Competition - Future Leaders 2017: Barristers Analysis

We highlight 14 barristers from five different chambers in England for their outstanding contribution to this field.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel Beard QC Monckton Chambers, London
2. Robert O’Donoghue QC Brick Court Chambers, London
3. David Bailey Brick Court Chambers, London
4. Kelyn Bacon QC Brick Court Chambers, London

MONCKTON CHAMBERS emerges as the leading chambers in our research this year with six practitioners identified, reflecting the breadth and depth of competition law expertise available at 
Daniel Beard QC comes highly recommended as “an incredibly effective competition QC” and “one of the best in the jurisdiction”. Clients say he is “extremely intelligent and witty” and that they “wouldn’t hesitate to work with him on any matter”.
Alistair Lindsay wins praise for having an “absolutely superb knowledge of the law”. He possesses “considerable experience across a range of areas of competition law” and clients recommend him for his “practical and reassuringly calm manner”, which makes him “very pleasant to work with”.
Alison Berridge is commended for her “extensive merger experience”, with one interviewee stating, “She is really, really good; an absolutely excellent practitioner.”
Josh Holmes QC has a “well-deserved reputation for excellence” according to clients, with a practice that covers all areas of competition law.
Ronit Kreisberger is “an extremely talented barrister” according to respondents who state: “She is very persuasive and great in court; and she gets to the crux of the issue very quickly and in a straight-to-the-point manner.”
Meredith Pickford QC focuses his practice on damages actions, challenges to regulatory decisions and claims for injunctions. He is widely nominated throughout Europe as one of the leading barristers in the UK.

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS follows closely behind with five practitioners recognised for their expert practices in the competition law space.
Robert O’Donoghue is “very well known” and a “truly excellent barrister”. With particular experience relating to the energy sector, respondents describe him as “one of the brightest competition law stars of the English Bar”.
David Bailey comes highly recommended for his “exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge of competition law”. Described as a “great orator”, he is “always very clear and is very involved in the wider policy debates”.
Kelyn Bacon QC is considered “an outstanding state aid lawyer". She is “extremely well known and highly respected in this area”, with clients describing her as “very clever” and “as sharp as a tack”.
Clients commend Daniel Piccinin as a “a highly skilled advocate and a pleasure to work with.” In particular, he is noted for being “accomplished at synthesising legal and economic evidence.”
Marie Demetriou QC is internationally nominated for her practice which comprises significant experience acting for clients in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications sector.

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS’ Brian Kennelly QC is praised for his “great client manner”. With a practice including expertise in the areas of competition litigation, challenges to infringement decisions and private damages actions, he is known in the market as “a good all-round practitioner”.

At MATRIX CHAMBERS, Nicholas Gibson is known in the market as “an excellent and versatile competition law advocate”. Described as “incredibly bright and incisive”, he is “a well-organised advocate and very client-friendly”.

In Leeds, EXCHANGE CHAMBERS is home to David Went who receives praise from respondents across Europe for his expertise in all advisory and litigious facets of competition law including abuse of dominance, cartels, compliance and state aid.

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