For many non-UK litigators the fact that two barristers from the same set can find themselves competing in court is quite simply odd.
What about the barrister who scores a Supreme Court win against the Government on the same day as defending it against a full-scale legal attack by the media? Step forward Landmark Chambers’ Nathalie Lieven QC who did exactly that today.
This morning Lieven was at the High Court arguing against an attempt by the Press Standards Board of Finance (Pressbof) to stop the Government going to the Privy Council with a Royal Charter on press regulation.
At the same time, the Supreme Court was delivering its ruling on the Government’s ‘back-to-work’ scheme – also known as the ‘Poundland case’. Lieven had challenged the legislation and won.
Earlier this month she appeared against the Government having been instructed to challenge the legality of the HS2 development.
No wonder she was shortlisted for Barrister of the Year at this year’s Lawyer Awards.
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- The Hong Kong High Court has refused to throw out insider trading claims against a former Slaughter and May lawyer and her boyfriend, an ex-Linklaters lawyer
- The owner of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant Ineos has instructed Slaughter and May in a libel case against Unite the union at London’s High Court