Rhys joined Chambers in September 2023 following the successful completion of pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers' practice areas.

Recent highlights of Rhys’s experience include assisting with the following cases:

  • The proceedings before the House of Commons Privileges Committee relating to the investigation into whether the former Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson, misled Parliament over ‘partygate’ allegations.
  • The ongoing phone hacking litigation against the Mirror Group Newspaper.
  • The arbitrary detention of the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, who was arrested and detained by the government of Kazakhstan, and subsequently convicted of treason, following nationwide protests in January 2022.
  • The Visa interchange litigation, including the umbrella interchange proceedings, relating to claims that Multilateral Interchange Fees set by the Mastercard and Visa schemes are anti-competitive and unlawful.
  • An expedited High Court employee competition claim involving allegations relating to a team move of 38 employees across different jurisdictions in the insurance broking industry, including an alleged unlawful means conspiracy and quia timet and springboard injunctive relief.
  • A judicial review brought by ClientEarth of the Financial Conduct Authority’s decision to approve the prospectus of an oil and gas company.

Rhys is currently seconded to the Competition and Markets Authority, where he is working with the litigation team, primarily on matters arising from anti-trust and merger and acquisition investigations.

While studying for the Bar, Rhys worked as a pro-bono advocate and union representative on behalf of the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU), successfully representing members in a variety of workplace disciplinary matters, including in appeals against final written warnings and misconduct allegations.

In 2021-2022, Rhys was a paralegal at the Infected Blood Inquiry, where he drafted Rule 9 requests for further evidence from inquiry witnesses, including former government ministers.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rhys was Fellow in History at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, where he lectured in eighteenth and nineteenth century European, American and Caribbean history.

Rhys has also written and presented several documentaries for BBC Radio 4, which offered an historical perspective on contemporary political and cultural issues, from Brexit to the problems of attention span shrinkage.

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Commercial

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Competition

Rhys accepts instructions in all areas of competition law.

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Employment

Rhys accepts instructions in all areas of employment law.

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Public & Regulatory

Rhys accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory law.

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Public International Law

Rhys accepts instructions in all areas of public international law.

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Sanctions

Rhys accepts instructions in all areas of sanctions law.

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Media & Entertainment

Rhys accepts instructions in all areas of media and entertainment law.

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Sport

Rhys accepts instructions in all areas of sports law.

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Achievements

Education

  • Bar Vocational Scheme (City, University of London; Distinction).
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (City, University of London; Distinction).
  • PhD, History (University of Cambridge; Pass, without corrections).
  • MPhil, History (University of Cambridge; Distinction).
  • BA, History (University of Cambridge; First Class).

Professional Experience

  • 2020–2021 Paralegal, Infected Blood Inquiry, Cabinet Office.
  • 2016–2019 Research Fellow in History, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.

Further Experience

  • 2020–2022 Advocate, Cleaner’s and Allied Independent Workers Union.
  • 2020–2022 Independent Custody Visitor, Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime.
  • 2020–2021 Coordinator, Big Voice London.

Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

  • Tancred Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn (2021).
  • Lord Bowen Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn (2019).
  • Academic Scholarship, City, University of London (2019; 2021).
  • Sarah Norton Trust Fund Award, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge (2016).
  • Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, Wolfson Foundation (2013).
  • Senior Scholar, University of Cambridge (2012).

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