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 Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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London Bar > IT and telecomsWithin: Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks -
London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)Within: Leading Silks -
London Bar > EU LawWithin: Leading Silks -
London Bar > EmploymentWithin: Leading Silks -
‘Top-notch set‘ Blackstone Chambers has ‘great strength in depth, from the QCs through to the juniors‘. Recent case highlights include Paul Goulding QC representing Dyson Group in proceedings brought against its former chief executive, and for IBM in a High Court claim to enforce a non-compete covenant against a former senior employee. Dinah Rose QC acted for Uber in a seminal gig economy case where the Court of Appeal ruled that Uber drivers are workers, and therefore entitled to the national minimum wage and paid annual leave; the ride-sharing company will challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court. In another case concerning employment status, Jane Mulcahy QC successfully defend UK Sport against claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination, victimisation, and detriment following a protected disclosure by Jessica Varnish, a former Great Britain’s women’s cycling team member – the tribunal found that funded athletes are not employees or workers.
London Bar > CompetitionWithin: Leading Silks -
London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)Within: Leading Silks -
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 > Administrative and public law (including local government)Within: Leading Silks -
Blackstone Chambers ‘remains the top chambers for public law’ with a roster of ‘intellectual heavyweights‘ instructed by government bodies and claimants. Chief among these is James Eadie QC, who as the Treasury Devil exclusively represents the government in its most high-profile cases: he, Kate Gallafent QC, and Naina Patel represented different government departments in R (P, G and W) v Secretary of State for Justice and Secretary of State for the Home Department, a case which concerned the compatibility of the criminal records disclosure system with the European Convention on Human Rights. In R (Gallaher Group) v Competitions and Markets Authority, Lord David Pannick QC and Hanif Mussa represented the tobacco company, with Jessica Boyd acting for co-claimant The Co-operative Group, in which the Supreme Court rejected the concept that duties of substantive fairness or equal treatment existed. Also of note, Dinah Rose QC and Jason Pobjoy represented the Law Society in its judicial review of the 2017 cuts to criminal legal aid. David Pievsky and David Lowe represented the Home Office in the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants’ challenge to the “right to rent” scheme, which mandates private landlords check the immigration status of potential tenants. Nathalie Lieven QC was appointed to the High Court bench in December 2018 with Pushpinder Saini QC set to join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.