Marlena accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ main areas of practice. She commenced full-time practice on completion of her pupillage in September 2021.

Before coming to the bar, Marlena worked for a variety of legal charities and taught administrative law at the University of Oxford. Marlena also spent a year as the judicial assistant to the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, where she worked on a range of cases across the areas of commercial law, public and regulatory law, and EU law.

During Marlena's pupillage, she gained experience of matters in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Competition Appeals Tribunal, and Employment Tribunal, and assisted with substantial amounts of advisory work.



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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of civil fraud.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of civil liberties and human rights. 

Before coming to the bar, Marlena worked for legal charities acting within the fields of LGBT rights, asylum law, and national security law. 

Marlena has a particular interest in children's rights. She won the Oxford Law Faculty Prize for Children, Families, and the State and completed an MPhil on the interaction between the welfare principle and the autonomy rights of teenagers.


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Commercial

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of commercial law. 

While working as the judicial assistant to the Master of the Rolls Marlena worked on a number of commercial and chancery appeals, including Barings (UK) Ltd v Deutsche Trustee Co Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 521, which concerned interpretation of a commercial contract relating to a collateralised loan transaction. 

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Discrimination

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of discrimination law. 

Marlena was awarded the Oxford Law Faculty Prize for Comparative Equality Law. 

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Employment

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of employment law. She has a particular interest in discrimination law and issues of worker status. 

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EU & Competition

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of EU law. 

While working as a judicial assistant to the Master of the Rolls, Marlena worked on appeals in the area of EU law, including R (Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Ltd) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2020] 1 WLR 3876, which determined whether the Ivory Act 2018 violated EU rules on free movement of goods or the right to respect for property under the Charter or the ECHR.

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Financial Services

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of financial services law. 

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Public & Regulatory

Marlena accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory law. 

Prior to joining Blackstone, Marlena taught administrative law at the University of Oxford. 

As a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal, Marlena worked on public and constitutional law appeals including: R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2020] 1 WLR 5037 (a challenge to the lawfulness of the use of automated facial recognition technology concerning Art 8, data protection issues, and the PSED); R (British Telecommunications Plc) v HM Treasury [2020] Pens. LR 12 (concerning HM Treasury's decision to implement full indexation of the guaranteed minimum pension of certain members of public sector pension schemes); and R (Badmus) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] 1 WLR 4609 (about lawfulness of rates of pay set for work in immigration removal centres and judicial review time limits).

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Achievements

Education

  • LLB Hons (First Class, 2nd in year), University of Edinburgh
  • BCL (Distinction, top of year), University of Oxford
  • MPhil in Law (Distinction), University of Oxford

Academic Awards and Honours

  • Bedingfield Scholarship (Gray's Inn)
  • Excellence Scholarship (BPP)
  • Clarendon Scholarship (Oxford)
  • Vinerian Scholarship for best performance on the BCL (Oxford) 
  • Law Faculty Prize for Comparative Equality Law (Oxford)
  • Law Faculty Prize for Children, Families, and the State (Oxford)
  • Jesus College BCL Prize (Oxford)
  • Best performance in final year law exams (Edinburgh)
  • Best performance in Criminal Law, EU Law, and Jurisprudence (Edinburgh)

Other Relevant Experience

Before coming to the bar, Marlena held research positions at the Human Dignity Trust, Rights Watch UK, and Oxford Pro Bono Publico. She also worked as a research assistant on a range of projects across the fields of public international law, child law, discrimination law, constitutional law, and legal theory. 

In 2018 she spent six months in Greece working pro bono for Refugee Legal Support-Athens, Khora Community Centre, and Refugee Law Clinic-Samos.

Marlena was a keen competitive debater at university and has taught debating and public speaking around the world. She was the winner and best speaker of a number of debating competitions, including the Scottish National Debating Championships. She was also a two-time Grand Finalist of the European Universities Debating Championships and ranked within the top 10 speakers at the World Universities Debating Championships. 




 


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