Thomas de la Mare QC > Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Blackstone Chambers Offices
1 Garden Court, Temple
- Go to...
Thomas de la Mare QC
Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, EU and competition, human rights, commercial litigation, commercial employment, civil fraud, media, privacy and entertainment and sports law. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.
Qualified 1995, Middle Temple; QC 2012.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas de la Mare QC –Blackstone Chambers ‘Innovative in his thinking; on human rights matters he has gone out of his way to give value to the clients because he knows he is on the right side and they will not be able to proceed with their fight otherwise.’(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3
Blackstone Chambers is ‘the leading public law practice’ and clients note that ‘the variety of people it has is helpful when considering who would be a good fit for a particular matter’. The set handles the full scope of environmental law cases, drawing in great depth of expertise in public, regulatory, local government, competition, energy, EU, procurement, planning and civil liberties law. Members continue to be involved in high-profile cases, including the group action against Volkswagen Group Limited concerning the use of defeat devices to mask pollution from its diesel cars, in which Thomas de la Mare QC is taking a lead role. Among the juniors, Emma Dixon remains a prominent practitioner in environmental law, and she is currently involved in a landmark air pollution case, R (ClientEarth) v Secretary of State, in both the Supreme Court and in the European Court of Justice, arguing for a declaration that the UK is in breach of EU air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide in London and other major urban areas.
Blackstone Chambers acts in a wide range of data protection and FOIA cases. Key practitioners include James Eadie QC and Thomas de la Mare QC, and Kate Gallafent QC who is recommended for information privacy work. Ravi Mehta continues to act for Big Brother Watch, Open, Rights Group, and English PEN, and a prominent German internet campaigner in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom, which relates to an application to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications, following the Edward Snowden leaks.
Widely considered as ‘leaders in the field’, Blackstone Chambers ‘remains the go-to set for all sports law matters’ from governance and regulation through to employment, human rights and commercial exploitation matters. Nick De Marco QC is a specialist in sponsorship, competition, personal injury and financial fair play matters, among many others; he representing Newcastle United its ownership dispute with the Premier League, as well as advising several Premier League clubs on the “Project Restart” resumption of the 2019-20 season. Kate Gallafent QC and Celia Rooney successfully defending the FAW in a challenge to its decision to terminate the 2019-20 Cymru Premier brought by The New Saints, who were four points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads with six games left in the title race when the season was ended. Away from football, Adam Lewis QC advised Premiership Rugby on its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Thomas de la Mare QC and Rooney represented Racing Point in the investigation in to the team’s 2020 Formula One car, which featured brake ducts, among other parts, that replicated the previous year’s championship-winning Mercedes W10.