Celia practises across all of Chambers’ main areas of work, with particular experience of commercial disputes, sports law, public law and human rights, and employment. She is frequently instructed in cases where there is significant degree of overlap between her specialisms, such as commercial judicial reviews and sports and employment cases involving allegations of fraud. Similarly, from October to December 2016, Celia acted as sole legal counsel for the Payment Systems Regulator, advising on a 'super-complaint' by the consumer group, Which?, concerning authorised push payment fraud.

She has experience before a range of tribunals, including the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court  and has also appeared in cases before a number of regulatory bodies, such as The FA Regulatory Commission and Appeal Board. 

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Commercial

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation. She has a particular interest and experience in fraud disputes.

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Public & Regulatory

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory work, and has acted for regulators, NGOs, corporate entities and individuals.

From October to December 2016, Celia was sole legal counsel to the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), advising on a 'super-complaint' by the consumer group, Which?, concerning authorised push payment fraud. She has also gained significant experience in the field of energy regulation, having been instructed by Ofgem to provide advice and assistance on various matters including the licensing of electricity and the so-called "cash for ash" scandal.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of civil liberties and human rights litigation, and has extensive experience in this field. 

Celia has been involved in a wide range of public law and human rights cases, most notably before the Administrative Court, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and the Supreme Court. She has been instructed by NGOs, regulators, individuals and various corporate entities.

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Sport

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of sports work and is an upcoming junior in this field. She is both a panelist on the Sports Resolution Pro Bono Legal Advice Panel and co-editor of the Blackstone Chambers' Sports Law Bulletin.

Celia has extensive experience in the field of sports law, having advised and represented the Premier League, The FA, the Lawn Tennis Association, and a number of national rugby associations, amongst others. She has been instructed in disputes involving various Premier League and Championship football clubs, and acts for sports governing bodies, clubs and athletes alike. 

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Employment

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of employment law. She has has been instructed in a variety of employment law cases before both the Employment Tribunal and the High Court, and has particular experience in cases concerning issues of employee competition, whistleblowing and discrimination. She is a regular contributor to the Blackstone Chambers Employee Competition Bulletin and has presented on the new Trade Secrets Regulations.

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Media & Entertainment

Celia regularly acts for media law clients. She has particular experience of royalty disputes, the most recent of which have concerned the revenue generated by online streaming.

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EU & Competition

Celia accepts instructions in all areas of EU law and has a particular interest in the free movement of persons. 

As well as writing extensively on issues of European migration, Celia has been involved in various competition law cases, most notably involving claims for follow-on damages. She has also advised on a number of free movement cases, particularly in the sporting context. She is a committee member of the Bar European Group and has presented on the Charter of Fundamental Rights. 

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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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