Dr. Gunnar Beck

(Door Tenant)

Called: 2000



Email: clerks@1ec.co.uk



Dr. Gunnar Beck is a Barrister & Reader in EU Law (SOAS, University of London)


His practice includes the following areas:


EU law, Financial Services Regulation, Sanctions law.

German Constitutional Law



United Kingdom Association for European Law

2010 - present

Practice Areas


Dr Gunnar Beck is a specialist in EU Law at SOAS University of London, and a barrister specialising in EU law who has practised from 1 Essex Court since 2013. Since 2016 he has also been a Senior Fellow in EU affairs at the Westminster think tank Policy Exchange, where he advises on Brexit-related policy and commercial matters, including a possible future role of the Court of Justice over the EU-UK post-Brexit legal relationship.


Dr Beck was educated at the universities of Oxford and Münster and the Inner Temple, London. He holds degrees in economics, law and politics and completed his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford, in 1996.

Dr Beck is the author of the leading study on the legal reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU and has published numerous academic articles on EU law, the euro crisis, Britain’s exit from the EU, the Court of Justice of the EU and German’s political commitment to the EU. He has lectured on these subjects throughout the EU and Russia.

During 2000-2002 Dr Beck worked as an employed barrister in the EU & Competition department of the London-based international law firm Herbert Smith. From 2002 to 2004 Dr Beck was a legal adviser to the UK parliamentary delegates at the Convention on the Future of Europe, and a UK representative to the Collaborators’ Committee of the Convention. He continued to serve as part-time deputy legal adviser to the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons until 2010. During this time he authored numerous reports on EU draft legislation and special reports on EU criminal law, the internal market, subsidiarity, the Treaty of Lisbon, Article 308 EC Treaty, and on Mobile Phone Roaming Charges.

Dr Beck’s current practice at 1 Essex Court extends to the following areas of law: EU constitutional law, implementation of EC Directives, EU internal market law including trade in goods and services, EU banking law and financial services regulation, EU citizenship and human rights law, social security benefits for migrant workers, EU environmental legislation, free of movement of persons, VAT and cross-border aspects of direct taxation. He has advised extensively on the regulatory regime of the euro zone and on the euro zone crisis generally.


Dr Beck has successfully represented Russian and Iranian companies in sanctions law cases at the European Court of Justice.

London, 9 February 2018


Dr Beck is the author of the leading study of the legal reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU:


"The Legal Reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU"

By Gunnar Beck - available from Hart Publishing and all good bookshops


Dr Gunnar Beck advises private and corporate, legal and non-legal clients on most aspects of the Brexit process and its implications for future UK-EU trade relationships and for ongoing and future contractual relationships involving parties in the UK, the EU and beyond.

In Dr Beck’s current assessment, the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU should be regarded as an increasingly likely event. The Brexit Phase II trade negotiations have commenced but are unlikely to be completed by March 2019. It is very likely that a detailed trade deal between the UK and the EU will only be finalised well into the envisaged transition period. Now is the time for companies to assess and prepare for the possible ramification of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Skills & Interest


German (fluent)

French (fluent)


Privacy Policy


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2010 - present

Notable Cases


Case T-370/14 Petropars and Others v Council


Case T-433/13 Petropars Iran and Others v Council

UKSC 2011/0040                               


Bank Mellat (Appellant) v Her Majesty’s Treasury (Respondent)


C-176/13 P - Council v Bank Mellat


Case T-160/13  Bank Mellat v Council


Case T-176/12 Bank Tejarat v Council.


Case T-496/10 Bank Mellat v Council of the European Union.


Case T-433/13 Petropars v Council


Case T-160/13  Bank Mellat v Council


BVerfG, 2 BvR 1390/12 vom 12.9.2012, Absatz-Nr. (1 - 319), http://www.bverfg.de/entscheidungen/rs20120912_2bvr139012.html


BVerfG, 2 BvE 2/08 vom 30.6.2009, Absatz-Nr. (1 - 421), http://www.bverfg.de/entscheidungen/es20090630_2bve000208en.html