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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

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Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Kate Grange QC

Work 020 7832 1111
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)


Barrister specialising in commercial, construction, public law and human rights.


Called 1998; Middle Temple.




Ellis Guilford Comprehensive School, Nottingham; High Pavement Sixth Form College, Nottingham; Queens’ College, Cambridge (LLB 2(1) Law).


Swimming, theatre.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜She is a first rate public law specialist who has very quickly established herself as a silk.’

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

39 Essex Chambers β€˜is certainly a leading set in the area of public law, it has strength and depth and to most in the know is the go-to set’. The scale of its work takes in key roles in the Grenfell inquiry and the Charlie Gard cases. Kate Grange QC is part of the team representing the government in challenges to the intelligence sharing regime between the UK and US, and the system of interception of external communications under RIPA. Alison Foster QC in instructed in Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee v the Department of Health, a judicial review challenge to proposals to reduce funding for the sector.

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Within: Construction – 2017 silks

Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A superstar.’

Within: Construction

39 Essex Chambers is β€˜superb with constructions at all levels’, with a recent spike in instructions for PFI/PPP and public procurement disputes. Several members are involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, notably Kate Grange QC who is counsel to the inquiry. The set has been strengthened of late, following the arrivals of Lindy Patterson QC from CMS, Paul Darling OBE QC from Keating Chambers and Anthony Edwards from St Philips Chambers.

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Immigration (including business immigration)

Within: Immigration (including business immigration) – 2017 silks

Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜She is tremendous – tough, sensible, thorough and hardworking – a real star.’

Within: Immigration (including business immigration)

39 Essex Chambers β€˜is a go-to set’, according to one source, β€˜because of the quality of its barristers, modern, unstuffy approach, and excellent clerking.’ Members act in judicial reviews ranging across removal and detention challenges, control orders and challenges to immigration rules. Lisa Giovannetti QC represented the Home Secretary before the Supreme Court concerning the controversial changes to the financial requirements for sponsoring a non-EEA foreign spouse or partner to enter the UK. Kate Grange was instructed in the SIAC appeal of an individual who was suspected of terrorist activity and had subsequently been deprived of their British citizenship

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