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. 

She has appeared in practice and during pupillage in a range of courts and tribunals. She has assisted in cases before 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.

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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?. 

She has also gained significant experience in the field of energy regulation, having been instructed by Ofgem to provide advice on an on going matter concerning the licensing of electricity. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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

Celia has been 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 and is on the Sports Resolution Pro Bono Legal Advice Panel. 

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

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Employment

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of employment law. She has assisted on a variety of employment law cases before both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. In particular, she has been 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.  She has been involved in a number of cases in this field, most notably concerning large telecommunications disputes involving ‘FRAND’ licensing. Celia is currently instructed in a follow-on damages claim, concerning an automotive cartel.

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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

  • Rooney, C. Back to Basics: the Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2016. Judicial Review, Vol 22, Issue 1 (May 2017). 
  • 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 (BIICL), the Howard League for Penal Reform, the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA), and the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA). Celia is also a panellist on the Sports Resolution Pro Bono Legal Advice Panel. 
  • 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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