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Eleni Mitrophanous QC

“Industrious, focussed and enthusiastic. She has no weaknesses” "Very good, very learned and very on it.”

Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners
Called: 1999 | Silk: 2020

Eleni has particular expertise in European lawVAT/Excise lawPublic lawCommercial law and Human Rights law. She acts for individuals and commercial organisations as well as public authorities. Eleni was on the Attorney General’s C, B and A Panels of Counsel prior to taking silk.

Legal 500 2021 commented: “She is industrious, focussed and enthusiastic. She has no weaknesses.” Chambers & Partners 2021 commented: “Very commercial and practical. Her advice is always prompt and well thought out.”

Ranked as a leading junior in EU and Competition law, Eleni was described as follows: “very hardworking and thorough”; “a clever, thorough and solid advocate”; and said to have “very detailed and sound knowledge”. 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’.

Recent EU VAT work includes C-40/15 Aspiro, C-246/16 Enzo Di Maura and C-647/17 Skatteverket v Srf Konsulterna AB. Recent EU VAT work includes C-40/15 Aspiro, C-246/16 Enzo Di Maura, C-647/17 Skatteverket v Srf Konsulterna AB, C-279/19 WR, C-459/19 Wellcome trust Ltd and C-43/19 Vodafone Portugal and C-156/20 Zipvit

Chambers and Partners rank Eleni as a leading junior in Indirect taxation. Chambers and Partners commented: “Very good, very learned and very on it.”; “She is very able, very personable and a very elegant draftswoman.”;“Excellent.” “Takes the good points and makes them well”;  “She is very, very capable, easy to work with and bright. She has a reputation as a tenacious advocate”; “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. She has been instructed in numerous zero-rating cases (including Innocent FTT, Skinner Upper Tribunal, Nestle Upper Tribunal, Jigsaw Upper Tribunal), exemption cases (Westinsure Upper Tribunal, Aspiro CJEU) and cases relating to conflicts with EU law and limitation issues, as well as judicial reviews (TelefonicaMegantic, Livewire and Olympia Technologies, 1st Alternative & Delta). She also has extensive experience in principal/agency cases: Secret Hotels v HMRC in the Supreme Court, Hotels4U, Lowcost, Opodo, Alpha Accommodation and HotelConnect in the FTT.

She has acted in a number of multi-million pound cases before the Court of Appeal including Iveco v HMRCAdecco v HMRCGMAC v HMRC, BT v HMRC, Metropolitan International Schools v HMRC, Revenue and Customs Commissioners v News Corp UK & Ireland Ltd and Zipvit v HMRC (currently on a reference to the CJEU from the Supreme Court).

Eleni undertakes a range of judicial review and human rights work. She was 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 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. Eleni has recently been instructed in the Sophocleous and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence claim on behalf of claimants alleging assaults by UK government agents during the Cyprus Emergency.

She acts in judicial reviews in particular in relation to EU tax law (including TelefonicaMegantic, Livewire and Olympia Technologies, Metropolitan International Schools, R (on the application of First Alternative Medical Staffing Ltd and another) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners, Good Law Project (Uber as interested party). Eleni is currently also instructed in R (Heathrow Airport) v Her Majesty’s Treasury and HMRC, one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2021

B.A. Law (1992) New Hall, Cambridge, Class I

B.C.L. (1993) Corpus Christi College, Oxford

L.L.M. in European and International Law, European University Institute, Florence (1993-1994)

D.Phil in Law (1998) Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Bar Vocational Course (1999) Inns of Court School of Law, London

Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers (1999-2000)

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Major Scholarship 1998

Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship 1998

Ede and Ravenscroft Scholarship 1999

Department of Education

E.U.I. Scholarship awarded for L.L.M. at E.U.I.

British Academy

B.C.L. Studentship awarded for B.C.L. at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

New Hall, Cambridge

Scholarship awarded for achievement in B.A. law finals

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.

Tenant, Hailsham Chambers 2000-04

FRU – pro bono work in Employment and Social Security cases

Tutor in Jurisprudence, Pembroke College, Oxford

Tutor in Jurisprudence, St.Hilda’s College, Oxford

Tutor in Criminal law, Buckland University

Greek (bilingual), some Italian and French

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Industrious, focussed and enthusiastic. She has no weaknesses."

Legal 500 (2021), EU and Competition Law

"Very commercial and practical. Her advice is always prompt and well thought out."

Chambers & Partners (2021), Indirect Taxation

"Always exquisitely well prepared and very persuasive in the courtroom.” “She’s very clever and will fight the client’s corner as long as necessary."

Chambers & Partners (2020), Indirect Taxation

"Very good, very learned and very on it.” “An extremely good junior counsel. Very bright."

Chambers & Partners (2019), Indirect Taxation

"An intelligent junior who will resolutely pursue arguments in support of her client’s case."

Legal 500 (2018), EU and Competition Law

"She is very able, very personable and a very elegant draftswoman."

Chambers & Partners (2017), Indirect Taxation

"A clever, thorough and solid advocate."

Legal 500 (2016), EU and Competition Law

"Excellent.” “Takes the good points and makes them well."

Chambers & Partners (2016), Indirect Taxation

"Very detailed and sound knowledge."

Legal 500 (2015), EU and Competition Law

"She is very, very capable, easy to work with and bright. She has a reputation as a tenacious advocate."

Chambers & Partners (2015), Indirect Taxation

"Very commercial and practical, her advice is always prompt and well thought out."

Chambers & Partners (2014), Indirect Taxation

"Very hardworking and thorough."

Legal 500 (2014), EU and Competition Law

"Very bright and really knows her stuff."

Legal 500 (2007/8), EU and Competition Law
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Eleni Mitrophanous
Called: 1999 | Silk: 2020

“Industrious, focussed and enthusiastic. She has no weaknesses” "Very good, very learned and very on it.”

Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Law
  • Competition
  • Crime
  • EU Law
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Public Law
  • Tax Law
  • Commercial Public Law

Eleni Mitrophanous QC

Contact Eleni: elenimitrophanous@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Eleni's Practice Team (Team X): TeamX@matrixlaw.co.uk


Eleni has particular expertise in European lawVAT/Excise lawPublic lawCommercial law and Human Rights law. She acts for individuals and commercial organisations as well as public authorities. Eleni was on the Attorney General’s C, B and A Panels of Counsel prior to taking silk.

Legal 500 2021 commented: “She is industrious, focussed and enthusiastic. She has no weaknesses.” Chambers & Partners 2021 commented: “Very commercial and practical. Her advice is always prompt and well thought out.”

EU law

Ranked as a leading junior in EU and Competition law, Eleni was described as follows: “very hardworking and thorough”; “a clever, thorough and solid advocate”; and said to have “very detailed and sound knowledge”. 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’. Recent EU VAT work includes C-40/15 Aspiro, C-246/16 Enzo Di Maura and C-647/17 Skatteverket v Srf Konsulterna AB. Recent EU VAT work includes C-40/15 Aspiro, C-246/16 Enzo Di Maura, C-647/17 Skatteverket v Srf Konsulterna AB, C-279/19 WR, C-459/19 Wellcome trust Ltd and C-43/19 Vodafone Portugal and C-156/20 Zipvit

VAT, Excise and Commercial law

Chambers and Partners rank Eleni as a leading junior in Indirect taxation. Chambers and Partners commented: “Very good, very learned and very on it.”; “She is very able, very personable and a very elegant draftswoman.”;“Excellent.” “Takes the good points and makes them well”;  “She is very, very capable, easy to work with and bright. She has a reputation as a tenacious advocate”; “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. She has been instructed in numerous zero-rating cases (including Innocent FTT, Skinner Upper Tribunal, Nestle Upper Tribunal, Jigsaw Upper Tribunal), exemption cases (Westinsure Upper Tribunal, Aspiro CJEU) and cases relating to conflicts with EU law and limitation issues, as well as judicial reviews (Telefonica, Megantic, Livewire and Olympia Technologies, 1st Alternative & Delta). She also has extensive experience in principal/agency cases: Secret Hotels v HMRC in the Supreme Court, Hotels4U, Lowcost, Opodo, Alpha Accommodation and HotelConnect in the FTT. She has acted in a number of multi-million pound cases before the Court of Appeal including Iveco v HMRC, Adecco v HMRC, GMAC v HMRC, BT v HMRC, Metropolitan International Schools v HMRC, Revenue and Customs Commissioners v News Corp UK & Ireland Ltd and Zipvit v HMRC (currently on a reference to the CJEU from the Supreme Court).

Public law and Human Rights

Eleni undertakes a range of judicial review and human rights work. She was 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 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. Eleni has recently been instructed in the Sophocleous and Others v Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence claim on behalf of claimants alleging assaults by UK government agents during the Cyprus Emergency. She acts in judicial reviews in particular in relation to EU tax law (including Telefonica, Megantic, Livewire and Olympia Technologies, Metropolitan International Schools, R (on the application of First Alternative Medical Staffing Ltd and another) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners, Good Law Project (Uber as interested party). Eleni is currently also instructed in R (Heathrow Airport) v Her Majesty’s Treasury and HMRC, one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2021

Education and Training

B.A. Law (1992) New Hall, Cambridge, Class I B.C.L. (1993) Corpus Christi College, Oxford L.L.M. in European and International Law, European University Institute, Florence (1993-1994) D.Phil in Law (1998) Corpus Christi College, Oxford Bar Vocational Course (1999) Inns of Court School of Law, London Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers (1999-2000)

Scholarships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple Major Scholarship 1998 Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship 1998 Ede and Ravenscroft Scholarship 1999 Department of Education E.U.I. Scholarship awarded for L.L.M. at E.U.I. British Academy B.C.L. Studentship awarded for B.C.L. at Corpus Christi College, Oxford New Hall, Cambridge Scholarship awarded for achievement in B.A. law finals

Publications

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.

Previous Experience

Tenant, Hailsham Chambers 2000-04 FRU – pro bono work in Employment and Social Security cases Tutor in Jurisprudence, Pembroke College, Oxford Tutor in Jurisprudence, St.Hilda’s College, Oxford Tutor in Criminal law, Buckland University

Languages

Greek (bilingual), some Italian and French

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Industrious, focussed and enthusiastic. She has no weaknesses."

Legal 500 (2021), EU and Competition Law

"Very commercial and practical. Her advice is always prompt and well thought out."

Chambers & Partners (2021), Indirect Taxation

"Always exquisitely well prepared and very persuasive in the courtroom.” “She’s very clever and will fight the client’s corner as long as necessary."

Chambers & Partners (2020), Indirect Taxation

"Very good, very learned and very on it.” “An extremely good junior counsel. Very bright."

Chambers & Partners (2019), Indirect Taxation

"An intelligent junior who will resolutely pursue arguments in support of her client’s case."

Legal 500 (2018), EU and Competition Law

"She is very able, very personable and a very elegant draftswoman."

Chambers & Partners (2017), Indirect Taxation

"A clever, thorough and solid advocate."

Legal 500 (2016), EU and Competition Law

"Excellent.” “Takes the good points and makes them well."

Chambers & Partners (2016), Indirect Taxation

"Very detailed and sound knowledge."

Legal 500 (2015), EU and Competition Law

"She is very, very capable, easy to work with and bright. She has a reputation as a tenacious advocate."

Chambers & Partners (2015), Indirect Taxation

"Very commercial and practical, her advice is always prompt and well thought out."

Chambers & Partners (2014), Indirect Taxation

"Very hardworking and thorough."

Legal 500 (2014), EU and Competition Law

"Very bright and really knows her stuff."

Legal 500 (2007/8), EU and Competition Law