Working in the 24/7 media industry can be tough at the best of times, not least when you are the head of litigation at one of the world’s leading international broadcasters.
For Nadia Banno, who has been at the helm of the BBC litigation team since only March last year, 2012 was a rollercoaster year.
Successes include winning the high-profile judicial review of the Secretary of State for Justice’s refusal to conduct an interview with terror detainee Babar Ahmad and a landmark victory for press freedom as the BBC became one
of several broadcasters to successfully oppose an application to disclose footage to police that related to the Dale Farm evictions.
Other successes may not have made the headlines but helped make 2012 a standout year for Banno.
“A particular highlight for me personally was participating in a 20-hour-long mediation that reached resolution by 5am,” she says. “It goes down as one of those once-in-a-career ‘bonding’ experiences that could not have been achieved without the commitment of all the solicitors and clients around the table, the skilled mediator and most importantly, our sheer endurance.”
It was a year of many challenges. These included the events surrounding the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal investigation, which led to the BBC commissioning the Nick Pollard and Dame Janet Smith reviews.
With the ongoing level of public interest and media coverage related to the scandal, it is clear that Banno is more than capable of holding her own both in the courtroom and in the spotlight.