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Eleni Mitrophanous

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Professional Experience:

Eleni has particular expertise in European law, Public law, Human Rights law, VAT/Excise law and Commercial law. She acts for individuals and commercial organisations as well as public authorities. Following appointments to the C and B Panel, Eleni is now on the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel and on the preferred panel of counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

EU law:

Ranked as a leading junior in EU and Competition law (2013), Eleni was described as “incredibly hardworking” by the Legal 500 (2011) and as “a very thorough and clever opponent” by the Legal 500 (2012). She undertakes work covering all aspects of EU law ranging from competition law and issues of state aid to advising on EU law aspects of asset freezing cases and consumer credit. She is also a member of the editorial team of ‘The European Advocate’.

Public law and Human Rights:

Eleni undertakes a range of judicial review and human rights work. She has recently been involved in a number of cases brought by bus operators against the Department of Transport regarding concessionary fares involving EU and human rights as well as public law issues. She is a member of the preferred panel of counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and was named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times 15 March 2005 for her work on the Shabina Begum case led by Cherie Booth QC.

VAT/Excise and Commercial law:

Chambers and Partners 2013 and 2014 rank Eleni as a leading junior in Indirect taxation. Chambers and Partners 2014 commented “Very commercial and practical, her advice is always prompt and well thought out.” She was described as “very bright and really knows her stuff” by the Legal 500 (2007/8) in Commercial Litigation. As well as general commercial work, Eleni undertakes a great deal of indirect taxation work and is currently instructed in one of the largest MTIC VAT cases on behalf of the Appellants. In this field, she appeared for the appellants both in Honeyfone v HMRC and HMRC v Livewire and Olympia Technologies Ltd [2009] EWHC 15 (Ch), Lewison J, the first decision of the High Court on the concept of ‘knowledge and means of knowledge’. She has also acted for HMRC in Innocent Ltd v Revenue and Customs [2010] UKFTT 516 (TC) and [2011] UKFTT 607 (TC), and is currently instructed before the High Court and Upper Tribunal in RBS v HMRC and the Supreme Court in Secret Hotels v HMRC.

Education and appointments:

  • BA – Cambridge University, Class I
  • BCL – Oxford University
  • LLM in European and International Law – European University Institute, Florence
  • DPhil – Oxford University, doctorate on legal interpretation
  • Bar Vocational Course – Inns of Court School of Law.
  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance and Scholarship and Ede and Ravenscroft Scholarship

Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel:
C Panel – 2003
B Panel – 2007
A Panel – 2011

Preferred panel of counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


Eleni is co-author with Timothy Lyons QC on a chapter on supplies outside the EC for Paul Lasok QC’s ‘Value Added Tax, Commentary and Analysis’, Sweet & Maxwell.

While pursuing her doctorate on legal interpretation, she also taught law at Oxford University.

Eleni became a member of Matrix in April 2004. She was previously a tenant at Hailsham Chambers and completed her pupillage at Brick Court Chambers.

She is fluent in Greek (bilingual) and has some Italian and French.

Eleni accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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