Banno, Nadia

Nadia Banno

Of Counsel
Baker & McKenzie Services Limited

Biography

Nadia Banno is of counsel in the Dispute Resolution team in London. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in September 2014, she was Head of Litigation at the British Broadcasting Corporation where she advised the executive board and senior management on a wide range of high profile disputes and investigations.

Practice Focus

Nadia advises clients on the legal aspects of crisis response, media handling and risk management in the context of sensitive investigations and litigation, public inquiries and select committee hearings. Nadia handles disputes and complaints in the areas of defamation and media law, regulatory/public law, data protection, cybersecurity law, and commercial litigation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advises the BBC Trust on all aspects of its regulatory functions including in relation to judicial review complaints and proceedings brought against the BBC.
  • Acting for a major UK newspaper in high profile privacy and data protection proceedings.
  • Advised senior executives and corporate clients on reputation management and devising and implementing a crisis response plan.
  • Advised household names on Parliamentary Select Committee appearances (including the Public Accounts Committee).
  • Advised clients on data protection breaches (including notification to the Information Commissioner), complaints from individuals and related litigation, and third party requests for personal data.
  • Advised household names in the media, telecommunications and postal sectors on Ofcom regulation.

Prior to joining the Firm, Nadia has worked on the following at the BBC:

  • Advised the BBC on civil claims brought against it arising out of alleged sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile including assessing claims under a court approved compensation scheme. Also advised on setting up and managing two independent investigations relating to Jimmy Savile - the Pollard Review and Dame Janet Smith Review.
  • Advised the BBC on its oral and written evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.
  • Advised the BBC and BBC Worldwide on defending a dispute over a 60 year old assignment of copyright and the BBC’s dramatisation of a John Braine novel.
  • Advised on the successful defence of a libel and malicious falsehood claim brought against the BBC in relation to a review of an electric sports car by Top Gear.

Professional Honors

  • Named, The Lawyer Hot 100, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales - Member

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2008)
  • Federal Court of Australia~Australia (2002)
  • High Court of Australia~Australia (2002)
  • Supreme Court of Victoria~Australia (2002)

Education

  • Monash University (LL.B. Honours) (2000)
  • University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Commerce) (1997)