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Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC

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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Practically a brand name for quality public lawyers’, Blackstone Chambers remains ‘the top chambers for complex public law’ instructions thanks to its ‘stellar list of counsel’, or as one source said: ‘Almost any high-profile public law case in the courts involves Blackstones.’ This was recently demonstrated in R (Miller) v the Prime Minister and Cherry and ors v Advocate General for Scotland, in which 11 members of chambers acted for various parties before the Supreme Court. The set has ‘some genuine intellectual heavyweight advocates at the more senior end’ together with ‘really impressive juniors who will no doubt be stars of the future’. Clients also find the set an ‘excellent choice’ for sport, media and entertainment, commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement, and competition law matters. ‘They have good strength in depth and there is usually somebody excellent available’ and their ‘commitment to pro bono work is also very impressive’. In the last 12 months, Diya Sen Gupta (current chair of the Employment Law Bar Association) and Tom Hickman were appointed Queen's Counsel in 2019, while Nathalie Lieven QC was appointed a High Court judge in the Family Division in 2018, with Pushpinder Saini QC set to join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019, and Hugo Page QC recently moved ENTERPRISE CHAMBERS. The ‘well-run’ clerking team offers a ‘first-rate, top-notch’ service, ‘especially when it comes to commerciality and the ability to establish effective Chinese walls’. Senior clerk Gary Oliver (‘incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected’) leads the ‘brisk, commercial, and approachable’ team with deputy senior clerks Derek Sutton (‘very impressive and you can rely on him to point you in the right direction’) and Adam Sloane (‘a real pleasure to deal with and understands our client's needs’); ‘capable’ clerks Dean Tolman (‘effective and friendly’); Adam Fuschillo (‘takes a sensible and pragmatic approach’); Sophie Floydd (‘efficient and easy to deal with over fees’); Danny Compton (‘highly rated’); and Lewis Walker (‘knows his stuff; is a star’) are all praised by clients. Solicitors also appreciate the ‘extremely hospitable’ front of house staff. Julia Horner is chambers director and Mat Swallow is her deputy. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers 'remains the top chambers for public law' with a roster of 'intellectual heavyweights' instructed by government bodies and claimants. Chief among these is James Eadie QC, who as the Treasury Devil exclusively represents the government in its most high-profile cases: he, Kate Gallafent QC, and Naina Patel represented different government departments in R (P, G and W) v Secretary of State for Justice and Secretary of State for the Home Department, a case which concerned the compatibility of the criminal records disclosure system with the European Convention on Human Rights. In R (Gallaher Group) v Competitions and Markets Authority, Lord David Pannick QC and Hanif Mussa represented the tobacco company, with Jessica Boyd acting for co-claimant The Co-operative Group, in which the Supreme Court rejected the concept that duties of substantive fairness or equal treatment existed. Also of note, Dinah Rose QC and Jason Pobjoy represented the Law Society in its judicial review of the 2017 cuts to criminal legal aid. David Pievsky and David Lowe represented the Home Office in the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants' challenge to the "right to rent" scheme, which mandates private landlords check the immigration status of potential tenants. Nathalie Lieven QC was appointed to the High Court bench in December 2018 with Pushpinder Saini QC set to join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.

Leading Silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersUtterly devastating as an advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersThe Treasury Devil.

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally gifted.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of public law and is a very strong advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersHer irresistible style of advocacy is extremely effective.

Ranked: tier 2

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone ChambersInstructed by government bodies in judicial reviews.

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersHer broad practice includes public law regulatory matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent team player.

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersQuick, incisive and brilliant on the law.

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersHis experience in navigating Kafka-esque closed material procedures is second-to-none.

Ranked: tier 4

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersThoughtful and thorough.

Ranked: tier 4

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersGreat at slotting into a team.

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersA secret weapon for tax and public law.

Ranked: tier 4

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersShe provides clear advice to devastating effect.

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptional.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersShe has authority and poise before tribunals.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of the most gifted counsel around.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Pievsky - Blackstone ChambersA government A-panellist instructed in difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHighly cerebral and engaging.

Ranked: tier 1

Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersOne of the leading practitioners in the area.

Ranked: tier 2

Iain Steele - Blackstone ChambersClearly an expert in his field.

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone ChambersSuperb on the detail.

Ranked: tier 3

James Segan - Blackstone ChambersA government A-panelist.

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersVery bright and authoritative in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersHe can deliver a salvo of oral punches at speed and before anyone has time to react.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersExtremely intellectual, but unusually combined with an excellent client manner.

Ranked: tier 3

David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersHe inspires immediate confidence in lay clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersA brilliant public law barrister who already has a stellar reputation.

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersExcellent for mapping out the strategy in a dispute.

Ranked: tier 4

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersBright, strategic and an excellent team player.

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers 'offers great talent, and recommendations from the clerks can be trusted with little worry', say instructing solicitors. The set's expertise spans the crossover between complex banking, fraud, and regulatory matters, and it fields an especially strong cadre of experienced silks. Notable highlights include R (Holmcroft) v KPMG LLP and others, in which Javan Herberg QC represented KPMG.

Leading Silks

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate and cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 3

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is responsive, great analytically and is a very good advocate and team player.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally bright, he has a laser-focused mind.

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersHas an exceptional mind which allows him to distil complex legal problems almost instantaneously.

Ranked: tier 5

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

When it comes to civil liberties and human rights work Blackstone Chambers has a 'deserved reputation as the best in the business’ with many of its members involved in high-profile and precedent-setting cases. Recent instructions for the 'first-class set' include Michael Fordham QC appearing before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to represent clients in Chong & Others v United Kingdom. The case addressed whether there is an obligation under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), or customary international law, to undertake a further inquiry into the 1948 killing of 24 men by British soldiers in Batang Kali, Selangor, now part of Malaysia but at the time part of the British Empire. Elsewhere, Ben Jaffey QC and Thomas de la Mare QC are acting for Privacy International in its challenge to the government's telecommunications interception; 'Treasure Devil' James Eadie QC acted for the defendant. Also of note, Shaheed Fatima QC is heading up the legal panel in the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict and, alongside Hanif Mussa, is acting for mining company Xstrata pertaining to whether the firm can be liable for human rights infringements by a foreign state. 'Distinguished silkDinah Rose QC led the legal team challenging Cambridge Analytica over the alleged misuse of personal data belonging to more than 71 million people, while Timothy Otty QC is noted for his expertise on sanctions law. Pushpinder Saini QC will join the High Court's Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.

Leading Silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers'Absolutely exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is as impressive as it gets, you need him on a large case.

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersA superstar of the Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone ChambersA stellar silk with a great courtroom manner.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone ChambersA first-class silk with a deep commitment to human rights work, providing valuable strategic advice throughout.

Ranked: tier 2

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersStands out for her ability to master complex detail quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers'He is incredibly intelligent and his experience of navigating the Kafka-esque closed material procedure regime of secret pleadings and evidence is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally charming and brilliant at judicial review work.

Ranked: tier 4

John Howell QC - Blackstone ChambersHighly respected with a light courtroom manner.

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersAbsolutely focused and provides an excellent service.

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersA fantastic brain, excellent drafting and advocacy in judicial review work.

Ranked: tier 4

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersReally superb, she fits into the Blackstone model of producing well-researched, high-quality work.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersAn imaginative, lateral-thinker who fights the client’s corner.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersHas an authority and poise which is impressive and she is a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant legal mind, practical and with a highly intellectual approach.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Pievsky - Blackstone ChambersRecommended for his strategic approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersBrings a unique approach and perspective to her cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersA shining star of the human rights Bar who brings ingenuity, creativity and formidable attention to detail to everything he does.'

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Steele - Blackstone ChambersExtremely hardworking and bright, with an excellent eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersQuite simply an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone Chambers‘Very bright, with an eye for legal points that others could miss.'

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is praised for its 'strong expertise across a range of areas', with 'some genuine heavyweight advocates at the more senior end, together with really impressive juniors who will no doubt be stars of the future'. Clients add that the set's 'commitment to pro-bono work is also very impressive', while it also stands out for its combination of expertise in public and civil law. Major recent instructions included Reignwood and Ors v Ni and Ors, where Anthony Peto QC represented Reignwood as part of a team of four members, including Daniel Burgess. Seven members were also involved on the Ingenious Litigation, including Robert Anderson QC and Andrew Hunter QC. Pushpinder Saini QC will join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.

Leading Silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersA forceful leader - authoritative, sharp and decisive.

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersHas great foresight into how the court will react to each element of an injunction application.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersTop choice whenever it is crucial to undermine the credibility of a key witness.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent both analytically and on his feet in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe prepares meticulously and his attention to detail is legendary.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is exceptional, and a superb advocate, his personal presence in court commands considerable respect.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersMaintains a thoroughly commercial approach to matters which makes him incredibly user-friendly and a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 5

Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent for commercial and fraud disputes.

Ranked: tier 5

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersFantastic on his feet, he effortlessly undermines opponents cases.

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersExtremely clever, finds the crucial points with unerring discernment and makes advocacy look easy.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Leona Powell - Blackstone ChambersHugely intelligent, brilliant to work with and a fantastic advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersHis ability to assimilate large volumes of information, digest and advise in a short space of time is staggeringly brilliant.

Ranked: tier 2

Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersShe will fight the client's corner tenaciously, gives robust and objective advice and does not sit on the fence.

Ranked: tier 2

Fraser Campbell - Blackstone ChambersA fantastic junior, he is hardworking and thinks outside the box.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersIf we need a junior barrister for a complex, cross-border, fraud or other commercial matter, he is undoubtedly our top pick.

Ranked: tier 5

David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersExtremely easy to work with, responsive and very clear in his advice.

Ranked: tier 5

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Competition
Competition - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers 'deservedly has a very strong reputation in the competition world', with members instructed at the European and national levels on all manner of cartel cases, as well as having expertise in standard essential patent matters. Brian Kennelly QC and Hanif Mussa are instructed for the European Commission in General Court proceedings concerning the fining of Deutsche Bahn and others over €800m for a freight forwarding cartel – Kennelly QC also leads a team representing Scania in litigation concerning the trucks cartel case. In addition,  numerous members of chambers had involvements in an arbitration between Queens' Park Rangers and the English Football League concerning the Financial Fair Play rules, including Thomas de la Mare QC as first instance arbitrator, Kieron Beal QC and James Segan for the English Football League, and Lord David Pannick QC for QPR.

Leading Silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersSolicitors only ever want to be in court with her if she is representing their client.

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersFirst choice for follow-on damages cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredibly clever, he is one of the most accessible silks.

Ranked: tier 1

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersA very skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersVery quick and incisive.

Ranked: tier 3

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersA real superstar.

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersShe looks for practical solutions to the most intractable of problems.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone ChambersA very strong advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHighly cerebral and engaging.

Ranked: tier 1

Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersHe has a wonderful ability to explain everything in a crystal-clear way.

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone ChambersInstructed in FRAND patent cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone ChambersVery clever, thoughtful and thorough.

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersA specialist in state aid.

Ranked: tier 3

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersQuite simply an all-round star.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersHis oral submissions are persuasive.

Ranked: tier 3

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Data protection
Data protection - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers’ data protection capacity builds on its commercial, public law, and regulatory expertise with key practitioners including Thomas de la Mare QC, James Eadie QC, and Kate Gallafent QC. De la Mare was part of the team which represented the claimants in Privacy International and others v GCHQ, which related to the mass collection of bulk personal datasets and bulk communications data, and Eadie defended in R (Good Law Project and Molly Scott Cato MEP) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Her Majesty’s Treasury, a case challenging the government’s refusal to release Brexit impact analysis documents. 

Leading Silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers‘He is recommended for public sector work and has handled multiple freedom of information claims.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers‘She is a complete superstar and combines brilliant intellect with a peerless demeanour in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers‘He is a highly persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

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EU Law
EU Law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers' members are often instructed by the UK government, as well as by private claimants, in EU law-related disputes. In one European Commission enforcement case, Kieron Beal QC and Paul Luckhurst represent the UK (the latter doing the advocacy before the Court of Justice of the European Union) concerning the transshipment of aluminium through Anguilla, which the Commission argues is a violation of the "sincere cooperation" principle in Article 4(3) TEU. Thomas de la Mare QC and Jason Pobjoy represented National Iranian Tanker Company before the CJEU in its appeal concerning its subjection to sanctions by the European Union. De la Mare and Lord Keen of Elie QC – a door tenant of the set and the Advocate General for Scotland, represented the British government in the Wightman reference, in which the Luxembourg courts determined that it is permissible for the United Kingdom government withdraw its notice under Article 50 of the TEU, to halt Brexit. Lord David Pannick QC represented the claimant in MB v Secretary of State for the Home Department, which concerned the state pension entitlement of a male-to-female transsexual, who the CJEU found was entitled to retire at the lower age despite the absence of a gender recognition certificate; the claimant, who was married to a woman, under the law at the time would have required a divorce. Pushpinder Saini QC has been appointed a High Court judge.

Leading Silks

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersGreat at slotting into a team.

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has expertise over a broad range of issues and jurisdictions.

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredibly clever, and an excellent team player.

Ranked: tier 1

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers'A persuasive advocate and clear thinker'.

Ranked: tier 3

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersTribunals defer to her and clients love her.

Ranked: tier 3

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersHe advises the government as the Treasury Devil.

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersA leading lawyer in the practice area.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

James Segan - Blackstone ChambersInstructed in difficult technical cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersHis track record includes sanctions matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersShe understands the context of the questions solicitors ask.

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersShe has a broad-ranging EU law track record.

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHis advice is incredibly lucid and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersExcellent at mapping out the strategy for any dispute.

Ranked: tier 3

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersVery hardworking and extremely thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is well recognised for public law. In education, its members act for educational institutions and the state. In one highlight, Catherine Callaghan QC acted for the Secretary of State in defending a statutory appeal against a direction under section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 prohibiting a school governor from participating in the management of independent schools; the case arose out of the Trojan horse affair.

Leading Silks

Gemma White QC - Blackstone Chambers‘Maintains a broad public law, regulatory and education practice.’

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersShe is extremely intelligent, thorough and determined to succeed.

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Employment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

'Top-notch setBlackstone Chambers has 'great strength in depth, from the QCs through to the juniors'. Recent case highlights include Paul Goulding QC representing Dyson Group in proceedings brought against its former chief executive, and for IBM in a High Court claim to enforce a non-compete covenant against a former senior employee. Dinah Rose QC acted for Uber in a seminal gig economy case where the Court of Appeal ruled that Uber drivers are workers, and therefore entitled to the national minimum wage and paid annual leave; the ride-sharing company will challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court. In another case concerning employment status, Jane Mulcahy QC successfully defend UK Sport against claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination, victimisation, and detriment following a protected disclosure by Jessica Varnish, a former Great Britain's women's cycling team member - the tribunal found that funded athletes are not employees or workers.

Leading Silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersExtremely intelligent and as formidable an advocate as you will find.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone ChambersThe silk to have on your side in an employee competition dispute.

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone ChambersGreat with clients, easy to work with, especially good on sport matters and in the employment tribunal.

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersShe combines brilliant intellect with a peerless demeanour in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredible in court, highly intelligent and very quick on his feet.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersShe has an authority and poise before the tribunal which is impressive and she is a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Nick De Marco QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is excellent at thinking on his feet and rarely seems to be thrown by anything he comes across.

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Croxford QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is sharp, practical and excellent with clients.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Diya Sen Gupta QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb advocate and a pleasure to work with. Her written work is a particular highlight.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Sarah Wilkinson - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally bright barrister, who is always thorough in her case preparation.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersA very well-rounded advocate who is extremely personable, fiendishly bright and very commercial.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersOn top of the detail, considered and a clear communicator.

Ranked: tier 4

Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersGives robust and objective advice and does not sit on the fence; very responsive and easy to get along with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers handles the full scope of environmental matters, utilising its depth of expertise in public, regulatory, local government, competition, energy, EU, procurement, planning and civil liberties law. 'It is the leading public law set and we would not go anywhere else', remarks one client. Another notes that 'the clerks are professional, quick, helpful and friendly'. In Solar Century v SSECCMichael Fordham QC appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the claimant over changes to renewables support. For the last three years, Ravi Mehta has been involved in the most high-profile environmental litigation in the UK courts, the ClientEarth proceedings, acting for a leading environmental NGO in high-profile EU law challenges to the UK’s failure to meet air quality standards in London and other major urban areas.

Leading Silks

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersA good choice for public bodies facing judicial review.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone ChambersA leading public lawyer with extensive experience in environmental law.

Ranked: tier 2

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is involved in some of the most significant cases, often representing the government.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersRecommended for claimants in public law matters and very strong in EU cases.

Ranked: tier 3

John Howell QC - Blackstone ChambersRecommended for public law cases.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersAhead of many others in this field – a brilliant barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersExcellent at everything he does, he is a top-class performer in all aspects from written work to pure legal muscle.

Ranked: tier 3

Jane Collier - Blackstone ChambersSo solid, silks are nervous to be on the other side of her.

Ranked: tier 3

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersExcellent – involved in important cases, especially where they intersect with human rights issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersVery bright, strategic and an excellent team player.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is a 'go-to set for complex financial services work', where you are 'spoilt for choice' because the 'juniors and QCs are outstanding and have always make time for you'. Recent highlights include R (Holmcroft) v KPMG LLP and others before the Court of Appeal in which seven members were involved, including Javan Herberg QC and Hanif Mussa for KPMG, Ben Jaffey QC for Barclays Bank, (an interested party), and Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Daniel Burgess for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Members also acted for the FCA on the issuance of the Tesco market abuse Final Notice.

Leading Silks

Charles Flint QC - Blackstone ChambersThinks on his feet and works well under pressure, he has a confident and reassuring manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersSimply more experienced than anyone else in the market.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate, extremely user friendly, responsive and good to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersVery impressive.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersVery much on our A-list of counsel.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersAn outstandingly clever person, he's hugely experienced and one of the leaders in this area.

Ranked: tier 3

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersA really impressive advocate who has the ability to make simple and compelling submissions on very complex issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersA highly experienced regulatory barrister.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersHas excellent technical knowledge of FSMA 2000 and other relevant legislation, and is strong on strategy and tactics.

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersAn insightful and tenacious junior counsel who is running up the financial services regulatory ladder two steps at a time.

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersExtremely able and knowledgeable, and very responsive and user friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersHe has been involved in some of the highest profile FCA cases to date and his knowledge of the authority's enforcement process is second to none.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is 'a great set for fraud work' with a 'good number of counsel with experience, knowledge and understanding', according to solicitors. Members regularly work together, or opposite one another; two silks and three juniors acted on PCP Capital Partners LLP and Anor v Barclays Bank Plc, including Tom Weisselberg QC, Robert Weekes and Shane Sibbel. Sabbagh v Khoury was another highlight instruction, with Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Hunter QC appearing on opposite sides of the dispute.

Leading Silks

Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone ChambersA leading figure in civil fraud.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersGreat for fraud and injunctions work.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersHas an excellent mind, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant on injunctive relief and asset-tracing.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is unflappable, with superb judgement of law and the messier, practical aspects of litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersOutstanding for civil fraud.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersClearly a future star silk and I look forward to working with him in the future.

Ranked: tier 1

Leona Powell - Blackstone ChambersQuite simply fantastic – I have never come across a better senior junior in the civil fraud arena.

Ranked: tier 3

Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersCertainly a star of the future and somebody I would expect to make rapid progress through the ranks.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Head - Blackstone ChambersAn instructing solicitor's dream – phenomenally bright, incredibly hardworking, and also very user friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersOutstanding forensic skills and a brilliant analytical ability to cut through complicated tactical decision-making.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is considered to be ‘the strongest public law set’ and ‘one of the leading sets for telecoms regulatory matters in acting for both Ofcom and telecoms companies’. Recent highlights include James Segan's representation of a telecoms company in challenging a direction by Ofcom, requiring it to refrain from liberalising the regulatory regime for GSM gateways, and Tom Richards' instruction by Telefónica in an appeal against a determination by Ofcom concerning ‘flip-flopping’ of termination rates by H3G and Vodafone. Pushpinder Saini QC (recently appointed to the High Court) was instructed by Ofcom in a judicial review challenge to its Annual Licence Fees, brought by EE, Vodafone.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersShe is a superb advocate and highly intelligent.

Ranked: tier 1

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is great analytically and he is a very good advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersAn effective cross-examiner, and is friendly and flexible to work with.

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHe has the exceptional ability to be creative and think laterally.

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone ChambersHe is a truly impressive junior.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Vinall - Blackstone ChambersHe is particularly known for his experience handling appeals under the Communications Act 2003.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely user-friendly and seamlessly integrates into any team.

Ranked: tier 1

Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersHe pays meticulous attention to detail and is extremely clever.

Ranked: tier 1

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers 'are a very strong set in immigration'. In the Court of Appeal, Michael Fordham QC acted for Calais "Jungle" children claimants regarding their Article 8 rights to enter the UK. In another instruction of note, Jason Pobjoy represents a number of unaccompanied minors challenging the significant and ongoing delay by Home Secretary in determining the claimants' individual asylum claims.

Leading Silks

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone ChambersFew barristers can hold the attention of judges and are listened to as intently as he is.

Ranked: tier 1

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersHer refusal to accept defeat when she is right and her poised, measured and persuasive advocacy is second to none.

Ranked: tier 2

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is the best Supreme Court advocate with more experience before the court than anyone else at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Blackstone ChambersA highly accomplished practitioner who delivers with clarity and composure both when advising clients and when delivering submissions in court or tribunal.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersHe remains one of the most gifted counsel around, who identifies the most cutting edge and winnable points.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersHe is a star who will rise to the very top.

Ranked: tier 2

Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersShe is a safe pair of hands with good drafting skills and knowledgeable about more complex public law issues.

Ranked: tier 3

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers attracts praise for its 'astounding breadth of expertise', 'strength in depth', and 'modern approach', and is known for its expertise in copyright, trade mark disputes, particularly in the media and entertainment sector. In a recent highlight Ian Mill QC and Tom Cleaver represented The Racing Partnership and others in a copyright and database rights infringement claim against several defendants, including Sports Information Services Limited, by which Michael Bloch QC was instructed. Bloch QC was also instructed by the easyGroup in several brand protection matters.

Leading Silks

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely clever and very good at combining legal arguments with policy considerations.

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is incisive and has great focus on the points which really matter.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely knowledgeable, charming and unflappable on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

James Segan - Blackstone ChambersA very talented advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersHe is a rising star in soft IP.

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is 'particularly strong in the mid and junior level silk bracket, with a number of strong individuals', says a source. The set's barristers are capable of handling a variety of disputes, including BIT claims, across a wide range of sectors. Notable mandates include $650m LCIA shareholder dispute concerning a Caribbean development project, in which Robert Howe QC was one of three members involved. Harish Salve is also known for his strong India-related expertise.

Leading Silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersBrings outstanding leadership, advocacy and clarity of thought.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersAn outstanding silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersAn outstanding cross-examiner and it was an education to watch him in action.

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersHas a deep understanding of the law, is a collegiate team worker, and strong advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent at understanding which are the important issues and what the tribunal will care most about.

Ranked: tier 4

Harish Salve SA - Blackstone ChambersHugely experienced in India-related arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersFormidably intelligent and willing to interrogate every argument to tease out the most coherent position.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersA formidable name to have on your side – meticulous and unafraid as an advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is ‘the first port of call for media, entertainment, and sports sector work’ boasting ‘some excellent juniors and industry leading QCs’. The group is known for its trade mark and copyright expertise across the industries. In recent case highlights, Ian Mill QC represented Ed Sheeran, and the co-writers and publishers of the song ‘Shape of You’, in seeking a declaration that the song did not infringe any copyrights of the defendant; while Robert Howe QC and James Segan were instructed to act for the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) against the BBC in a case to decide how much the broadcaster must pay annually for its blanket licence to use music in television programmes. Tom Hickman QC took silk in 2019 and Pushpinder Saini QC will join the High Court in October 2019.

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is an outstanding advocate – the man for the big occasion.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely bright and personable and a complete joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb advocate with fantastic judgement..

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of the great cross-examiners, particularly recommended for music and football matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe offers clarity of thought, good arguments and presentation.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is a superb advocate but also very commercial and practical in his advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is great on his feet and quick to grasp complex issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is well-prepared and very personable with excellent answers to on-the-spot questions.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is an imaginative, lateral-thinker who fights the client’s corner.

Ranked: tier 4
Media and entertainment - 2019 Silks

Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is pragmatic with top-quality written work and good advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1
Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

James Segan - Blackstone ChambersA very impressive junior and likely a future QC.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Vinall - Blackstone ChambersA go-to barrister for music and film matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone ChambersShe is very impressive and has remarkable attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersHe is the go to barrister for interactive entertainment matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersHe is a very bright and user-friendly barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersA very knowledgeable and self-assured advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely bright with a great eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersHe is compelling on his feet and meticulously prepared.

Ranked: tier 4

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has a number of members who handle work on key constitutional issues of commercial significance in the British Overseas Territories. Lord David Pannick QC represented the Bermuda Bar Council before the Privy Council – Walkers challenged the Bermudian regulator's decision to refuse it a licence to practice law, citing the requirements for local control of law firms. Elsehwere, Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC advises on the impact of Brexit on the Channel Islands.

Leading Silks

Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC - Blackstone ChambersHe advises the highest levels of offshore government.

Ranked: tier 1

Lord David Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersA real superstar – he deserves his reputation.

Ranked: tier 4

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersDevastatingly effective, clients love her.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersOn top of the detail, a considered and a clear communicator.

Ranked: tier 1

Rob Weekes - Blackstone ChambersAdept at dealing with demanding clients.

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers' members provide 'solid and pragmatic advice' across a wide spectrum of regulatory matters, according to instructing solicitors; the set's client base includes the General Medical Council, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Financial Reporting Council. In one instruction of note, Mark Shaw QC acted for the General Osteopathic Council in a statutory appeal brought by an osteopath against the decision of the Professional Conduct Committee to impose conditions of practice on the appellant's registration, citing alleged undue interference on the part of the panelists.

Leading Silks

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is deft at crafting arguments in the most difficult of cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone ChambersStrikingly suave, with a very confident court manner.

Ranked: tier 3

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has an excellent bedside manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersHer clients include the GMC and the ICAEW.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersShe has a broad regulatory practice.

Ranked: tier 4

Jana Sadler-Forster - Blackstone ChambersShe has an empathetic demeanour; clients trust her.

Ranked: tier 4

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Public international law
Public international law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is an 'excellent set' for public international law thanks to its 'array of talent'. In addition to investment treaty and state v state disputes, many of the set's larger public international law cases cross over into related areas such as human rights and state immunity. Highlights in this regard include Certain Underwriters at Lloyds v Syria & Others where Timothy Otty QC and Naina Patel secured a $50m judgment against the Syrian Arab Republic following the terrorist destruction of aircraft.

Leading Silks

Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone ChambersA terrific chap to work with, commercially sound and gets the right result, clients and instructing solicitors adore him.

Ranked: tier 1

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersKnowledgeable in PIL, clear thinking, with good drafting and advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3

Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC - Blackstone ChambersA grand master at constitutional law, including PIL.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone ChambersA good team leader, strong analytical skills and powerful advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersAn absolute star, he is superb at dealing with PIL issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersAn up-and-coming junior who is proactive and very user friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersExtremely capable and knowledgeable in the field of state immunity.

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers' public law offering includes a range of public procurement expertise. 'Star senior junior' James Segan 'is smashing to work with, very bright and very much in demand'. His work includes advising on large IT outsourcing contracts and disputes around tender processes  Also in demand, Hanif Mussa has handled a number of high-profile cases in areas such as transport.

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers'He shows exceptional ability to be creative and think laterally that is most impressive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jame Segan - Blackstone ChambersHe remains focused on the practical and business outcomes where others may descend into academic legal discourse.

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersFantastically bright, very responsive and provides concise pragmatic advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Practically a brand name for quality public lawyers’, Blackstone Chambers remains ‘the top chambers for complex public law’ instructions thanks to its ‘stellar list of counsel’, or as one source said: ‘Almost any high-profile public law case in the courts involves Blackstones.’ This was recently demonstrated in R (Miller) v the Prime Minister and Cherry and ors v Advocate General for Scotland, in which 11 members of chambers acted for various parties before the Supreme Court. The set has ‘some genuine intellectual heavyweight advocates at the more senior end’ together with ‘really impressive juniors who will no doubt be stars of the future’. Clients also find the set an ‘excellent choice’ for sport, media and entertainment, commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement, and competition law matters. ‘They have good strength in depth and there is usually somebody excellent available’ and their ‘commitment to pro bono work is also very impressive’. In the last 12 months, Diya Sen Gupta (current chair of the Employment Law Bar Association) and Tom Hickman were appointed Queen's Counsel in 2019, while Nathalie Lieven QC was appointed a High Court judge in the Family Division in 2018, with Pushpinder Saini QC set to join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019, and Hugo Page QC recently moved ENTERPRISE CHAMBERS. The ‘well-run’ clerking team offers a ‘first-rate, top-notch’ service, ‘especially when it comes to commerciality and the ability to establish effective Chinese walls’. Senior clerk Gary Oliver (‘incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected’) leads the ‘brisk, commercial, and approachable’ team with deputy senior clerks Derek Sutton (‘very impressive and you can rely on him to point you in the right direction’) and Adam Sloane (‘a real pleasure to deal with and understands our client's needs’); ‘capable’ clerks Dean Tolman (‘effective and friendly’); Adam Fuschillo (‘takes a sensible and pragmatic approach’); Sophie Floydd (‘efficient and easy to deal with over fees’); Danny Compton (‘highly rated’); and Lewis Walker (‘knows his stuff; is a star’) are all praised by clients. Solicitors also appreciate the ‘extremely hospitable’ front of house staff. Julia Horner is chambers director and Mat Swallow is her deputy. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers 'really is the go-to set for sports work'. Kate Gallafent QC and Tom Cleaver represented The FA, a cornerstone client for Gallafent QC, in FIFA disciplinary proceedings concerning Chelsea FC's recruitment of youth players, which raises issue of national football associations' liabilities for actions by clubs. Adam Lewis QC, who represented the club in that matter, also advised World Rugby on issues concerning European qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, after several national teams had points penalties applied for fielding ineligible players. Turning to tennis, Cleaver and Jane Mulcahy QC represented Ilie Năstase in disciplinary proceedings and an appeal following an on-court tirade in a Fed Cup tie directed at both the Great Britain team and the umpire; Năstase's ban was reduced on appeal by eight months.

Leading Silks

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone ChambersInstructed in high-profile disputes for high-profile parties.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersA formidable advocate with the gravitas clients are looking for.

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone ChambersA fantastic advocate with excellent judgement.

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersShe has a fantastic grasp of the issues and is really impressive in making her clients feel heard.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptional: he always adds value.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has a track record of sports regulatory work.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone ChambersKnowledgeable in employment law as it relates to sport.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Nick De Marco QC - Blackstone ChambersA good advocate with a particularly impressive football practice.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

James Segan - Blackstone ChambersHis command of his subject is impressive and he is a match for even the most seasoned advocate in his field.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Mountford - Blackstone ChambersHe provides clear and concise advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersHis advocacy is high-quality, focused, accurate and convincing.

Ranked: tier 3

David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersMeticulous and clear-thinking with brilliant drafting skills.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersOn top of the detail, considered and a clear communicator.

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: VAT - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is 'clearly able to put out strong numbers in some of the biggest cases'. Although representing a significant number of taxpayers, members of chambers also act regularly for HMRC, with a particular focus on VAT cases. Highlights for Sam Grodzinski QC, 'a superstar for public law tax work', include defending Uber in Maugham v Uber, where he is defending a claim seeking a declaration by the High Court as to whether Uber is liable for VAT. He is also acting for the Revenue before the Supreme Court in Zipvit v HMRC in an appeal concerning the right to reclaim embedded input tax, following on from HMRC's success in the Court of Appeal.

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is unparalleled on public law and tax matters.

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is simply phenomenal.

Ranked: tier 3

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersIn consultation he is direct but client friendly and in court he is a fierce and effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersHis key strength is in providing very clear and digestible legal and strategic advice on those complex factual scenarios.

Ranked: tier 3

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