Michael Fordham QC > Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

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London Bar > Administrative and public law (including local government)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

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

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Fordham QCBlackstone ChambersA stellar silk with a great courtroom manner.

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

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Fordham QCBlackstone ChambersA leading public lawyer with extensive experience in environmental law.

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

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

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

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

London Bar > Competition

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Michael Fordham QCBlackstone ChambersA very strong advocate.