For the defamation and reputation lawyer who has provided outstanding service during 2021–22. Attention will be paid to reported cases, innovations, quality of service and client feedback.
Lawyer of the Year – Reputation
Paul Lunt – Brabners
‘It’s a slam-dunk winner… He’s made defamation sexy again,’ enthused our judges about Paul Lunt, the reputation lawyer at the epicentre of the most reported libel action of the year, defending Coleen Rooney after fellow ‘WAG’ Rebekah Vardy sued her for defamation in the case known as ‘Wagatha Christie’. The High Court ordered Vardy to pay 90 per cent of Rooney’s legal costs.
‘The trial was beautifully orchestrated and handled and the puppet master was Lunt,’ our judges added, noting he is instructed on a broad range of matters, often connected to sport and celebrity.