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Blackstone Chambers is delighted to announce the arrival of Charlotte Kilroy QC, Craig Rajgopaul and Navid Pourghazi.

Charlotte Kilroy QC is a claimant public law, civil liberties and human rights specialist. She has considerable expertise in systemic public law challenges, and claims with a particular focus on constitutional issues, issues of fairness and access to justice, Dublin III family reunification of unaccompanied minors, asylum and immigration, and closed material procedures in the High Court, SIAC and the IPT. Key recent cases include acting for Medical Justice in its challenge to the SSHD’s policy of using no notice removal windows to remove individuals from the UK; acting for Citizens UK in its challenge to the SSHD’s expedited process for processing family reunification claims for children stranded in the Calais Jungle, and bringing an Article 3 ECHR claim against the police in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal on behalf of a woman deceived by undercover police officer into having an intimate relationship.

Craig Rajgopaul is a senior junior who joined the bar in 2011, having previously practised as a solicitor-advocate with both Ashurst and McDermott Will & Emery. He has a wide-ranging employment practice spanning High Court, Employment Tribunal and appellate work, with additional expertise in the business protection sphere, notably in cases involving allegations of a breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder disputes. He has been involved in many of the most high-profile team move and restrictive covenant cases, from Tullett Prebon v BGC, to, recently, Alesco v Bishopsgate.  He is regularly instructed against silks in complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. 

Navid Pourghazi is focussed on employment and discrimination work. Although only called in 2015 he has already been instructed in significant EAT and Court of Appeal cases. His experience includes multi-day whistleblowing claims, employment status cases, restrictive covenant and team move cases, and high-value bonus claims. Recent work includes the Efobi v Royal Mail Group Ltd. 

Monica Carss-Frisk QC, joint head of Blackstone Chambers, said: “This recruitment underscores once again our determination to deliver breadth and depth of expertise across all our key areas of expertise, commercial, public & regulatory and employment law.”

For more detail about their practices, please find links to their CVs below.