Hanif Mussa > 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

Living Wage


Barrister specialising in administrative/public law and human rights; EU law; employment and discrimination law; and commercial law. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.


Called 2007; Inner Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersHanif is a top drawer public lawyer: understated and evidently highly intelligent. A wonderful opponent who is easy to deal with but never to be underestimated. His written work is first class, his grasp of complex issues and his legal analysis are impeccable.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersForensically astute, technically superb and unflappable, he is a first-class barrister that clients will want to have on their side.

Blackstone Chambers is ‘the leading chambers for constitutional and public administrative law’, and its members frequently handle commercial litigation, regulatory, environmental and public law matters relating to the highly-regulated energy industry. Alan Maclean QC has a broad commercial and public law practice includes numerous energy cases, a recent example of which is his work for Ofgem in a high-profile judicial review challenge brought by British Gas against the new tariff price cap for default rate gas and electricity consumers. Hanif Mussa is an impressive junior for commercial and regulatory cases involving energy and natural resources – He recently supported a tidal lagoon operator in a possible challenge to a controversial decision by the UK government to refuse to support a project for a new tidal lagoon project in Wales.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersHanif is without doubt a superstar in the making. He is a brilliant oral and written advocate.

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 > Competition

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersExtremely intelligent, always very courteous, and reads the room well. Very good with clients.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersHe is extraordinarily brilliant, no doubt the smartest person in any room he walks into, and his drafting, analysis and tactical insight are first-class.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersHanif tackles the nub of any issue incredibly quickly, and provides technical solutions in a practical manner. Diligent, responsive and a delight to work with.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hanif MussaBlackstone ChambersHanif is extremely erudite in this area of law, and is able to explain and apply it in the real world.’

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 > European Union law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

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