The Honourable Mr Justice Barling (President)
The Honourable Mr Justice Barling is a Justice of the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales. He was educated at St Mary’s College, Blackburn, and New College, Oxford (where he was later a lecturer in law for several years). He was called to the Bar in 1972 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. Before his appointment to the High Court in 2007 he was a Deputy High Court Judge and also sat as a recorder on the Midland Circuit.
After pupillage in a commercial set of chambers in London he initially practised in Manchester, but from 1981 onwards his practice was based at Brick Court Chambers in London, where he specialised in European Union (EU) law until appointed to the High Court. Whilst at Brick Court Chambers he appeared regularly in the courts in this country (including the Competition Appeal Tribunal) and in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
His work encompassed virtually every field of European law, including competition law. He worked extensively in the fields of sectoral regulation (particularly telecommunications regulation), pharmaceutical licensing, state aids and public procurement. He was instructed over several years in the well-known Factortame litigation and appeared in many cases involving the impact of EU law on tax measures. He acted for one of the parties in the first ever appeal under the Communications Act 2003 heard by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
He was elected a bencher of the Middle Temple in 2001.