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Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC

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Tom Cleaver

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Blackstone Chambers (Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC)


Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, commercial, media and entertainment, EU and employment. Full professional career details can be found at


Called 2009; Lincoln’s Inn.

London Bar

Intellectual property

Within: Leading Juniors

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone Chambers ‘ He is a rising star in soft IP. ’

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone Chambers ‘ He is the go to barrister for interactive entertainment matters. ’

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Within: Sport

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.

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