Blackstone Chambers

Immigration Department

London (Bar)
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Blackstone's barristers appear in some of the most significant immigration cases, handling cases that often challenge government policy or concern wider domestic and international public law principles. The set is lauded for its representation of both the government and claimants in complex cases pertaining to asylum claims, LGBT-related applications, EU regulations and unlawful detention. Case highlights include R (Bashir) v SSHD, a case in which the Supreme Court decided that the UN Refugee Convention did apply to the Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) in Cyprus, but that it did not thereby entitle refugees living in the SBAs to be settled in the UK. Barristers from the set acted for the Secretary of State and for an intervener in the case.

Client service: "The clerks are very professional and helpful, respond promptly and are generally very approachable." "Derek Sutton is particularly good at helping to find the right barrister for the case." Gary Oliver is the senior clerk.

Charlotte Kilroy QC
A public law practitioner, Kilroy weights her caseload heavily towards human rights and immigration matters. She is particularly well regarded for her work with vulnerable migrants, including those who have been unlawfully detained and are facing deportation.
Strengths: "So impressive in court."

Dinah Rose QC
Highly esteemed throughout the market, she has a broad immigration practice with a significant emphasis on human rights, civil liberties and EU law. She routinely appears in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the ECJ. She is praised for her work acting for vulnerable clients in cases ranging from torture and trafficking to deportation and claims for asylum.
Strengths: "Dinah has always been amazingly on top of everything. In court she has the Bench in her hand and an amazing rapport with the judges. I am in awe of her."  "A public law superstar."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a judicial review which successfully challenged the decision to impose a curfew on a person subject to a deportation order.

James Eadie QC
Extraordinary government-side barrister whose comprehensive expertise in immigration law fits into a remarkably broad wider practice. As First Treasury Counsel, he is the government's silk of choice for the most complex public law, immigration and human rights cases.
Strengths: "Deserves his pre-eminent reputation. He is wise, authoritative and unflappable."
Recent work: Represented the Home Secretary in a Supreme Court case considering the extra-territorial applications of the Refugee Convention to the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Joint head of chambers, she is a brilliant public law and immigration silk who is distinguished by her masterful handling of matters concerning unlawful imprisonment and the ECHR. She regularly acts on behalf of the government in the EU courts. 
Strengths: "Really rated by a lot of juniors and greatly respected within the court."
Recent work: Acted in a landmark discrimination case in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal, considering whether it was lawful to exclude a same-sex couple from a policy granting dependent visas to the spouses of employment visa holders.

Tom Hickman QC
Has considerable expertise across a wide range of practice areas. A regular presence in SIAC and the ECtHR, he has acted against the government in significant citizenship and national law matters.
Strengths: "Absolutely stellar and very, very technically able. The fact that he has a broad base in public law more widely really adds to his abilities in this particular area." "He's very clever and very effective."