Set Profile > Blackstone Chambers > London, England
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Blackstone Chambers is 'the strongest set at the interface of public law and commercial matters'. Numerous members of chambers were involved in R (Miller) v the Prime Minister and Cherry v Advocate General of Scotland, a combined Supreme Court case concerning the 2019 prorogation of Parliament: Lord David Pannick QC and Tom Hickman QC for Gina Miller, James Eadie QC and Lord Keen of Elie QC (a door tenant) for the government in their respective capacities as Treasury Devil and then-Advocate General for Scotland, and for a diverse range of interveners Thomas de la Mare QC, Tom Cleaver, Daniel Cashman and Celia Rooney plus, prior to his appointment to the High Court bench, Michael Fordham QC. At the same level, Sir James was against Dinah Rose QC, Ben Jaffey QC and Cleaver for the appellants in R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which found that an "ouster" clause cannot shield said tribunal from judicial review. In the Court of Appeal, members were instructed on both sides of R (Elan-Cane) v SSHD, concerning Home Office's refusal to issue a passport with the sex field marked as "X" and also issues of cost capping in judicial review proceedings – Kate Gallafent QC for the claimant, Sir James for the government, and Monica Carss-Frisk QC for Human Rights Watch. As a leading junior, Hanif Mussa successfully represented the government in R (Coughlan) v Minister for the Cabinet Office, defeating a challenge to trials of mandatory voter ID in Braintree.
Blackstone Chambers is singled out for its civil liberties practice and is described as the 'go-to set for human rights issues'. Members are frequently instructed on complex and high-profile matters of national importance covering public law, terror legislation, privacy, and EU law. Recent engagements include Ben Jaffey QC and Paul Luckhurst acting for the claimants in R (Hoareau & Bancoult) v SSFCA pertaining to the right of return of Chagossian people to British Indian Ocean Territory; preeminent silk and 'Treasury Devil' James Eadie QC acted for the defendant. Elsewhere, Timothy Otty QC acted in Orozco and Others v Attorney General of Belize, challenging the criminalization of homosexuality in Belize. Other of note include 'brilliant' Hanif Mussa who has strength across human rights and international law, and Jason Pobjoy. David Pievsky took silk in 2020. Recently appointed president of Magdalen College, Oxford, Dinah Rose QC remains the distinguished silk in the set along with crossbench peer Lord David Pannick QC. In recent news, Charlotte Kilroy QC joined the set from Doughty Street Chambers.
Employment Tier 1
Blackstone Chambers' 'range is huge and it has the perfect barrister for almost any employment dispute. This is a great employment set with a very approachable team, whose knowledge is exceptional; the clerks are also really helpful'. In Owen v AMEC Foster Wheeler Energy Limited and another, the 'intellectually brilliant' Diya Sen Gupta QC, who took silk in 2019, successfully represented the respondents before the Court of Appeal in a complex disability discrimination appeal. Elsewhere, Paul Goulding QC and rising star George Molyneaux represented Clarks in the successful defence of a high-profile, whistleblowing-related unfair dismissal claim, which was brought by the former CEO of the footwear business. In recent news at the junior end, Craig Rajgopaul has joined the set from Littleton Chambers.
European Union law Tier 1
Blackstone Chambers is 'extremely strong in the area of European Union law', with members appearing for both business, non-profit bodies, and the UK government in a range of EU-infused cases in London. Members were instructed on both sides of R (Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a challenge based on EU free movement of goods law to a near-total ban on the sale of antiques containing elephant ivory; Thomas de la Mare QC acted for the claimant organisation, while Treasury Devil James Eadie QC and Hanif Mussa representing DEFRA. In Luxembourg, Kieron Beal QC and Paul Luckhurst continue to defend the UK government in a case brought by the European Commission concerning an alleged non-collection customs duties applied to transshipments of aluminium through the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla by its authorities. James Segan QC is a 2020 silk appointment.
Blackstone Chambers is 'understandably the leading set in financial services. The quality of counsel and service provided are second to none'. The chambers 'is a cornucopia of experience in the area' with 'great bench strength both in silks and juniors'. Members command respect for their contentious and non-contentious advice, often acting for and against the regulators both at home and abroad. Recently Javan Herberg QC and Ben Jaffey QC successfully acted for the claimant in Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority v First Abu Dhabi Bank. Andrew George QC and Daniel Burgess also represented the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the high-profile case of Ford v Financial Conduct Authority.
Blackstone Chambers is praised repeatedly for 'the quality of its juniors' in media and music cases and fields a 'most responsive' clerking team 'with excellent soft skills'. The set acts for performers, directors and producers as well as publishers and collecting societies. Of recent note, Robert Howe QC and Mark Vinall acted for the applicants in UK Hospitality Industries and British Beer and Pub Association v Phonographic Performance Limited, a copyright tribunal case regarding a proposed tariff for playing music at special events. Market leader Ian Mill QC was instructed on the other side of the case together with James Segan QC, who took silk in 2020.
Public international law Tier 1
Blackstone Chambers has a superb reputation for public law, civil liberties and human rights, and is also extremely strong on the commercial side. This unique combination feeds into the extremely well-regarded public international law practices of some of its members, including market-leading practitioners such as Maurice Mendelson QC. Notable highlights include Reyes v Al-Malki in which Timothy Otty QC and Paul Luckhurst acted for the claimant in this critical diplomatic immunity case concerning human trafficking. Other key mandates include Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC's advice to the Cayman Islands Government on its constitutional negotiations with the UK.
Sport Tier 1
Blackstone Chambers is the ‘top chambers for sports work’ with ‘a wide variety of silks and juniors operating at a high level’. In Adam Lewis QC and Nick De Marco QC, the set contains two silks solely dedicated to sports law. The pair were involved on both side of Scottish’s Rugby’s dispute with World Rugby concerning the cancellation of a game against Japan at the 2019 Rugby due to a typhoon; Lewis representing the sporting body and De Marco acting for the national team. Lewis QC also worked with Ravi Mehta on the Russian Athletics Federation's challenge against the International Association of Athletics Federations decision not to reinstate its full membership. Meanwhile, Jane Mulcahy QC has been leading the internal investigation by Manchester City into child abuse allegations surrounding a junior football coach, while Kate Gallafent QC continues to act for the FA, most recently against former England footballer Peter Beardsley who used racist and abusive language towards players while coaching the Newcastle United U23 team. Also of note, new silk James Segan QC acted for Chelsea whose fans were accused of disruptive behaviour during a game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Commercial litigation Tier 2
Blackstone Chambers 'has become a commercial litigation powerhouse, adding to its already stellar reputation for public law work', and is praised for its 'incredible strength in depth with a roster of juniors who are bound to be future stars'. Clients also report to 'have consistently found both barristers and clerks to be down to earth and approachable and commercial in outlook'. Noteworthy cases include PCP Capital Partners LLP and Anor v Barclays Bank, in which Tom Weisselberg QC and Robert Weekes are among those representing the claimants. Other significant matters included Arcelor Mittal v Essar Steel, the enforcement of an arbitral award that involved Weisselberg, Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Scott.
Victoria Windle - Blackstone Chambers ‘Able to absorb vast quantities of technical information and explain them simply and concisely - my go-to barrister for a tricky case, and absolutely delightful with clients.’
Competition Tier 2
'Without doubt one of the top competition sets', Blackstone Chambers has members involved in a range of key matters in cartel investigations, merger control and state aid. Brian Kennelly QC and Paul Luckhurst represent UBS in defending a proposed collective proceedings against several banks concerning an alleged foreign exchange cartel. Continuing the payments theme, Kennelly QC, Dinah Rose QC and Jason Pobjoy also represented Visa in the Sainsbury's v Visa and Mastercard case heard by the Supreme Court in January 2020. Thomas de la Mare QC advised BMW in a damages claim concerning the RoRo shipping investigation, and Kieron Beal QC is representing ITV in a challenge to the European Commission's decision that the group financing exemption for controlled foreign companies in the UK's corporation tax system constitutes state aid. James Segan QC was elevated to silk in March 2020.
Environment Tier 2
Blackstone Chambers is 'a leading public law set which is increasingly present in environmental cases', according to one client. Members handle the full range of environmental work, drawing on their skills in public, regulatory, local government, competition, energy, EU, procurement, planning and civil liberties law. A key strand of work has come from the representation of ClientEarth in high-profile matters, including a Supreme Court and European Court of Justice matter concerning air pollution, in which a team including Emma Dixon successfully argued for a declaration that the UK is in breach of EU air quality limits. Juniors Ravi Mehta, who has also represented ClientEarth, and Hanif Mussa, who has represented the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, are also recommended. Clients note that 'the clerks always seem to be on hand to assist and they are very efficient and personable'.
Fraud: civil Tier 2
Blackstone Chambers is 'a standout set in the civil fraud space, with some real heavy hitters and real strength at silk, senior-junior and junior levels'. Clients appreciate its 'very substantial bench strength in this area of law which is very useful' in particular at the junior end where it has 'some fantastic young barristers'. Among the set's impressive caseload, a major highlight was Sabbagh v Khoury in which Anthony Peto QC and Peter Head represented the claimant, while Andrew Hunter QC led for the defendant. Robert Anderson QC and Daniel Burgess successfully obtained interim relief for the claimant in Wildbrain v Robson & anr.
Blackstone Chambers is known for its 'unparalleled strength' in 'the relationship between EU/international protections and UK domestic legislation'. Barristers at the set also have extensive experience in asylum claims, refugee law and cases concerning deportation and citizenship. High profile cases included a challenge to the deprivation of Shamima Begum's civil liberties, led by Tom Hickman QC, and A v SSHD, in which James Eadie QC, Jason Pobjoy and Isabel Buchanan acted. Naina Patel represented claimants in a challenge to the SSHD's policies on victims of modern slavery.
Blackstone Chambers is a 'market-leading set' that provides 'excellent service'. As well as financial services regulatory matters, the set is highly rated for broader banking and finance disputes and is praised for its ability 'to provide suitable alternative barristers of the same quality and standard' if original choices are busy. A notable recent case was Roman Pipia v BGEO Group LTD which involved five members at varying stages, including Andrew George QC and Andrew Hunter QC respectively, acting for the claimants and defendant. Javan Herberg QC was also involved in PCP Partners v Barclays Bank, leading ex-CEO John Varley's intervention.
Data protection Tier 3
Blackstone Chambers has continued its increasing focus on data protection and freedom of information law mandates with James Eadie QC, Thomas de la Mare QC, Kate Gallafent QC and Ravi Mehta as notable figures contributing to the set's data work. Mehta's recent work includes acting for the claimants in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK's legislation governing the surveillance of communications.
Blackstone Chambers is a 'very strong set' with 'lots of great people' who have a strong international outlook, with expertise in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across a range of jurisdictions. Among the members, Harish Salve QC is especially strong on India-related disputes. The set is also noted for its strong experience in sports-related arbitrations, an area where Ian Mill QC excels. He recently represented the respondent in the ICC arbitration: Pakistan Cricket Board v Board of Control of Cricket in India. Alan Maclean QC and Andrew Scott also recently acted for the claimant in a fraud dispute that went to ICC arbitration.
Mediators Tier 3
Charles Flint QC - Blackstone Chambers Blackstone Chambers' Charles Flint QC is also at IPOS Mediation. Flint has established a strong reputation as a commercial and human rights mediator. He is also particularly noted for his expertise in financial services matters, and has experience mediating employment, fine art, insurance, professional negligence, public procurement, and sports law disputes. He has mediated in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Offshore Tier 3
Blackstone Chambers is 'a very strong set of chambers with some of the top names that are synonymous with public law throughout the Commonwealth', placing it well for matters concerning constitutional issues in the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas territories. Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC is known for advising governments of British Overseas Territories in their most sensitive issues, and Tom Richards has represented a number of appellants in cases concerning public appointments in Trinidad and Tobago, including Maharaj v Attorney General – utilising his admission to the Bar there – as well as involvement in cases before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London.
For some the 'leading set for contentious regulatory work', members of Blackstone Chambers is 'a go-to set for tricky, sensitive or high-profile public laws or litigation', with members instructed in a range of regulatory matters with challenging public law crossovers. Mark Shaw QC represented the regulator in High Court case Beard v General Osteopathic Council concerning the involvement of panel chairs in the examination of witnesses, while Ivan Hare QC and Ravi Mehta represented the British Psychological Society in proceedings concerning a Muslim convert registrant's comments concerning LGBT-inclusive sex education in Birmingham schools. Unled, Iain Steele represented the regulator in R (Lonsdale) v Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman, a judicial review of its decision to reject complaints brought by a former barrister, who herself was sanctioned by the relevant regulator in 2009, against a serving judge.
Public procurement Tier 3
Blackstone Chambers combines a leading administrative and public law offering with public procurement on which it represents government agencies and ministers and major corporates. James Segan QC has acted for Fujitsu in a case against the Foreign & Commonwealth Office concerning the award of a contract for its 'global connectivity' services to another tenderer. Hanif Mussa’s broad practice includes public procurement matters where he is 'very quick to get to grips with knotty new areas'. Emily Neill is acting for McAllister Bros Limited, the successful bidder, in a challenge by a disappointed bidder to a significant procurement exercise by Irish Water for pipe cleaning services across Ireland.
Energy Tier 4
Blackstone Chambers joins the ranking this year and is praised as 'a first-rate set with a great number of talented barristers'. Skilled in commercial litigation, regulatory, environmental and public law, its members frequently act in high-value matters in highly regulated sectors including the energy industry. Alan Maclean QC's broad commercial and public law practice includes numerous energy cases and he recently led Tom Coates in a judicial review by British Gas of Ofgem's domestic retail energy price cap. He also appeared for the CMA in an appeal brought by against Ofgem by EDF and SSE challenging the charges paid by electricity generators for use of the electricity transmission system. Hanif Mussa and Emily Neill are among the set's talented juniors, while Tom Coates is a rising star in chambers.
Intellectual property Tier 4
Blackstone Chambers is 'a very well-organised set'. Although best known for its soft IP expertise, the chambers' members also possess significant contentious IP experience, particularly in media and entertainment. Robert Howe QC is 'exceptionally talented in all areas, and very calm and insightful in court'. Michael Bloch QC, who 'has a superb intellect', and James Segan QC, who took silk in 2020, acted for Huawei in a FRAND-related claim brought by Conversant, a Nokia patents-associated licensing entity; and Ian Mill QC acted for musician Ed Sheeran (and others) in seeking a declaration that they did not infringe the defendants' copyrights in writing and exploiting the song, 'Shape of You'.
As a leading set for telecoms regulatory matters, Blackstone Chambers regularly acts for both regulators and telecoms companies. Brian Kennelly QC is acting for Three in Vodafone Limited and others v Ofcom involving claims for the restitution of annual licence fees; new silk James Segan QC is representing Huawei in the Supreme Court in the UK's first FRAND trial; and multiple members of chambers are involved in an appeal relating to the 5G auction. Chambers has also expanded its work on the non-regulatory side.
This year Blackstone Chambers tops the rankings charts as the set with the most top tier set rankings and most leading juniors rankings in London, as well as the chambers with the most leading set rankings, most leading silks rankings, and most barrister rankings overall across England and Wales. In the last 12 months, Michael Fordham QC was appointed a High Court Judge, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, in December 2019; David Pievsky QC, Harish Salve SA QC, and James Segan QC were all appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020; and chambers was further strengthened by the arrival of Charlotte Kilroy QC from Doughty Street, Craig Rajgopaul from Littleton Chambers, and Navid Pourghazi from Cloisters.
Blackstone’s clerks are the most professional that I have dealt with. For Adam Sloane nothing is ever too much, nor too late in the day. The team as a whole is incredibly responsive and works hard to collaborate with their instructing solicitors.
Clerking is exceptional with particular mention to Derek Sutton who is always responsible and accommodating and who clearly knows the strengths and skillsets that the barristers have to offer. He is extremely good at making the right connections between barristers, solicitors and clients.
Gary Oliver as senior clerk is brilliant. Helpful, endlessly patient and willing to work through the difficulties of finding the right barrister for the right job. I cannot speak highly enough of him.
I have always found the clerking service at Blackstone to be very helpful. Dean Tolman in particular is one of the most accommodating and supportive clerks I have come across.
I usually deal with Adam Fuschillo who has a good knowledge of the strengths of the barristers in chambers and is very responsive in dealing with calls/emails.
I work primarily with Derek Sutton and the service he provides is excellent. Their quotes are sensible and they always conduct business fairly. If a particular barrister is not available to take an instruction, Derek expertly suggests another individual who would be a good fit for the matter. He is rarely wrong.
Impressive and responsive. Lewis Walker in particular is proactive, responsive and goes the extra mile.
Impressive set of clerks. Always on hand to help the best way they can. Danny Compton in particular is very easy to work with and has an inherent understanding of urgency.
In my experience they tend to work more as a team, which is very helpful as there is always coverage, they know what is going on, and they can always be trusted to say very clearly and quickly whether something can be done or not. This is massively important, because a clerk who just fills up their barristers’ diaries without planning ahead and being honest about other commitments etc often does adversely impact the quality of work (as we do see in other leading sets).
In particular Adam Sloane is a delight to work with. He is a highly accomplished Clerk who’s professional standards are second to none. He clearly has an extensive knowledge of the Barristers at the Chambers and is a shining star within the organisation.
Lewis Walker and Adam Sloane are both very good indeed. As above, the quality and user-friendliness of the clerking at Blackstone set it apart from any other Chambers.
Lewis Walker is a fantastic clerk, the strength and depth of his knowledge of barrister expertise is exceptional.
Lewis is very personable and it is extremely easy to build up a great working relationship.
Marc Armstrong is always ready and willing to assist with whatever is required, is fast working and quick to respond.
Service is excellent and the clerks deserve particular mention for their diligence. The clerks have worked diligently to ensure that there is a secure Chinese wall in place for this case with dedicated clerks to different parties. The clerks are all well aware of the importance of this. Derek Sutton is particularly strong in customer service, open, honest and always willing to help. Adam Fuschillo is also to be commended for his availability and reliability, he will go above and beyond to assist.
Sophie Floyd in particular is always responsive, resourceful and willing to help.
The Chambers has an exceptional group of clerks who have the ability to work with both lawyers and clients to reflect properly the parties’ commercial objectives. I should particularly comment that Derek Sutton remains an absolute superstar of the clerks who is always willing to “go the extra mile” to support both me and the team generally.
The clerks /chambers organise some very interesting and useful events and are stand outs in events focussing on women in law and organising events that might appeal to women as well as men.
The clerks are excellent, particularly Adam Fuschillo and Lewis Walker. They are always responsive, efficient and keen to help. Nothing is too much trouble. They are also flexible and very reasonable over fees and fee structures. They are a great advertisement for the set.
Derek Sutton is an excellent clerk. He is responsive, understands the needs of clients and is fantastic to deal with. he is very good at finding the right barrister to fit the work required.
The clerks are very good at providing the right barrister for each job. The service is exceptional and work is turned around almost instantly. Lewis Walker is an absolute gem who understands the realities of litigation and is always helpful whether it be about costs or timing.
I deal extensively with Billy Brian, who is excellent. Billy will always make time to speak to me directly over the phone whenever I have a new instruction (including occasions when he has been on holiday), and he bends over backwards to find options for me if our preferred barristers aren’t available. Billy’s knowledge of his barristers’ experience and strength is great and he is always able to find someone suitable to assist.
Marc Armstrong in the clerks room is an absolute legend. Always willing to go the extra mile and take a proactive, commercial approach.
The clerks’ room is very responsive and the clerks are always able to tailor recommendations to particular needs and requirements. Gary Oliver in particular is always ready and available to make practical recommendations and to discuss client needs in any given matter.
The clerks’ room of Blackstone Chambers is the strongest that I have come across, they are competitive on price, and always willing to discuss better ways to provide the service you are seeking.
They are helpful. Billy Brian is a star clerk: he is smooth, sophisticated, subtle, polite, sensible, excellent manners to deal with clients and barristers. He originally clerked Lord Sumption (when at Brick Court). So, although relatively young, this is a clerk who is clearly destined to go far.
Tom’s clerks have always been on hand to assist and have provided an exceptional service. Danny Compton and Sophie Floyd, in particular, have been fantastic.
A go-to chambers for tricky sensitive or high profile public law issues or litigation. A number of leading individuals, approachable and friendly and responsive.
A great employment set, very approachable team, knowledge is exceptional and clerks are really helpful.
A stand out set in the civil fraud space, with some real heavy hitters and real strength at silk, senior junior and junior levels.
A top set with a diverse range of commercial expertise. I am always confident using their juniors as sole counsel even with limited call – they get better exposure than at other sets.
A top user-friendly set. Excellent counsel, events and seminars. Especially for commercial disputes with a media/IP angle.
A user-friendly set with excellent barristers. Their events and seminars are always useful and well attended.
A very diverse set in financial and public law. Difficult to name anyone whom I would not be happy to instruct on a public law matter.
All barristers that we have worked with at Blackstone Chambers have been of the highest calibre. They are all extremely professional, completely on top of the law and all of those I have worked with have been very capable of explaining the law in a client-friendly manner.
An excellent set, Blackstone is our first choice for fraud matters.
As a financial regulatory practitioner, it is the go-to set. There are good barristers at other sets but no one has the same strength in depth.
They regularly circulate informative and insightful alters which are particularly good. Their charitable initiatives are glorious.
As always, a very impressive set. Particularly impressive in the consistent quality of their advocates both at silk and junior level. Their barristers are very user-friendly and client-focused.
Blackstone are clearly a top set in the field of public law, with particular strength in media-related work
Blackstone are the best chambers we use by some distance. Their quality, strength in depth of barristers and experience is unrivalled. They are the go-to set without a doubt.
As well as having some key people who are known specialists in their areas, Blackstone is also able to field a decent depth and breadth of other talents that are waiting in the wings and stand ready to lend their support at often very short notice.
Blackstone Chambers are a fantastic set of barristers who have strength in depth across the board. In relation to aviation particularly they have a number of barristers who are at the head of their field with really impressive experience. At the junior end, I find that Blackstone barristers are always ready to lend a hand and are typically very enthusiastic about the cases we involve them in.
Blackstone Chambers are a formidable set in fraud, asset tracing and shareholder disputes. They always have available excellent counsel who immediately make you feel comfortable that you are extremely safe and capable hands.
They have a vast array of talented barristers who are all at the top of their game. Where a chosen barrister is unavailable, I have never been disappointed by alternative counsel recommended by the clerking team. They provide a good programme of know how through emails and bulletins, together with social events for networking.
Blackstone Chambers has an exceptionally strong reputation across a very wide range of practice areas. It is unusual both in terms of the breadth of expertise offered by members of chambers (ranging from employment, to commercial and competition law, to public, human rights and international law) and the depth of the quality of its members. There are few high profile civil cases that do not involve at least one barrister from Blackstone.
Blackstone Chambers is an exceptionally good Chambers with a large strength-in-depth, and almost all of their Barristers provided added value, are responsive, and stand strong comparison to their peers.
Blackstone Chambers is my go-to set for high value or complex matters. There is a remarkable range of specialities amongst the barristers at Chambers. The silks are of exceptionally high quality and the vast majority of the juniors are extraordinarily accomplished (even at the very junior end)
Blackstone Chambers is our go-to set for EU and competition law claims as they have some of the most impressive barristers in this area. As a result of their stellar reputation, availability can be an issue but this is very often mitigated by the breadth of their offering.
Blackstone Chambers is without a doubt the best set in England. There is enormous strength and depth in these chambers in many areas and the quality is of the highest calibre. All the Blackstone barristers I have worked with have been friendly, reliable and outstanding in the quality of their advice. It is my choice for media employment disputes as these tend to cross over into other areas of law and you can rely on these barristers to have exceptional wide-ranging experience.
Blackstone have an exceptional employment practice, and are regularly sought out by the top firms for difficult, sensitive cases where the best Counsel are needed. With a strong roster of top employment Silks, they also have top rate juniors and I know that they are currently recruiting at the junior end to further increase that strength-in-depth.
Blackstone have unparalleled strength in depth around public law and especially the relationship between EU/international protections and UK domestic legislation.
Blackstone is a real centre of excellence for human rights cases. They have a phenomenal depth of knowledge in this sphere both at senior and junior levels.
Blackstone is able to offer extremely strong counsel across a range of practice areas and levels. Counsel availability is generally good. The set has also provided helpful training to our Litigation team at our offices.
Blackstone is about the strongest black letter employment law set, I think. Particularly good for restrictive covenant work and other contractual disputes.
Blackstone is an excellent set, and always one that I consider when seeking to the instruct counsel. It has barristers with wide range of experience and expertise. Its training programme is timely and tackles tricky issues.
The front of house team work really hard to look after you, which makes a real difference to the experience especially for the lay client for whom it is all immensely stressful! The front of house team’s contribution is significant – and underrated in its positive impact.
Blackstone remain the stand-out set for big ticket sports instructions
Blackstones are excellent all around and offer both depth and breadth of Counsel available for instruction on Commercial Litigation matters.
Blackstone Chambers is 'an outstanding set', housing an impressive group of indirect tax barristers. Most noted for his VAT practice, Sam Grodzinski QC is also strong for corporate tax, acting for Glencore in diverted profits tax case Glencore v HMRC. Kieron Beal QC is another name to note, with a practice spanning EU, competition, public and tax law.
Blackstone Chambers > Firm Profile
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.
|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)|
|LAU, Timothy (2017)|
|JONES, Rachel (2013)|
|CONTE, Carmine (2017)|
|FITT, Warren (2018)|
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|Dr Jessica Boyd||Specialises in commercial law, EC law, employment and disciplinary, public law and…||View Profile|
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|Isabel Buchanan||Barrister specialising in civil liberties & human rights, public international law, public…||View Profile|
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|Catherine Callaghan QC||Barrister specialising in public and administrative law; professional discipline and regulation; employment;…||View Profile|
|Fraser Campbell||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, employment, commercial, professional discipline…||View Profile|
|Monica Carss-Frisk QC||Barrister specialising in public law (including regulatory, commercial judicial review, immigration), human…||View Profile|
|Daniel Cashman||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, EU & competition, public & regulatory, employment,…||View Profile|
|Tom Cleaver||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, commercial, media and entertainment,…||View Profile|
|Tom Coates||Barrister specialising in public & regulatory, commercial litigation, EU & competition, telecommunications,…||View Profile|
|Jane Collier||Barrister specialising in public law (including environmental, education, freedom of information, data…||View Profile|
|Tom Croxford QC||Specialist in all aspects of employment law, commercial, banking and financial services.…||View Profile|
|Kerenza Davis||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, sport, commercial, media and…||View Profile|
|Nick De Marco QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law (including media and entertainment and regulatory); employment…||View Profile|
|Emma Dixon||Specialist in environmental law, administrative and public law, and human rights and…||View Profile|
|Barbara Dohmann QC||Barrister specialising in banking; commercial arbitration (domestic/international); commercial fraud (civil); company law;…||View Profile|
|David Donaldson QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law; banking; insurance; reinsurance; financial services; private international…||View Profile|
|Dr Catherine Donnelly||Specialist areas of practice include administrative and public law, public international law,…||View Profile|
|James Eadie QC||Barrister specialising in public law, human rights/civil liberties and commercial and regulatory…||View Profile|
|Sir David Edward KCMG PC QC||Specialist arbitrator and CEDR accredited mediator. Full professional career details can be…||View Profile|
|Robert Englehart QC||Barrister specialising in commercial; media, entertainment and broadcasting; regulatory; EU and competition;…||View Profile|
|Shaheed Fatima QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law; public law and human rights; public international…||View Profile|
|Charles Flint QC||Barrister specialising in financial services. Full professional career details can be found…||View Profile|
|Michael Fordham QC||Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights,…||View Profile|
|Kate Gallafent QC||Barrister specialising in administrative/judicial review; human rights; employment law; sports law; discrimination;…||View Profile|
|Andrew George QC||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, financial services, professional negligence and civil fraud.…||View Profile|
|Andreas Gledhill QC||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, including in the fields of restructuring and…||View Profile|
|Prof Guy S. Goodwin-Gill||Barrister specialising in public law (with particular reference to human rights, immigration…||View Profile|
|Paul Goulding QC||Barrister specialising in employment law, sports law and commercial law. Full professional…||View Profile|
|Andrew Green QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law and, particularly, insurance and reinsurance, financial services,…||View Profile|
|Sam Grodzinski QC||Barrister specialising in public law, human rights and commercial law. Full professional…||View Profile|
|Ivan Hare||Administrative and public law; civil liberties; employment. Full professional career details can…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Harvie QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law (especially commercial fraud); professional negligence; judicial review;…||View Profile|
|Peter Head||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, civil fraud, restructuring and arbitration. Full professional…||View Profile|
|Javan Herberg QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law, financial services and city regulation, civil fraud,…||View Profile|
|Tom Hickman||Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, human rights, commercial litigation (including…||View Profile|
|Robert Howe QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law (including civil fraud, arbitration and conflicts of…||View Profile|
|John Howell QC||Public law including judicial review, local government (incorporating local government finance), human…||View Profile|
|David Hunt QC||Barrister specialising in commercial arbitration; commercial fraud (civil); commercial shipping (dry work);…||View Profile|
|Andrew Hunter QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law (including insurance/reinsurance; financial services; civil fraud; arbitration…||View Profile|
|Ben Jaffey||Barrister specialising in public law; commercial law; regulatory law and financial services;…||View Profile|
|Tristan Jones||Barrister specialising in EU and competition law, telecommunications, public law and human…||View Profile|
|Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC||Barrister specialising in administrative and public law; human rights and mediation. Full…||View Profile|
|Brian Kennelly||Barrister specialising commercial law, EU and competition, financial services, human rights and…||View Profile|
|Eesvan Krishnan||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, commercial litigation and employment.…||View Profile|
|Adam Lewis QC||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights; EU and competition; and…||View Profile|
|David Lowe||Specialises in administrative and public law, commercial law, employment law and EU…||View Profile|
|Paul Luckhurst||Barrister specialising in commercial law, public law, competition law, public international law,…||View Profile|
|Alan Maclean QC||Barrister specialising in commercial, banking and financial services, arbitration, public law and…||View Profile|
|Prof Christopher McCrudden||Advice on public procurement; equality and discrimination; and judicial review. Full professional…||View Profile|
|Ravi Mehta||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, commercial, media entertainment and…||View Profile|
|Maurice Mendelson QC||Barrister specialising in territorial sovereignty and public international law, including international litigation…||View Profile|
|Ian Mill QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law; media and entertainment law; sports law; intellectual…||View Profile|
|George Molyneaux||Barrister specialising in public & regulatory, civil liberties & human rights, commercial…||View Profile|
|Tom Mountford||Barrister in commercial, public and administrative law, employment, media, entertainment and sport,…||View Profile|
|Jane Mulcahy QC||Barrister specialising in employment law, sport, media and entertainment and regulatory work.…||View Profile|
|Hanif Mussa||Barrister specialising in administrative/public law and human rights; EU law; employment and…||View Profile|
|Stephen Nathan QC||Barrister specialising in commercial law; arbitration; mediation (CEDR Accredited Mediator); financial services;…||View Profile|
|Emily Neill||Specialises in public law, European and competition law, commercial and employment law.…||View Profile|
|Timothy Otty QC||Barrister in commercial litigation, public law and human rights law, public international…||View Profile|
|Hugo Page QC||Barrister specialising in commercial fraud (civil); banking; aviation; carriage of goods; commercial…||View Profile|
|Dr Stephanie Palmer||Barrister specialising in human rights and public law. Full professional career details…||View Profile|
|Lord David Pannick QC||Barrister specialising in public law, human rights, broadcasting and media law, and…||View Profile|
|Naina Patel||Barrister specialising in administrative/public law and human rights, including immigration and asylum,…||View Profile|
|Anthony Peto QC||Barrister specialising in commercial and corporate litigation particularly civil fraud and asset…||View Profile|
|David Pievsky||Barrister specialising in public law, civil liberties, human rights, commercial law and…||View Profile|
|Jason Pobjoy||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, commercial, EU and competition,…||View Profile|
|Joanna Pollard||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, media and entertainment and private and public…||View Profile|
|Leona Powell||Barrister specialising in commercial fraud and asset recovery, banking and professional negligence.…||View Profile|
|Simon Pritchard||Specialist areas of practice include commercial law, employment and disciplinary, banking and…||View Profile|
|Ajay Ratan||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, financial services, public & regulatory, civil liberties…||View Profile|
|Tom Richards||Commercial law, EC law, employment and disciplinary, public law and human rights,…||View Profile|
|Flora Robertson||Barrister specialising in EU & competition, commercial litigation, public & regulatory, civil…||View Profile|
|Celia Rooney||Barrister specialising in civil liberties & human rights, public & regulatory, sport,…||View Profile|
|Dinah Rose QC||Practice encompasses administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights, employment…||View Profile|
|Jana Sadler-Forster||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, professional discipline and regulation,…||View Profile|
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|Diya Sen Gupta||Barrister specialising in all areas of employment law, public law and human…||View Profile|
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|Shane Sibbel||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, commercial, employment, EU and…||View Profile|
|Iain Steele||Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, human rights, commercial law, EU…||View Profile|
|Mark Vinall||Commercial law (including media and entertainment; civil fraud; financial services and sport);…||View Profile|
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Diversity and Inclusion
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.
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