Head of chambers
Ms Monica Carss-Frisk QC, Mr Tony Peto QC
Chambers occupies large and modern premises in the Temple.
Blackstone Chambers’ formidable strengths lie in its principal areas of practice: commercial, employment, EU, public law, human rights and public international law. The commercial law work includes financial/business law, international trade, conflicts, sport, media and entertainment, intellectual property and professional negligence. Public law incorporates judicial review, acting both for and against central and local government agencies and other regulatory authorities. It also covers all areas affected by the impact of human rights and other aspects of administrative law. All aspects of employment law, including discrimination, are covered by Chambers’ extensive employment law practice, and Chambers’ EU work permeates practices across the board. Chambers recognises the increasingly important role which mediation has to play in dispute resolution.
Chambers looks for articulate and intelligent applicants who are able to work under pressure and demonstrate high intellectual ability. Successful candidates usually have a 2.1 honours degree at least, although not necessarily in law.
Chambers offers four 12-month pupillages to those wishing to practise full time at the Bar, normally commencing in September each year. Pupillage is divided into four sections and every effort is made to ensure pupils receive a broad training. The environment is a friendly one; pupils attend an induction week introducing them to the Chambers’ working environment. Chambers prefers to recruit new tenants from pupils wherever possible. Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway.
Pupillage applications should be made via the Pupillage Gateway. Please refer to the Gateway for dates.
Applications are preferred in the year before pupillage commences. We require all candidates for pupillage to have undertaken an assessed mini-pupillage in these Chambers as part of our pupillage recruitment process. We encourage all applicants for assessed mini-pupillage to apply online direct to Blackstone Chambers as early as possible after 1 October 2021. The mini-pupillage applications window will close on 31 December 2021 before the Pupillage Gateway opens for applications on 5 January 2022. Any applicant for pupillage through the Gateway who has not already made an application for mini-pupillage will be treated as an applicant for both mini-pupillage and pupillage, although we strongly recommend that applications be made early in our mini-pupillage application window.
Awards of £70,000 per annum are available. A partial draw-down of up to £20,000 is available in the BPTC year. As Chambers insists on an assessed mini-pupillage as part of the overall pupillage recruitment process, financial assistance is offered either in respect of out of pocket travelling or accommodation expenses incurred in attending the mini-pupillage, up to a maximum of £250 per pupil.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
An aviation barrister will be used in disputes from everything from aircraft leasing and insurance to disasters, hijackings and theft.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Competition and regulatory work involves a mixture of commercial, public and European law.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
<p>IP barristers advise on issues such as infringement disputes, issues on validity of registered IP rights, and commercial agreements that deal either exclusively with IP rights or with IP rights in the wider context of larger commercial transactions.</p>
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
<p>Property law (now sometimes labelled as ‘real estate’) embraces a wide range of work, including ‘real property’ such as contracts for sale, covenants and land registration, trusts over land; and commercial and residential tenancies involving issues as diverse as disrepair, possession claims, succession and assignment. </p>
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.