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 Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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London Bar > Public procurementWithin: Leading Juniors -
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.
London Bar > IT and telecomsWithin: Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors -
London Bar > Financial services regulationWithin: Leading Juniors -
Blackstone Chambers is a ‘go-to set for complex financial services work‘, where you are ‘spoilt for choice’ because the ‘juniors and QCs are outstanding and have always make time for you‘. Recent highlights include R (Holmcroft) v KPMG LLP and others before the Court of Appeal in which seven members were involved, including Javan Herberg QC and Hanif Mussa for KPMG, Ben Jaffey QC for Barclays Bank, (an interested party), and Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Daniel Burgess for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Members also acted for the FCA on the issuance of the Tesco market abuse Final Notice.
London Bar > EU LawWithin: Leading Juniors -
London Bar > EnvironmentWithin: 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 > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)Within: Leading Juniors -
When it comes to civil liberties and human rights work Blackstone Chambers has a ‘deserved reputation as the best in the business’ with many of its members involved in high-profile and precedent-setting cases. Recent instructions for the ‘first-class set’ include Michael Fordham QC appearing before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to represent clients in Chong & Others v United Kingdom. The case addressed whether there is an obligation under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), or customary international law, to undertake a further inquiry into the 1948 killing of 24 men by British soldiers in Batang Kali, Selangor, now part of Malaysia but at the time part of the British Empire. Elsewhere, Ben Jaffey QC and Thomas de la Mare QC are acting for Privacy International in its challenge to the government’s telecommunications interception; ‘Treasure Devil’ James Eadie QC acted for the defendant. Also of note, Shaheed Fatima QC is heading up the legal panel in the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict and, alongside Hanif Mussa, is acting for mining company Xstrata pertaining to whether the firm can be liable for human rights infringements by a foreign state. ‘Distinguished silk‘ Dinah Rose QC led the legal team challenging Cambridge Analytica over the alleged misuse of personal data belonging to more than 71 million people, while Timothy Otty QC is noted for his expertise on sanctions law. Pushpinder Saini QC will join the High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.
London Bar > Administrative and public law (including local government)Within: Leading Juniors -
Blackstone Chambers ‘remains the top chambers for public law’ with a roster of ‘intellectual heavyweights‘ instructed by government bodies and claimants. Chief among these is James Eadie QC, who as the Treasury Devil exclusively represents the government in its most high-profile cases: he, Kate Gallafent QC, and Naina Patel represented different government departments in R (P, G and W) v Secretary of State for Justice and Secretary of State for the Home Department, a case which concerned the compatibility of the criminal records disclosure system with the European Convention on Human Rights. In R (Gallaher Group) v Competitions and Markets Authority, Lord David Pannick QC and Hanif Mussa represented the tobacco company, with Jessica Boyd acting for co-claimant The Co-operative Group, in which the Supreme Court rejected the concept that duties of substantive fairness or equal treatment existed. Also of note, Dinah Rose QC and Jason Pobjoy represented the Law Society in its judicial review of the 2017 cuts to criminal legal aid. David Pievsky and David Lowe represented the Home Office in the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants’ challenge to the “right to rent” scheme, which mandates private landlords check the immigration status of potential tenants. Nathalie Lieven QC was appointed to the High Court bench in December 2018 with Pushpinder Saini QC set to join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.