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Year of Silk: 2003
Year of Call: 1985
cquigley@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Conor specialises in European and Competition Law and is widely regarded as the leading expert at the Bar in the law of state aid.  He also has a wide ranging practice covering all commercial aspects of EU law, including taxation, environmental levies, commercial law, agriculture, banking and insurance regulation, public procurement, telecommunications, media, intellectual property, employment law, Brussels Regulation, immigration and extradition.  Recent cases have included acting for: the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the European Court challenge to the EU regime on airline emissions trading; Shannon LNG (a subsidiary of Hess Corporation) in proceedings in the Irish High Court relating to the tariff structure for use of the Irish gas transmission network; and for ALRO SA, a major Romanian aluminium producer, challenging a state aid decision of the European Commission concerning long-term electricity contracts.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Competition and State Aid

Conor is widely regarded as the leading expert at the Bar in the law of state aid.  He is the author of European State Aid Law and Policy, the third edition of which is due for publication in Summer 2014.  He advises widely on all matters connected to state aid, particularly on the complex interaction of state aid and taxation, as well as on competition law generally and on sectoral regulation, particularly energy, media and telecommunications .  Clients range from large conglomerates such as British Airways and the International Airline Group, to trade organisations such as the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers and Big Four accountancy firms.  He also has advised many public sector clients, including the European Commission, the Treasury Solicitor, HMRC and a range of local government authorities, including Transport for Greater Manchester, the Scottish Government and Belfast, Derry, Manchester City Councils.

Case T-517/12, ALRO v European Commission (judgment pending)

Shannon LNG v Commission for Energy Regulation [2013] IEHC 561

AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd v Pfizer Ltd [2007] EWHC 565 (Chancery Division – pharmaceuticals – distributions system)

International Power -v- NALOO [2003] ECR I-11421 - competition law - ECSC Treaty

IECC -v- European Commission [2001] ECR I-3947 (ECJ - competition law - abuse of dominance - postal services)

Irish Sugar Plc -v- European Commission - [2001] ECR I-5333; [1999] ECR II-2969 (ECJ/CFI - competition law - abuse of dominance - pricing)

Publishers Association -v- Commission [1996] ECR I-121 (ECJ - competition law - net book agreement)

R -v- Dearlove & Druker - (1988) Crim LR 323 (Court of Appeal - competition law -fraud)


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EU Law

Conor has an eclectic range of cases across the spectrum of EU commercial law, covering matters as diverse as agriculture, commercial agency, employment law, environmental law, extradition, freedom of movement, motor insurance and taxation.  He advises on all matters relating to EU law in general, including human rights law.  He has appeared in proceedings in the European Court of Justice, the EU General Court, the House of Lords and Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the English and Irish High Courts.

Air Transport Association of America v Sec of State for Energy and Climate Change (Case C-366/10) [2011] ECR I-13755

Churchill Insurance Co Ltd v Wilkinson ([2012] EWCA 1166 – motor insurance – RTA s.151(8) indemnity – compatibility with Second Motor Insurance Directive – proportionality test)

Churchill Insurance Co Ltd v Wilkinson ([2011 ECR 12639 – motor insurance –  general requirement to compensate victims)

Churchill Insurance Co Ltd v Wilkinson ([2010] EWCA 556 – motor insurance – RTA s.151(8) indemnity – compatibility with Second Motor Insurance Directive – reference to ECJ)

Louca v A German Judicial Authority, ([2009] UKSC 4 – extradition – European Arrest Warrant – repeated issuance of warrants - fundamental rights)

United Kingdom v Council (ECJ – judgment 18 December 2007 – Schengen Protocol – written submissions for Polish Government)

Cooper -v- Pure Fishing (Court of Appeal – 2004 - commercial agents - termination for fundamental breach)

Light -v- Ty Europe (Court of Appeal - judgment 25 July 2003 - commercial agency - sub-agents)

Lennox -v- ILCO (ECJ – [2003] ECR I-7091 - exports - agriculture - BSE)

RCO Support Services -v- UNISON [2002] ICR 751 (Court of Appeal - employment law - transfer of undertakings)

White -v- White and the Motor Insurers Bureau [2001] 2 All ER 43 (House of Lords - motor insurance - effect of directives)

R -v- Governor of Gibraltar, ex parte AS Marrache & Co (Gibraltar Court of Appeal, judgment 27 May 1999, not reported - import restrictions - liability of Member State for breach of EC Law)

Mellett -v- European Court of Justice [1998] ECR-SC (CFI - employment law - legitimate expectation)

R -v- MAFF, ex parte National Farmers Union [1998] ECR I-2211 (ECJ - agriculture - BSE - export restrictions)

R -v- MAFF, ex parte Hedley Lomas (Ireland) Limited [1996] ECR I-2553 (ECJ - liability of Member State for breach of EC Law - export restrictions)

R -v- Lomas [1992] ECR I-1781 (ECJ - agriculture)




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Tax

Conor advises on a broad range of EU-related tax matters, including the interaction of State aid and taxation, excise duty directives, direct taxation and free movement, environmental levies, agricultural levies

R v Taylor & Wood [2013] EWCA Crim 1151 (excise duty – smuggling - -proceeds of crime – penalties)

White v The Crown,  [2010] EWCA Crim 978 (excise duty – smuggling – proceeds of crime - value of personal benefit)

QRS 1 Aps -v- Frandsen - [1999] 1 WLR 2169 (Court of Appeal - taxation - fraud - Brussels Convention)

FMC -v- IBAP [1996] ECR I-389 (ECJ - agriculture - clawbacks - restitution)

R -v- Cousins [1995] 3 CMLR (Court of Appeal - excise duty - criminal law)


All Quotes

European/Competition
Chambers & Partners

  • 'genuine state aid expertise', 'delivers very practical advice as well as being technically expert' (2013)
  • 'he's a very grounded individual who can talk sensibly and extensively on a wide range of legal topics' (2012)
  • 'an extremely solutions-driven individual who always goes the extra mile for his clients', 'a real expert on state aid and public procurement issues' (2009)
  • praised for his 'quick wits' and 'down-to-earth attitude' (2008)
  • 'one of the few true state aid specialists' (2007)
  • 'making waves due to his magisterial command of EU procurement and state aid matters' (2006)

Legal 500

  • ‘clearly the leading figure’ in state aid cases
  • 'top EU state-aid silk' (2012)
  • 'brilliant advocate' (2011)
  • 'very commercial' and 'solution-driven' 'recommended for state aid cases' (2008)

Public Procurement
Chambers & Partners

  • valued for his 'good practical advice' (2013)
  • recognised for his vast experience of handling EU and Competition law, as well as his strong procurement practice (2012)
  • praised for his 'detailed and understandable advice' (2007/8)

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2016

Competition Law

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2015

Competition Law

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2014

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2013

Competition/European Law

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2012

Competition/European Law

Legal 500 2016

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2015

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2014

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2013

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2012

EU and competition

Conor Quigley QC

Conor Quigley QC

Year of Silk: 2003
Year of Call: 1985
Email: cquigley@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Conor specialises in European and Competition Law and is widely regarded as the leading expert at the Bar in the law of state aid.  He also has a wide ranging practice covering all commercial aspects of EU law, including taxation, environmental levies, commercial law, agriculture, banking and insurance regulation, public procurement, telecommunications, media, intellectual property, employment law, Brussels Regulation, immigration and extradition.  Recent cases have included acting for: the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the European Court challenge to the EU regime on airline emissions trading; Shannon LNG (a subsidiary of Hess Corporation) in proceedings in the Irish High Court relating to the tariff structure for use of the Irish gas transmission network; and for ALRO SA, a major Romanian aluminium producer, challenging a state aid decision of the European Commission concerning long-term electricity contracts.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2016

Competition Law

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2015

Competition Law

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2014

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2013

Competition/European Law

Public Procurement

Chambers & Partners 2012

Competition/European Law

Legal 500 2016

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2015

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2014

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2013

EU and competition

Public Procurement

Legal 500 2012

EU and competition

Quotes

European/Competition
Chambers & Partners

  • 'genuine state aid expertise', 'delivers very practical advice as well as being technically expert' (2013)
  • 'he's a very grounded individual who can talk sensibly and extensively on a wide range of legal topics' (2012)
  • 'an extremely solutions-driven individual who always goes the extra mile for his clients', 'a real expert on state aid and public procurement issues' (2009)
  • praised for his 'quick wits' and 'down-to-earth attitude' (2008)
  • 'one of the few true state aid specialists' (2007)
  • 'making waves due to his magisterial command of EU procurement and state aid matters' (2006)

Legal 500

  • ‘clearly the leading figure’ in state aid cases
  • 'top EU state-aid silk' (2012)
  • 'brilliant advocate' (2011)
  • 'very commercial' and 'solution-driven' 'recommended for state aid cases' (2008)

Public Procurement
Chambers & Partners

  • valued for his 'good practical advice' (2013)
  • recognised for his vast experience of handling EU and Competition law, as well as his strong procurement practice (2012)
  • praised for his 'detailed and understandable advice' (2007/8)

Competition and State Aid

Conor is widely regarded as the leading expert at the Bar in the law of state aid.  He is the author of European State Aid Law and Policy, the third edition of which is due for publication in Summer 2014.  He advises widely on all matters connected to state aid, particularly on the complex interaction of state aid and taxation, as well as on competition law generally and on sectoral regulation, particularly energy, media and telecommunications .  Clients range from large conglomerates such as British Airways and the International Airline Group, to trade organisations such as the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers and Big Four accountancy firms.  He also has advised many public sector clients, including the European Commission, the Treasury Solicitor, HMRC and a range of local government authorities, including Transport for Greater Manchester, the Scottish Government and Belfast, Derry, Manchester City Councils.

Case T-517/12, ALRO v European Commission (judgment pending)

Shannon LNG v Commission for Energy Regulation [2013] IEHC 561

AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd v Pfizer Ltd [2007] EWHC 565 (Chancery Division – pharmaceuticals – distributions system)

International Power -v- NALOO [2003] ECR I-11421 - competition law - ECSC Treaty

IECC -v- European Commission [2001] ECR I-3947 (ECJ - competition law - abuse of dominance - postal services)

Irish Sugar Plc -v- European Commission - [2001] ECR I-5333; [1999] ECR II-2969 (ECJ/CFI - competition law - abuse of dominance - pricing)

Publishers Association -v- Commission [1996] ECR I-121 (ECJ - competition law - net book agreement)

R -v- Dearlove & Druker - (1988) Crim LR 323 (Court of Appeal - competition law -fraud)

EU Law

Conor has an eclectic range of cases across the spectrum of EU commercial law, covering matters as diverse as agriculture, commercial agency, employment law, environmental law, extradition, freedom of movement, motor insurance and taxation.  He advises on all matters relating to EU law in general, including human rights law.  He has appeared in proceedings in the European Court of Justice, the EU General Court, the House of Lords and Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the English and Irish High Courts.

Air Transport Association of America v Sec of State for Energy and Climate Change (Case C-366/10) [2011] ECR I-13755

Churchill Insurance Co Ltd v Wilkinson ([2012] EWCA 1166 – motor insurance – RTA s.151(8) indemnity – compatibility with Second Motor Insurance Directive – proportionality test)

Churchill Insurance Co Ltd v Wilkinson ([2011 ECR 12639 – motor insurance –  general requirement to compensate victims)

Churchill Insurance Co Ltd v Wilkinson ([2010] EWCA 556 – motor insurance – RTA s.151(8) indemnity – compatibility with Second Motor Insurance Directive – reference to ECJ)

Louca v A German Judicial Authority, ([2009] UKSC 4 – extradition – European Arrest Warrant – repeated issuance of warrants - fundamental rights)

United Kingdom v Council (ECJ – judgment 18 December 2007 – Schengen Protocol – written submissions for Polish Government)

Cooper -v- Pure Fishing (Court of Appeal – 2004 - commercial agents - termination for fundamental breach)

Light -v- Ty Europe (Court of Appeal - judgment 25 July 2003 - commercial agency - sub-agents)

Lennox -v- ILCO (ECJ – [2003] ECR I-7091 - exports - agriculture - BSE)

RCO Support Services -v- UNISON [2002] ICR 751 (Court of Appeal - employment law - transfer of undertakings)

White -v- White and the Motor Insurers Bureau [2001] 2 All ER 43 (House of Lords - motor insurance - effect of directives)

R -v- Governor of Gibraltar, ex parte AS Marrache & Co (Gibraltar Court of Appeal, judgment 27 May 1999, not reported - import restrictions - liability of Member State for breach of EC Law)

Mellett -v- European Court of Justice [1998] ECR-SC (CFI - employment law - legitimate expectation)

R -v- MAFF, ex parte National Farmers Union [1998] ECR I-2211 (ECJ - agriculture - BSE - export restrictions)

R -v- MAFF, ex parte Hedley Lomas (Ireland) Limited [1996] ECR I-2553 (ECJ - liability of Member State for breach of EC Law - export restrictions)

R -v- Lomas [1992] ECR I-1781 (ECJ - agriculture)

Tax

Conor advises on a broad range of EU-related tax matters, including the interaction of State aid and taxation, excise duty directives, direct taxation and free movement, environmental levies, agricultural levies

R v Taylor & Wood [2013] EWCA Crim 1151 (excise duty – smuggling - -proceeds of crime – penalties)

White v The Crown,  [2010] EWCA Crim 978 (excise duty – smuggling – proceeds of crime - value of personal benefit)

QRS 1 Aps -v- Frandsen - [1999] 1 WLR 2169 (Court of Appeal - taxation - fraud - Brussels Convention)

FMC -v- IBAP [1996] ECR I-389 (ECJ - agriculture - clawbacks - restitution)

R -v- Cousins [1995] 3 CMLR (Court of Appeal - excise duty - criminal law)

Qualifications

King's College London, LL.B (1979)
University of Amsterdam, Dip. Eur. Int. (1980)
MA Oxon (1991)

Publications

Books

EUROPEAN STATE AID LAW AND POLICY (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 3rd edition (forthcoming 2014); 2nd edition 2009; 1st edition 2003)

EUROPEAN COMMUNITY CONTRACT LAW – the effect of EC legislation on contractual rights, obligations and remedies (Kluwer Law International, London, 1997)

Published in French as DROIT COMMUNAUTAIRE DES CONTRATS (Kluwer, 1998)

1992: COMPLETING THE INTERNAL MARKET (Graham & Trotman, London, 1989 & 1991)

Contributions to Books

State Aid and the Financial Crisis in LEGAL CHALLENGES IN THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS, ed. Ringe & Huber (Hart Publishing, 2014)

State Aid and abuse of law in ABUSE OF LAW – A NEW GENERAL PRINCIPLE OF EU LAW, (Hart Publishing, 2010)

OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA ON EUROPEAN LAW, Volume III, Competition Law, State aid section, ed. Toth (OUP, 2008)

State aid for research and development, in THE EC STATE AID REGIME, ed. Sanchez Rydelski, (Cameron May, 2006)

General Taxation and State Aid, in THE LAW OF STATE AID IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, ed Biondi, Eeckhout & Flynn (Oxford 2004)

Criminal law and EC law, in EUROPEAN COMMUNITY LAW IN THE NATIONAL COURTS ed. Andenas & Jacobs (Oxford, 1998)

EC Tax Law in PRACTITIONERS GUIDE TO EC LAW, Bar European Group/Bar Council of England & Wales (Cameron May, 1998)

Indirect taxation in THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUAL TREATMENT IN EC LAW, ed. Dashwood & O’Leary (Sweet & Maxwell, 1997)


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