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Blackstone Chambers Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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Barrister specialising commercial law, EU and competition, financial services, human rights and public law, media, entertainment and sport and telecommunications. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.
Qualified 1999, Middle Temple; Bar of Ireland 2008.
Lawyer Rankings(Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Kennelly QC –Blackstone Chambers ‘Great team player – a pleasure to work with for solicitors and quickly grasps the main issues for the client. Will advise always with a client’s overall aims in mind, and has a very practical outlook.’
As a leading set for telecoms regulatory matters, Blackstone Chambers regularly acts for both regulators and telecoms companies. Brian Kennelly QC is acting for Three in Vodafone Limited and others v Ofcom involving claims for the restitution of annual licence fees; new silk James Segan QC is representing Huawei in the Supreme Court in the UK’s first FRAND trial; and multiple members of chambers are involved in an appeal relating to the 5G auction. Chambers has also expanded its work on the non-regulatory side.
‘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.
Brian Kennelly QC –Blackstone Chambers ‘Fantastic advocate; calm, reasonable and measured in delivery but can put the point across more forcefully where necessary. Great team player – a pleasure to work with for solicitors and quickly grasps the main issues for the client. Will advise always with a client’s overall aims in mind, and has a very practical outlook.’