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Kate Gallafent QC
Barrister specialising in administrative/judicial review; human rights; employment law; sports law; discrimination; common law (general). Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.
Qualified 1997, Gray’s Inn; QC 2014.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2
Blackstone Chambers acts in a wide range of data protection and FOIA cases. Key practitioners include James Eadie QC and Thomas de la Mare QC, and Kate Gallafent QC who is recommended for information privacy work. Ravi Mehta continues to act for Big Brother Watch, Open, Rights Group, and English PEN, and a prominent German internet campaigner in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom, which relates to an application to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications, following the Edward Snowden leaks.
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 silk‘ James 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).
Widely considered as ‘leaders in the field’, Blackstone Chambers ‘remains the go-to set for all sports law matters’ from governance and regulation through to employment, human rights and commercial exploitation matters. Nick De Marco QC is a specialist in sponsorship, competition, personal injury and financial fair play matters, among many others; he representing Newcastle United its ownership dispute with the Premier League, as well as advising several Premier League clubs on the “Project Restart” resumption of the 2019-20 season. Kate Gallafent QC and Celia Rooney successfully defending the FAW in a challenge to its decision to terminate the 2019-20 Cymru Premier brought by The New Saints, who were four points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads with six games left in the title race when the season was ended. Away from football, Adam Lewis QC advised Premiership Rugby on its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Thomas de la Mare QC and Rooney represented Racing Point in the investigation in to the team’s 2020 Formula One car, which featured brake ducts, among other parts, that replicated the previous year’s championship-winning Mercedes W10.