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Blackstone Chambers Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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James Eadie QC
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.
Called 1984, Middle Temple; QC 2008.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
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.
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.
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 has continued its increasing focus on data protection and freedom of information law mandates with James Eadie QC, Thomas de la Mare QC, Kate Gallafent QC and Ravi Mehta as notable figures contributing to the set’s data work. Mehta’s recent work includes acting for the claimants in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications.
Blackstone Chambers is singled out for its civil liberties practice and is described as the ‘go-to set for human rights issues’. Members are frequently instructed on complex and high-profile matters of national importance covering public law, terror legislation, privacy, and EU law. Recent engagements include Ben Jaffey QC and Paul Luckhurst acting for the claimants in R (Hoareau & Bancoult) v SSFCA pertaining to the right of return of Chagossian people to British Indian Ocean Territory; preeminent silk and ‘Treasury Devil’ James Eadie QC acted for the defendant. Elsewhere, Timothy Otty QC acted in Orozco and Others v Attorney General of Belize, challenging the criminalization of homosexuality in Belize. Other of note include ‘brilliant’ Hanif Mussa who has strength across human rights and international law, and Jason Pobjoy. David Pievsky took silk in 2020. Recently appointed president of Magdalen College, Oxford, Dinah Rose QC remains the distinguished silk in the set along with crossbench peer Lord David Pannick QC. In recent news, Charlotte Kilroy QC joined the set from Doughty Street Chambers.