Monckton Chambers boosts merger control team with A&O lawyer

Monckton Chambers has added Allen & Overy competition lawyer Alison Berridge in a move to strengthen the set’s merger control group.

Berridge, previously a counsel at the magic circle firm, has advised on a number of key M&A deals, including Virgin Money’s acquisition of nationalised bank Northern Rock last year (17 November 2011). She was called to the bar last year.

Monckton said the hire will bring profile and experience to the team amid an increase in deal activity.

Senior clerk David Hockney commented: “Her profile and experience will add significantly to our merger control group and to our wider competition law team at a time when M&A activity is on the increase.”

Berridge, a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior associate, added: “It is increasingly recognised as one of London’s finest merger control practices, as well as having a superb reputation across all areas of competition law, and is therefore an excellent platform for me to continue to develop my practice.”