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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.
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.
A case in which the claimant sought to judicially review the ‘decision’ of KPMG as an independent reviewer of the sale of Interest Rate Hedging Products by Barclays (assisting Ben Jaffey).
A tax dispute, in which HMRC had refused the Claimant’s claim for gift aid (assisting Ben Jaffey).
A case in which a taxpayer sought to avoid paying tax on a redundancy payment in purported reliance of one of HMRC’s statutory concessions (assisting Ben Jaffey).
Celia acts as sole legal counsel advising the Payment Systems Regulator on its response to a ‘super-complaint’ by the consumer group, Which?, concerning authorised push payment fraud.
Advising the Payment Systems Regulator on the scope and extent of its powers under the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013.
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.
A case challenging the lawfulness of detention in Iraq and Afghanistan by HM armed forces under international law, the European Convention on Human Rights and domestic law, which was heard by nine Justices of the Supreme Court (assisting Ben Jaffey).
A case involving a number of ‘campaign claimants’, each of which had brought claims arising out of earlier litigation in the IPT, concerning bulk surveillance, the receipt of intercepted private material from foreign security and intelligence services (assisting Ben Jaffey).
An application for a protective costs order made by the Public Law Project on appeal to the Supreme Court in its challenge to the legal aid residence test (assisting Ben Jaffey).
An appeal to the Supreme Court in a claim in which a number of individuals had been detained on the day of the Royal Wedding and sought to challenge the lawfulness of their detention under the ECHR and domestic law (assisting Ben Jaffey).
Celia accepts instructions in all areas of sports work.
Celia worked on a number of sports law cases, including commercial claims, disciplinary hearings, and other regulatory issues.
A copyright claim brought by the English Cricket Board and SKY TV against a website and App creator that was using clips of their footage (assisting Robert Howe QC and Nick De Marco).
Assisted Nick De Marco in a case in which he successfully represented football player, Jake Livermore, in an FA Anti-Doping hearing following Mr Livermore’s positive test for cocaine.
A case in which Reading FC, which had been fined £100,000 by The FA for a celebratory pitch invasion, successfully appealed that sanction (assisting Nick De Marco).
A case before the FA Disciplinary Panel involving allegations of on-field racism (assisting Nick De Marco).
An independent review of UKAD’s conclusions on whether there was sufficient evidence to bring anti-doping proceedings against an individual (assisting Nick De Marco).
A dispute concerning the transfer of goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and Gylfi Sigurðsson (assisting Nick De Marco).
A case in which an Italian kit manufacturer sought payment from a football club for sums owed under contract (assisting Nick De Marco).
An arbitration between the Football League and QPR FC concerning the legality of the Championship Financial Fair Play Rules (assisting James Segan).
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.
A number of cases involving various claims by former Foreign Exchange traders arising from their dismissal for sharing client confidential information in Bloomberg Chats, which have been widely reported in the press (assisting Paul Goulding QC and Diya Sen Gupta).
A claim for unpaid commission in the Employment Tribunal (assisting Diya Sen Gupta).
A case in the High Court in which a number of care home workers brought claims for breach of contract claim for unpaid wages (assisting Diya Sen Gupta).
A case before the Employment Tribunal involving multiple claims of harassment (assisting Diya Sen Gupta).
A whistleblowing claim brought by a broker against his former employers (assisting Diya Sen Gupta).
A company brought claims for misuse of confidential information, breach of contract, breach of common law and statutory directors’ duties, and infringement of the database right against a former employee (assisting Diya Sen Gupta).
A team move case (assisting Paul Goulding QC and Diya Sen Gupta).
A potential claim of unfair dismissal and pregnancy discrimination (assisting Diya Sen Gupta).
Drafted witness statements on behalf of the claimants in a dispute in the employment tribunal involving allegations of discrimination, detriment and dismissal for whistleblowing, unlawful deductions from wages and unfair dismissal.
Counsel for the Respondent opposing a claim for unfair dismissal, race discrimination, and unpaid holiday pay.
Celia accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation.
Successfully recovered the entire value of a claim on behalf of the Claimant in costs-only proceedings under CPR r46.14, as well as substantial costs for the application itself.
Junior counsel for the Claimant in a large commercial dispute involving allegations of bribery and conspiracy.
Counsel for the Defendant in a contractual dispute concerning sums allegedly due and owing for the provision of consultancy and recruitment services.
Drafted particulars of claim for monies due and owing, breach of contact and misrepresentation in a contractual dispute for unpaid commission.
Successfully applied to set aside default judgment and recover costs in a dispute concerning service out of jurisdiction.
A case in which the National Crime Agency is defending a High Court claim for over £11 million in damages relating to the execution of search warrants upon a large business (assisting James Segan).
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.
A case before the High Court concerning competition law damages, in a dispute between Huawei, Unwired Planet, Samsung, Google and Ericsson relating to the technical standards for 4G, 3G and 2G devices (assisting James Segan).
Celia is instructed by Peugeot and others in a claim for follow on damages in a matter relating to an automotive bearings cartel. The claims are pending before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court.
LLB (Hons) (Glasgow) First Class; BCL (Oxon); BPTC (City) Outstanding
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