Emily Neill

Blackstone Chambers (London)

Emily is highly recommended as a leading junior in multiple categories by both independent directories. She regularly appears in high profile litigation and is instructed in 3 of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases 2017-18. She practises in EU, Public and Commercial law. The cross-over between those core areas is the foundation for her expertise in Competition, State aid, Procurement, and Regulatory law. She is described as "smart, commercial and a pleasure to work with" (Legal 500 2017). In addition to her London-based practice, Emily is a full member of both the Law Library of Ireland (Dublin) and the Bar of Northern Ireland: a cross-jurisdictional expertise of particular value in the context of Brexit and in telecommunications and utilities work. She has previously worked on secondment in the Chambers of Judge Vajda at the CJEU.

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959 Bulletin

Emily Neill The UK High Court rules on the relevance of commercial gain for establishing an abuse of dominance on the market for airport to city centre bus route (Arriva The Shires / London Luton Airport Operations)


Abuse of dominance: no commercial gain, no abuse?* Is it necessary for there to be some commercial benefit to be gained by a dominant undertaking from its conduct before that conduct can be condemned as abusive? No, says Mrs Justice Rose in Arriva the Shires Ltd v London Luton Airport (...)

Emily Neill The EU Court of Justice upholds the ruling that adjudication on the merits would be devoid of purpose since the applicant did not have sufficient interest in the matter at the time he brought his challenge to the Commission’s decision (Guillermo Cañas)


Cañas: no sufficient interest in showing anti-competitive rules* Retirement comes too soon for many professional sports players, but for Guillermo “Willy” Cañas, an Argentinean tennis player once ranked world number 8, there was yet more to be lost upon retirement than just the tournament prizes (...)

Emily Neill The England and Wales Court of Appeal dismisses the appeal contesting the validity of Ofcom’s choice of cost model and states that pointing out flaws in the reasoning adopted by a disputed decision is not enough in order to be successful on a merits appeal (Everything Everywhere)


Appeals on the merits: only pick a hole if you can fill it* In his recent blog “Down the rabbit hole,” Tom Richards described the “quasi judicial review within an appeal” contained in s.193(7) Communications Act 2003 as something of a Wonderland. On 6 March 2013 it was the turn of the Court of (...)

Emily Neill The England and Wales Court of Appeal concludes that the respondent acted properly within its powers and in accordance with its duties in rejecting the plaintiff’s notice as not being fair and reasonable (Telefonica O2 / British Telecommunications)


Keeping the CAT in its bag: the 08 Appeal* Ofcom will likely be delighted by the result in the Court of Appeal’s decision in Telefonica O2 UK Limited and others v British Telecommunications PLC [2012] EWCA Civ 1002, in which the Regulator appeared as an interested party. Not only does the (...)

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