Brick Court is pleased to announce the return to chambers of Sir Peregrine Simon and Sir Gerald Barling as door tenants, following their respective retirements from the Court of Appeal and the High Court.
Sir Peregrine joined Brick Court Chambers in 1974, and practised in commercial law, including shipping, insurance and re-insurance, banking, international trade and arbitration. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and continued to practise in these fields, appearing in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords, as well as both domestic and international arbitrations. He was a judge of the Commercial and Admiralty Courts from 2002-15. He was also a Presiding Judge, with administrative responsibilities, of the North Eastern Circuit. Between 2015-20 he was a judge of the Court of Appeal, sitting in a wide range of cases, giving judgments in civil law cases, including commercial and public law cases.
Sir Gerald joined Brick Court Chambers in 1981, and specialised in European Union, regulatory and public law. His practice encompassed virtually every field of EU law including competition law, free movement, sectoral regulation (particularly telecommunications), pharmaceutical licensing, state aids, VAT, and public procurement. He appeared both for and against the government in numerous cases involving the impact of EU law on direct and indirect taxation. In addition to his appearances in the courts in this country (including more than a dozen in the House of Lords), he represented clients, including the UK government, on at least 50 occasions in the European Court. He was appointed to the High Court Bench in 2007 and was President of the CAT from 2007-13. He retired in 2019,
Both Sir Peregrine and Sir Gerald are now accepting appointments as arbitrators.