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Blackstone Chambers Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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Barrister specialising in public law; commercial law; regulatory law and financial services; media and entertainment, sports and employment law. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.
Qualified 1999, Middle Temple.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3
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.
Blackstone Chambers is ‘understandably the leading set in financial services. The quality of counsel and service provided are second to none‘. The chambers ‘is a cornucopia of experience in the area‘ with ‘great bench strength both in silks and juniors‘. Members command respect for their contentious and non-contentious advice, often acting for and against the regulators both at home and abroad. Recently Javan Herberg QC and Ben Jaffey QC successfully acted for the claimant in Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority v First Abu Dhabi Bank. Andrew George QC and Daniel Burgess also represented the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the high-profile case of Ford v Financial Conduct Authority.
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.