Bar top 30 position: 23
Made up of 14 QC’s and 41 juniors, Monckton Chambers is an established set of leading barristers with a strong practice focus on tax, EU, competition and public law. Paul Lasok QC is head of chambers; Ann Langford is chambers director while David Hockney is the set’s senior clerk.
The EU and competition practices, which often go hand in hand, are prominent at Monckton Chambers and boast some of the chambers’ heavyweight silks and juniors. Paul Lasok QC enjoys a pre-eminent reputation in the field of European law. He also has vast experience in competition, tax and public law. Former head of chambers John Swift QC is also a silk of high regard in EU and competition law.
Monckton is also recognised for its leading tax practice with a large team of tax specialists. Melanie Hall QC has been long established as a leading VAT specialist while Nicholas Paines QC has a track record of high-profile tax cases with appearances in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Justice. He is one of the Bar’s few specialists in customs duty as well as VAT litigation.
New silk Kassie Smith QC represented the Office of Fair Trading in Tesco Stores Ltd v Office of Fair Trading  in a case involving price-fixing of cheese and at the appeal heard by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
Monckton Chambers features several juniors of note, including Andrew MacNab, Gerry Facenna and George Peretz, all focusing on the EU and competition practice; Raymond Hill and Valentina Sloane are prominent in the tax practice.
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Head of chambers: Paul Lasok QC
Chief executive: Ann Langford
Senior clerk: David Hockney