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Blackstone Chambers Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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Kieron Beal QC
All areas of commercial and civil work, especially European law, competition law, judicial review and human rights, VAT, customs and excise duties. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.
Qualified 1995, Inner Temple; QC 2012.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4 (Tax: VAT - Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 2
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 HMRC. Kieron Beal QC is another name to note, with a practice spanning EU, competition, public and tax law.
‘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.
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.