Monckton Chambers has announced that four of its members have been appointed to the CMA’s panel of counsel following an open competition.
The appointment of Josh Holmes QC, Julianne Kerr Morrison, Michael Armitage and Daisy Mackersie will see the number of Monckton members on the panel total six out of eleven, as they join Rob Williams QC and Ben Lask.
All six Monckton members have appeared in some of the main challenges to regulatory competition decisions.
The appointments were made following an open competition with the consent of the Attorney General, and are for a term of three years with a possible extension of a further three years.
The CMA, the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority, is an independent non-ministerial government department which carries out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries and enforcing competition and consumer law.
The panel of counsel is intended to provide the CMA with a “strong” team of advocates and external legal advisers, who are “enthusiastic about and committed to its work – but also able to give it detached and objective advice”.
According to Monckton, the expansion of the CMA’s Standing Counsel reflects the growth in litigation undertaken by the CMA across all areas of activity. The CMA also anticipates a growing workload following the UK’s departure from the EU and the establishment of the Office for the Internal Market and the Digital Markets Unit.