The latest edition of The Lawyer Hot 100 has been published and features Nick De Marco QC and Jason Pobjoy. Members of the Lawyer Hot 100 are chosen for the ‘excellence’ and ‘relevance’ of their work in the legal industry.
Nick De Marco QC is credited for the varied and extensive work he has undertaken in the sports sector over the last 12 months, including appearing in over 35 contested hearings and acting for more than 15 football clubs. The Lawyer highlights his work for Sheffield Wednesday FC and Newcastle United FC as well as his involvement in a range of financial fair play cases and in a group action on behalf of gymnasts against British Gymnastics.
Jason Pobjoy is described by The Lawyer as “one of the most sought after juniors in the business”, for his work spanning public law, human rights, EU, competition and sanctions. They highlight his work on three of the leading EU and competition disputes; acting for Visa Europe on the interchange fee litigation, Scania on the trucks cartel dispute and VW in the emissions litigation. The write-up also mentions his Sanctions expertise, having recently acted for the former Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak.
Please find The Lawyer’s full write-ups for Nick and Jason below. The full list of members of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2021 can be found here.
Nick De Marco QC
“Like many sectors, sport has been badly affected by the pandemic, and Blackstone’s Nick De Marco QC appeared in over 35 contested hearings last year. This year, he also acted for more than 15 football clubs, plus several players and managers in a variety of national and international disputes.
It was not just the one dispute that stood out in 2020 for De Marco. He helped save Sheffield Wednesday FC from relegation after the English Football League was set on deducting the club 12 points. De Marco persuaded the EFL to defer the points deduction to the 2020/21 season. He also advised on Project Restart, which led to football returning in the summer after a three-month hiatus.
In 2021, De Marco is acting for Newcastle United FC in relation to the club’s proposed Saudi takeover, as well as financial fair play cases and a group action on behalf of gymnasts against British Gymnastics. De Marco is also involved in the world of football politics. He foresees major shake-ups in the game internationally and nationally and these plans will continue in 2021, even after the Premier League’s controversial Project Big Picture came to naught. Whatever comes, De Marco will be on speed dial for sporting bodies and individuals wanting the very best legal representation.”
“Blackstone Chambers’ Jason Pobjoy is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after juniors in the business. With a practice that spans public law, human rights, EU competition and sanctions, Pobjoy has been preoccupied with many of the Bar’s biggest cases. This includes roles on three blockbuster competition [and EU] matters, acting for Visa Europe on the interchange fee litigation, Scania on the trucks cartel dispute and VW in the emissions litigation.
His expertise in sanctions law adds another string to his bow, last year acting for former Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak in his successful attempt to overturn a series of EU sanctions. His public law practice meanwhile sees him act both for and against the UK Government, along with a series of instructions from interveners. Along with James Eadie QC, Pobjoy is advising the Foreign Secretary in the ongoing claim brought by Harry Dunn’s parents, while he has also been instructed by a group of MPs in a governmental challenge over how allegations of Russian interference in UK elections were handled.
Intervening for the UN Special Rapporteur in Shamima Begum’s citizenship case, Pobjoy is no stranger to action in politically significant, high-profile disputes.”