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Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC
Blackstone Chambers
1 Garden Court, Temple

Living Wage


General commercial, public and human rights, employment, financial services; EU and competition; telecommunications; media and entertainment; and sport. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.


Qualified 2004; Inner Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > European Union law

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersJames is an absolute star – professional, extremely bright and articulate, very responsive and a fantastic team player.

In the words of one client, ‘for EU law matters, Blackstone Chambers is one of the best sets, able to offer the brightest, most highly skilled advocates‘, and the set houses specialists in jurisdiction issues, customs, sanctions, employment and immigration. Members are routinely instructed on the most innovative and significant cases in the English courts; as an example, Paul Luckhurst acted as sole counsel in Langton v DEFRA & Natural England, an important Court of Appeal case regarding the correct application of the Habitats Directive. Emily Neill had a particularly busy year which included acting in a £500m group litigation claim against Royal Mail for VAT “hidden” in the price of postal services under EU VAT rules. In Luxembourg, Brian Kennelly QC, leading Jason Pobjoy, successfully acted in Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak and others v Council of the European Union as the CJEU annulled sanctions imposed on the claimant. James Segan QC took silk in 2020.

London Bar > Competition

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersJames’ advocacy is clearly structured, extremely well judged and highly persuasive. He is the “go to” barrister for FRAND and IP licence disputes.

Blackstone Chambers is a ‘great set of chambers-across the board‘, and includes a number of barristers with extensive expertise in all areas of competition law. Brian Kennelly QC enjoyed a particularly strong year, having acted for the claimant in CK Telecoms UK Investments Ltd v European Commission before the General Court, which saw the court deliver a landmark judgment overturning the Commission’s decision to block the proposed merger between UK mobile networks Three and O2. In the English courts, James Segan QC, having taken silk in 2020, acted for Huawei in Unwired Planet & Conversant v Huawei which concerned FRAND issues and standard essential patents. Emily Neill acts unled on behalf of major companies such as Ryanair in price control cases, while Paul Luckhurst is contesting two collective class action applications relating to foreign exchange manipulation.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersA delight to work with.

London Bar > Intellectual property

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersJames is very good at handling competition matters which intersect with IP issues.

Blackstone Chambers‘ ‘strength and breadth of available expertise is excellent‘. The set has an established reputation for its capabilities in soft IP work, however it is equally adept at handling instructions involving hard IP matters. Robert Howe QC is regularly instructed by major record companies, media organisations, and high-profile musicians and music groups. In recent work, James Segan QC is acting for Chinese technology company Lenovo in an ongoing FRAND-related dispute, concerning whether the client must take a licence under patents declared to be standard-essential by InterDigital.

London Bar > IT and telecoms

(Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersJames is an excellent advocate – clear and compelling in their presentation, exceptional and nuanced in drafting and providing realistic and effective strategic direction in conference. James is highly sought after, with good reason, and is an asset to any case he is a part of.

The ‘go-to set for public law or IT & telecoms regulatory-related matters’, the barristers at Blackstone Chambers remain leaders in acting for major communications operators and consumers, and for against regulators such as Ofcom. Before the UK Supreme Court, in the FRAND case Unwired Planet & Conversant v Huawei & ZTE, James Segan QC acted for Huawei and successfully defended against a claim brought by Conversant, a licensing entity connected to Nokia. In Virgin Media Limited v Ofcom,  Javan Herberg QC  represented Ofcom in dismissing an appeal brought by Virgin Media against Ofcom’s decision to impose a £7m fine for breaching the General Conditions of Entitlement. In addition, Brian Kennelly QC acted for CK Telecoms UK Investments in CK Telecoms UK Investments Ltd v European Commission, where the court annulled the Commission’s decision to block CK Hutchison’s acquisition of O2 UK from Spain’s Telefonica.

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

(Media and entertainment - 2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersJames has a great knowledge of the legalities and commercialities of copyright law and is very clear and practical with his advice.

London Bar > Public procurement

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersOne of the best in public procurement.

Blackstone Chambers maintains an active administrative and public law set, with members active in a range of cases in England and Wales and beyond. Emily Neill is called to both the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland Bars – south of the border, she represents McAllister Bros Limited, the successful bidder, in Boyne Waste Services v Irish Water, in a challenge by a losing bidder to a significant procurement exercise for pipe cleaning services. James Segan QC and Hanif Mussa are also noted.

London Bar > Sport

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Segan QCBlackstone ChambersA future star of the Bar. Incredibly hard-working and user-friendly.