Set Profile > Blackstone Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC
Blackstone Chambers
1 Garden Court, Temple
London
EC4Y 9BJ
England

Living Wage

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 1

Highly regarded as 'one of the best and brightest sets', Blackstone Chambers houses 'top quality barristers able to advise on a range of issues', with consistent visibility on important judicial reviews cases and matters that attract a great deal of public attention. Members of chambers led for all parties in R (Elan-Cane) v SSHD, a Supreme Court case seeking the issuance of passports with the sex field marked "X": Kate Gallafent QC, Tom Mountford and Gayatri Sarathy represented the claimants, while Monica Carss-Frisk QC  and Rachel Jones represented the intervener Human Rights Watch, and the 'tremendous silk' James Eadie QC represented the government in his capacity as Treasury Devil, the government's first-choice outside counsel. In addition, Hanif Mussa and Daniel Cashman successfully represented the government in R (Andrews) v Minister of the Cabinet Office, defeating a challenge to the use of tactile voting devices for blind voters, which numbered candidates (without naming them).

Rising stars

Isabel Buchanan - Blackstone ChambersIsabel is reliable, hard-working and detail oriented.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Cashman - Blackstone ChambersHe is the best public law junior at his level by a distance. Very bright, works quickly and well. Always adds value and combines seamlessly with solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Celia Rooney - Blackstone ChambersCelia possesses sound judgement and regularly demonstrates this by displaying her ability to think a problem through to its conclusion to build a case and then present that logic in a practical and logical way to a judge.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Lord David Pannick QCBlackstone ChambersOne of the very best advocates in the country. Clarifies and makes accessible the most complex matters and holds the court’s attention like no other.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is innovative in his thinking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersA calm and measured advocate, and genuine expert in the field who commands respect from tribunals at all levels. Very, very clever - she is always able to sharpen a point.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersVery smart and incredibly personable. She always puts the client at ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is the star of the tax Bar for judicial review cases. Unafraid to challenge clients to ensure the best possible result is achieved.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersA talented silk who never has a bad day. Always outstanding. Ben is frighteningly excellent and relentless.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersA strong communicator willing to give clear advice. Responsive and pleasant to work with
Ranked: Tier 4
Kieron Beal QCBlackstone Chambers ‘Always thinks outside the box. First choice for complex, high value cases raising issues of European Union Law and public/administrative law. Kieron is a wonderful advocate, always has the ear of the court and is very clear and concise when making submissions.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant at getting to grips with detail and fantastic advocate in judicial review matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersForensic and strategic, finding the weaknesses with minimal fuss and exploiting them.
Ranked: Tier 4
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersJavan is particularly strong in financial services matters and IS very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersTom is ferociously bright, plain speaking, client friendly and strategic. His advocacy is impressive, persuasive and highly effective, and undiminished in a virtual environment. A real star.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

David Pievsky QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is meticulous, engaged, and full of legal insights. His work on the pleadings is literally extraordinary.
James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersA delight to work with.

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHanif is without doubt a superstar in the making. He is a brilliant oral and written advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant, thoughtful and diligent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally able, hard working, and persuasive with excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Iain Steele - Blackstone ChambersHis work is very impressive and he is very much much a judicial review expert who can win cases. He is proactive and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersHe is lovely to work with, very clever and works extremely hard.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersWorking with Paul is exceptional, when working with him you know that the case is in very good hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersSmart, assured and user friendly. He has the confidence to lead conferences with clients in difficult circumstances at short notice and is sensitive to their objectives.
Ranked: Tier 3
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersIn the fast-paced world of public law, Naina is a cool head on calm shoulders. As well as being an excellent technical lawyer, she is an insightful litigator with an experienced tactical eye and an impressive ability to navigate complex litigation with ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersJason is a superb junior who is much in demand with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersVery precise and thorough in his drafting. He has great judgement and always ensures that the team is thoroughly prepared.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jessica Boyd - Blackstone ChambersJessica is an exceptional barrister. She has a truly brilliant mind, is exceptionally hard working, is very responsive, and is great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersAn understated, cool, calm and collected advocate. Sharp legal mind with persuasive drafting abilities. A go-to public law junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersHe is able to master a huge volume of information quickly and inspires confidence in clients. His advocacy is perfectly judged – persuasive but sensitive where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Probably the best set for public law in the UK. They have a range of highly responsive, knowledgeable and hard-working barristers and work hard to provide the best possible service, often to unreasonable deadlines.’

‘Blackstone are obviously a fantastic set with some excellent public lawyers.’

‘Blackstone is the number one administrative and public law set.’

‘Brilliant barristers – one of the best and brightest sets.’

Clerking 

‘Billy Brian and Lewis Walker are both responsive and commercial, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The clerking is of a high quality, as you would expect from a market-leading set.’

‘Very good, helpful and efficient, tech-savvy.’

‘First rate. Highly responsive and engaging. Adam Fuschillo has always looked after us very well with excellent service.’

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 1

Blackstone Chambers is lauded as 'incontrovertibly the stand out public law chambers in the country' and 'packed with talent from top to bottom'. In a landmark case arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Naina Patel represented a claimant in R (JCWI) v President of the UT (IAC), resulting in a declaration of unlawfulness of the COVID-19 guidance of the President of the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, by which the norm of oral error of law appeal hearings was replaced with a default of paper determinations. In another significant hearing, Charlotte Kilroy QC was instructed by the Public Law Project to represent Medical Justice before the Court of Appeal in Medical Justice v Home Secretary, finding that the Home Office’s ‘no-notice’ removals policy, a policy under which around 40,000 removals had been effected between 2015 and 2019, was ultra viresJames Eadie QC continues to be the first port of call for the government in his role of Treasury Devil.

Leading Silks

James Eadie QCBlackstone ChambersA stellar barrister and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Otty QCBlackstone ChambersTim is at the top of his game and is a leader in his field. He is a fantastic advocate, gives robust and clear advice and is great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lord Pannick QCBlackstone ChambersHis strengths are immeasurable. His skill – in so many areas – is nothing short of masterful.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersIn a class of her own, totally brilliant. She is an exceptional barrister. Clear, authoritative and very co-operative in her working style. She is head and shoulders above the majority of her competitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersHolds the government's feet to the fire on human rights issues. Absolutely brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 2
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersGets to grips quickly with the details of a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally charming and brilliant at judicial review work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersShaheed is a brilliant lawyer. She has a deep knowledge of the law and enormous attention to detail. She is excellent to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersSam is bright, interested in and retentive of detail engaging and fluent in argument and with a strong strategic sense.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Charlotte Kilroy QC - Blackstone ChambersShe has a very good grounding in asylum, human rights law, and jurisprudence, and offers thorough and well-thought through advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas de la Mare QCBlackstone ChambersInnovative in his thinking; on human rights matters he has gone out of his way to give value to the clients because he knows he is on the right side and they will not be able to proceed with their fight otherwise.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent technical legal knowledge, clear and concise drafting, highly persuasive advocacy, very personable and down to earth.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

David Pievsky QCBlackstone ChambersHe is meticulous, engaged, and full of legal insights. He utterly transformed the pleadings. Really strong on the human rights elements of the case and knows more about legal professional privilege than anyone else.

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHanif is a top drawer public lawyer: understated and evidently highly intelligent. A wonderful opponent who is easy to deal with but never to be underestimated. His written work is first class, his grasp of complex issues and his legal analysis are impeccable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersIncisive and clear thinking in the her approach to complex issues. Grasps the client's concerns and always exceeds expectations combining strong professionalism with good people skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant attention to detail and produces thorough, well researched and presented drafting.
Ranked: Tier 3
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersVery bright - the go to individual for advice / representation in relation to matters concerning the Equality Act 2010.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersHe has an extraordinary legal mind and is an unusually fluent and articulate advocate. He is also a very affable and supportive team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Iain Steele - Blackstone ChambersIain is obviously an expert in his field. He was hugely productive and pragmatic, able and willing to work collaboratively, and he showed a very high degree of flexibility in terms of fitting in our urgent requests around his other priorities.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone is an exceptional chambers with talent that represents both government and claimant lawyers.’

‘Undoubtedly one of, if not the, public law sets in London. You can instruct any one of their barristers with the complete confidence that you have one of the best public law practitioners available.’

‘Chambers are excellent, with probably the most talented pool of public lawyers at the bar and members suitable for and capable of representing the most diverse range of clients.’

Clerking

‘The quality of the clerks’ room is second to none. Nothing has ever been too much trouble. The clerks are all excellent – always meeting all of our needs and always available. Gary Oliver and Danny Compton deserve particular mention.’

‘Clerks room under Gary Oliver – who is a straightforward and totally reliable clerk who says it exactly as it is – are very good indeed.’

‘Very helpful and prompt, technically able.’

London Bar > Employment Tier 1

Blackstone Chambers‘ employment group has been at the forefront of litigation involving foreign exchange trading, zero hours workers, and cross-border enforcement of restrictive covenants. Paul Goulding QC‘s highlights include Benyatov v Credit Suisse, in which he defended Credit Suisse against a £60m claim brought by a former employee following his conviction in Romania while working there. Also in the banking sector, Diya Sen Gupta QC represented three Cantor Fitzgerald employees, who sought a stay of English High Court proceedings against them for bonus repayments. Recent growth includes senior junior Craig Rajgopaul and rising star Navid Pourghazi joining from Littleton Chambers and Cloisters, respectively.

Rising stars

Hollie Higgins - Blackstone ChambersHollie is sharp and quick to grasp the thorny issues. She's also great with clients, balanced and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
George Molyneaux - Blackstone ChambersVery knowledgeable in his subject area, both in terms of the law and the tribunal/court process. Imaginative in terms of tactics and thorough in preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Navid Pourghazi - Blackstone ChambersNavid provides really good insightful and tactical advice, is very good with lay clients, and a good cross-examiner of witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1
Celia Rooney - Blackstone ChambersCelia is super-bright and fastidiously-well organised. She is go-to counsel for employment and discrimination cases, quickly picking up the details of a case and distilling a strategy.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone ChambersA go-to for complex whistleblowing- the best in the business and knows how to handle senior stakeholders, while remaining calm and reassuring.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone ChambersAll-round abilities and delivers a really excellent service to both clients and instructing solicitors. Brilliant with clients (reassuring but honest and very pragmatic) and a real team player (collaborative and supportive to instructing solicitors). Incisive analysis and highly effective, measured advocacy that you can see is appreciated by judges.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersAn extremely impressive and invaluable strategic adviser. Her key strength is the ability to provide clear, technical advice, with an empathetic and supportive approach. Catherine is highly responsive and immersed in the detail of the case, which means clients feel they are in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Croxford QC - Blackstone ChambersA fine strategist with great intellect. The go-to person for complex whistleblowing cases - always dependable and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersCompletely on top of the brief, easy to get on with, and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersHugely talented, and the best advocate and litigator solicitors have instructed in their careers. In all hearings, he is the strongest QC in the room. He is extremely bright and unflappable. He's very clear in his merits at all stages of litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Diya Sen Gupta QC - Blackstone ChambersVery client friendly - a real go-to star.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersSimon always gets on well with the clients and witnesses. His case preparation is impressive, always thorough, and focuses on the key aspects very quickly. Advocacy is another great strength of Simon's, which comes from the incredible preparation and attention to detail. His written advice is also excellent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersPin-sharp intellectually, quick and accurate assimilation of voluminous and complex facts, and has an amazing ability to apply the legal principles to commercial reality.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kerenza Davis - Blackstone ChambersKerenza is insightful, thorough, practical, responsive and very clear in her advice, as well as being a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersA real team player who is accessible and practical in his outlook. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Wilkinson - Blackstone ChambersVery user-friendly, accessible and strong intellect.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Mountford - Blackstone ChambersHe has excellent knowledge and very impressive written and oral skills.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

Blackstone is my go-to Chambers as the depth and quality of counsel, whether junior or senior, is the best there is.

Blackstone has an excellent reputation for employment law.

Everyone we have used from Blackstone has been of a very high calibre.

Have used them all my professional life – extremely reliable on quality.

They are a brilliant set for employment work.

Clerking

All the clerks I have worked with are friendly, down to earth, and understand my needs and those of my clients.

The clerks are great- helpful and responsive. You know you are in safe hands with the Blackstone clerks.’

Very good and responsive. They don’t sell me a pup, when offering me an alternative to my preferred choice, and are sensible on fees.

They get the job done without any fuss.

Clerk Daniel Compton has made sure everything has run smoothly and is a pleasure to work with.

London Bar > European Union law Tier 1

In the words of one client, 'for EU law matters, Blackstone Chambers is one of the best sets, able to offer the brightest, most highly skilled advocates', and the set houses specialists in jurisdiction issues, customs, sanctions, employment and immigration. Members are routinely instructed on the most innovative and significant cases in the English courts; as an example, Paul Luckhurst acted as sole counsel in Langton v DEFRA & Natural England, an important Court of Appeal case regarding the correct application of the Habitats Directive. Emily Neill had a particularly busy year which included acting in a £500m group litigation claim against Royal Mail for VAT “hidden” in the price of postal services under EU VAT rules. In Luxembourg, Brian Kennelly QC, leading Jason Pobjoy, successfully acted in Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak and others v Council of the European Union as the CJEU annulled sanctions imposed on the claimant. James Segan QC took silk in 2020.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Kieron Beal QCBlackstone ChambersAlways thinks outside the box. First choice for complex, high value cases raising issues of European Union law and public and administrative law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Kennelly QCBlackstone ChambersHis advice is always clear and succinct and, most importantly, he provides practical solutions to complex problems.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas de la Mare QCBlackstone ChambersTom is pre-eminent in the field, entrusted by clients and plainly highly respected by the tribunals before whom he appears.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersJames is an absolute star – professional, extremely bright and articulate, very responsive and a fantastic team player.

Leading Juniors

Emily NeillBlackstone ChambersExcellent knowledge of EU law. Provides clear concise legal advice. Works well on complex files with multiple actors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ravi MehtaBlackstone ChambersGreat analytical skills, good with clients, produced excellent written advice and legal documents.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason PobjoyBlackstone ChambersJason is the ultimate team player, super responsive and a delight to work with. Not only is his knowledge of EU law exceptional, but he adopts an incredibly commercial approach to cases, making him one of best EU and competition law juniors around.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

Really good chambers for all aspects of a commercial litigation practice.’

I enjoy working with barristers from Blackstone. The juniors are approachable and very easy to work with; they are enthusiastic and always keen to help. From my experience it is abundantly clear that they have particular strengths in aviation, European law and regulatory matters, but they have shown the ability to turn their hand to just about any dispute we can throw at them. There is real strength in depth at Blackstone and when our preferred Counsel is unavailable, Blackstone is never short of other options.

For EU law matters, Blackstone Chambers is one of the best sets, able to offer the brightest, most highly skilled (yet practical) advocates. Availability can, however, be a challenge and the clerks have a tendency to over-commit Counsel.’

Blackstone is without doubt one of the leading chambers for EU law. It has many leading practitioners and is a ‘go to’ chambers for Linklaters for instructions on EU as well as UK litigation cases.’

The go to set for European, public and administrative law.

Clerking

Danny Compton is great. Really hardworking.’

Marc Armstrong is excellent – always extremely helpful and responsive.’

The clerks at Blackstone are very helpful and good to work with. I have particular experience of working with Billy Brian, who is fantastic. Billy is always contactable and never fails to help me out at short notice when we need urgent assistance. He is friendly, personable and always professional.’

Very professional particularly Derek Sutton.’

Organised and punctual.’

London Bar > Financial services regulation Tier 1

The 'excellent' Blackstone Chambers is 'a go to set for financial services regulation work'. The set is home to an impressive range of silks and juniors who are well versed in contentious and non-contentious matters, including advice to regulators such as the FCA, as well as representing individuals and financial services companies before regulatory tribunals. Andrew George QC and Daniel Burgess  are acting for the FCA in tribunal proceedings concerning Keydata Investment Services and £475m worth of structured financial product investments it sold to over 37,000 investors. Andrew Green QC represented a major hedge fund in a market abuse investigation by the FCA; the investigation was discontinued. In another matter, Javan Herberg QC acted for the FCA concerning Carillion's mis-statement of information to the market prior to its insolvency.

Rising stars

Ajay Ratan - Blackstone ChambersAjay is highly intelligent and hard working. He gets to grips with the case quickly and offers clear and pragmatic advice. A great team player.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has an encyclopedic knowledge of regulatory law and procedure. A very strong advocate who is accessible and very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb financial services silk. He is an outstanding strategist with great judgement, very responsive, and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersJavan is a leading expert in the field with unrivalled technical knowledge of the rules and practice in relation to enforcement matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersMonica can always be counted on to provide outstanding and insightful legal advice. She provides a calming presence, regardless of the difficulties involved.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is ferociously clever and also incredibly thoughtful and respectful of other people's views. His clarity of thinking is exceptional, allowing him to explain and argue legal concepts with apparent ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersA silk who is exceptionally knowledgeable and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersA super smart, very responsive and incredibly hard-working junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersDaniel is a superb barrister, responsive, insightful and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersA very bright advocate and a strategic thinker. He understands the FCA process and provides good cogent, coherent advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHanif tackles the nub of any issue incredibly quickly, and provides technical solutions in a practical manner. Diligent, responsive and a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Harry Adamson - Blackstone ChambersHe has a brilliant mind, and gets to the heart of an issue in a very quick and clear manner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone is a first-rate set. All the barristers I have worked have been highly intelligent with excellent analytical skills.’

‘Very strong for contentious financial services work.’

‘Blackstone is very much the leading set in the contentious financial services area with the most heavyweight of QCs, in particular Andrew Green QC and Javan Herberg QC, and leading juniors such as Simon Pritchard.’

‘The have a number of very impressive contentious regulatory QCs and juniors‘.

Clerking

‘Derek Sutton is extremely user friendly.’

‘Excellent and extremely responsive.’

‘Blackstone are really well run and clerked. I love working with the chambers director Julia Hornor and senior clerk Gary Oliver, both exceptionally talented and authentic people.’

‘Gary Oliver is superb, professional and responsive.’

‘I mainly deal with Adam Sloane who is always available and I consider to be first class. You can always have a sensible conversation with Adam.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Blackstone Chambers has 'some exceptional fraud advocates' and is commended for being 'very strong from top to bottom'. Civil fraud has always been a key area of focus, and this is reflected in the calibre of cases that the silks and juniors are regularly instructed on. Members often work together on cases, as was the case in Organic Grape Spirit Limited v Nueva IQT where Tom Weisselberg QC and Peter Head successfully represented the appellant in a case with major implications for freezing orders applied to emerging businesses. Another highlight was Privatbank v Kolomoisky and ors in which Robert Anderson QC and Andrew Hunter QC were co-lead counsel for claimant Ukrainian bank.

Rising stars

Andrew Trotter - Blackstone ChambersClever and very hard working. His written work is excellent. He turns work around very quickly and provides clear, sensible and pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersHe couples his undoubted legal abilities with the ability to work with a myriad of clients and consistently seeks to identify legally sound and commercially sensible outcomes. He is rightly regarded as one of the leading individuals at the commercial Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone ChambersTony provides astute and eminently sensible commercial advice to clients in a straight-forward and user friendly form. He is also a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersAs good as you could ask for in a civil fraud silk: kind, strategic leadership, excellent advocacy, and a career based on doing the difficult fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb advocate who immediately gains the trust of the court. He is also an outstanding jurist who can immediately cut through to the critical points. A star and a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersA ferocious advocate, particularly in his cross-examination of witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersAbsolutely stellar.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersA superb advocate with great intellect and strategic awareness. Rob produces high-quality written work and has great empathy with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Head - Blackstone ChambersPhenomenally bright with that gold dust ability to be able to think laterally and see ways around problems that leave most of us flummoxed. Also an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Leona Powell - Blackstone ChambersThe standout star junior at the commercial fraud bar - no one has a better understanding of fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersShe provides detailed and reasoned advice that can be easily digested and relayed to clients, and is comfortable in the finer factual details which is invaluable in highly complicated disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersHe is amazingly clever. Very through and does not miss a point. He spots the weaknesses in the other side's argument and dismantles it. He is an up and coming star.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Adamson - Blackstone ChambersHarry has a delightful manner with clients (even when they are very difficult) and an exceptional intellect.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Baradon - Blackstone ChambersThorough, meticulous and impressively committed to the case. He has a sharp instinct for the key details that determine the outcomes of arguments and applications, and turns this into excellent written work and submissions.
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersA very bright and engaging junior who is a good choice, particularly on Russian/CIS issues. Daniel produces very high quality work and has good communication skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Mountford - Blackstone ChambersExtremely calm and measured under pressure, unflappable in the face of urgent requests and applications. He is also extremely bright, regularly identifying solutions to difficult legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone Chambers is the leading set in commercial and fraud litigation, housing some of the finest barristers in the UK and highly efficient clerks. Their first rate webinars are also extremely informative and much appreciated across the industry.’

‘Blackstone has some exceptional fraud advocates. ‘

‘Blackstone Chambers is a first-rate set, and I have never been disappointed by their members or clerks. ‘

‘Blackstone is right in the top rank of chambers for commercial fraud.’

‘Blackstone Chambers are excellent across the board. Whenever the first choice is unavailable, they produce a list of excellent alternatives who never let you down and who then become regular counsel of choice.’

Clerking

‘Adam Fuschillo is particularly easy to deal with and very responsive.’

‘The clerks are responsive and deal with queries promptly.’

‘The clerks at Blackstone go above and beyond in terms of flexibility, communication and transparency.’

‘The clerking is a dream; friendly, helpful, understanding and their fee levels are commercially realistic for such a top chambers. Derek Sutton is just superb to work with and the eminent Gary Oliver is friendly and supportive in every way possible.’

‘Always excellent. Adam Sloane is very user-friendly and always available.’

London Bar > IT and telecoms Tier 1

The ‘go-to set for public law or IT & telecoms regulatory-related matters’, the barristers at Blackstone Chambers remain leaders in acting for major communications operators and consumers, and for against regulators such as Ofcom. Before the UK Supreme Court, in the FRAND case Unwired Planet & Conversant v Huawei & ZTE, James Segan QC acted for Huawei and successfully defended against a claim brought by Conversant, a licensing entity connected to Nokia. In Virgin Media Limited v Ofcom,  Javan Herberg QC  represented Ofcom in dismissing an appeal brought by Virgin Media against Ofcom’s decision to impose a £7m fine for breaching the General Conditions of Entitlement. In addition, Brian Kennelly QC acted for CK Telecoms UK Investments in CK Telecoms UK Investments Ltd v European Commission, where the court annulled the Commission’s decision to block CK Hutchison’s acquisition of O2 UK from Spain’s Telefonica.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersBrian has an unparalleled knowledge of the Irish, EU and UK telecommunications sector and regulatory framework and is able to drill down into very complex issues to present clear, concise advice and plot out next steps in a commercial way.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersJames is an excellent advocate - clear and compelling in their presentation, exceptional and nuanced in drafting and providing realistic and effective strategic direction in conference. James is highly sought after, with good reason, and is an asset to any case he is a part of.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersTom is excellent. Seriously bright, highly personable and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a measured and calm approach coupled with an ability to run with complex legal issues and arguments with ease. A true star junior.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Everyone I have ever worked with at Blackstone has been extremely impressive.’

‘Go-to set for public law or IT & telecoms regulatory-related matters; strength in depth across QCs and junior counsel.’

‘The go-to set for public law or IT & telecoms regulatory matters.’

Clerking

‘I cannot praise Lewis Walker highly enough. He is efficient, responsive, and dogged in his determination to get you what you need, but also thoroughly charming and a pleasure to work with. He is everything you are looking for in a Practice Manager.’

‘Clerks are responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Very user-friendly and responsive.’

‘User-friendly; responsive; commercial on fees.’

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) Tier 1

The ‘go-to set for media-related work’, the large group of barristers at Blackstone Chambers act for music and newspaper publishers, film production companies, composers, artists, authors, and performers in matters ranging from licensing rights and copyright infringement to partnership claims and royalty disputes. In Sheeran & Ors v Chokri & Ors, Ian Mill QC is acting for the singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his creative collaborators, who are seeking a declaration that they have not infringed copyright of the defendants in the writing and exploitation of the song “Shape of You”. In Jon Moss v Culture Club, Tom Weisselberg QC (leading Celia Rooney) represents Jon Moss, the former drummer in Culture Club, in partnership claims against his former bandmates, including Boy George, following his ejection from the group.

Media And Entertainment – Rising Stars

Celia Rooney - Blackstone ChambersCelia is personable, reliable and diligent as well as being very attentive. She is also extremely efficient and has great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersIncisive and intelligent with real gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersExtremely clever and a masterful advocate in written submissions and cross examination. A valuable cross-over between core media and intellectual property issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersRobert is an extremely strong practitioner with an eye for detail and hunger to win. In complex matters he goes the extra mile to get to the key issues and find a strategic path for the client. A first class act.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAndrew is a fantastic cross-examination, who immediately wins the trust of the client, a real authority. He has an excellent reputation, so having his name at the bottom of a pleading sends a message to the other side that you mean business.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersTom gets to the nub of the question quickly and has an easy manner with clients. He is extremely bright and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is a very thoughtful, considerable and astute counsel, who is fearless in following through on the basis of his advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Media and entertainment - 2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersJames has a great knowledge of the legalities and commercialities of copyright law and is very clear and practical with his advice.

Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Mark Vinall - Blackstone ChambersMark is exceptionally intelligent and is always across the detail of the case, both from a factual and legal standpoint. He has an excellent manner and is a pleasure to work with. He is very responsive and concise in his advice and always makes himself available.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersDaniel puts the client at ease in conference was clearly across all the facts of the case as well as the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersShane is incredibly thorough, his preparation leaves no stone unturned. He is a real pleasure to work with and is always happy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck into a case. Solicitors trust him with any media or commercial dispute.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘An excellent set for commercial work and for art litigation. Their barristers understand the art market better than most.’

‘Excellent for Media and Entertainment issues.’

‘Blackstone are a very strong set with some excellent barristers.’

‘Blackstone, as a set, is hugely impressive. Its strength in depth is probably unparalleled and it has built a reputation to match.’

‘They have a good range of barristers with experience in copyright/media matters.’

Clerking

‘All the clerks are excellent.’

‘Excellent. Gary Oliver and Derek Sutton are both consummate professionals and very responsive and helpful. Julia Hornor and Mat Swallow (respectively the Chambers Director and Deputy Director) are both also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Gary Oliver and Adam Sloane are very strong.’

‘Experienced, well connected, and professional.’

‘I have always found the clerks’ room very responsive and pleasant to deal with.’

London Bar > Public international law Tier 1

Blackstone Chambers has long been one of the pre-eminent chambers for public international law, particularly in the crossover with public law and  human rights law, as well as related areas of state and diplomatic immunity. Maurice Mendelson QC remains a leading figure in the market, while Timothy Otty QC has built upon his superb reputation for human rights matters and is increasingly active on the investment treaty side.  Several leading juniors are also making strong names for themselves. Paul Luckhurst managed a Supreme Court victory in Janah and Benkharbouche v Secretary of State, a matter concerning National Minimum Wage claims by staff at the Sudanese embassy in London, and is currently pursuing the UK for damages in the European Court of Human Rights. Jason Pobjoy successfully defended the Foreign Secretary's position on diplomatic immunity in R (Charles) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, a High Court case concerning the death of motorcyclist Harry Dunn, who was killed in 2019 after he was struck by a car being driven by the wife of an alleged CIA operative.

Leading Silks

Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely hard working and a genius when it comes to structuring the strategy to be adopted. As a team leader he gets along well with everyone and is happy to discuss difference of opinions and to maintain an open mind.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone ChambersA preeminent public international lawyer with the breadth of knowledge and depth of experience to stand out from others in the field. A tremendously persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent and tenacious advocate, but also great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersA junior with a very bright future in public international law matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersExtremely thorough in considering a case from every angle and excellent at making clear highly complex issues and in impressive submissions to the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersJason is the expert and go-to junior in public international law. He has the perfect mix of academic and practical litigation so he is the total package in this are which is hard to find, as many counsel are one or the other.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Sport Tier 1

Widely considered as ‘leaders in the field’, Blackstone Chambersremains the go-to set for all sports law matters’ from governance and regulation through to employment, human rights and commercial exploitation matters. Nick De Marco QC is a specialist in sponsorship, competition, personal injury and financial fair play matters, among many others; he representing Newcastle United its ownership dispute with the Premier League, as well as advising several Premier League clubs on the "Project Restart" resumption of the 2019-20 season. Kate Gallafent QC and Celia Rooney successfully defending the FAW in a challenge to its decision to terminate the 2019-20 Cymru Premier brought by The New Saints, who were four points behind Connah's Quay Nomads with six games left in the title race when the season was ended. Away from football, Adam Lewis QC advised Premiership Rugby on its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Thomas de la Mare QC and Rooney represented Racing Point in the investigation in to the team's 2020 Formula One car, which featured brake ducts, among other parts, that replicated the previous year's championship-winning Mercedes W10.

Rising stars

Celia Rooney - Blackstone ChambersShe understands how to translate then deploy complex legal concepts in the sporting context. Clearly a junior to watch, she impresses in all areas.
Ranked: Tier 1
Natasha Simonsen - Blackstone ChambersWorking with Natasha is a pleasure; she is efficient, quick and well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredibly approachable and down to earth; she is really well-organised and prepared, taking everything off the client’s shoulders.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone ChambersA leading light in the sports sector. He is an excellent advocate and one that always takes the time to know every detail of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick De Marco QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has the best working knowledge of the football regulatory landscape of the barristers at the Bar and has built a good practice for himself in that space.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersThe finest sports advocate; he is absolutely magisterial in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone ChambersJane is technically and tactically brilliant; she is incredibly bright and can engage with all the details in a complex case, while still being able to see the big picture and focus on the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA no-nonsense silk with an excellent experience in the sports industry and a tenacity to identify key issues at an early stage.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of the top barristers for employment-related disputes in the sports sector.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersThe go-to silk for competition and Brexit issues impacting the sports sector.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersA future star of the Bar. Incredibly hard-working and user-friendly.

Leading Juniors

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersExcellent to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Mountford - Blackstone ChambersHe has an excellent knowledge of sports and adds significant value to disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersHe has a very pleasant manner on top of being really bright and on top of the case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersA very strong junior for sports regulatory matters and particularly strong on competition law.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersVery bright and incredibly hard working junior on the rise. Leaves no stone unturned and always goes the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersTom's brain works faster than everybody else's. He sees through complex problems to get to the heart of a point.
Ranked: Tier 4
Luka Krsljanin - Blackstone ChambersLuka is particularly sought after for his expertise in football cases. He is able to assimilate evidence quickly and offer a sophisticated analysis.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone is the leading set for sports disputes and we use them almost exclusively on our matters. They have someone for every type of sporting dispute and I have not had anything other than a positive experience with everyone I have instructed.’

‘Blackstone Chambers is our go-to set for sports-related disputes. They have a number of barristers with expertise and experience in the sports sector and we find them excellent to work with.’

‘Blackstone Chambers are the gold standard for barristers in sport. They have some of the best lawyers in the sports industry, who are involved in most of the biggest cases.’

‘The set is top-drawer; it does not get any better than Blackstone. The sports offering is stellar across the board: from silks to junior juniors, and from sports regulatory/disciplinary to sports commercial/IP.’

‘Blackstone are the best set for sports work. The set has many barristers with a deep knowledge of the field and each has their own qualities depending on the case in question.’

Clerking

‘Highly responsive. Adam Sloane is always dependable and brilliant to work with.’

‘The clerking service is excellent. Adam Sloane in particular is first-rate and makes using Blackstone very easy.’

‘The clerks are the engine room of a well-oiled machine, cooperative and flexible; they are great to work with. ‘

‘The clerks are always helpful and on the ball.  The one used most of all is Lewis Walker who is always personable and good to deal with.’

‘Very helpful always. Adam Sloane and Gary Oliver always willing to go above and beyond.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 2

Blackstone Chambers has 'top quality barristers at every level' and is praised for its versatility, marrying commercial litigation 'with expertise across many disciplines'. The set is especially noted for its impressive roster of juniors. Members are regularly called upon in headline-grabbing cases, particularly those with an international, regulatory or public law angle. Notable highlights included representing a Thai political exile against defendants across multiple jurisdictions in Suppipat & Others v Narongdej & Others, a dispute between Thai parties concerning the sale of two energy companies, in which Victoria Windle and Shane Sibbel were both led by Anthony Peto QC for the claimants. Several members have also been involved in the Ingenious Group Litigation, including Robert Anderson QC, Andrew Green QC and Andrew Hunter QC.

Leading Silks

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent trial lawyer with great advocacy skills; always able to talk his clients out of a tight spot; can think on his feet and always displays good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAn outstanding trial advocate. A fearless and fearsome cross examiner, with an excellent manner with clients and solicitors - Andrew really gets it in terms of commercial objectives.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersIan’s advice on strategy in the final weeks before trial is critical to his ultimate success in cases. He is a ferocious advocate, particularly in his cross-examination of witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersAndrew is extremely bright, works hard and is a great advocate. He has presence in a court room and is good at effective cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA pleasure to work with and responsive, bright, commercial and simply excellent legally. An advocate of the finest quality.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersA real force to be reckoned with - he has enormous energy and is very quick.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersAbsolutely first-rate. One of the very very best advocates to work with. Supremely competent and delightful.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersMichael is extremely clever and has a great way with words.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersRobert produces excellent written work. He is very analytical in his approach and is able to quickly cut through and identify the key issues, which is not as easy as it sounds.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate who has that precious ability to sense which way the wind is blowing in a hearing and adapt his approach accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersProbably one of the smartest people I've ever met. An excellent and tenacious advocate, but also great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 6

Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent barrister with in-depth expertise on both procedural points and wider litigation strategy. He is a clear and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersA superstar. Clever, unflappable and a joy to work with. She is just a pleasure to have on the team.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leona Powell - Blackstone ChambersA brilliant advocate who is jaw-droppingly quick at getting on top of complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fraser Campbell - Blackstone ChambersA very strong all-rounder, offering tight drafting, cogent advice and deft advocacy. He excels on his feet and is a master cross-examiner, with an assurance beyond his years of call.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersA fantastic barrister who is extremely calm under pressure and a pleasure to work with. His written work is superb and his client relationship skills are brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersAndrew is extremely sharp and very experienced for his year of call. Quick to get to the nub of new issues and offer commercial routes through.
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Head - Blackstone ChambersVery user-friendly and down to earth. Bright, pragmatic and clear-thinking. Excellent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 5
Tom Mountford - Blackstone ChambersHe is impressive even in the top echelons of the commercial Bar, where he operates. He is going places.
Ranked: Tier 5
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersAn absolute star - extremely bright, gets stuck into the detail, very commercial and client friendly. One of the most responsive and helpful barristers.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘Very strong set of chambers. Almost all of the barristers there are first rate.A large range to choose from.’

‘An excellent set – I instruct a number of their barristers. Without exception they are all first rate. The set has strength and depth to field enquiries for wide ranging disputes at short notice.’

‘Amazing. They have everything you need at the top level with incredible junior support. If I was only allowed to instruct one chambers again in my career it would be Blackstone.’

‘Blackstones is our preferred Chambers without a doubt. The ‘client experience’ is second to none and replicates our approach to our own clients. They have real strength in depth and understand our preferences as a firm to ensure they offer us those individuals who offer not only superb experience but also will work well with us.’

‘Outstanding quality of work and experience in the field of commercial litigation. Barristers can be counted on to marry technical expertise with commercial acumen.’

Clerking

‘I have known Derek Sutton for over 10 years. He goes out of his way to get things done for you.’

‘The clerks look after us very well. They make the effort to get to know us and respond to our needs. Derek Sutton stands out in terms of his client care and pragmatism.’

‘Gary Oliver is very user friendly and supports us to get the right counsel.’

‘Excellent experience of Danny Compton in the clerks’ room. Very responsive, user-friendly and sensible.’

‘I have always had a great experience with the Blackstone clerks’ team. Extremely prompt, friendly and approachable – they are the city’s standout clerks’ room from my perspective. In particular: Billy Brian is very personable, prompt and accommodating; Danny Compton is similarly prompt, pragmatic and has a very commercial approach to time sensitive and urgent matters. Adam Sloane is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable.

London Bar > Competition Tier 2

Blackstone Chambers is a 'great set of chambers-across the board', and includes a number of barristers with extensive expertise in all areas of competition law. Brian Kennelly QC enjoyed a particularly strong year, having acted for the claimant in CK Telecoms UK Investments Ltd v European Commission before the General Court, which saw the court deliver a landmark judgment overturning the Commission's decision to block the proposed merger between UK mobile networks Three and O2. In the English courts, James Segan QC, having taken silk in 2020, acted for Huawei in Unwired Planet & Conversant v Huawei which concerned FRAND issues and standard essential patents. Emily Neill acts unled on behalf of major companies such as Ryanair in price control cases, while Paul Luckhurst is contesting two collective class action applications relating to foreign exchange manipulation.

Leading Silks

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersBrian is the Michael Jordan of appeals against merger decisions in the UK.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is a leader in this area and really knows his stuff. He was one of the first barristers to really see the potential of group and class actions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersKieron is an excellent team player who engages really well with clients and other advisers. He is energetic which is of great benefit in litigation than can run for many years.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersJames' advocacy is clearly structured, extremely well judged and highly persuasive. He is the "go to" barrister for FRAND and IP licence disputes.

Leading Juniors

Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersTristan is a star junior - he is tremendously clear thinking and excellent both in court on paper.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersExtremely intelligent, always very courteous, and reads the room well. Very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersHe has a Ferrari of a mind - he just purrs and everything seems effortless - a sign of a real quality barrister and a silk in the making.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersJason is the ultimate team player, super responsive and a delight to work with. Not only is his knowledge of competition law exceptional, but he adopts an incredibly commercial approach to cases, making him one of best competition law juniors around.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersPragmatic, easy to work with, very smart and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Counsel are responsive and proactive and have been very flexible in terms of accommodating client matters given current circumstances. Advice is always sensible and commercial.

For competition matters, Blackstone Chambers is one of the best sets, able to offer the brightest, most highly skilled (yet practical) advocates.’

Blackstone remain one of my favourite Chambers for barristers specialising in competition litigation. They can offer barristers with a very diverse range of personalities and advocacy styles. The best barristers are in high demand but that also means they are often very efficient which is good from a costs perspective, especially on the larger and longer-running cases.’

Simply one of the best in Public Law areas – and top in my view on Competition.’

Blackstone is without doubt one of the leading chambers for competition law. It has many leading practitioners and is a ‘go to’ chambers for Linklaters for instructions on competition litigation cases.

Clerking

The clerks service is very strong – they are responsive and candid about availability and strength of the barristers.’

Great clerks

I have mostly dealt with Lewis Walker who is friendly and great to work with.’

London Bar > Environment Tier 2

Blackstone Chambers is ‘the leading public law practice’ and clients note that ‘the variety of people it has is helpful when considering who would be a good fit for a particular matter’. The set handles the full scope of environmental law cases, drawing in great depth of expertise in public, regulatory, local government, competition, energy, EU, procurement, planning and civil liberties law. Members continue to be involved in high-profile cases, including the group action against Volkswagen Group Limited concerning the use of defeat devices to mask pollution from its diesel cars, in which Thomas de la Mare QC is taking a lead role. Among the juniors, Emma Dixon remains a prominent practitioner in environmental law, and she is currently involved in a landmark air pollution case, R (ClientEarth) v Secretary of State, in both the Supreme Court and in the European Court of Justice, arguing for a declaration that the UK is in breach of EU air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide in London and other major urban areas.

Leading Silks

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersA brilliantly creative mind full of ideas, he is super-bright and laser-sharp.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersHe exhibits excellent technical legal knowledge, clear and concise drafting, and highly persuasive advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersShe is incisive and clear-thinking in the her approach to complex issues and grasps the client's concerns.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHe is extraordinarily brilliant, no doubt the smartest person in any room he walks into, and his drafting, analysis and tactical insight are first-class.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jane Collier - Blackstone ChambersApproachable and responsive and knowledgeable, she has real niche expertise in information requests for environmental issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersHe has very strong knowledge of air pollution policy and past litigation, as well as a strong eye for detail, and he is very good on broader strategy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersTechnically very strong, commercially astute and a delight to work with, he is a go-to name for public law and environmental matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘I have been part of teams instructing different barristers from Blackstone over the years and the variety of people they have is helpful when considering who would be a good fit for a particular matter. They are very professional.’

‘Blackstone Chambers is the leading public law practice. We would go there first with any public law needs.’

Clerks

‘I have been very impressed by the clerks room. I have regular contact with Billy Brian, who is hardworking, very approachable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The clerks are generally helpful and responsive when needed.’

‘Clerks reply promptly.’

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 2

Blackstone Chambers' immigration set features barristers operating 'at the forefront of legal challenges', covers an 'extremely broad range' of issues and is 'trusted by claimant and defendant alike'. Informed by expertise in public law and human rights, it has in-depth knowledge of asylum claims, refugee law, deportation and citizenship. In particular, recent highlights include Naina Patel's successful representation of the claimant in R (JCWI) v President of the UT (IAC), a matter which declared COVID-19 guidance proposing to hear large numbers of tribunal cases on papers unlawful, Jason Pobjoy's work for the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism in the high-profile R (Begum) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission case (in which Sir James Eadie  represented the government in his capacity as Treasury Devil) and Isabel Buchanan's role in a judicial review challenging citizenship application fees.

Rising stars

Isabel Buchanan - Blackstone ChambersIsabel is an effective communicator, and an engaging speaker, which enables her to get her message across. She does so with sufficient clarity. Her quick – thinking supports the effectiveness of her delivery and fluency in court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

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
Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersHe remains one of the most gifted counsel around, who identifies the most cutting edge and winnable points.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersAn astute and courageous court performer, who is able to respond flexibly and appropriately to any type of situation and judge.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersNaina is incredibly clever. Her oral submissions are so well-structured and clearly expressed that she has the court in the palm of her hand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersJason is extremely clever, and can draw on both his litigation experience and his academic background to enormous advantage. He writes beautifully.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

Blackstone Chambers is the best set in the country in my opinion. It really does represent the best of best in all the areas that they practice. Their barristers are at the forefront of legal challenges.”

This is probably the preeminent set of public law lawyers covering an extremely broad range and trusted by claimant and defendant alike for sharp, incisive, critical thinking.”

Blackstone are the number one administrative and public law chambers and strong on immigration.”

Very good – real depth in the set.”

 

Clerking

The Clerks at Blackstone Chambers are all very helpful and always willing to assist with bookings and confirm Counsels’ availabilities. Adam Fuschillo in particular is most helpful and possesses sound knowledge on legal aid billing rates etc.”

Very easy to deal with and responsive to requests.”

I have always found the clerks to be knowledgable and friendly. Their recommendations with regards to suitable counsel for a particular case are always helpful and they are keen to show flexibility with regards to counsel fee which makes a real difference whilst dealing with clients with a limited budget.”

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

Blackstone Chambers has a first class generation of silks with excellent credentials for general banking and finance disputes. This is in addition to its clear strengths in financial services regulatory matters. Javan Herberg QC is one of the leading silks in the market for the regulatory side, but also handles an impressive selection of litigation claims, and represented UK Asset Management/Northern Rock Asset Management on the 'mortgage prisoner' group litigation, Davis v Lloyds. Other leading silks include Andrew George QC who successfully acted for the claimant in Pipia v BGEO, a high-profile case involving alleged asset stripping and intimidation by the London parent of a Georgian banking group, in which Andrew Hunter QC represented the defendant. Andrew Green QC is poised for a busy 2022, representing HSBC in the Ingenious Litigation.

Leading Silks

Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersFantastic in this area, one of the best Silks and always a delight to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent court presence and with an Eye of Sauron-like focus on client expectations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersThe go-to silk for financial disputes with a regulatory angle and at the top of his area of specialism. Excellent written work and has the measure of the judge when acting as advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is incredibly smart but also excellent on his feet and under pressure. In addition, he is incredibly responsive to client needs and a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone remain my go-to chambers. The quality of the barristers is incredible. Their recent virtual Covid training events have been fantastic.’

‘Blackstone are a leading commercial set, particularly strong in relation to financial services regulatory work. They have a formidable line up of silks and juniors who are regularly instructed by the regulators and defence counsel alike.’

Clerking

‘Excellent service from the clerks’ room. Very efficient and easy to deal with.’

London Bar > Data protection Tier 3

Blackstone Chambers acts in a wide range of data protection and FOIA cases. Key practitioners include James Eadie QC and Thomas de la Mare QC, and Kate Gallafent QC who is recommended for information privacy work. Ravi Mehta continues to act for Big Brother Watch, Open, Rights Group, and English PEN, and a prominent German internet campaigner in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom, which relates to an application to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications, following the Edward Snowden leaks.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersA real depth of knowledge of EU law combined with mastery of complex facts makes him a formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

Blackstone Chambers has several leading silks who are highly sought after for major international disputes. This expertise extends to investment treaty arbitrations, where public international law specialists such as Maurice Mendelson QC are held in particularly high regard. Other members of note include Andrew Hunter QC, who has been representing a Chinese alumina supplier in a London Metals Exchange arbitration, and Robert Howe QC , who is instructed on a set of LCIA arbitrations involving a $650 million shareholder dispute linked to the development of a Caribbean island. Among the juniors, Robert Weekes has built up an extremely good track record in this area.

Leading Silks

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersAn exceptional QC and advocate. Calm, but firm and hugely clever.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA first-rate advocate with a fantastic eye for detail. He is a skillful cross-examiner with a measured style that lends itself well to international arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersA consummate advocate and clever tactician who is prepared to roll his sleeves up and work with the team.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersSuper strong cross-examination. Fearsome and always well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is highly analytical, quick to focus in on the important points and a superb advocate in hearings.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harish Salve SA QCBlackstone ChambersA huge intellect, he can make the difference in a difficult case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of my go-to counsel.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent intellect, strategic nous and stamina. Michael is well up to the task in demanding cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone ChambersHis extensive experience in the relevant specialism shone through in the clear, succinct opinion provided, going straight to and focusing on the important issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersFantastic attention to detail and is sensibly aggressive based on a very deep understanding of the law - a great choice for difficult cases where arbitration intersects with court based applications
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersA star junior. Excellent paperwork and a valuable addition to any team. Very clever and always capable of finding an extra point.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Very good breadth of work and depth of experience.’

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Blackstone Chambers is ‘absolutely outstanding for all public law and regulatory matters‘. Members are regularly instructed by a wide range of prominent regulatory clients, including the General Medical Council, the General Optical Council and Solicitors Regulatory Authority in a range of regulatory proceedings. In recent instructions of note, Ivan Hare QC appeared before the Divisional Court in GMC v Zafar, a case concerning contempt of court by expert witnesses and the admissability of fresh evidence on appeals against a sanction by the GMC; the court substituted erasure for the suspension awarded by the original tribunal.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Shaw QCBlackstone Chambers 'A leading expert, and very responsive and easy to work with. An intellectual powerhouse, strong understanding of regulatory environment and drivers, clear concise and insightful advice.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Callaghan QCBlackstone Chambers 'Robust, pragmatic and very sensible. She inspires total confidence.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Gallafent QCBlackstone Chambers 'Great safe pair of hands, very bright and personable.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Javan Herberg QCBlackstone Chambers 'Javan has unrivalled expertise. There are very few cases where Javan has not had some involvement - whether for the FCA or against. He is in a league of his own when it comes to regulatory enforcement. He is the counsel of choice for any significant regulatory matter.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Iain SteeleBlackstone Chambers 'Quick to understand the key issues. Provides advice on complex issues in a clear digestible manner and offers pragmatic advice.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Emma DixonBlackstone Chambers 'Emma is highly intellectual, with a razor sharp ability to get into the detail of the case and identify the issues.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone is my go to Chambers as the depth and quality of counsel, whether junior or senior, is the best there is.’

‘Very efficient set, with excellent barristers and good availability of barristers.’

‘Clearly expert in disciplinary and regulatory matters.’

Clerking

‘Gary Oliver is great, very efficient and responsive.’

London Bar > Public procurement Tier 3

Blackstone Chambers maintains an active administrative and public law set, with members active in a range of cases in England and Wales and beyond. Emily Neill is called to both the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland Bars – south of the border, she represents McAllister Bros Limited, the successful bidder, in Boyne Waste Services v Irish Water, in a challenge by a losing bidder to a significant procurement exercise for pipe cleaning services. James Segan QC and Hanif Mussa are also noted.

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of the best in public procurement.

Leading Juniors

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersHanif is extremely erudite in this area of law, and is able to explain and apply it in the real world.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily NeillBlackstone ChambersShe combines a razor-sharp intellect with a relentless focus on helping the client achieve their objectives.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone’s breadth of talent from juniors to seniors is quite remarkable.’

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax Tier 3

Blackstone Chambers is a 'well-run set' with 'impressive individuals' that include the likes of Sam Grodzinski QC and Kieron Beal QC , who often appear in cases at the interface of tax and more mainstream public law. Grodzinski is 'very thorough' and is regularly instructed both for and against HMRC; he is acting for Uber in the high profile HMRC v Uber case, in addition to the related claim for judicial review concerning Uber's VAT liability. Beal is a 'fantastic advocate' and is acting against HMRC in St George’s University v HMRC, a case concerning VAT in relation to educational services.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersSam is an excellent all round leader. He is very thorough, great with clients and fun to work with. I am not at all surprised that he is instructed in many of the leading cases in the tax field.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersSam is an excellent all round leader. He is very thorough, great with clients and fun to work with. I am not at all surprised that he is instructed in many of the leading cases in the tax field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersKieron has a very high success rate on cases on which he has been instructed. He is tenacious and applies his very detailed knowledge of cases extremely well. He is well versed in disciplines akin to the indirect taxes and applies that in his cases. It is difficult to point to any weak point in how Kieron prepares, interacts or litigates his cases. He is extremely responsive and always available. He is also a fantastic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Blackstone is a well run set.’

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 3

Charles Flint QC – Blackstone Chambers  Blackstone Chambers‘ Charles Flint QC, who is also at IPOS Mediation, has established a strong reputation as a commercial and human rights mediator, and has particular expertise in financial services. Flint is 'calm and measured throughout, and able to identify the key issues and facilitate meetings between the parties'.

Mark Shaw QC – Blackstone Chambers  Well-regarded for his aptitude for 'ensuring that mediations are kept on track', Blackstone Chambers' Mark Shaw QC is also a panel member at IPOS Mediation. An accredited mediator since 2008, his experience includes mediations arising from contract, tort, costs, immigration, employment, public sector and public procurement disputes.

London Bar > Energy Tier 4

Blackstone Chambers is ‘the leading chambers for constitutional and public administrative law’, and its members frequently handle commercial litigation, regulatory, environmental and public law matters relating to the highly-regulated energy industry. Alan Maclean QC has a broad commercial and public law practice includes numerous energy cases, a recent example of which is his work for Ofgem in a high-profile judicial review challenge brought by British Gas against the new tariff price cap for default rate gas and electricity consumers. Hanif Mussa is an impressive junior for commercial and regulatory cases involving energy and natural resources - He recently supported a tidal lagoon operator in a possible challenge to a controversial decision by the UK government to refuse to support a project for a new tidal lagoon project in Wales.

Rising stars

Tom Coates - Blackstone ChambersA very thorough and thoughtful barrister with a great ability to cut to the nub of a problem.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersHe provides clear, user-friendly advice, both in conference and in written follow-up, and he forms a strong rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersForensically astute, technically superb and unflappable, he is a first-class barrister that clients will want to have on their side.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersA meticulous, high-calibre junior with an approachable manner and a good understanding of the area.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘The leading chambers for constitutional / public administrative law.’

‘Blackstone has offered a fantastic online training schedule during the pandemic.’

London Bar > Intellectual property Tier 4

Blackstone Chambers' 'strength and breadth of available expertise is excellent'. The set has an established reputation for its capabilities in soft IP work, however it is equally adept at handling instructions involving hard IP matters. Robert Howe QC is regularly instructed by major record companies, media organisations, and high-profile musicians and music groups. In recent work, James Segan QC is acting for Chinese technology company Lenovo in an ongoing FRAND-related dispute, concerning whether the client must take a licence under patents declared to be standard-essential by InterDigital.

Leading Silks

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersA hyper-intelligent and fluent advocate who holds the court's attention.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersHis direct, no-nonsense advocacy camouflages a beguiling subtlety and agility.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersJames is very good at handling competition matters which intersect with IP issues.

Testimonials

Set

Amazing depth of barristers in chambers. I have used many different people and they have always been very good.

Blackstone is modern, responsive and helpful – a go-to set for IP work.

Fees are always consistent, which is a big plus.

Blackstone is generally excellent and a pleasure to work with.

Clerking

The clerks have always been very good.

The clerks are deeply helpful.

The clerks are great, particularly deputy senior clerks Derek Sutton and Adam Sloane.

A special mention to Adam Sloane, who is always responsive and helpful.

Billy Brian is excellent.

London Bar > Offshore Tier 4

Blackstone Chambers has its strengths in public law and commercial disputes, as well as trusts matters, which translate to a solid slate of offshore work across the Caribbean and other commonwealth countries. Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC is noted for advice to governments of the British Overseas Territories on their highest sensitivity matters, and public law expert Tim Parker has recently been instructed in a number of matters in the Caymans involving Hong Kong based companies, and is able contribute experience practicing in the SAR as a full member of Denis Chang’s Chambers.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Lord David Pannick QCBlackstone ChambersRemains a star in all he does.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersA superb barrister - responsive, insightful and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tim Parker - Blackstone ChambersA very bright and user friendly barrister, especially when it comes to competition and public law related matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersShe shows commitment and intellectual ability.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Deservedly a top ranked set.

I have only had very good experiences of the set as a whole.

Clerking

Clerks from Blackstone Chambers are very friendly and often reachable.

Gary Oliver and Derek Sutton in particular are very impressive.

London Bar > Education

London Bar > Company and partnership

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Silks

Andreas Gledhill QCBlackstone ChambersA go-to QC in this area, he often comes up with the silver bullet solution in complex and complicated situations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Peter Head – Blackstone ChambersEverything you could wish for in a barrister – Peter is exceptionally clever and hardworking, definitely on speed-dial for new instructions.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

Leading Silks

Andrew Green QCBlackstone ChambersHis determination to succeed is a real standout feature.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Hunter QCBlackstone ChambersHe is incredibly smart, but also excellent on his feet and under pressure. In addition, he is incredibly responsive to client needs and a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Pensions

Leading Juniors

Fraser Campbell – Blackstone ChambersProactive, personable and perceptive. Incredibly responsive. A true intellect, but always commercial.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Aviation

Leading Juniors

Tom CoatesBlackstone ChambersTom is an immensely impressive junior. He is very responsive, very approachable and not afraid to muck in and get involved with the heavy lifting on cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Blackstone Chambers is a distinguished set with a pre-eminent reputation across all areas of commercial, public, regulatory, employment and international law. We are a diverse community of barristers, including more than 50 Queen’s Counsel, with a longstanding commitment to excellence and equality. Clients value our breadth of expertise, quality of advocacy and global reputation.

Blackstone Chambers has been instrumental in the development of public law and has deep roots in commercial law, where the expertise of our barristers spans a range of specialisms including civil fraud, asset recovery and injunctive relief, banking and financial services, insurance and reinsurance, conflict of laws, jurisdictional challenges and international arbitration. Strengthened by our unique heritage, additional areas of specialist expertise include EU and competition, civil liberties and human rights, environment, media and entertainment, mediation, rule of law and international trade and development, sanctions, sport, tax and telecommunications.

We are fully committed to the principle of equality of opportunity without discrimination and we participate in a range of initiatives to help facilitate increased access to and diversity at the Bar. Since December 2019, we have commissioned the use of the Rare Contextual Recruitment System. Rare is a multi-award-winning diversity company using big data to map the social, financial and educational background of candidates and make sure that brilliant but disadvantaged candidates are identified and given the chance to flourish.

In the past year, Blackstone Chambers, with five other sets of Chambers, helped to launch ‘Mentoring For Underrepresented Groups: a scheme run by Commercial Barristers’ Chambers’, and we are a founding partner and sponsor of Bridging the Bar, a new charity established to improve access to the bar for students from non-traditional backgrounds. In a unique collaboration with Guy Fox, a history charity, and year 4 pupils at Snowsfields Primary School in London Bridge we produced and published a children’s book titled ‘History Rocks: Women in Law’ to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919 and to celebrate the impact that women have made on the legal system.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Gary Oliver
Chambers director Julia Hornor
Deputy Chambers Director Mat Swallow
Members of Chambers CARSS-FRISK QC, Monica (1985)
Members of Chambers PETO QC, Anthony (1985)
Members of Chambers EDWARD KCMG QC, Sir David (1962)
Members of Chambers BRODIE QC, Stanley (1954)
Members of Chambers LORD WOOLF OF BARNES (1955)
Members of Chambers BELOFF QC, Michael (1967)
Members of Chambers DONALDSON QC, David (1968)
Members of Chambers ENGLEHART QC, Robert (1969)
Members of Chambers HUNT QC, David (1969)
Members of Chambers DOHMANN QC, Barbara (1971)
Members of Chambers MENDELSON QC, Maurice (1965)
Members of Chambers HARVIE QC, Jonathan (1973)
Members of Chambers LORD PANNICK QC (1979)
Members of Chambers JOWELL KCMC QC, Sir Jeffrey (1965)
Members of Chambers NATHAN QC, Stephen (1969)
Members of Chambers HOWELL QC, John (1979)
Members of Chambers LORD KEEN OF ELIE QC (1980)
Members of Chambers FLINT QC, Charles (1975)
Members of Chambers BLOCH QC, Michael (1979)
Members of Chambers MILL QC, Ian (1981)
Members of Chambers SALVE QC, Harish (2013)
Members of Chambers GOULDING QC, Paul (1984)
Members of Chambers SHAW QC, Mark (1987)
Members of Chambers ANDERSON QC, Robert (1986)
Members of Chambers ROSE QC, Dinah (1989)
Members of Chambers FORDHAM QC, Michael (1990)
Members of Chambers OTTY QC, Timothy (1990)
Members of Chambers EADIE QC, James (1984)
Members of Chambers HOWE QC, Robert (1988)
Members of Chambers LEWIS QC, Adam (1985)
Members of Chambers MACLEAN QC, Alan (1993)
Members of Chambers GREEN QC, Andrew (1988)
Members of Chambers HERBERG QC, Javan (1992)
Members of Chambers GRODZINSKI QC, Sam (1996)
Members of Chambers HUNTER QC, Andrew (1993)
Members of Chambers DE LA MARE QC, Thomas (1995)
Members of Chambers BEAL QC, Kieron (1995)
Members of Chambers WEISSELBERG QC, Tom (1995)
Members of Chambers MULCAHY QC, Jane (1995)
Members of Chambers GALLAFENT QC, Kate (1997)
Members of Chambers GLEDHILL QC, Andreas (1992)
Members of Chambers GEORGE QC, Andrew (1997)
Members of Chambers BRIGGS QC, Adrian (1989)
Members of Chambers WHITE QC, Gemma (1994)
Member of Chambers KENNELLY QC, Brian (1999)
Member of Chambers FATIMA QC, Shaheed (2000)
Member of Chambers JAFFEY QC, Ben (1999)
Member of Chambers HARE QC, Ivan (1991)
Member of Chambers CROXFORD QC, Tom (1992)
Member of Chambers CALLAGHAN QC, Catherine (1999)
Member of Chambers DE MARCO QC, Nick (2001)
KILROY, Charlotte (1999)
Member of Chambers SEN GUPTA QC, Diya (2000)
Member of Chambers HICKMAN QC, Tom (2003)
Member of Chambers SEGAN QC, James (2004)
Member of Chambers PIEVSKY QC, David (2001)
Member of Chambers POLLARD, Joanna (1993)
Member of Chambers COLLIER, Jane (1994)
Member of Chambers DIXON, Emma (1994)
Member of Chambers PALMER, Stephanie (2000)
Member of Chambers POWELL, Leona (2000)
Member of Chambers WINDLE, Victoria (2001)
Member of Chambers VINALL, Mark (2002)
Member of Chambers WILKINSON, Sarah (2003)
Member of Chambers WEEKES, Robert (2003)
Member of Chambers DONNELLY, Catherine (2003)
Member of Chambers STEELE, Iain (2005)
Member of Chambers PATEL, Naina (2005)
Member of Chambers RICHARDS, Tom (2000)
Member of Chambers BARADON, Adam (2006)
Member of Chambers MCCRUDDEN, Christopher (1996)
Member of Chambers MUSSA, Hanif (2007)
Member of Chambers PRITCHARD, Simon (2007)
Member of Chambers BOYD, Jessica (2007)
Member of Chambers LOWE, David (2008)
Member of Chambers NEILL, Emily (2008)
Member of Chambers HEAD, Peter (2008)
Member of Chambers LUCKHURST, Paul (2008)
Member of Chambers CLEAVER, Tom (2009)
Member of Chambers MOUNTFORD, Tom (2009)
Member of Chambers PARKER, Tim (2017)
Member of Chambers SCOTT, Andrew (2010)
Member of Chambers SIBBEL, Shane (2010)
Member of Chambers CAMPBELL, Fraser (2010)
Member of Chambers MEHTA, Ravi (2010)
BURGESS, Daniel (2011)
RAJGOPAUL, Craig (2010)
ADAMSON, Harry (2012)
POBJOY, Jason (2007)
SADLER-FORSTER, Jana (2012)
DAVIS, Kerenza (2012)
COATES, Tom (2013)
KRISHANAN, Eesvan (2013)
CASHMAN, Daniel (2013)
RATAN, Ajay (2014)
ROBERTSON, Flora (2014)
ROONEY, Celia (2015)
MOLYNEAUX, George (2015)
BUCHANAN, Isabel (2015)
POURGHAZI, Navid (2015)
TROTTER, Andrew (2016)
HIGGINS, Hollie (2016)
HOWELLS, Dominic (2016) (2016)
SIMONSEN, Natasha (2016)
SARATHY,Gayatri (2017)
LAU, Timothy (2017)
JONES, Rachel (2013)
CONTE, Carmine (2017)
FITT, Warren (2018)
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Blackstone Chambers is fully committed to the principle of equality of opportunity without discrimination on grounds of colour, race, disability, age, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or political persuasion. We undertake and participate in a range of initiatives to help facilitate increased access to and diversity at the Bar.

Since December 2019, Blackstone Chambers has commissioned the use of the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) for our mini-pupillage and pupillage recruitment processes. Rare is a multi-award-winning diversity company using big data to map the social, financial and educational background of candidates and make sure that brilliant candidates are identified and given the chance to flourish. According to Rare, 61% more disadvantaged candidates were hired when organisations adopted the CRS. This also enables Blackstone Chambers to pursue legitimate interests of fair recruitment (Article 6(1)(e) GDPR).

In July 2020, Blackstone, with five other sets of Chambers, helped to launch Mentoring For Underrepresented Groups: a scheme run by Commercial Barristers’ Chambers. The scheme aims to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers. Those underrepresented groups include women; people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities; LGBT+ people; people who spent time in care; and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

As a Chambers we tend to look for projects that have a degree of intersectionality to them, for example in inner city schools where we are seeking to raise aspirations and encourage candidates from disadvantaged socio-economic groups. Projects that target inner city schools also generally tend to impact a higher percentage of BAME students. We are particularly trying to target a younger audience. One recent example of an outreach project to an inner city school is the publication of History Rocks: Women in Law, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act that removed the barriers for women to enter the legal profession. Under the guidance of the education charity, Guy Fox History Project, year four pupils from Snowsfields Primary School in Bermondsey, South London (who all created the drawings that illustrate the book), and barristers from Blackstone Chambers helped develop the book by exploring women’s rights during the Edwardian era, the legislative process that led to the Act’s passage and the lives of the women who have made legal history over the past 100 years.

This was the third partnership between Blackstone Chambers and Guy Fox, having previously collaborated on ‘How the World REALLY Works: Our Legal System’ (2013) and ‘History Rocks: Magna Carta’ (2015).

While proud of the fact that the percentage of BAME junior members of Chambers, at 13 per cent, mirrors the UK population as a whole, we must also acknowledge that we, the commercial bar and the bar as a whole must do more to attract the best BAME talent. We must also recognise that within the BAME category some sub-groups are better represented than others – for example black barristers fare perhaps the least well. For that reason, we have recently become a founding partner and sponsor of Bridging the Bar, a new charity established by a pupil of Blackstone Chambers,

Mass Ndow-Njie, designed to improve access to the bar for students from non-traditional backgrounds especially through work experience/mini-pupillage opportunities.