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Blackstone Chambers (Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto 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


Qualified 1997, Gray’s Inn; QC 2014.

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Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Silks

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘ Her broad practice includes public law regulatory matters. ’

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

Blackstone Chambers 'remains the top chambers for public law' with a roster of 'intellectual heavyweights' instructed by government bodies and claimants. Chief among these is James Eadie QC, who as the Treasury Devil exclusively represents the government in its most high-profile cases: he, Kate Gallafent QC, and Naina Patel represented different government departments in R (P, G and W) v Secretary of State for Justice and Secretary of State for the Home Department, a case which concerned the compatibility of the criminal records disclosure system with the European Convention on Human Rights. In R (Gallaher Group) v Competitions and Markets Authority, Lord David Pannick QC and Hanif Mussa represented the tobacco company, with Jessica Boyd acting for co-claimant The Co-operative Group, in which the Supreme Court rejected the concept that duties of substantive fairness or equal treatment existed. Also of note, Dinah Rose QC and Jason Pobjoy represented the Law Society in its judicial review of the 2017 cuts to criminal legal aid. David Pievsky and David Lowe represented the Home Office in the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants' challenge to the "right to rent" scheme, which mandates private landlords check the immigration status of potential tenants. Nathalie Lieven QC was appointed to the High Court bench in December 2018 with Pushpinder Saini QC set to join the Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.

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Data protection

Within: Leading Silks

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘ ‘She is a complete superstar and combines brilliant intellect with a peerless demeanour in court.’ ’

Within: Data protection

Blackstone Chambers’ data protection capacity builds on its commercial, public law, and regulatory expertise with key practitioners including Thomas de la Mare QC, James Eadie QC, and Kate Gallafent QC. De la Mare was part of the team which represented the claimants in Privacy International and others v GCHQ, which related to the mass collection of bulk personal datasets and bulk communications data, and Eadie defended in R (Good Law Project and Molly Scott Cato MEP) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Her Majesty’s Treasury, a case challenging the government’s refusal to release Brexit impact analysis documents. 

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Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘ She combines brilliant intellect with a peerless demeanour in court. ’

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Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘ She has a fantastic grasp of the issues and is really impressive in making her clients feel heard. ’

Within: Sport

Blackstone Chambers 'really is the go-to set for sports work'. Kate Gallafent QC and Tom Cleaver represented The FA, a cornerstone client for Gallafent QC, in FIFA disciplinary proceedings concerning Chelsea FC's recruitment of youth players, which raises issue of national football associations' liabilities for actions by clubs. Adam Lewis QC, who represented the club in that matter, also advised World Rugby on issues concerning European qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, after several national teams had points penalties applied for fielding ineligible players. Turning to tennis, Cleaver and Jane Mulcahy QC represented Ilie Năstase in disciplinary proceedings and an appeal following an on-court tirade in a Fed Cup tie directed at both the Great Britain team and the umpire; Năstase's ban was reduced on appeal by eight months.

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