Monckton Chambers Welcomes Two New Tenants

01 Oct 2009

Monckton Chambers is delighted to welcome two new tenants, Ligia Osepciu and Owain Draper following their successful completion of pupillage.

During pupillage, Ligia appeared as a junior in the High Court in JB Leadbitter v Devon County Council [2009] EWHC 930 (Ch) (led by Michael Bowsher QC and Elisa Holmes), a leading case on the application of the EC law principle of proportionality in the procurement context.

Ligia said, “I am very pleased and excited to be joining Monckton Chambers as a tenant.  My pupillage at Monckton has afforded me great experience of European and commercial law practice and I hope to be able to contribute to Chambers’ tradition of excellence in these areas.”

Owain said, “I am pleased to join Monckton Chambers as a tenant primarily because of its deserved reputation for excellent work in all of its areas of practice.  I am confident that I will be able, in developing a broad EU law based practice, to emulate the more experienced members of Chambers in giving equal importance to intellectual rigour and hard work, on the one hand, and approachability, on the other.  I look forward to working with both public and private clients in the varied contexts of competition law, indirect taxation and commercial litigation.”

From October until mid-December 2009, Owain will be undertaking a stage in the chambers of Eleanor Sharpston QC, the English Advocate General to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.  This, it is intended, will provide an invaluable opportunity to increase his knowledge of and experience in European law litigation and, in particular, the process at the ECJ.

Commenting on Monckton Chambers’ latest tenants David Hockney, Senior Clerk, said, “I am delighted that Owain and Ligia have joined Chambers.  Having completed successful pupillages they can now look forward to fruitful careers in Chambers.”

Monckton Chambers now has a total of 51 members.

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