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Blackstone Chambers

Public International Law

4 ranked barristersBand 2Global Market LeadersGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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Blackstone Chambers

Public International Law

4 ranked barristersBand 2Global Market LeadersGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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Highly regarded for its prowess in international law, particularly in areas of crossover with other fields including domestic public law, human rights, commercial and EU law. Barristers here are often instructed in high-profile and politically sensitive disputes, and are highly sought after by the British and other governments for advice on a range of related issues, often grappling with questions of state or diplomatic immunity. Members have been involved in prominent cases including Olivier Bancoult's judicial review of the decision not to allow Chagossians to resettle their homeland.

Client service:

"Excellent: slick and professional." The senior clerk is Gary Oliver.

Strengths:

Maurice Mendelson QC
A very well-regarded silk who advises governments, commercial entities and private investors on international law and investment arbitration. Some of his areas of expertise include sovereignty disputes, boundary issues, the Law of the Sea and the international protection of human rights.
"Top flight."

Strengths:

Naina Patel
Possesses comprehensive knowledge of PIL matters and regularly advises corporate and government clients on compliance with international human rights norms. She also regularly acts in judicial review proceedings concerning public international law issues.
"She is extremely responsive, sharp and commercial."
Recent work: Advised governments on Brexit-related international trade law matters.

Strengths:

Shaheed Fatima QC
Has a formidable reputation for her excellence in handling sensitive PIL matters in domestic courts. She is praised by her clients for her down-to-earth and user-friendly manner. Her clients here include states and multinational companies.
"Collaborative, focused and decisive. She is thorough and creative in her arguments." "Very approachable, extremely bright and good on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Gemfields in a mass tort claim arising out of the operation of a ruby mine in Mozambique. The case raised complex questions of conflict of laws and corporate accountability for alleged human rights violations.

Strengths:

Timothy Otty QC
Particularly good at PIL cases relating to human rights and international sanctions, he typically acts for claimants. He is regularly instructed in matters arising in areas of conflict, most notably in parts of Africa and the Middle East, including in cases before the higher UK courts. He has experience acting in ICSID and ad hoc investor-state disputes.
"He has the ability to make very complicated and technical areas of law sound extremely sensible. He is a very good team player and the courts really listen to him." "Really wonderful and has excellent judgement."
Recent work: Acted for the Libyan Government of National Accord in a Commercial Court dispute to determine the true government of Libya. The case concerned 'fact of state' international law principles.

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Public International Law: The English Bar


Naina Patel
Band 3
Global Market Leaders

Public International Law: The English Bar


Maurice Mendelson QC
Band 3
Shaheed Fatima QC
Band 3
Timothy Otty QC
Band 2