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Bláthnaid Breslin

Bláthnaid Breslin

Call: 2019

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Bláthnaid Breslin

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Bláthnaid joined Littleton Chambers in October 2021 on successful completion of her pupillage. She accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ main areas of practice, including statutory and High Court employment work and commercial law. Bláthnaid is instructed as junior counsel to Mohinderpal Sethi QC and Sophia Berry in Basfar v Wong, a landmark appeal concerning diplomatic immunity heard in the Supreme Court in October 2021. This is the first (and only) EAT case to be granted permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court.

Other recent instructions include:

  • Representing the respondent in a claim for post-termination victimisation, raising a preliminary issue as to the scope of judicial proceedings immunity (as junior counsel to Gavin Mansfield QC).
  • Representing the applicant in an application for a general civil restraint order (as junior counsel to Adam Solomon QC).
  • Advising the respondent to a high-value, confidential worker status action (as junior counsel to Mohinderpal Sethi QC).
  • Representing the claimant in a claim for breach of post-termination restrictive covenants (as junior counsel to Sam Neaman).
  • Representing the claimant in a claim for breach of a share option agreement.
  • Representing the claimant in an associative disability discrimination case.
  • Advising the respondent to a claim for maternity and pregnancy discrimination.
  • Representing the claimant in a claim for sex and pregnancy discrimination, on the basis that the claimant was undergoing IVF treatment.

Bláthnaid graduated with a First Class LLB in Law with New Zealand Law from the University of Nottingham, coming 5th in her year. She also obtained a Distinction on the BCL from the University of Oxford, winning the Oxford Law Faculty prize for Children, Families and the State. Bláthnaid received a Lord Denning scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn. Prior to pupillage, Bláthnaid was the judicial assistant to Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court (as he then was, he is now the Master of the Rolls).

Bláthnaid played tennis for the University of Nottingham and the University of Oxford Ladies’ II tennis teams. She played cricket for Ireland as a junior. She also speaks Spanish.

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