UK Bar: Competition 2018

Twenty-five silks and 19 juniors are listed in this year’s chapter for their position as some of the country’s leading competition barristers. They are regularly engaged in matters involving merger control, cartels and regulatory law at all levels of the UK and EU courts.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel Beard QC Monckton Chambers
2. Josh Holmes QC Monckton Chambers
3. Kelyn Bacon QC Brick Court Chambers
4. Brian Kennelly QC Blackstone Chambers
5. Robert O’Donoghue QC Brick Court Chambers
1. David Bailey Brick Court Chambers
2. Ronit Kreisberger Monckton Chambers
3. Daniel Piccinin Brick Court Chambers
4. Anneli Howard Monckton Chambers
5. Nicholas Gibson Matrix Chambers


BRICK COURT CHAMBERS is well known for its strong reputation in the field of competition and regulatory matters, particularly relating to EU law. Eleven silks are recognised in this chapter.
The “technically strong and strategically astute” Kelyn Bacon QC is a star of state aid law and pharmaceutical regulation. Her experience before the European courts demonstrates her leading status and she has represented such high-profile clients as HSBC, Pfizer and the CMA, among others. One source praises her as “intellectually one of the brightest at the Bar”.
Robert O'Donoghue QC is a leading figure in competition law across Europe and frequently acts in both commercial and public law cases. His reputation as “an article 102 supremo” is borne out by his vast experience working with and representing sectoral regulators.
The “excellent” Mark Hoskins QC is a go-to silk for complex competition litigation. He has deep experience before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and is recognised as “the leading competition law silk at the Bar today”. One peer says, “Clients love him and he has excellent judgement.”
James Flynn QC is a well-known figure in the competition and IP crossover space. He is highly regarded for his “deep knowledge of the law, which he carries lightly, a relaxed style before the court and an easy relationship with the judges”.
Marie Demetriou QC receives plaudits for her expertise in public law competition cases and her considerable experience working with regulators. She is praised for her “excellent judgement” and is recognised as “one of the leaders in the competition space”.
The “highly knowledgeable” Aidan Robertson QC is an expert in EU competition matters including state aid and public procurement and is praised for his long-standing advisory practice and experience in the courtroom.
Helen Davies QC is noted as “a leading light of competition law” and is highly sought after for her advocacy skills in complex commercial competition matters.

MONCKTON CHAMBERS offers expertise across the gamut of competition matters. The set sees nine silks recommended this year.
The “pre-eminent” Daniel Beard QC is frequently called upon for the most high-profile cases relating to competition regulatory matters in both the UK and the EU. He recently successfully represented Intel in its appeal against a €1 billion penalty for which he receives plaudits from respondents.
Josh Holmes QC is a powerhouse in competition regulatory matters and is highly experienced in acting before UK regulators and EU bodies. One source says, "He is not only a great advocate – personable, persuasive, courteous and calm – but he is also a pleasure to work with.”
Jon Turner QC is an incisive and dynamic barrister who is recommended for his expertise in competition law including EU and utilities law. One peer says, “Jon is clear, forensic and focused with an encyclopaedic knowledge of law and procedure.”
Mark Brealey QC is well regarded for his experience working on landmark Competition Act cases in the Supreme Court. Peers describe him as “at the top of his game” and “a pleasure to work with”.
Kassie Smith QC receives praise for her competition and regulatory litigation expertise where she is “calm, practical and clever”. One source says, “She is good with clients and a team player."

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS sees four silks recognised in this chapter.
Brian Kennelly QC is recognised as one of the most gifted competition barristers in the field. He is well known for acting in seminal regulatory cases and is highly praised by peers. One source says, “Brian is an accomplished, comfortable advocate who is absolutely stellar and great on his feet.”
Dinah Rose QC is well respected for her advocacy skills and “powerful courtroom performance” which she deploys in large-scale competition litigation. Sources commend her as “a real star” and “a brilliant all-round advocate”.


MONCKTON CHAMBERS demonstrates a superb junior bench with nine listings, giving it the largest contingent of juniors in this year’s chapter.
Ronit Kreisberger is one of the leading juniors in the competition field, esteemed for her expertise in regulatory and trade law. One source says, “Ronit is very good on her feet and more generally, I very much like her sensible and pragmatic approach to litigation.”
Anneli Howard receives praise for her deep knowledge of UK and EU competition law as well as for her commitment to her clients, alongside her reputation as a superb legal mind.
The “top-notch” Alison Berridge is recommended for the advice she gives to clients and her abilities to represent them on merger and antitrust matters at the highest level. One respondent says, “Alison is very well regarded in the area.”
Ben Rayment is “one of the most experienced juniors for competition litigation” and is respected for his work as legal secretary to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is praised for his calm and measured approach.

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS sees three outstanding juniors recognised.
David Bailey is renowned for his experience in competition law, particularly investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority where his advice is very well regarded. He is recommended by peers as "clever, personable and approachable” and with “a tremendous depth of knowledge on the law”.
The “absolutely top-ranking” Daniel Piccinin is recognised for his experience in landmark competition cases, including the first cartel damages claim to go to trial in the UK. One source says, “Daniel is off the scale in terms of his intellectual ability.”
Sarah Love is a “really impressive” barrister who is “very fluent on paper and in oral submissions and is a formidable opponent”. She is highly regarded for her expertise in competition law, particularly in economically regulated industries.

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS achieves three listings from its junior bench.
Tristan Jones is a highly regarded competition junior and is well known in both the commercial and regulatory space as “very smart and good at the detail”.
The “totally brilliant” Jessica Boyd is widely regarded as a go-to junior on competition disputes and is commended for her excellent regulatory practice.
James Segan is recognised as a formidable competition barrister and “an excellent junior with a strong future ahead”.

MATRIX CHAMBERS sees two juniors recommended for their great work in the competition space.
Nicholas Gibson is one of the Bar’s foremost authorities on economic regulation, state aid and public procurement and EU competition law. He is praised for his “pragmatism and clarity” with one source effusing, “Nicholas is really intelligent, sensible, incredibly hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.”
Christopher Brown is an experienced and effective junior who is well known for his knowledge of competition law and his abilities in the courtroom.

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