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Blackstone Chambers

Immigration

5 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A revered public law and human rights set with significant experience acting on behalf of claimants and the Home Office in complex immigration matters. Areas of strength include complex asylum claims, unlawful detention and issues involving EU law. Recent work highlights include a high-profile and sensitive SIAC case relating to the deprivation of British citizenship. Sources say: "They provide the best-quality representation and are very responsive."

Client service:

"The clerks are very on it - they are up to date with fee notes and they reply instantaneously. Very impressive." Clerking at Blackstone is overseen by Gary Oliver.

Strengths:

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.
"Doing some great work – super bright, and running some great cases given her relative newness in silk. She punches above her weight." "She is very measured in what she does."
Recent work: Acted for several child asylum seekers who sought to join family members in the UK, in FA and Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a series of claims challenging systemic delays and breaches of investigative obligations in assessing their requests for transfer.

Strengths:

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.
"She is a ferocious opponent who is very adept at exerting huge litigation pressure, and she knows what the vulnerabilities of public bodies are." "She is absolutely superb; such an all-rounder."

Strengths:

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.
"Simply amazing. He is incredibly concise, knowledgeable and articulate." "He is a very smooth advocate and does an impressive amount of work. He is always calm and collected."

Strengths:

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.
"A very able QC who has frequently appeared on both sides of significant cases."

Strengths:

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 nationality law matters.
"He is very thorough and has a very clinical, logical legal brain. A very confident and polished advocate."

Immigration Department

Blackstone Chambers

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Immigration


Charlotte Kilroy QC
Band 3
Dinah Rose QC
Band 2
James Eadie QC
Band 1
Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Band 1
Tom Hickman QC
Band 3