114 new silks are celebrating their success in the 2020 Queen’s Counsel appointments this month, including Landmark Chambers’ own David Blundell and Scott Lyness. Celebrated publication The Lawyer has written an article covering some of the stories behind the new QCs, featuring David Blundell.
The following is an exert from The Lawyer article, ‘New QCs at a time of change: the silks of 2020‘:
David Blundell QC, Landmark Chambers
Year of call: 2001
As 11-0 thrashings go, it was probably one of the most beneficial defeats of David Blundell’s career. In 2019, he supported Blackstone’s Sir James Eadie QC during the historic prorogation case that reached the Supreme Court.
In his own words, he described it as an “absolutely unique” experience and is doubtful that he’ll ever be involved again in a case of such magnitude. As a public law aficionado, this was undoubtedly a career highlight for Blundell; however, he is also keen to highlight the case of Patel v Shah, which was his first experience of acting as sole counsel in the Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Landmark in 2004, he enjoyed a year working as a judicial assistant to the law lords, Lord Nicholls and Lord Rogers, describing the experience as “one of the best things I’ve done”. Not only did this allow him to sit in on appeals, but he was also able to witness a full range of fascinating advocacy styles.
Over the years, Blundell has specialised in EU-related law, which makes him a prime candidate when advising clients on Brexit-related matters. He has also been listed on the Attorney General’s A Panel since 2015, which has led to a huge amount of work from the Government.
His current caseload consists of the ongoing citizenship controversy concerning Shamima Begum, while he also has a judicial review linked to the Windrush scandal in March. Property is another string to Blundell’s bow, and he is lined up for an upcoming four-week trial linked to the New Covent Garden redevelopment.