Tristan has a wide-ranging practice which covers all of Chambers’ main areas of work.  He has a particular focus on regulatory, public and human rights, and competition law.  He regularly appears in the Chancery Division, the Administrative Court, and in specialist tribunals including in particular the Competition Appeal Tribunal.  

Tristan is recommended in both of the leading independent UK legal directories and in Chambers Global 2016.

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EU & Competition

Tristan is regularly engaged in EU and competition matters, both commercial and regulatory.  He has advised on the application of competition law in commercial, employment and sports contexts. Tristan is the manager of Competition Bulletin, a blog on competition law. He has advised on European law relating to audiovisual services, financial services, employment, and social security. See also the ‘telecommunications’ section for Tristan’s competition and regulatory work in that sector.

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Public & Regulatory

Tristan regularly acts and advises in public law and regulatory matters.  He acts for a wide variety of clients, including individuals, corporate claimants, charities, and government bodies. 

Tristan has advised, among other matters, on the proper conduct of regulatory investigations, challenges to licensing decisions in the pharmaceutical and energy industries, complaints against broadcasters and advertisers, the drafting and implementation of new legislation and regulatory frameworks, freedom of information and data protection, conflicts of interest policies, the duties of regulators in the conduct of litigation, discrimination law, and the lawfulness of particular decisions. 

As Panel counsel, Tristan is frequently instructed to represent government bodies in judicial reviews, appeals and permission hearings. Tristan also acts for claimants in such cases. A selection of Tristan’s more substantial current and recent work appears below.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Tristan is frequently instructed in cases involving civil liberties and human rights issues.  He has acted for a wide variety of clients in advisory contexts and in litigation.

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Telecommunications

Tristan is frequently instructed in telecommunications matters in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

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Professional Discipline

Tristan advises and acts for parties in disciplinary proceedings in a variety of tribunals and in the High Court. He has advised and acted for individuals and regulatory bodies.

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Employment

Tristan acts for claimants and respondents in employment disputes in Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the High Court.  He has represented clients in employment cases including unfair and constructive dismissal, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, TUPE and protected disclosures.  He has also represented clients in cases involving various types of discrimination, including disability, race, sex, pregnancy and age.

Tristan is the co-author of the ‘Restrictive Covenants’ chapter in Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave (Oxford, 2011), and the disability discrimination chapter in Tolley’s Discrimination in Employment Handbook (second edition, 2011).

Tristan has been instructed as junior counsel on several large but confidential employment matters. These have included an alleged “team move” case between two inter-dealer brokers, and a breach of contract / restrictive covenant claim brought by a high profile trader against a hedge fund.  Tristan has also acted in multi-jurisdictional employment disputes. 

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Commercial

Tristan has advised and appeared in a range of commercial matters, in the county courts, the High Court and in arbitrations.  Among other matters, he has appeared in trials, applications for interim relief, applications to strike out or for summary judgment and wasted costs applications.  

Tristan has advised on and drafted particulars for claims involving breach of contract claims, partnership disputes and claims involving allegations of breach of rules under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.  Tristan has also advised on the application of A1P1 of the European Convention on Human Rights in a commercial law context.

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Achievements

Education

MA Hons (Cantab) Starred First Class; Masters in Public Administration (Harvard) (Kennedy Scholar); Diploma in Law (City) Distinction

Prizes & Scholarships

As a student and young barrister, Tristan won several scholarships and prizes. Those included the James Hunt Advocacy Trophy, a prize for the best advocacy among Gray’s Inn students.

Selected earlier reported cases

EU & Competition

  • WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc and Safeway Stores Ltd v Office of Fair Trading [2011] CAT 41 
  • Safeway Stores Ltd and others v Twigger and others [2010] EWCA Civ 1472
  • National Grid v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [2010] EWCA Civ 114 

Public & Regulatory

  • R (Remedy UK Ltd) v General Medical Council [2010] EWHC 1245 
  • Barbara Nan Ratcliffe v Secretary of State for Defence [2009] EWCA Civ 39
  • R (Binyam Mohamed) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2008] EWHC 2048
  • R (Teesside Power Limited) v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [2008] EWHC 1415

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • Barbara Nan Ratcliffe v Secretary of State for Defence [2009] EWCA Civ 39
  • R (Binyam Mohamed) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2008] EWHC 2048

Telecommunications

  • Ofcom v Satellite Entertainment Ltd (2011) (before Ofcom’s Broadcasting Sanctions Committee).
  • British Telecommunications Plc v Office of Communications [2011] EWCA Civ 245
  • Ofcom v Floe Telecom Limited and T-Mobile v Floe Telecom Limited [2009] EWCA Civ 47

Professional Discipline

  • Ofcom v Satellite Entertainment Ltd (2011) (before Ofcom’s Broadcasting Sanctions Committee).
  • British Telecommunications Plc v Office of Communications [2011] EWCA Civ 245
  • Ofcom v Floe Telecom Limited and T-Mobile v Floe Telecom Limited [2009] EWCA Civ 47

Other relevant information

Tristan teaches legal negotiation skills. For several years, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, where he taught an intensive Legal Negotiation Seminar. He has taught and consulted on negotiations for organisations including the Norwegian Bar Association, CocaCola, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Merrill Lynch. In 2006, he was named Young ADR Professional of the Year by the ADR Group.

Before training as a barrister Tristan worked as a journalist for an international news agency. Prior to that, he was President of Cambridge University Students’ Union.

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