Emily Neill > 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


Specialises in public law, European and competition law, commercial and employment law. Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.


Called 2008; Inner Temple (major scholar).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Emily NeillBlackstone ChambersExcellent knowledge of EU law. Provides clear concise legal advice. Works well on complex files with multiple actors.

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 3

Emily NeillBlackstone ChambersPragmatic, easy to work with, very smart and commercial.

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 > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Emily NeillBlackstone ChambersA meticulous, high-calibre junior with an approachable manner and a good understanding of the area.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Emily NeillBlackstone ChambersShe combines a razor-sharp intellect with a relentless focus on helping the client achieve their objectives.’

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.