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Professional Discipline

7 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Blackstone Chambers is home to a cluster of celebrated silks who operate in the more visible cases arising from disciplinary matters in the financial, medical, legal and sports professions. The barristers are particularly notable for their abilities in legally complex appeals and associated public law challenges. The set's considerable capability across regulatory law more widely means that its members are often consulted by the professional bodies themselves for advice on their regulatory frameworks.

Client service:

"The clerking is excellent: it's a very responsive and friendly team." "The clerks are quick to respond and flexible with fee arrangements, which is always helpful." Gary Oliver is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Andrew George QC
Andrew George QC is well versed in professional discipline matters, especially in the field of financial services regulation. He routinely acts for and against the FCA, but is also experienced in disciplinary proceedings involving such bodies as the FRC and the American Association of the Deaf-Blind.
"He's just brilliant at getting on top of very complex material very quickly." "Very impressive on his feet and has an outstanding knowledge of the detail and the papers. His written work is consistently excellent too."

Strengths:

Catherine Callaghan QC
Catherine Callaghan QC is a highly proficient barrister whose broad industry expertise is widely praised, encompassing sectors such as healthcare, law and accountancy. She regularly represents regulatory bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the SRA, as well as regulated professionals.
"She's excellent at privilege certification. Very robust, sensible and persuasive." "She is so bright and diligent, excellent with clients and very hands-on."
Recent work: Acting for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in proceedings brought against Deloitte and three of its partners relating to the administration and liquidation of Comet.

Strengths:

Emma Dixon
Emma Dixon is described by sources as a talented advocate and noted for her strong experience acting for regulators such as the SRA.
"She's a very brilliant barrister - a smart operator who is incredibly experienced." "She's very accessible and easy to work with."

Strengths:

Ivan Hare QC
Ivan Hare QC is an experienced silk who routinely undertakes complex disciplinary cases involving healthcare professionals. He regularly acts in high-profile cases for the GMC and the RCVS, among other regulators.
"A very, very clever individual."

Strengths:

Javan Herberg QC
Javan Herberg QC focuses his esteemed practice on financial services regulation, regularly appearing on behalf of both professionals and regulatory bodies. He also acts for regulators in other areas, including the energy sector.
"He gives technically good advice, gets it absolutely right, and is receptive and easy to work with."

Strengths:

Kate Gallafent QC
Kate Gallafent QC is an accomplished silk with vast experience in the sporting, telecommunications and healthcare sectors. She routinely represents professional regulatory bodies and also acts on behalf of individuals and businesses operating in regulated industries.
"She is tremendous - really very able and authoritative. Very clever."

Strengths:

Mark Shaw QC
Mark Shaw QC is a well-known and highly respected advocate who focuses on disciplinary matters involving healthcare professionals, particularly in public law proceedings. He is instructed by a wide variety of medical regulators, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the GDC and the General Optical Council. He is also experienced in cases involving the PSA.
"His advice has just been phenomenal, he's turned things around quickly and he's very clear. He's given us a huge amount of comfort that we have a clear and authoritative legal view." "He's super pragmatic and highly analytical."

Professional Discipline

Blackstone Chambers

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Blackstone House

Temple

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 9BJ

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Andrew George QC
Band 4
Catherine Callaghan QC
Band 3
Ivan Hare QC
Band 3
Javan Herberg QC
Band 3
Kate Gallafent QC
Band 3
Mark Shaw QC
Band 1

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