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UK Bar: Telecoms 2017

The following 29 barristers are chosen for their expertise and experience advising and representing regulators and operators before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), covering a range of EU, public, competition, commercial and regulatory law matters.

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
Dinah Rose QC Blackstone Chambers
Pushpinder Saini QC Blackstone Chambers
Rhodri Thompson QC Matrix Chambers
Daniel Beard QC Monckton Court
Jon Turner QC Monckton Court
Juniors
Tristan Jones Blackstone Chambers
Ben Lynch Fountain Court Chambers
Anneli Howard Monckton Chambers

Silks

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS is the top set for telecoms law and often the first choice for regulators and operators. Its members earn the strongest collection of endorsements – a total of nine barristers, including six Queen’s Counsel, are nominated. We highlight the most highly regarded below.
Dinah Rose QC is a “heavyweight silk” and “one of the best at the Bar” for telecoms disputes and regulatory matters. She regularly acts for Ofcom and blue-chip operators in the CAT and the High Court.
Brian Kennelly QC is in high demand among regulators and operators with a focus on the relationship between competition and telecoms law. “He has excellent client handling skills, offers fantastic judgement and an advocacy style that appeals to judges.”
Pushpinder Saini QC is counted among the elite telecoms silks and regularly appears for Ofcom in proceedings brought by and against it. One peer remarks, “He is incredibly bright, very honourable and a much-admired advocate.”

MONCKTON CHAMBERS is a close challenger for top spot. Its outstanding depth of expertise in EU and competition law ensures that its members are regularly sought after for cases where these areas intersect with telecoms law. Eight members are recognised, including five silks.
Jon Turner QC acts for major telecoms operators in both regulatory and competition disputes before all levels of the courts and relevant authorities. According to respondents he is “a total superstar”, and “a gifted and fluent advocate who has effective command of the details of the case”.
Daniel Beard QC is a specialist in competition, EU, regulatory and public law, and is very active in related telecoms disputes, especially for BT. Peers mark him out as “strategically strong”, “an excellent communicator” and “exceptionally bright”.
Meredith Pickford QC is a young silk with a very prominent practice, known for his strong comprehension of regulatory and competition matters, as well as complex economic arguments. 
Josh Holmes QC, a new silk this year, was rated as “an outstanding junior” by a number of peers and instructing solicitors, and is recognised as a go-to barrister for Ofcom.

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS is best known for acting in competition cases related to the telecoms sector, a number of members are also conversant in sectoral regulatory law. Four individuals, including two silks are listed.
The “excellent” Sarah Lee QC regularly acts for BT in its disputes with the regulator before the CMA and the CAT.
Marie Demetriou QC is also highlight for her expertise in this area as a “top-tier” competition, EU and public law barrister.
Until recently taking silk, Robert O'Donoghue QC was one of the top competition law juniors. He has a strong practice in the telecoms sector, working with major clients including Telefonica.

MATRIX CHAMBERS is recognised for its public law expertise and has three members that standout for their telecoms practices.
Rhodri Thompson QC is considered “one of the top five silks at the Bar” in this area. He has “matchless knowledge” of regulations and EU law that ensures that he is in high demand.
Antony White QC is described as “a phenomenal polymath”. He is highlighted for acting in commercial disputes in the telecoms sector.

Juniors

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS’ juniors are often engaged in the biggest cases before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the CAT, led by top QCs and instructed by solicitors who are highly complementary of their skillset.
Tristan Jones is a popular junior, whose market recognition continues to grow. He is highlighted as “an exceptionally bright, hard-working and a confident barrister”.
James Segan is often described as “one of the best juniors at the Bar”. His focus in the telecoms area includes regulatory, commercial and competition issues. He was notably involved in the headline Unwired Planet FRAND litigation as the sole trial counsel for Huawei.

MONCKTON CHAMBERS impresses with a strong bench of juniors who have a dedicated knowledge of regulatory and competition law in relation to the telecoms sector.
Robert Palmer is considered a first-rate public and regulatory law barrister. He is an active counsel in the sector, particularly to BT. One source says, “He is excellent to work with, responsive, practice and clear in his written and oral advice.”
Anneli Howard is regularly instructed to act in regulatory disputes and is described as “brilliantly good – a top lawyer”. She is particularly praised for her expertise in EU regulatory matters.

The "exemplary" Suzanne Rab from SERLE COURT "combines an exceptionally broad range of skills with an in-depth knowledge of the telecoms industry" and her representative experience includes advising clients such as O2 and BT. 

At BRICK COURT CHAMBERS, Sarah Love is most often instructed by BT and is a recognised expert in competition law and regulatory issues.

At MATRIX CHAMBERS, Nicholas Gibson has a regulatory and competition focus. He is regularly engaged in cases on behalf of BT. One source notes, “I very much enjoy working with Nicholas: he is a great communicator and certainly a star of the future.”

FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERSBen Lynch is a leading specialist in commercial and regulatory disputes in the sector. A notable case includes acting a junior counsel in a large Ethernet dispute between BT and Ofcom before the CAT.

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