People

Colin West

Year of Call: 1999

Clerk: Julian Hawes julian.hawes@brickcourt.co.uk

Colin West

Year of Call: 1999

Clerk: Julian Hawes   julian.hawes@brickcourt.co.uk

“The ‘sharp, quick, and highly responsive’ Colin West ‘cuts through complex issues to get to the nub of the issue astoundingly quickly. His conclusions and reasoning are spot-on,’ say those that use him. He is a market favourite”
- Chambers & Partners 2013

"A skilled tactician, who is extremely clever and tenacious to the end."
- Legal 500 2016

Overview

Colin practises in the fields of commercial law and competition law. His commercial law practice covers contractual disputes of all kinds, including shipping/shipbuilding and offshore construction/exploration, insurance and reinsurance, shareholder disputes, civil fraud and conflict of laws. His competition practice consists primarily of damages claims, whether under Article 101 or 102 (or their UK equivalents). He practises both in litigation and arbitration.

Important recent cases in which Colin was instructed include the following:

Transocean Drilling UK v Providence Resources [2016] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 51. Construction of consequential loss exclusion in offshore drilling contract. 

iiyama UK Limited v Samsung Electronics Ltd. ("iiyama 2") [2016] EWHC 1980 (Ch). Territorial scope of EU competition laws in private damages proceedings. 

Renaissance Capital v African Minerals  [2015] EWCA Civ 448 (CA). Construction of investment bank engagement letter. 

Bilta v Nazir [2015] 2 WLR 1168. Application of attribution rules in claim against directors. 

Arriva The Shires v Luton Airport Operations [2014] EWHC 64 (Ch); [2014] UKCLR 313. Standalone abuse of dominance claim for injunction and damages.

Cardiff Bus [2012] CAT 19. The first ever claim to proceed to a final award of damages for breach of competition law in this jurisdiction. 

Masri v Consolidated Contractors--numerous reported decisions before all levels of English judiciary. These judgments concern the continuing jurisdiction of the English Court after judgment has been given in English proceedings. 

NCRQ v Institution for Occupational Safety and Health 1243/5/7/15. The first ever standalone claim to be issued before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (which was also the first ever claim for an injunction before that Tribunal and the first ever application for allocation to the fast-track procedure.)

Other important, but less recent cases in which Colin was involved include the TAG and Composite group litigation claims ([2009] EWCA Civ 1166), the Apostolides case [2009] ECR I-3571; the Buncefield litigation [2010] EWCA Civ 180, the Viking Lines case [2007] ECR I-10779 and British Airways v Commission [2007] ECR I-2331.

Colin is a contributor to "Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure" (Brick Court Chambers, OUP, 2010), and co-author of the UK chapter of Kluwer, "Competition Law in Western Europe and the USA".

practice areas

Commercial

Commercial law

Important recent commercial law cases in cases in which Colin was instructed include the following:

Transocean Drilling UK v Providence Resources [2016] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 51. Construction of consequential loss exclusion in offshore drilling contract. 

Renaissance Capital v African Minerals  [2015] EWCA Civ 448 (CA). Construction of investment bank engagement letter. 

Bilta v Nazir [2015] 2 WLR 1168. Application of attribution rules in claim against directors. 

Masri v Consolidated Contractors--numerous reported decisions before all levels of English judiciary. These judgments concern the continuing jurisdiction of the English Court over proceedings after judgment has been given.. 

In addition to the above, Colin is involved in a number of substantial arbitration proceedings of a confidential nature.

EU/Competition

Competition law

Important recent competition law cases in cases in which Colin was instructed include the following:

iiyama UK Limited v Samsung Electronics Ltd. ("iiyama 2") [2016] EWHC 1980 (Ch). Territorial scope of EU competition laws in private damages proceedings. 

Arriva The Shires v Luton Airport Operations [2014] EWHC 64 (Ch); [2014] UKCLR 313. Standalone abuse of dominance claim for injunction and damages.

Cardiff Bus [2012] CAT 19. The first ever claim to proceed to a final award of damages for breach of competition law in this jurisdiction. 

NCRQ v Institution for Occupational Safety and Health 1243/5/7/15. The first ever standalone claim to be issued before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (also the first ever claim for an injunction before that Tribunal and the first ever application for allocation to the fast-track procedure.)

Colin is a contributor to "Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure" (Brick Court Chambers, OUP, 2010), and co-author of the UK chapter of Kluwer, "Competition Law in Western Europe and the USA".

Qualifications

Qualifications

BA, St. Anne's College, Oxford, 1994-1997, First Class

BCL, St. Anne's College, Oxford, 1997-1998, First Class

Bar Vocational Course, 1998-1999, Inns of Court School of Law

Career to date

Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, November 1999

Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers 1999-2000

Tenant at Brick Court Chambers, 2000 to date

Professional Memberships

  • Inner Temple
  • Bar European Group
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (committee member)
  • COMBAR
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • European Circuit
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association
  • Competition Law Association

Life outside the Bar

  • Colin is married with three children and lives in London
  • Colin played clarinet in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He sings tenor in various choral groups.
  • Languages: French, fluent if rusty (attended school in France for a year in 1993-94, Loire valley region); Scots Gaelic, neach-ionnsachaidh
  • Ran 2016 Barcelona marathon in under 3hrs 45 mins.

Directory Quotes

Colin is recommended as a leading junior in Commercial Litigation by the Legal 500, 2008 - 2016.

  • "He has got knowledge at his fingertips and adopts a good, robust style." (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • "Incredibly hard-working and insightful." "He is bright and no-nonsense in his approach." (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • "A skilled tactician, who is extremely clever and tenacious to the end." (Legal 500 2016)
  • “A bright and reliable junior, with a practice spanning a range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases. Insurance, civil fraud and shipping cases are a particular focus, and he is strong on contractual disputes.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "Very bright, good on the detail and excellent tactically." "Really calm, really sound and obviously going places." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "An excellent barrister, who is very, very clever." (The Legal 500 2014)
  • "The "sharp, quick, and highly responsive" Colin West "cuts through complex issues to get to the nub of the issue astoundingly quickly. His conclusions and reasoning are spot-on," say those that use him. He is a market favourite" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "The ‘sharp, quick, responsive and incisive' Colin West has ‘a deep knowledge of jurisdictional issues and is at home dealing with complex cases'." (The Legal 500 2012)

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