Michael Polak Shortlisted for LexisNexis Personality of the Year 2023
Church Court Chambers Michael Polak has been shortlisted by LexisNexis for the Legal Personality of the Year 2023.
The awards event will take place on Thursday 23 March 2023 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London.
Michael Polak has been described as representing ‘clients in the most high-profile and important cases both internationally and at home as a barrister at Church Court Chambers, a director of Justice Abroad and acting pro bono to defend lawyers and journalists at risk around the world.’
Michael was awarded the prestigious International Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 2021 where he was recognised for his ‘extraordinary level of commitment to humanitarian causes and an unrivalled determination to make a positive impact on the legal world’ with his legal work and setting up Fuel Our Frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.’
Michael’s recent notable cases include:
- The Cyprus Rape Case where Michael aided in the legal campaign for the Ayia Napa rape victim. He helped in her successful appeal before the Supreme Court of Cyprus and her current application before the European Court of Human Rights;
- The case of businessman Mr Mehul Choksi, who was brutally beaten and kidnapped from Antigua and unlawfully rendered to the Commonwealth of Dominica. Michael’s work on this case has resulted in the issuance of arrest warrants against those involved;
- The David Hunter mercy killing case in Paphos, where the defendant is on trial for murder for assisting his wife’s suicide;
- The successful defence of a group of activists who protested at the Acropolis during the Beijing 2022 torch ceremony;
- A case against Chinese leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity carried out against the Uyghur people before the Courts of Argentina;
- Prosecuting the largest ever unlawful eviction prosecution which involved a landlady, her son and two heavies carrying out 16 different instances of violent evictions against vulnerable tenants over 11 years including the use of serious physical violence. “
Michael Polak has stated “I am very pleased to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award and I pay tribute to the many experts who help me with my work as well as my brave clients fighting for their rights against powerful states.”
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