Celia accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice.

Following a successful 12-month pupillage at Blackstone Chambers, Celia commenced practice as a tenant in September 2016. From October to December 2016, Celia was seconded to the Payment Systems Regulator, where she acted as sole legal counsel advising on a 'super-complaint' by the consumer group, Which?, concerning authorised push payment fraud. 

During pupillage, Celia assisted her supervisors in cases before a range of Tribunals and courts, including the Employment Tribunal, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She also assisted in cases before a number of regulatory bodies, such as The FA Regulatory Commission and Appeal Board.  Her pupil supervisors were Nick De Marco, Ben Jaffey, Diya Sen Gupta and James Segan.

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Public & Regulatory

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory work. 

From October to December 2016, Celia was seconded to the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), where she advised primarily on a 'super-complaint' by the consumer group, Which?. 

Celia did a substantial amount of public law work during her pupillage, particularly in cases concerning regulation in the area of banking and financial services. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of civil liberties and human rights litigation.

During pupillage, Celia was involved in a wide range of public law and human rights cases, most notably before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and Supreme Court. 

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Sport

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of sports work. 

Celia worked on a number of sports law cases during her pupillage, including commercial claims, disciplinary hearings, and other regulatory issues.

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Employment

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of employment disputes. 

During pupillage, Celia worked on a variety of employment law cases before both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. In particular, she was involved in cases concerning employee competition, whistleblowing and discrimination.

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Commercial

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation.

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EU & Competition

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of EU law and competition disputes. 

Celia has been involved in a number of cases involving EU law during her pupillage. Most notably, she has assisted on a large telecommunications dispute involving competition law and so-called ‘FRAND’ licensing.

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Achievements

Education

LLB (Hons) (Glasgow) First Class; BCL (Oxon); BPTC (City) Outstanding

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Peter Duffy Scholar (Bar European Group, 2016)
  • Megarry Scholar and Buchanan Prize (Lincoln's Inn, 2015)
  • Lord Denning Scholar (Lincoln's Inn, 2014)
  • Harwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln's Inn, 2013)
  • Theodore David Lowe Prize for most distinguished graduate in public law honours subjects (University of Glasgow)
  • Club 21 Business Partnership Scholarship (University of Glasgow)

Publications

  • McNamara, L. and Rooney, C.  Corrupt Justice: a sign of the times… or an aberration?  New Law Journal, Vol 163 7572, 9 August 2013: 6.  
  • Celia is a researcher for the University of Oxford Borders Criminologies Group. In that capacity, she has written extensively on issues of migration, on topics such as the Dublin Regulations, citizenship deprivation, fast track detention and age determination procedures. She is currently co-editor of a themed series entitled 'Current Legal Issues in Migration', which, most recently, has focused on issues affecting unaccompanied minors. 

Memberships

  • Celia is a member of the committee of the Bar European Group (BEG). She is also a member of the Commercial Bar Association (ComBar), the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) (pending).
  • Before coming to the Bar, Celia worked as a caseworker and/or policy researcher for a number of pro bono organisations, including Bail for Immigration Detainees, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. She also interned in the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and taught debating in a number of prisons around London with Vocalise (an organization affiliated with Gray’s Inn).

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