Tristan is widely recognised as a leading junior barrister across his core practice areas of public, regulatory, EU, telecoms and competition law.  He is an experienced and compelling advocate described by the current edition of the Legal 500 as “clearly a star in the making”.  The legal directories recommend Tristan for his clear and practical approach, and he is regarded as the ‘go-to’ junior of choice for several regulatory clients.  

Tristan has a successful employment law practice, and he brings that additional expertise to cases raising issues which cut across different practice areas.  He also has a longstanding interest in alternative dispute resolution, teaching and consulting on problem-solving negotiation skills.

Tristan is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel.

Experience

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Public & Regulatory

Tristan’s practice covers the full range of public and regulatory law, from administrative law through to technical regulatory matters.  The current edition of Chambers & Partners notes that he is sought after in difficult administrative and public law disputes”.  In one notable recent case Tristan obtained an injunction on behalf of one public body (Westminster City Council) to prevent another public body (Transport for London) from going ahead with its planned works. 

Other recent (2018/19) work has included prison law, immigration, oil and gas licensing, pharmaceuticals, professional regulation, broadcasting, investigations, special educational needs and higher education law.  Tristan also has a particular reputation in cases raising complex technical or economic issues. 

A selection of recent cases appears below.

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EU & Competition

Tristan is a leading EU and competition junior.  He has a particular reputation for his work in competition damages claims, and has appeared in many of the leading cases including those concerning infringements in trucks, interchange fees, air cargo, bearings, rubber, and copper tubes.  He acted for the claimant in the first application for a Collective Proceedings Order.  

Tristan has also appeared in some of the main challenges to regulatory competition decisions, both in antitrust matters (e.g. on the tobacco decision) and in mergers (e.g. in the Ryanair litigation).  He is the manager and editor of the Competition Bulletin, the leading UK competition law blog.

 A selection of recent cases appears below.

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Telecommunications

Tristan is recognised as a leading junior in telecoms law, which brings together his EU, regulatory and competition expertise.  He has appeared in many of the main cases over the last decade, and is frequently instructed by Ofcom as well as by industry.  A selection of recent cases appears below.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Tristan acts in a wide range of cases raising civil liberties and human rights issues.  His recent advocacy work has included acting for the claimant in a five-day human trafficking damages claim in the High Court, and acting for a claimant in the Court of Appeal on a test case regarding Jobseekers’ Back to Work Schemes.  He has also recently (2018/2019) been instructed by the claimants on a series of prisoners’ rights cases and asylum cases which have settled before trial.  

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Employment

Tristan acts in a wide range of employment cases and is currently (2019) representing parties in five different appeals before the Employment Appeal Tribunal or Court of Appeal.  

Tristan has experience of team moves, restrictive covenants, and contractual disputes.  He also has a particular focus on cases raising issues under the Equality Act, and recently acted as sole counsel for the successful claimant in the leading Court of Appeal case on discrimination causing stress at work.  He is the author of the chapter on disability discrimination in one of the leading employment law textbooks. 

A selection of recent cases appears below.

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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.

Publications

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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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