Set Profile > Blackstone Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC
Blackstone Chambers
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9BW
England

Living Wage

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 1

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.

Rising stars

Isabel Buchanan - Blackstone ChambersShe is excellent. Bright, hardworking, and committed.
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 ChambersShe is an exceptionally high-quality junior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersA tremendous silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lord David Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers Excellent knowledge of the relevant law, powerful advocacy, good judgment. He is a top public law advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersSimply the best. She is a fantastic advocate and a formidable intellect. She leads large teams effectively and with warmth. Clients adore her.
Ranked: Tier 1
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersExtremely intelligent with real gravitas with clients and in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersHer litigation tactics are outstanding and she can advise on complex legal issues in an accessible way.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersIntellectually powerful and a remarkably quick advocate on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersThere is no-one better at the tax-public law crossover.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersA talented silk. Never has a “bad day”. Always outstanding. Frighteningly excellent. Relentless.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of the finest silks - his experience speaks for itself during his advocacy in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersClear and practical in her advice - a pleasure to work with.
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 ChambersHis experience is unrivalled.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has a forceful style of advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersA winner: astute, quick-thinking and persuasive.

2020 Silks

David Pievsky QC - Blackstone ChambersTough and capable of standing his ground in difficult circumstances.
James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersA delight to work with.

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersBrilliantly intelligent with extensive practical knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant, thoughtful and diligent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersA dedicate lawyer whose persistence is bound to yield dividends.
Ranked: Tier 2
Iain Steele - Blackstone ChambersExtremely knowledgeable about judicial review and case law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersHe has an incredible strength for honing in on the detail early on and following it through to completion.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersHis ability to quickly understand issues, decipher and then address them is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 3
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersNot afraid to tackle difficult questions head-on.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersExtremely meticulous, client-friendly, and has an exceptional knowledge of EU and public law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersVery clever and in demand, he is brilliant on technical cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Wilkinson - Blackstone ChambersSarah is a very hard working barrister, with a quick and incisive mind and excellent judgment. She knows what will play well with a Court. Her written work is top notch. She gets on very well with clients and is very good in a team.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jessica Boyd - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally bright with superb judgement and tactical skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersHe is lovely to work with, very clever and works extremely hard.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersMakes very complex cases easy to understand, and helps the Tribunal get directly to the key issues in the case. A polite but deadly cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Eesvan Krishnan - Blackstone ChambersHe brings endless energy and positivity.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersHe is able to master a huge volume of information quickly and inspires confidence in clients. His advocacy was perfectly judged – persuasive but sensitive where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 4

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

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.

Leading Silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersA stellar member of chambers and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersA tremendous talent. A superstar of the Bar.
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
Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone ChambersA sensational and tremendous advocate, everything he says has such force you find yourself agreeing with whatever he says.
Ranked: Tier 2
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersGets to grips quickly with the details of a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersHolds the government's feet to the fire on human rights issues. Absolutely brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersReally superb, she fits into the Blackstone model of producing well-researched, high-quality work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersSam has a superb feel for anticipating how judges will receive arguments. He is incredibly good at setting out a clear strategy and formulating successful arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally charming and brilliant at judicial review work.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Howell QC - Blackstone ChambersHighly respected with a light courtroom manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of the most creative barristers I've come across.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersAbsolutely focused and provides an excellent service.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersA fantastic leader and is extremely smart.
Charlotte Kilroy QC - Blackstone ChambersHas a very good grounding in asylum, human rights law, and jurisprudence, and offers thorough and well-thought through advice.

2020 Silks

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

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersGrabs all details in the case and creates good strategies on sensitive grey areas. Absolute star.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersNaina has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trafficking and slavery case law (including European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence) and is able to apply her knowledge in the most complex of cases to secure real and practical benefits for our clients.
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 ChambersExtremely hardworking and bright, with an excellent eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant, thoughtful and diligent. She brings a unique approach and perspective to her cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant attention to detail and produces thorough, well researched and presented drafting.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Rising stars

George Molyneaux - Blackstone ChambersA thoughtful, considerate and incredibly diligent junior barrister. You absolutely know he will not miss a single detail in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersRazor sharp in her analysis and advocacy. She is wonderful with clients and I would trust her with any case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone ChambersUp there with the very best employment silks. His analytical skills are second to none and he is not afraid of a difficult fight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersIntellectually brilliant, Dinah is peerless and astonishingly quick - the best advocate at the English Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone ChambersForges incredible relationships with clients and puts her heart and soul into her cases. I would not hesitate to recommend her for particularly sensitive matters where she offers empathy and emotional intelligence in spades, alongside her incredible intellect, can-do attitude and hard work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersShe is great in court and fantastically intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Croxford QC - Blackstone Chambers 'He raises insightful and helpful points.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredibly bright and engaging - a fearsome advocate who instills confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Diya Sen Gupta QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘A real team player, who is incredibly thorough and detail focused - incredibly effective!

Leading Juniors

Craig Rajgopaul - Blackstone ChambersOutstanding - he is exceptionally bright, develops an excellent rapport with clients, has remarkable attention to detail, and is superb on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone Chambers ‘Very client friendly, highly intelligent, committed and excellent all-round.

Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersGreat for detail with impressive communication skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Wilkinson - Blackstone ChambersHugely intelligent and determined, and spot-on strategically.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersAn expert on restrictive covenants and unlawful competition. Gives reliable, solid advice and knows how to handle clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kerenza Davis - Blackstone ChambersKerenza is fantastic. She is highly responsive, incredibly hardworking and all over the detail.
Ranked: Tier 5

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.

Leading Silks

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersA colossus: a superb thinker brilliant at distilling his advice for the lay client and a top advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has a phenomenal ability to unpick the most technical issues and cut through them to simplify the arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lord David Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has expertise over a broad range of issues and jurisdictions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersFantastic advocate; calm, reasonable and measured in delivery but can put the point across more forcefully where necessary. Great team player - a pleasure to work with for solicitors and quickly grasps the main issues for the client. Will advise always with a client's overall aims in mind, and has a very practical outlook.
Ranked: Tier 2
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersA compelling advocate both at first instance and appeal level.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is an excellent litigator.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersA fantastic advocate and a formidable intellect.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has a considerable intellect with great clarity of thought.

Leading Juniors

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersA razor-sharp legal mind always willing to go the extra mile. Precise, succinct and clear advice; extremely intelligent - sees the problem and suggests solutions; does not use legalease or fancy rhetoric; and is successful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersExtremely knowledgable and very quick to get to grips with knotty new areas.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersVery talented, intelligent, commercial and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersJason is an absolute delight to instruct. He is extremely meticulous, client-friendly, and has an exceptional knowledge of EU and public law. He thoroughly deserves the outstanding reputation that he has gained over the years. He performs the senior junior role with aplomb.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersPaul is extremely bright and is excellent at developing strategic advice for clients. His drafting is also very good. He is calm, capable and incisive in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersShe is brilliant and has a broad-ranging EU law track record.
Ranked: Tier 3

Financial services regulation Tier 1

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.

Leading Silks

Charles Flint QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘A high-quality barrister.

Ranked: Tier 1
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersFantastically bright and energetic, superb understanding of how broad principles will be applied by regulators, a great sense of what will play well with regulators and judgement as to which points to push and which to drop.
Ranked: Tier 1
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersA leader in her field and impresses with the clarity of her advice, she is very thorough, careful and precise and instills confidence in her clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredibly bright, technically astute, engages the audience and has a very easy going manner in front of clients that puts them immediately at ease, the latter is incredibly important because he is dealing with people who are facing losing their regulated status/livelihoods.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has unparalleled credibility and truly exceptional skills dealing with boards of leading regulated firms.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersVery clever and incisive, inspires real confidence in his views and in his running of the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersHas excellent judgement, is genuinely open-minded to the thoughts and suggestions of others, and his written work and tactical thinking are first class.
Ranked: Tier 3
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is exceptionally clever, even by barrister standards, brilliant on paper and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersA go-to junior dealing with financial services disputes with a regulatory angle: extremely intelligent and provides concise, easily digestible advice, and excellent written work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersFantastic knowledge of the law and understanding of the legal issues, married with very practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersVery bright and very personable, he has great experience in financial services law and is one to watch.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent technical lawyer who provides high-quality advice. He is also very easy to deal with - I have always found him to be highly responsive and readily accessible.
Ranked: Tier 3

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) Tier 1

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.

Media And Entertainment – Rising Stars

Celia Rooney - Blackstone ChambersVery bright and very confident in her advice, she doesn't sit on the fence but forms an opinion and advises on it.
Ranked: Tier 1

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersA forceful advocate and exceptionally good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely bright and personable and a complete joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of the great cross-examiners, particularly recommended for music and football matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersHe understands the music business very well, is incredibly detailed and forensic in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb advocate with fantastic judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersA great mix of a friendly demeanour with clients and a robust adversarial approach with opponents.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersCalm, forensic, hugely knowledgeable, highly liked by clients and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is great on his feet and quick to grasp complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersA superlative advocate who has the ability to bring in new and fresh arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4

Media and entertainment - 2019 Silks

Tom Hickman QC - Blackstone ChambersHe always gives the very best analysis and advice for music-related work.

Media and entertainment - 2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersVery bright with extensive and in-depth knowledge of his field of expertise.

Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Mark Vinall - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent barrister for media law instructions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jessica Boyd - Blackstone ChambersShe is very impressive and has remarkable attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersHe has more industry knowledge about digital entertainment than any other barrister we have worked with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersSeamlessly integrates into any team, excellent written work and advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersVery strong on the detail and good with client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersHis trial preparation is very thorough and his cross-examination is well thought out and effective.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersA calm, considered and very thorough barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4

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.

Leading Silks

Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone ChambersAn absolutely excellent lawyer and pre-eminent practitioner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC - Blackstone ChambersAn astute operator and is able to see things on a plane which others rarely can.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone ChambersA real pleasure to work with, hard working, strong attention to detail and always willing to listen to others and adopt their ideas.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredibly responsive and flexible, she was able quickly and efficiently to get to grips with the detail of the evidence and the documents, and she was incredibly effective when doing so.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersA diligent and conscientious advocate, great to work with and possesses excellent drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersAn up-and-coming junior. Brilliant, thoughtful and diligent. Proactive and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersHe has an extraordinary legal mind and is an unusually fluent and articulate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Rising stars

Celia Rooney - Blackstone ChambersA very promising junior who offers clear, concise and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersClient friendly, approachable and makes even the most complicated of legal issues translate into client friendly advice. She is a formidable advocate and her cross examination skills are second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone ChambersThe foremost leader in the field. He is a leading light in the sport’s sector. Works extremely hard and gets to grips with the detail. He is the complete package and a go to silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick De Marco QC - Blackstone ChambersHas become one of the best (if not the best) sports advocates in the industry.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersExtremely clever, hardworking and streetwise. A great advocate, has presence and does not sit on the fence. Very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone ChambersSearingly intelligent, astonishingly hardworking, strategically astute.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersVery clever and knowledgeable and a great tactician. Andrew is a clear thinking and proactive lawyer. His advice has proved to be good over many years.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone ChambersKey strength is the deep understanding not only of the legal issues but the commercial perspective of the client and the approach needed for the case. He gets it immediately and the clients have confidence from the start that he understands the context. He is also meticulous in his preparation for trial - a true professional.
Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Green QC-Blackstone ChambersOne of the new school of barristers who works hand in glove with his instructing solicitors and, when needed, clients too. Good on sponsorship and media rights disputes.

Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersGets on top of a case quickly, and works collaboratively with the wider legal team.

Leading Juniors

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersCan see issues that arise that even the client had not considered.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Mountford - Blackstone ChambersTom is extremely bright and user-friendly. He has a calm demeanour but combines it with a forensic eye for detail. He is comfortable in dealing with witnesses and, again, adopts a measured approach that has been very well-suited to the case we are working on.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersAble to boil down complex abstract ideas into very simple and accessible language.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersAttention to detail, challenges ways of thinking, technical expert, unflappable, authoritative, trustworthy.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersExcellent in-depth knowledge of the application of competition law in sport.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersShane is a solid, considered, detail-driven lawyer. He is very smart and provides clear advice, and performs extremely well in front of both solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

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.

Leading Silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersAn exceptional barrister, with a vast amount of experience and knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersA formidable court room presence with a finely attuned forensic style, he offers the rare combination of a first class mind coupled with natural charisma and client care.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersA spectacular cross examination master, his charming manner brings the Judge onside and makes his evisceration of witnesses all the more devastating.
Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘Our first choice for difficult cases in the High Court which involve fraud and related matters, his cross-examination is measured but deadly.

Ranked: Tier 3
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersVery quick and practical in his written advice and advocacy and cuts to the issues in an easy and clear manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersVastly experienced, very intelligent and sees all sides of an issue.
Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘Super, he identifies the pertinent issues early on and focuses on relevant matters. Very supportive of clients and marvellous written work.

Ranked: Tier 4

Robert Howe QC-Blackstone ChambersHe is a ferocious cross-examiner and a very persuasive advocate.

Ranked: Tier 4
Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent analytical skills, particularly in drawing together the evidence which is often inferential, and extremely effective in cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersFirst rate, operates at the very highest level, easy and pleasant to work with, fabulous on detail and an excellent cross examiner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersAn absolute star, even amongst his peers he stands out for being incredibly bright and efficient.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leona Powell - Blackstone ChambersHugely intelligent, brilliant to work with and a fantastic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

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.

Ranked: Tier 2
Fraser Campbell - Blackstone ChambersCalm, knowledgeable, thorough and detail-oriented, an excellent advocate, and polite and personable.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally bright, good strategist, lucid draftsman and very personable to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersHe has a phenomenal intellect which he combines with a calm demeanour; on the most challenging and complex cases, he has razor sharp clarity on the key matters and can cut through the ‘noise’ to distil the key points.
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Head - Blackstone ChambersHe is incredibly smart and calm under pressure, really gets stuck in, is always available and has a wonderful manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersHe is certainly a star of the future and somebody I would expect to make rapid progress through the ranks as his career matures, as it is quickly doing.
Ranked: Tier 5

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.

Leading Silks

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersExtremely bright, hardworking, commercial and results-driven.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersAt the top of the list for merger control matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has rightfully earnt the respect of the court and judges on EU law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersShe leads large teams effectively and with warmth.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is brilliant on the law, tactically very astute, charming with clients, and provides a great service.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersA well deserved elevation to QC rank this year; a very impressive individual with a range of skills and knowledge spanning well beyond competition law. His pleading style is excellent. He has superb judgement on how to frame an argument.

Leading Juniors

Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersA polite but deadly cross-examiner able to be very thorough without tripping into pedantry. Very approachable, great to work with and humble. Also an extremely competent advocate and more than a match for many silks in the competition litigation world.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersExtremely intelligent, he sees new angles that others have not considered. Hanif has a great ability to break down complex legal issues into a client friendly format. He is dedicated and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jessica Boyd - Blackstone ChambersHer submissions are always a pleasure to listen to or read.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersOne of the most talented junior barristers I have ever worked with. He is still young but there is no question that he will go all the way to being a top silk. He has all the attributes. Brilliant on paper, immensely hard working, works so well with silks, brilliant assisting on witness statements and expert reports. An outstanding all-rounder.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersShe is user friendly, proactive and available whenever required. She is both very intelligent, commercial and good with the client. Her collaborative approach enables her to work truly as one team with the solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersJason is very responsive and user friendly. He performs the senior junior role to aplomb, ably bridging between leading counsel, more junior counsel, and the solicitor team. He is tactically very astute, seeing quickly which points will work with the Court and which will not, and how those points will play out in the wider context of the case. His drafting skills are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 3

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'.

Leading Silks

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has a very sharp mind and he has a phenomenal ability to unpick the most technical of issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersAn intellectual heavyweight, combining insightful analysis with clear and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersShe is a real pleasure to work with and understands the client's perspective.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Collier - Blackstone ChambersShe is always on top of the papers and provides very clear advice which demonstrates her always excellent understanding of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersHe is incredibly quick to understand the intricacies of technically complex cases with refreshing levels of humour, energy and positivity.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHe knows how to deconstruct a complex scenario and provide practical and commercial solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersHe is a delight to instruct, extremely meticulous and client-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4

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.

Leading Silks

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely experienced in this area and hugely knowledgeable and experienced in obtaining injunctive relief in aid of asset tracing cases. He is also a superb advocate and ferocious cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone ChambersVery pragmatic and creative in relation to the nature of the relief/remedies being sought, particularly in relation to interim injunction orders.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA very effective advocate, insightful, clever and respected by the bench, he stands out even among the leading civil fraud silks.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is able to quickly digest a large amount of information and work with both lawyers and clients to develop and successfully implement trial strategies.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHas a great strategic mind and is unflappable, two key qualities in a barrister leading a civil fraud team.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersThe best leader in this area by far, he destroys opponents in court with ease - you always want Robert on your side rather than against you.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersAn absolute pleasure to work with no matter how difficult the hearing or challenging the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Head - Blackstone ChambersA solicitor’s dream - the best example of the modern barrister; extremely bright, user friendly and phenomenal work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leona Powell - Blackstone ChambersQuite simply fantastic – I have never come across a better senior junior in the civil fraud arena.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersAn amazing junior, with a fantastic capacity to roll sleeves up and jump into a new complicated case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersVery bright and tremendously hard working, she has great instincts, and she can draw on a wealth of great experience in fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Baradon - Blackstone ChambersAn extremely good advocate who ensures he is prepared for anything the judge could throw at him - incredibly thorough with good strategic sense.
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersExtremely bright and very accessible, Daniel offers creative solutions to complex problems. He is very impressive.
Ranked: Tier 4

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 2

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.

Rising stars

Isabel Buchanan - Blackstone ChambersVery committed and responsive, real team player.
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
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

2019 Silks

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

Leading Juniors

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone ChambersExcellent drafting skills, font of huge knowledge around child rights in particular.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naina Patel - Blackstone ChambersShe is extremely thorough, quick and able to think outside of the box.
Ranked: Tier 3

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate with strong cross examination skills, his advice is to the point and clear.
Ranked: Tier 3
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent advocate and able to cut through complicated issues simplifying them to the judge - very strong with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersOutstanding attention to detail, a brilliant advocate and very quick to respond.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is incredibly intelligent, quick thinking, a phenomenal strategist, great on his feet, user friendly and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4

Data protection Tier 3

Blackstone Chambers has continued its increasing focus on data protection and freedom of information law mandates with James Eadie QCThomas de la Mare QCKate 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.

Leading Silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersSimply phenomenal.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersShe combines brilliant intellect, with a peerless demeanour in court. She commands the respect of judges but also is utterly charming and responsive to clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is very creative – he thinks ‘outside the box’ as much as he thinks inside it.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant legal brain; very strong field expertise in data protections; very slick in front of clients and the wider legal team.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

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 IndiaAlan Maclean QC and Andrew Scott also recently acted for the claimant in a fraud dispute that went to ICC arbitration.

Leading Silks

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersHe gets on top of the details very quickly and brings an incisive intellect to the analysis of a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersHighly intelligent and very experienced - he is such an impressive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA devastating cross-examiner who collaborates with instructing solicitors as equals and has a fantastic work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersExtremely strategic, outstanding performer, highly flexible in terms of client service, and a delightfully dry and self-deprecating sense of humour.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has a great combination of intellectual ability and commercial awareness - very articulate and to the point, and has the ability to command a hearing room.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally smart, and very commercial in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate, but (in some ways more importantly) also a real team player who is always responsive and good humoured.
Ranked: Tier 4
Harish Salve SA QC - Blackstone ChambersA leading silk who is hugely experienced in India-related arbitrations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersHe is completely user-friendly and absolutely committed to getting the job done.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersOne of the brightest and most technically able lawyers I have ever worked with; his ability to assimilate voluminous complex material and convert it speedily into digestible work product is quite amazing.
Ranked: Tier 3

Mediators Tier 3

Charles Flint QC - Blackstone Chambers  Blackstone ChambersCharles 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.

Leading Silks

Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC - Blackstone ChambersHe deserves his reputation as a pre-eminent jurist whose experience and calm assurance provide comfort and understanding for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lord David Pannick QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is succinct and the courts love him.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersVery analytical and uses a logical approach in dealing with issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersHe is is an absolute star. He is incredibly bright, a pleasure to work with, and phenomenally effective. We cannot recommend him highly enough.
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone ChambersA huge intellect and a beguiling advocacy style.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone ChambersHis approach combines innovative strategy with exceptionally sound judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone ChambersInsightful and razor-sharp in her analysis.
Ranked: Tier 3
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHis intellectual prowess is unrivalled - he can absorb a complex case in hours and give a reasoned opinion.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Iain Steele - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent drafter with great strategic instincts.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kerenza Davis - Blackstone ChambersShe is a fantastic junior; astonishingly bright and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emma Dixon - Blackstone ChambersShe has a broad regulatory practice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jana Sadler-Forster - Blackstone ChambersWhat stands out about Jana's work and contributions is the exceedingly high quality and meticulous attention to detail given in conducting investigations in disciplinary matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

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.

2020 Silks

Jame Segan - Blackstone ChambersA well-deserved elevation to QC.

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHe showed impressive attention to detail. He was technically excellent, accompanied by a calm and measured manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersVery thorough indeed and extremely knowledgeable. Advises on very complicated and intricate areas but does so in a very simple manner. Very good knowledge of the telco sector.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Rising stars

Tom Coates - Blackstone ChambersHe is thorough in his advice, great to work with and incredibly diligent - a real rising star.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersAn able silk with a forceful style of advocacy that is nonetheless effective.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHe is extremely bright, extremely knowledgeable and very quick to get to grips with knotty new areas.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily Neill - Blackstone ChambersVery thorough and extremely knowledgeable, she advises on very intricate areas but does so in a very simple manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

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'.

Leading Silks

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersHas a superb intellect and is one of the leading QCs in the 3D trade mark field. However, his commercial acumen is also outstanding - he quickly grasps what his clients and instructing solicitors really want from the litigation and ensures that this is always at the forefront of the advice he is giving.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersExceptionally talented in all areas, and very calm and insightful in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate with top-class judgement - one to have in your corner.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersStands out as a leader in the IP field.

Leading Juniors

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone ChambersTom is fantastically sharp, grasps complexity with ease, and drafts concisely and persuasively.
Ranked: Tier 4

Company and partnership

Company - Leading juniors

Fraser Campbell - Blackstone ChambersNot only is he incredibly intelligent, but he is like an encyclopaedia in the field of unfair prejudice law, having been involved in most of the high-value unfair prejudice cases over the last few years.
Ranked: Tier 5

IT and telecoms

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.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Rising stars

Daniel Cashman - Blackstone ChambersHe has an unusual clarity of thought and expression and is thoroughly clever to work with. His paperwork is barely edited by the best silks and he works quickly and well in large teams. He is clever and creative.
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is great analytically and he is a very good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersGreat team player – a pleasure to work with for solicitors and quickly grasps the main issues for the client. Will advise always with a client's overall aims in mind, and has a very practical outlook.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb advocate and highly intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersAn effective cross-examiner, and is friendly and flexible to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2020 Silks

James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersWell-deserved elevation to QC rank this year. His pleading style is excellent.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersHe pays meticulous attention to detail and is extremely clever.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHe has the exceptional ability to be creative and think laterally.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersQC of the future; first-choice junior counsel for all IT & Telecoms work. Excellent written work and advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Vinall - Blackstone ChambersAn extremely impressive and excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

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.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

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.

Set:

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.

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

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 HMRCKieron Beal QC is another name to note, with a practice spanning EU, competition, public and tax law.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersSam is very thorough, has excellent judgment and is the best QC I have worked with in terms of leading a team effectively. He is also an extremely effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone ChambersSam is very thorough, has excellent judgment and is the best QC I have worked with in terms of leading a team effectively. He is also an extremely effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersTechnically excellent across VAT, indirect taxes, wider EU law, and HMRC powers.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersA phenomenal silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersHe is a hard worker and a strong team player for any counsel team.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

 

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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.