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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 3 (Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2
Blackstone Chambers is ‘the strongest set at the interface of public law and commercial matters’. Numerous members of chambers were involved in R (Miller) v the Prime Minister and Cherry v Advocate General of Scotland, a combined Supreme Court case concerning the 2019 prorogation of Parliament: Lord David Pannick QC and Tom Hickman QC for Gina Miller, James Eadie QC and Lord Keen of Elie QC (a door tenant) for the government in their respective capacities as Treasury Devil and then-Advocate General for Scotland, and for a diverse range of interveners Thomas de la Mare QC, Tom Cleaver, Daniel Cashman and Celia Rooney plus, prior to his appointment to the High Court bench, Michael Fordham QC. At the same level, Sir James was against Dinah Rose QC, Ben Jaffey QC and Cleaver for the appellants in R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which found that an “ouster” clause cannot shield said tribunal from judicial review. In the Court of Appeal, members were instructed on both sides of R (Elan-Cane) v SSHD, concerning Home Office’s refusal to issue a passport with the sex field marked as “X” and also issues of cost capping in judicial review proceedings – Kate Gallafent QC for the claimant, Sir James for the government, and Monica Carss-Frisk QC for Human Rights Watch. As a leading junior, Hanif Mussa successfully represented the government in R (Coughlan) v Minister for the Cabinet Office, defeating a challenge to trials of mandatory voter ID in Braintree.
Kate Gallafent QC –Blackstone Chambers ‘Client friendly, approachable and makes even the most complicated of legal issues translate into client friendly advice. She is a formidable advocate and her cross examination skills are second to none.’
Blackstone Chambers is the ‘top chambers for sports work’ with ‘a wide variety of silks and juniors operating at a high level’. In Adam Lewis QC and Nick De Marco QC, the set contains two silks solely dedicated to sports law. The pair were involved on both side of Scottish’s Rugby’s dispute with World Rugby concerning the cancellation of a game against Japan at the 2019 Rugby due to a typhoon; Lewis representing the sporting body and De Marco acting for the national team. Lewis QC also worked with Ravi Mehta on the Russian Athletics Federation’s challenge against the International Association of Athletics Federations decision not to reinstate its full membership. Meanwhile, Jane Mulcahy QC has been leading the internal investigation by Manchester City into child abuse allegations surrounding a junior football coach, while Kate Gallafent QC continues to act for the FA, most recently against former England footballer Peter Beardsley who used racist and abusive language towards players while coaching the Newcastle United U23 team. Also of note, new silk James Segan QC acted for Chelsea whose fans were accused of disruptive behaviour during a game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Kate Gallafent QC –Blackstone Chambers ‘She combines brilliant intellect, with a peerless demeanour in court. She commands the respect of judges but also is utterly charming and responsive to clients.’
Blackstone Chambers has continued its increasing focus on data protection and freedom of information law mandates with James Eadie QC, Thomas de la Mare QC, Kate Gallafent QC and Ravi Mehta as notable figures contributing to the set’s data work. Mehta’s recent work includes acting for the claimants in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications.