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Blackstone Chambers Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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James Segan QC
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(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1 (Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
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.
Blackstone Chambers is praised repeatedly for ‘the quality of its juniors’ in media and music cases and fields a ‘most responsive’ clerking team ‘with excellent soft skills’. The set acts for performers, directors and producers as well as publishers and collecting societies. Of recent note, Robert Howe QC and Mark Vinall acted for the applicants in UK Hospitality Industries and British Beer and Pub Association v Phonographic Performance Limited, a copyright tribunal case regarding a proposed tariff for playing music at special events. Market leader Ian Mill QC was instructed on the other side of the case together with James Segan QC, who took silk in 2020.
Blackstone Chambers is ‘a very well-organised set‘. Although best known for its soft IP expertise, the chambers’ members also possess significant contentious IP experience, particularly in media and entertainment. Robert Howe QC is ‘exceptionally talented in all areas, and very calm and insightful in court‘. Michael Bloch QC, who ‘has a superb intellect‘, and James Segan QC, who took silk in 2020, acted for Huawei in a FRAND-related claim brought by Conversant, a Nokia patents-associated licensing entity; and Ian Mill QC acted for musician Ed Sheeran (and others) in seeking a declaration that they did not infringe the defendants’ copyrights in writing and exploiting the song, ‘Shape of You’.
James Segan QC –Blackstone Chambers ‘A well deserved elevation to QC rank this year; a very impressive individual with a range of skills and knowledge spanning well beyond competition law. His pleading style is excellent. He has superb judgement on how to frame an argument.’
‘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.
Blackstone Chambers is ‘extremely strong in the area of European Union law‘, with members appearing for both business, non-profit bodies, and the UK government in a range of EU-infused cases in London. Members were instructed on both sides of R (Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a challenge based on EU free movement of goods law to a near-total ban on the sale of antiques containing elephant ivory; Thomas de la Mare QC acted for the claimant organisation, while Treasury Devil James Eadie QC and Hanif Mussa representing DEFRA. In Luxembourg, Kieron Beal QC and Paul Luckhurst continue to defend the UK government in a case brought by the European Commission concerning an alleged non-collection customs duties applied to transshipments of aluminium through the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla by its authorities. James Segan QC is a 2020 silk appointment.
Blackstone Chambers is the ‘top chambers for sports work’ with ‘a wide variety of silks and juniors operating at a high level’. In Adam Lewis QC and Nick De Marco QC, the set contains two silks solely dedicated to sports law. The pair were involved on both side of Scottish’s Rugby’s dispute with World Rugby concerning the cancellation of a game against Japan at the 2019 Rugby due to a typhoon; Lewis representing the sporting body and De Marco acting for the national team. Lewis QC also worked with Ravi Mehta on the Russian Athletics Federation’s challenge against the International Association of Athletics Federations decision not to reinstate its full membership. Meanwhile, Jane Mulcahy QC has been leading the internal investigation by Manchester City into child abuse allegations surrounding a junior football coach, while Kate Gallafent QC continues to act for the FA, most recently against former England footballer Peter Beardsley who used racist and abusive language towards players while coaching the Newcastle United U23 team. Also of note, new silk James Segan QC acted for Chelsea whose fans were accused of disruptive behaviour during a game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
This year Blackstone Chambers tops the rankings charts as the set with the most top tier set rankings and most leading juniors rankings in London, as well as the chambers with the most leading set rankings, most leading silks rankings, and most barrister rankings overall across England and Wales. In the last 12 months, Michael Fordham QC was appointed a High Court Judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division, in December 2019; David Pievsky QC, Harish Salve SA QC, and James Segan QC were all appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020; and chambers was further strengthened by the arrival of Charlotte Kilroy QC from Doughty Street, Craig Rajgopaul from Littleton Chambers, and Navid Pourghazi from Cloisters.