Tom Hickman > 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 > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)Within: Media and entertainment - 2019 Silks -
Blackstone Chambers is ‘the first port of call for media, entertainment, and sports sector work’ boasting ‘some excellent juniors and industry leading QCs’. The group is known for its trade mark and copyright expertise across the industries. In recent case highlights, Ian Mill QC represented Ed Sheeran, and the co-writers and publishers of the song ‘Shape of You’, in seeking a declaration that the song did not infringe any copyrights of the defendant; while Robert Howe QC and James Segan were instructed to act for the Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) against the BBC in a case to decide how much the broadcaster must pay annually for its blanket licence to use music in television programmes. Tom Hickman QC took silk in 2019 and Pushpinder Saini QC will join the High Court in October 2019.
London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)Within: 2019 Silks -
London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)Within: 2019 Silks -
London Bar > Administrative and public law (including local government)Within: 2019 Silks -
London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales
‘Practically a brand name for quality public lawyers’, Blackstone Chambers remains ‘the top chambers for complex public law’ instructions thanks to its ‘stellar list of counsel’, or as one source said: ‘Almost any high-profile public law case in the courts involves Blackstones.’ This was recently demonstrated in R (Miller) v the Prime Minister and Cherry and ors v Advocate General for Scotland, in which 11 members of chambers acted for various parties before the Supreme Court. The set has ‘some genuine intellectual heavyweight advocates at the more senior end’ together with ‘really impressive juniors who will no doubt be stars of the future’. Clients also find the set an ‘excellent choice’ for sport, media and entertainment, commercial litigation, regulatory enforcement, and competition law matters. ‘They have good strength in depth and there is usually somebody excellent available’ and their ‘commitment to pro bono work is also very impressive’. In the last 12 months, Diya Sen Gupta (current chair of the Employment Law Bar Association) and Tom Hickman were appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019, while Nathalie Lieven QC was appointed a High Court judge in the Family Division in 2018, with Pushpinder Saini QC set to join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019, and Hugo Page QC recently moved ENTERPRISE CHAMBERS. The ‘well-run’ clerking team offers a ‘first-rate, top-notch’ service, ‘especially when it comes to commerciality and the ability to establish effective Chinese walls’. Senior clerk Gary Oliver (‘incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected’) leads the ‘brisk, commercial, and approachable’ team with deputy senior clerks Derek Sutton (‘very impressive and you can rely on him to point you in the right direction’) and Adam Sloane (‘a real pleasure to deal with and understands our client’s needs’); ‘capable’ clerks Dean Tolman (‘effective and friendly’); Adam Fuschillo (‘takes a sensible and pragmatic approach’); Sophie Floydd (‘efficient and easy to deal with over fees’); Danny Compton (‘highly rated’); and Lewis Walker (‘knows his stuff; is a star’) are all praised by clients. Solicitors also appreciate the ‘extremely hospitable’ front of house staff. Julia Horner is chambers director and Mat Swallow is her deputy. Offices in: London