Monckton Welcomes Public Law Specialist Brendan McGurk

16 Apr 2012

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Brendan McGurk to Chambers. Brendan who joins us from 4 New Square has a broad commercial and public law practice and regularly appears in the County Courts and the High Court.

Brendan has particular expertise in disputes with a private law/public law overlap and is regularly instructed in Utilities, Procurement, European, Environmental and Sports Law matters. His commercial practice encompasses Insurance, Civil Fraud, Product Liability and all areas of Professional Liability. He is developing a strong Financial Services practice and has advised and acted in a number of claims for and against Independent Financial Advisors.

He obtained First Class Honours as an Undergraduate at Cambridge and as a BCL Postgraduate at Oxford. His D.Phil was supervised by Professor John Gardner and is entitled ‘The Rule of Law in the Regulatory State’. He was short-listed for a Prize Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford in 2003, won a Queen Mother’s Major Scholarship in 2004 and a Bar European Group Scholarship in 2006. Before coming to the Bar, Brendan held a lectureship in Constitutional and Administrative Law at Wadham College in Oxford.

Brendan is the co-author (with Mark Cannon QC) of Professional Indemnity Insurance, published in March 2010 by Oxford University Press and has published a number of articles on the law of insurance.

Brendan is currently instructed in Brown & Ors v Innovator Plc and others, ranked in the Top 20 cases for 2011 by The Lawyer in which he is defending a £100 million claim arising out of allegedly fraudulent tax efficient technology investment schemes.

Brendan comments:

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Monckton Chambers and so to have the opportunity to strengthen my commitment to public law while continuing to develop my commercial practice. I look forward to joining a team which is so uniquely placed to offer practical, commercial advice across the regulated sectors.”

David Hockney, Senior Clerk comments:

“I am delighted that Brendan has accepted our offer of tenancy. He has developed a sound practice advising and litigating matters of public law in a commercial context. He will add further depth and experience to our busy commercial and public law stable and I am confident that both his individual and the collective practice will continue to flourish as a result. “