James Segan > 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 > SportWithin: Leading Juniors -
London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)Within: Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors -
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 > IT and telecomsWithin: Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors -
Blackstone Chambers is considered to be ‘the strongest public law set’ and ‘one of the leading sets for telecoms regulatory matters in acting for both Ofcom and telecoms companies’. Recent highlights include James Segan‘s representation of a telecoms company in challenging a direction by Ofcom, requiring it to refrain from liberalising the regulatory regime for GSM gateways, and Tom Richards‘ instruction by Telefónica in an appeal against a determination by Ofcom concerning ‘flip-flopping’ of termination rates by H3G and Vodafone. Pushpinder Saini QC (recently appointed to the High Court) was instructed by Ofcom in a judicial review challenge to its Annual Licence Fees, brought by EE, Vodafone.
London Bar > Intellectual propertyWithin: Leading Juniors -
London Bar > EU LawWithin: Leading Juniors -
London Bar > CompetitionWithin: Leading Juniors -
Blackstone Chambers ‘deservedly has a very strong reputation in the competition world‘, with members instructed at the European and national levels on all manner of cartel cases, as well as having expertise in standard essential patent matters. Brian Kennelly QC and Hanif Mussa are instructed for the European Commission in General Court proceedings concerning the fining of Deutsche Bahn and others over €800m for a freight forwarding cartel – Kennelly QC also leads a team representing Scania in litigation concerning the trucks cartel case. In addition, numerous members of chambers had involvements in an arbitration between Queens’ Park Rangers and the English Football League concerning the Financial Fair Play rules, including Thomas de la Mare QC as first instance arbitrator, Kieron Beal QC and James Segan for the English Football League, and Lord David Pannick QC for QPR.
London Bar > Public procurement
Blackstone Chambers‘ public law offering includes a range of public procurement expertise. ‘Star senior junior’ James Segan ‘is smashing to work with, very bright and very much in demand’. His work includes advising on large IT outsourcing contracts and disputes around tender processes Also in demand, Hanif Mussa has handled a number of high-profile cases in areas such as transport.