James Eadie QC > Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC
Blackstone Chambers
1 Garden Court, Temple
London
EC4Y 9BJ
England

Living Wage

Position

Barrister specialising in public law, human rights/civil liberties and commercial and regulatory law. Appointed First Treasury Counsel in 2009. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.

Career

Called 1984, Middle Temple; QC 2008.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Eadie QCBlackstone ChambersA stellar barrister and an excellent advocate.

Blackstone Chambers is lauded as ‘incontrovertibly the stand out public law chambers in the country‘ and ‘packed with talent from top to bottom‘. In a landmark case arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Naina Patel represented a claimant in R (JCWI) v President of the UT (IAC), resulting in a declaration of unlawfulness of the COVID-19 guidance of the President of the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, by which the norm of oral error of law appeal hearings was replaced with a default of paper determinations. In another significant hearing, Charlotte Kilroy QC was instructed by the Public Law Project to represent Medical Justice before the Court of Appeal in Medical Justice v Home Secretary, finding that the Home Office’s ‘no-notice’ removals policy, a policy under which around 40,000 removals had been effected between 2015 and 2019, was ultra viresJames Eadie QC continues to be the first port of call for the government in his role of Treasury Devil.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

James Eadie QCBlackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers acts in a wide range of data protection and FOIA cases. Key practitioners include James Eadie QC and Thomas de la Mare QC, and Kate Gallafent QC who is recommended for information privacy work. Ravi Mehta continues to act for Big Brother Watch, Open, Rights Group, and English PEN, and a prominent German internet campaigner in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom, which relates to an application to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications, following the Edward Snowden leaks.

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

James Eadie QCBlackstone ChambersHe is the best Supreme Court advocate with more experience before the court than anyone else at the Bar.

Blackstone Chambers‘ immigration set features barristers operating ‘at the forefront of legal challenges‘, covers an ‘extremely broad range‘ of issues and is ‘trusted by claimant and defendant alike‘. Informed by expertise in public law and human rights, it has in-depth knowledge of asylum claims, refugee law, deportation and citizenship. In particular, recent highlights include Naina Patel‘s successful representation of the claimant in R (JCWI) v President of the UT (IAC), a matter which declared COVID-19 guidance proposing to hear large numbers of tribunal cases on papers unlawful, Jason Pobjoy‘s work for the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism in the high-profile R (Begum) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission case (in which Sir James Eadie  represented the government in his capacity as Treasury Devil) and Isabel Buchanan‘s role in a judicial review challenging citizenship application fees.

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

(Tax: VAT - Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 3

James Eadie QCBlackstone Chambers

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Eadie QCBlackstone Chambers

Highly regarded as ‘one of the best and brightest sets‘, Blackstone Chambers houses ‘top quality barristers able to advise on a range of issues‘, with consistent visibility on important judicial reviews cases and matters that attract a great deal of public attention. Members of chambers led for all parties in R (Elan-Cane) v SSHD, a Supreme Court case seeking the issuance of passports with the sex field marked “X”: Kate Gallafent QC, Tom Mountford and Gayatri Sarathy represented the claimants, while Monica Carss-Frisk QC  and Rachel Jones represented the intervener Human Rights Watch, and the ‘tremendous silkJames Eadie QC represented the government in his capacity as Treasury Devil, the government’s first-choice outside counsel. In addition, Hanif Mussa and Daniel Cashman successfully represented the government in R (Andrews) v Minister of the Cabinet Office, defeating a challenge to the use of tactile voting devices for blind voters, which numbered candidates (without naming them).

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

James Eadie QCBlackstone Chambers