BARRISTER PROFILE

Blackstone Chambers

Monica Carss-Frisk

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 6 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021

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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 1

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Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Typically advocates on behalf of commercial clients seeking to challenge regulatory decisions including those relating to competition and financial services law. Her expertise in immigration and human rights law complements her robust public law practice. 
Strengths: "A very calm and authoritative presence in the courtroom and excellent with clients. She has a great skill for presenting technical matters clearly along robust public law principles." "A key strength is her contextual knowledge of regulators and how they operate. Also her handling of executives: she can deliver really hard messages to the board. Her delivery of legal advice and advocacy is exceptional - almost hypnotic. She casts a spell on the court."
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 1

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Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Joint head of Blackstone Chambers, she is an esteemed practitioner offering top-quality advice and advocacy to a diverse client base, including high-profile individual claimants and various public authorities. Her notably broad-based expertise encompasses areas such as freedom of information, immigration and disability discrimination, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. She has a strong international practice, having been called to the Bar in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Strengths: "She is very nice to work with and has a loyal following."
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Employment - London (Bar)

Band 4

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Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Has extensive experience of employment law issues, with particular focus on injunctive relief matters and working time regulations. She is particularly adept at handling discrimination claims, including cases of sex, age, race and disability discrimination.
Strengths: "She's exceptionally calm and persuasive." "She's extremely user-friendly, accessible and brilliantly incisive."
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Immigration - London (Bar)

Band 1

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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: "A very able QC who has frequently appeared on both sides of significant cases."
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Telecommunications - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Has a long-standing reputation as a leading administrative law silk and stands out for the breadth of her practice. She has experience in EU and UK public law cases that relate to the licensing or regulation of telecoms operators.
Strengths: "Very impressive as she has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area. She cites the law by heart all the time, and many times that wins a case." "Incredibly effective and brilliant with clients, she is particularly good at putting forward difficult propositions in a way that is palatable to them. A strong advocate."
Recent work: Assisted on a matter for Three. The case concerned the amount of restitution of annual licence fees that needed to be paid by Ofcom to the four mobile network operators.
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Financial Services - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Renowned for her prowess throughout public and regulatory law, turning her hand successfully to the regulatory provisions governing financial services. She is frequently sought out by the FCA for counsel in high-stakes matters, including appellate work and judicial review.
Strengths: "Extremely user-friendly, readily accessible and brilliantly incisive." "She is not only extremely knowledgeable and persuasive but also has a very nice style. Judges listen to her intently." "She navigates complex material extremely well and is very well regarded."
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