UK Bar: Telecoms 2018

Twenty-one silks and 14 juniors are recommended this year as leading figures in telecoms matters, including regulatory and merger issues for some of the leading international carriers. 

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
1. Daniel Beard QC Monckton Chambers
2. Dinah Rose QC Blackstone Chambers
3. Josh Holmes QC Monckton Chambers
4. Meredith Pickford QC Monckton Chambers
5. Pushpinder Saini QC Blackstone Chambers
Juniors
1. Tristan Jones Blackstone Chambers
2. Robert Palmer Monckton Chambers

Silks

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS is widely regarded as one of the leading sets for both contentious and non-contentious telecoms work. Seven leading silks are recognised in this chapter.
Dinah Rose QC is one of the most eminent silks of the telecoms bar, highly regarded for her great grasp of regulatory issues. One source says, “Dinah is possibly the very best barrister at the Bar and the best advocate of her generation.”
Pushpinder Saini QC is a widely respected silk who often appears as counsel in significant matters in the English courts. He is well known for his cross-sectoral expertise, often handling telecoms cases with competition and public law aspects. One respondent says, “Pushpinder is a legend in the telecoms sphere and always fights his clients' corner.”
Brian Kennelly QC receives plaudits for his work in the telecoms space and comes highly recommended by sources who consider him “a technically minded barrister who gets into the detail and really understands the industry”.
Kieron Beal QC is recognised as a market authority with a solid knowledge of UK and European telecoms law. Sources praise him as “a brilliant silk” who is “always on top of his brief and argues well”.
Thomas de la Mare QC is a “very impressive” advocate, recognised for his excellent work on high-profile disputes. Notable clients include O2, Vodafone and Virgin.

MONCKTON CHAMBERS sees five silks recognised for their work in the field.
The “very impressive” Daniel Beard QC is one of the leading names in telecoms law. He is known for his depth of experience in utilities law and is highlighted for his particular expertise in regulatory and competition-related matters.
Josh Holmes QC is a well-known figure in telecoms regulatory matters and boasts a strong knowledge of EU law. Peers consider him “very bright, extremely able and personable – one of the best there is”.
Meredith Pickford QC receives high praise for his “top-drawer telecoms practice” as well as his deep experience in competition and regulatory matters.

Four standout figures at BRICK COURT CHAMBERS are recommended this year.
The “brilliant” Sarah Lee QC receives high praise as one of the foremost junior silks in the telecoms space. She is regularly instructed for her expert advice and her advocacy in court, with recent clients including such high-profile names as BT.
Robert O'Donoghue QC is a well-known and well-respected practitioner in the space who is frequently instructed for his expertise in telecoms regulatory and competition matters.

At 4 PUMP COURT, Alex Charlton QC is regarded as a “very talented” advocate whose first-rate practice spans telecommunications, outsourcing contracts and networks.

Rhodri Thompson QC at MATRIX CHAMBERS is “a very knowledgeable and creative advocate” who is “one of the go-to silks” in this area. He is also commended by sources for his particular expertise in sector-related competition matters. 


Juniors

MONCKTON CHAMBERS is well known for its dynamic telecoms practice and boasts the largest number of juniors in this chapter, with six names listed.
Robert Palmer is a leading junior in the telecommunications field. He is highly commended for his knowledge of public, regulatory and EU law and is described by one peer as smart, effective and very committed”.
Anneli Howard is an expert on regulated industries and is regarded as “absolutely brilliant on the regulatory and compliance side”. She is praised for her expertise in EU-related matters.
Alan Bates is a specialist in telecoms procurement and regulation and is described by one source as “always our first choice for senior junior”.

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS sees four leading juniors recognised in the telecoms field.
Tristan Jones is a distinguished junior with strong expertise in matters specifically involving regulatory and competition law. One source says, “He is an effective advocate who is good on his feet – a real star.”
The “highly impressive” James Segan is recognised for his leading commercial and regulatory practice and is well known for his “commercial outlook” and deep knowledge of the law.
Mark Vinall is a go-to junior on disputes. He is very well regarded on the appeals circuit and comes recommended as a superb cross-examiner and “an excellent commercial lawyer who goes for the jugular”.
Tom Richards is an “up-and-coming” name in the telecoms sphere, who is an absolute must for inclusion according to sources.

At BRICK COURT CHAMBERS, Sarah Love is “really impressive” and stands out among peers as “a formidable opponent” who is “very fluent on paper and in oral submissions”. One source effuses: “She has got an incredible future at the Bar and certainly in telecoms work.”  

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