Barrister of the week

Barrister of the week: The Cornerstone QC trusted by the Environment Agency

When the decisions of the Environment Agency are challenged, it takes a well-seasoned barrister like Cornerstone’s Lisa Busch QC to protect the group’s interests. This is exactly what she showcased in her recent successful case on behalf of the agency around the construction of a tunnel for HS2. The dispute centred around the agency’s decision […]

Barrister of the week: The 7BR junior tackling discrimination head-on

There are certain employment disputes that capture the national attention and serve as vehicles for change, and Elaine Banton’s most recent case was definitely that. As the lead counsel for croupier Semhar Tesfagiorgis, the 7 Bedford Row (7BR) junior successfully crafted an argument that triumphed over one of London’s leading luxury casinos, Crown Aspinalls, with […]

Barrister of the week: The Brick Court QC challenging Brazil’s juice behemoth

A seasoned competition barrister, Brick Court’s James Flynn QC is used to going head-to-head with magnates and monopolies. But his recent victory in a mega class-action brought against the shareholders of Brazilian orange juice giant Cutrale offered a fresh perspective. The lawsuit centres around an alleged cartel between several Brazilian companies, including Cutrale, which the […]

Barrister of the week: Fountain Court’s disciplinary supremo

Marianne Butler’s representation of Liz Ellen before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was an ideal case for the Fountain Court junior. With a practice built around professional discipline and investigations, in disputes often involving lawyers on the defence side, Butler’s involvement was almost inevitable. “I like the feeling of solidarity with the respondent and putting their cases […]

Barrister of the week: The Brick Court silk who stood up to Facebook

Golf clubs, antidepressants, the Sky/Fox merger – Brick Court’s Marie Demetriou QC has seen it all when it comes to competition disputes. Her latest fight against Facebook over its contentious $400m merger with GIPHY, however, presented a fresh challenge. Acting for the Competition and Markets Authority, Demetriou battled the Big Tech giant over derogations it […]

Barrister of the week: The Blackstone silk who won a “war of attrition” against the Met

A 10-year fight against the Metropolitan Police ended in success for Kate Wilson last Thursday, who has been represented throughout her legal battle by Blackstone Chambers’ Charlotte Kilroy QC. In a case with a unique factual background, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled that the Met had violated Wilson’s rights after she was deceived into a […]