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Blackstone Chambers Offices
BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE
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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.
Called 2009; Lincoln’s Inn.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3 (Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3
Blackstone Chambers has a superb reputation for public law, civil liberties and human rights, and is also extremely strong on the commercial side. This unique combination feeds into the extremely well-regarded public international law practices of some of its members, including market-leading practitioners such as Maurice Mendelson QC. Notable highlights include Reyes v Al-Malki in which Timothy Otty QC and Paul Luckhurst acted for the claimant in this critical diplomatic immunity case concerning human trafficking. Other key mandates include Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC‘s advice to the Cayman Islands Government on its constitutional negotiations with the UK.
Paul Luckhurst – Blackstone Chambers ‘One of the most talented junior barristers I have ever worked with. He is still young but there is no question that he will go all the way to being a top silk. He has all the attributes. Brilliant on paper, immensely hard working, works so well with silks, brilliant assisting on witness statements and expert reports. An outstanding all-rounder.’
‘Without doubt one of the top competition sets’, Blackstone Chambers has members involved in a range of key matters in cartel investigations, merger control and state aid. Brian Kennelly QC and Paul Luckhurst represent UBS in defending a proposed collective proceedings against several banks concerning an alleged foreign exchange cartel. Continuing the payments theme, Kennelly QC, Dinah Rose QC and Jason Pobjoy also represented Visa in the Sainsbury’s v Visa and Mastercard case heard by the Supreme Court in January 2020. Thomas de la Mare QC advised BMW in a damages claim concerning the RoRo shipping investigation, and Kieron Beal QC is representing ITV in a challenge to the European Commission’s decision that the group financing exemption for controlled foreign companies in the UK’s corporation tax system constitutes state aid. James Segan QC was elevated to silk in March 2020.
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 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.