In her own words, Linklaters’ Christa Band (scroll down for video interview) says 2012 has been a “slightly uncharacteristic year”.
The litigation partner has been focusing the bulk of her time on advising News International on the phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry.
Band led settlement talks between News International and phone hacking victims in January and by March Linklaters had been instructed as the media group’s adviser on all outstanding claims, replacing Olswang. The work is in addition to Linklaters’ instruction for the company’s Management and Standards Committee.
The work might seem a long way from the type of cases in which Band made her name – big-ticket financial litigation – but she is used to high-profile, complex disputes and the News International work definitely ticks those boxes.
It is also helping to increase Linklaters’ profile in litigation, which despite a steady flow of work remains lower than its magic circle rivals. Band’s instruction for News International is proof that Linklaters’ decision to hire her from Herbert Smith in 2009 is paying off.
Away from her day-to-day practice, Band is also helping to lead Linklaters’ diversity efforts, playing a part in setting up the firm’s women’s leadership programme, which will see young female managing associates supported and mentored both in London and the firm’s continental European offices.