Dinah Rose 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
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9BW
England

Living Wage

Position

Practice encompasses administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights, employment law, European law and professional discipline, telecommunications. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.

Career

Qualified 1989, Gray’s Inn; QC 2006.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Dinah Rose QCBlackstone ChambersIntellectually brilliant, Dinah is peerless and astonishingly quick – the best advocate at the English Bar.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Dinah Rose QCBlackstone ChambersSimply the best. She is a fantastic advocate and a formidable intellect. She leads large teams effectively and with warmth. Clients adore her.

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.

London Bar > Competition

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Dinah Rose QCBlackstone ChambersShe leads large teams effectively and with warmth.

‘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.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Dinah Rose QCBlackstone 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.

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.

London Bar > IT and telecoms

(Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Dinah Rose QCBlackstone ChambersA superb advocate and highly intelligent.

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Dinah Rose QCBlackstone ChambersAn astute and courageous court performer, who is able to respond flexibly and appropriately to any type of situation and judge.

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Dinah Rose QCBlackstone ChambersA fantastic advocate and a formidable intellect.