Aaron has a broad practice encompassing all areas of Chambers’ specialisms, including EU/competition law, public law and commercial law. He is frequently instructed in, and enjoys working on matters involving more than one field.
Recent significant instructions include:
Aaron has significant advocacy experience, having appeared unled in the First Tier Tribunal, the County Court and contested hearings in the High Court. He also undertakes pro bono work within his areas of expertise. In particular, he has experience in cases concerning the immigration status of EEA nationals, and the interaction between EU law and welfare benefits law.
Prior to joining Chambers, Aaron held various academic roles at the University of Bristol, Cardiff University and New College of the Humanities, where he taught EU law and competition law. During this time, he also published in journals such as the European Law Review and presented his research at conferences in Luxembourg and Madrid.
Aaron graduated from the University of Bristol in 2010 with first class honours, winning the Frank Pitt Prize for achieving the highest final year marks. He also has an LLM in European Union Law from the College of Europe (Bruges), where he was awarded the lauréat award of the Department of Law for achieving the highest overall mark.
Aaron has extensive experience in the fields of EU and competition law. In the field of competition law, Aaron acts for and advises a range of diverse clients across the whole spectrum of competition law issues, including both follow-on and stand-alone damages actions, as well as regulatory investigations before the CMA and the European Commission. He also has experience of collective proceedings in this field, acting for both claimants and defendants.
Aaron's strong background in EU law means he is well-placed to advise on the uncertain issues raised by Brexit. He has experience of advising (unled) a central government department in this area, and has acted pro-bono for clients in cases involving issues of EEA immigration law and the intersection between EU law and welfare benefits law.
Recent significant instructions include:
During pupillage, Aaron worked on a wide range of EU and competition law matters including:
Prior to joining Chambers, Aaron held various academic roles at the University of Bristol, Cardiff University and New College of the Humanities where he taught and published in the areas of EU and competition law. His work has been published in internationally-renowned journals such as the European Law Review, World Competition Law & Economics Review and European Business Law Review. He has also presented his research on aspects of competition law at conferences in Luxembourg and Madrid. Aaron continues to teach and publish in the fields of EU and competition law – he is a member of the Editorial Board of World Competition Law and Economics Review, and writes the competition law section of Furmston’s The Law of Contract (6th Ed., 2018).
Aaron has a range of experience in public law, encompassing diverse areas such as utilities regulation and economic sanctions. He has a particular interest in the intersection between public law and EU law. Recent significant instructions include:
Aaron worked on various public law matters during pupillage, a number of which involved claims based on EU law and/or the ECHR. Significant cases include:
Aaron has experience acting for a range of clients in a number of contractual and tortious disputes, and has particular expertise in advising on the impact of competition law on contractual disputes. He has appeared unled in both the County Court and the High Court. Recent significant instructions include:
Aaron also has experience in international commercial arbitration, and currently acts as Tribunal Secretary in a substantial UNCITRAL arbitration.
During pupillage, Aaron assisted on a number of commercial law matters, including the following cases:
Aaron also assisted in a number of interlocutory applications during pupillage including resisting an application for pre-action disclosure (involving issues of whether such an application could be served out of the jurisdiction), applying for relief from sanctions and fortification of a cross-undertaking in damages.
Co-author (with Michael Furmston) of Chapter 8: Illegality and Public Policy, in Furmston’s The Law of Contract (6th Ed., 2018)
‘Director disqualification as a sanction for cartel conduct’, in The Fight Against Cartels in Europe (Larcier-Bruylant, 2016).
‘Corporate Mobility, Market Access and the Internal Market’ (2015) 40(3) European Law Review 371.
‘Rethinking sanctions for breaching EU Competition Law: is director disqualification the answer?’ (2013) 35(1) World Competition 77.
‘Corporate mobility under Article 49 TFEU: a question of means, not ends’ (2011) 22(6) European Business Law Review 847.
‘Sanctioning hard core cartel infringements in EU Competition Law: towards a more compliance-driven approach’ at: The fight against hard core cartels: Trends, Challenges and Best International Practices, CEU University, Madrid, 27-28 November 2014.
‘Alternatives to criminalisation’ at: Per Se Cartel Offences – Legitimacy and Utility of Criminal Sanctions, University of Luxembourg – Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, 23-24 March 2012.
2017-Present: Tenant, Brick Court Chambers
2016-2017: Pupillage, Brick Court Chambers
2016: Called to the Bar of England and Wales
2015-2016: Visiting Lecturer in EU law, New College of the Humanities
2015-present: Member of the Editorial Board, World Competition Law & Economics Review
2013-2015: Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University
2011-2013: Teaching Associate in Law, University of Bristol
2015-2016: Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law (Outstanding, 1st in Year)
2010-2011: LLM, College of Europe (Bruges) (Distinction, 1st in Year)
2006-2010: LLB, University of Bristol (First Class, Frank Pitt Prize for achieving the highest final year marks)
Scholarships and prizes
Bar European Group Phoenicia Scholar (2017)
Major Scholarship, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2016)
University of Law:
5 St Andrew’s Hill Prize for BPTC Student of the Year (achieved the highest overall mark on the BPTC)
4 Stone Buildings Prize for Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies
4 King’s Bench Walk Prize for Advocacy (achieved the highest overall mark across all three advocacy assessments)
University of Law Prize for Opinion Writing
University of Law Prize for International Commercial Litigation
College of Europe (Bruges):
Lauréat award of the Department of Law for achieving the highest overall mark on the LLM programme
2011 Global Competition Law Centre Prize for Competition Law & Policy
University of Bristol
Frank Pitt Prize (for achieving the highest final year marks)