Paul Luckhurst > 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 commercial law, public law, competition law, public international law, EU law, financial services, and human rights. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.

Career

Called 2009; Lincoln’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Paul LuckhurstBlackstone ChambersBrilliant attention to detail and produces thorough, well researched and presented drafting.

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul LuckhurstBlackstone Chambers

In the words of one client, ‘for EU law matters, Blackstone Chambers is one of the best sets, able to offer the brightest, most highly skilled advocates‘, and the set houses specialists in jurisdiction issues, customs, sanctions, employment and immigration. Members are routinely instructed on the most innovative and significant cases in the English courts; as an example, Paul Luckhurst acted as sole counsel in Langton v DEFRA & Natural England, an important Court of Appeal case regarding the correct application of the Habitats Directive. Emily Neill had a particularly busy year which included acting in a £500m group litigation claim against Royal Mail for VAT “hidden” in the price of postal services under EU VAT rules. In Luxembourg, Brian Kennelly QC, leading Jason Pobjoy, successfully acted in Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak and others v Council of the European Union as the CJEU annulled sanctions imposed on the claimant. James Segan QC took silk in 2020.

London Bar > Competition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul LuckhurstBlackstone ChambersHe has a Ferrari of a mind – he just purrs and everything seems effortless – a sign of a real quality barrister and a silk in the making.

Blackstone Chambers is a ‘great set of chambers-across the board‘, and includes a number of barristers with extensive expertise in all areas of competition law. Brian Kennelly QC enjoyed a particularly strong year, having acted for the claimant in CK Telecoms UK Investments Ltd v European Commission before the General Court, which saw the court deliver a landmark judgment overturning the Commission’s decision to block the proposed merger between UK mobile networks Three and O2. In the English courts, James Segan QC, having taken silk in 2020, acted for Huawei in Unwired Planet & Conversant v Huawei which concerned FRAND issues and standard essential patents. Emily Neill acts unled on behalf of major companies such as Ryanair in price control cases, while Paul Luckhurst is contesting two collective class action applications relating to foreign exchange manipulation.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Paul LuckhurstBlackstone ChambersWorking with Paul is exceptional, when working with him you know that the case is in very good hands.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul LuckhurstBlackstone ChambersA very bright advocate and a strategic thinker. He understands the FCA process and provides good cogent, coherent advice.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul LuckhurstBlackstone ChambersA junior with a very bright future in public international law matters.

Blackstone Chambers has long been one of the pre-eminent chambers for public international law, particularly in the crossover with public law and  human rights law, as well as related areas of state and diplomatic immunity. Maurice Mendelson QC remains a leading figure in the market, while Timothy Otty QC has built upon his superb reputation for human rights matters and is increasingly active on the investment treaty side.  Several leading juniors are also making strong names for themselves. Paul Luckhurst managed a Supreme Court victory in Janah and Benkharbouche v Secretary of State, a matter concerning National Minimum Wage claims by staff at the Sudanese embassy in London, and is currently pursuing the UK for damages in the European Court of Human Rights. Jason Pobjoy successfully defended the Foreign Secretary’s position on diplomatic immunity in R (Charles) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, a High Court case concerning the death of motorcyclist Harry Dunn, who was killed in 2019 after he was struck by a car being driven by the wife of an alleged CIA operative.