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Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC
Blackstone Chambers

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Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, human rights, commercial litigation (including media and entertainment, civil fraud, financial services and sport), competition/EU and employment. Full professional career details can be found at


Called 2003; Lincoln’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tom Hickman QCBlackstone ChambersA winner: astute, quick-thinking and persuasive.

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.

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tom Hickman QCBlackstone ChambersHe remains one of the most gifted counsel around, who identifies the most cutting edge and winnable points.

Blackstone Chambers is known for its ‘unparalleled strength‘ in ‘the relationship between EU/international protections and UK domestic legislation’. Barristers at the set also have extensive experience in asylum claims, refugee law and cases concerning deportation and citizenship. High profile cases included a challenge to the deprivation of Shamima Begum’s civil liberties, led by Tom Hickman QC, and A v SSHD, in which James Eadie QC, Jason Pobjoy and Isabel Buchanan acted. Naina Patel represented claimants in a challenge to the SSHD’s policies on victims of modern slavery.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

(Media and entertainment - 2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tom Hickman QCBlackstone ChambersHe always gives the very best analysis and advice for music-related work.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tom Hickman QCBlackstone ChambersA fantastic leader and is extremely smart.