QC is ‘bright’, ‘practical’ and has ‘incomparable experience of public procurement cases in the UK courts’. The ‘very intelligent’ Daniel Beard frequently represents the OFT and Competition Commission, acting for the latter in the BSkyB/ITV case. Meredith Pickford is a master of ‘economic arguments’ and has incredible ‘tactical awareness’. ‘All-rounder’ George Peretz is ‘very responsive’ and ‘quickly gets to the heart of the issue‘. Kassie Smith is ‘very sound’, ‘pragmatic’, ‘a real team player’ and ‘really gets stuck into the detail of a case’, leading many to believe that she is a silk in waiting. Other juniors of note are Julian Gregory (‘willing to get stuck in’, ‘intelligent‘, ‘approachable’); Paul Harris (‘tenacious litigator’, ‘suggests innovative solutions’, ‘pugnacious yet realistic’); Josh Holmes (‘intelligent and articulate’); Anneli Howard (‘responsive’, ‘hardworking’, ‘practical’); Ronit Kreisberger (‘experienced’, ‘intelligent’, ‘responsive’); former Allen & Overy LLP partner Alistair Lindsay (‘decisive’, ‘commercial’, ‘responsive’); Andrew Macnab (‘excellent’, ‘very commercial’, ‘straight to the point’); Philip Moser (‘outstanding advocate’, ‘skilled strategist’); Ben Rayment (‘very bright, ‘considered’, ‘hardworking’); Valentina Sloane; and Tim Ward (‘very good on his feet’).
Leading Juniors: Andrew Macnab, George Peretz, Philip Moser, Paul Harris, Tim Ward, Kassie Smith, Ben Rayment, Daniel Beard, Josh Holmes, Meredith Pickford, Ronit Kreisberger, Valentina Sloane, Julian Gregory and Anneli Howard
Robert Palmer is recommended as a leading junior
- Health, Safety & Environment ~ Leading Set
Specialising in environmental law, Monckton Chambers’ Jon Turner QC and Kassie Smith were instructed on the ongoing judicial review Air Transport Association of America v DECC. Robert Palmer‘s ‘technical ability is fantastic and he is incisive in his advice’.
Jon Turner QC is recommended as a leading silk
- Immigration (Including Business Immigration)
Robert Palmer is recommended as a leading junior
- Media, Entertainment & Sport ~ Leading Set
Paul Harris at Monckton Chambers is ‘confident and assured on his feet’, handling Formula One disputes as well as football and rugby cases. The ‘fantastic’ Christopher Vajda QC represented Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Services in the Court of Appeal case regarding televised horseracing in betting shops, with Ronit Kreisberger representing Amrac/the racecourses/Alphameric in the same case. Fiona Banks has ‘a forensic eye for detail’.
- Planning & Licensing
- Tax: Corporate & VAT ~ Leading Set
Monckton Chambers has renowned VAT experience and fields a number of top-rated members including the ‘phenomenally bright‘ head of chambers Paul Lasok QC, who ‘knows VAT law backwards’. The ‘pragmatic, commercial and thorough’ Melanie Hall QC is ‘very hardworking, technically strong and has extraordinary knowledge of indirect taxes’. Of the juniors, the ‘very user friendly and clever’ Paul Harris, Peter Mantle, Raymond Hill and Andrew Macnab are well regarded. Valentina Sloane continues to receive high praise and regularly acts for the taxpayer against HMRC. Chief clerk David Hockney is valued by clients.
Leading Silks: Paul Lasok QC and Melanie Hall QC