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. So after two years in the chief role at the BBC, former Minter Ellison lawyer Nadia Banno is packing it in for Baker & McKenzie.
Her move to Bakers is no coincidence – the firm has long been an adviser to the BBC Trust, most recently advising the independent inquiries set up by the broadcaster during the Jimmy Savile abuse investigation. The scandal has been one of many challenges for the BBC in recent years, with Banno working hard at the helm of its litigation department.
Her list of successes at the public sector broadcaster has included a high-profile judicial review of the Government’s refusal to conduct an interview with terror detainee Babar Ahmad. She was also central to 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.
With the ongoing level of public interest and media coverage related to the scandal, it’s clear that Banno is more than capable of holding her own both in the courtroom and in the spotlight.
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