Kate Gallafent QC > 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 administrative/judicial review; human rights; employment law; sports law; discrimination; common law (general). Full professional career details can be found at www.blackstonechambers.com.

Career

Qualified 1997, Gray’s Inn; QC 2014.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Kate Gallafent QCBlackstone Chambers

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.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Kate Gallafent QCBlackstone ChambersVery smart and incredibly personable. She always puts the client at ease.

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 silkJames 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).

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Kate Gallafent QCBlackstone ChambersCompletely on top of the brief, easy to get on with, and very responsive.

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Kate Gallafent QCBlackstone ChambersIncredibly approachable and down to earth; she is really well-organised and prepared, taking everything off the client’s shoulders.

Widely considered as ‘leaders in the field’, Blackstone Chambersremains 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.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Kate Gallafent QCBlackstone Chambers ‘Great safe pair of hands, very bright and personable.’