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 court in 2017 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Daniel’s nomination is supported by the following credentials: “Daniel Beard QC at Monckton Chambers was lead counsel for Intel in its successful appeal before the European Court of Justice against a decision by the General Court to uphold a €1 billion abuse of dominance fine. The judgment was arguably the most significant EU competition ruling of 2017 and the most important abuse of dominance decision for several years, requiring EU enforcers’ infringement findings to account for evidence and effects. Beard was instrumental to the success of the case and those who attended the oral hearing commented on the excellence of his advocacy. He was also lead counsel for BT in its successful appeal before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, challenging the UK communications regulator Ofcom’s findings of market definition and imposition of intrusive remedies. It is believed to be the first time that a UK regulator’s market definition has been successfully challenged.”

GCR are inviting readers to vote online for the cases, law firms, lawyers, economists and enforcers they believe excelled in 2017.

The winners will be announced at the GCR 8th Annual Awards Ceremony on 10 April in Washington, DC.