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Blackstone Chambers

European Law

8 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Blackstone Chambers offers impressive experience in a wide range of EU law issues, acting for multinational corporations, individual citizens, and governmental and regulatory bodies, as well as the European Commission itself. Corporate clients hail from a diverse range of sectors including the financial services, telecoms and transport. The set has a strong track record of appearances in cases relating to the principles of competition law, freedom of information and free movement, among others. The barristers also represent those subject to EU sanctions in various appeals. Sources say: "Blackstone is where the superbrains live. There is a mixture of old-school barristers and more progressive juniors, but all the barristers I have dealt with have been very charming and had a good bedside manner with the client."

Client service:

"They have worked extremely hard, delivered excellent client service, and have been nothing but reliable." "The clerks there are very, very efficient and helpful throughout." Gary Oliver is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Brian Kennelly QC
Handles a diverse array of cases before the CJEU. He acts on the appellant side of high-profile immigration or EU sanctions cases, and assists private companies, regulatory authorities or the European Commission itself in appeals of administrative decisions, often in relation to competition law or telecoms sector decisions.
"He is enormously impressive: very succinct, to the point and efficient in the way he presents cases." "He gives very clear, commercial advice and does so in a way that is client-friendly."

Strengths:

David Pannick QC
Attracts praise for his ability to lead diverse cases that deal with the interpretation and implementation of European law. He advises on UK court proceedings through which individuals seek to enforce non-discrimination rights granted by EU law, and has considerable experience in cases heard before the ECtHR or on referral to the CJEU. His wider public law expertise was showcased through his role in key constitutional law case of R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which had profound implications for Parliament's role in the Brexit process.
"One of the top advocates of his generation." "Difficult to beat, even on a bad day."
Recent work: Advised JSC Commercial Bank in a successful appeal to overturn the High Court in a jurisdictional matter relating to claims of fraud.

Strengths:

Dinah Rose QC
Has handled standout cases that attempt to rationalise UK law on the retention of telecoms data with the privacy rights enshrined in different sources of European law. She also advises on judicial review challenges to telecoms regulatory or other administrative decisions in cases that test state bodies' interpretation of EU law.
"She has a very strategic way of presenting the case, and knows where the killer points are and how to make them stand out. For the right case Dinah is absolutely the best you can get."

Strengths:

Hanif Mussa
Advises on EU law arguments made as part of applications for the judicial review of UK competition regulatory decisions, including in transport and telecoms.
"Hanif has a brain the size of a planet whilst also being reassuringly approachable and commercial." "He is very bright, hard-working and user-friendly."

Strengths:

Jason Pobjoy
Advises private individuals and corporate clients in EU sanctions cases, including human rights-based appeals against their imposition. His broader European law practice includes involvement in major competition litigation.
"Incredibly sensible, really clever, and has experience beyond his years."
Recent work: Represented the former president of Egypt and his family in challenging the EU sanctions imposed on the basis of alleged crimes in Egypt.

Strengths:

Kieron Beal QC
Regularly instructed by HMRC to handle contentious VAT, customs or excise cases, including those that are referred to the CJEU. He also advises on EC infringement proceedings and handles challenges to EU regulations governing trade with non-EU states.
"Very impressive: he gets on top of very complex regulatory issues very quickly and will roll his sleeves up when it comes to the drafting."
Recent work: Acted for ITV and others in an application for annulment brought against the European Commission decision finding that the UK's general finance exemption under the CFC Rules constituted state aid.

Strengths:

Ravi Mehta
Advises applicants and respondents in administrative appeals that seek to challenge UK tax, environmental, medicine licensing or data retention policies on EU law grounds. He has experience in cases sent to the CJEU for a determination on the proper application of EU law with respect to issues such as pensions rights or anti-competitive conduct.
"He is very user-friendly, a subject matter expert and really helpful." "Ravi is good on the detail and has a broad knowledge of a wide range of legal issues."
Recent work: Advised the Arts Council of England on resisting a judicial review to its refusal to grant an export licence.

Strengths:

Thomas de la Mare QC
Advises on pharmaceutical, telecoms and transportation sector judicial review proceedings that seek to challenge decisions made by UK public bodies on grounds of the failure to correctly apply EU law. He has experience in high-profile CJEU referral cases that question the legitimacy of the UK's programme of bulk interception and retention of communications data. He also stands out for his work in key cases that give an insight into the potential impact of Brexit on commercial contracts between the UK and member states.
"He is very inventive, clever and passionate in his delivery." "He is an innovative, out-of-the-box thinker."
Recent work: Represented John West in relation to a Marine Management Organisation investigation into alleged EU fishing regulation violations, in connection with a West African supplier's activities.

European Law Department

Blackstone Chambers

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Blackstone House

Temple

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

European Law


Brian Kennelly QC
Band 2
David Pannick QC
Band 1
Dinah Rose QC
Band 1
Kieron Beal QC
Band 2
Thomas de la Mare QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

European Law


Hanif Mussa
Band 2