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Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC

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Ben Jaffey

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


Barrister specialising in public law; commercial law; regulatory law and financial services; media and entertainment, sports and employment law. Full professional career details can be found at


Qualified 1999, Middle Temple.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘ His experience in navigating Kafka-esque closed material procedures is second-to-none. ’

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Within: Leading Silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘ 'He is incredibly intelligent and his experience of navigating the Kafka-esque closed material procedure regime of secret pleadings and evidence is second to none.’ ’

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

When it comes to civil liberties and human rights work Blackstone Chambers has a 'deserved reputation as the best in the business’ with many of its members involved in high-profile and precedent-setting cases. Recent instructions for the 'first-class set' include Michael Fordham QC appearing before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to represent clients in Chong & Others v United Kingdom. The case addressed whether there is an obligation under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), or customary international law, to undertake a further inquiry into the 1948 killing of 24 men by British soldiers in Batang Kali, Selangor, now part of Malaysia but at the time part of the British Empire. Elsewhere, Ben Jaffey QC and Thomas de la Mare QC are acting for Privacy International in its challenge to the government's telecommunications interception; 'Treasure Devil' James Eadie QC acted for the defendant. Also of note, Shaheed Fatima QC is heading up the legal panel in the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict and, alongside Hanif Mussa, is acting for mining company Xstrata pertaining to whether the firm can be liable for human rights infringements by a foreign state. 'Distinguished silk' Dinah Rose QC led the legal team challenging Cambridge Analytica over the alleged misuse of personal data belonging to more than 71 million people, while Timothy Otty QC is noted for his expertise on sanctions law. Pushpinder Saini QC will join the High Court's Queen’s Bench Division on 1 October 2019.

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Financial services regulation

Within: Leading Silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘ An outstandingly clever person, he's hugely experienced and one of the leaders in this area. ’

Within: Financial services regulation

Blackstone Chambers is a 'go-to set for complex financial services work', where you are 'spoilt for choice' because the 'juniors and QCs are outstanding and have always make time for you'. Recent highlights include R (Holmcroft) v KPMG LLP and others before the Court of Appeal in which seven members were involved, including Javan Herberg QC and Hanif Mussa for KPMG, Ben Jaffey QC for Barclays Bank, (an interested party), and Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Daniel Burgess for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Members also acted for the FCA on the issuance of the Tesco market abuse Final Notice.

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