Manuel comes to the Bar with almost ten years of legal experience. He previously worked as a litigator in Venezuela, as a judicial fellow in the International Court of Justice, and most recently at WilmerHale (as senior associate and then counsel) where he specialised in international arbitration and public international law.
Courtney qualified as a solicitor-advocate before coming to the Bar. She worked at a leading Wall Street firm, where she specialised in financial regulation. In 2020, Courtney was seconded to the Legal Directorate of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. She has also served as a judicial assistant to Lord Hodge and Lord Lloyd-Jones at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
Before coming to the Bar, Talia earned a master’s degree in international relations and politics and worked in the rule of law division of UN Women in New York. She has also worked as a paralegal at a firm specialising in education and disability law and as a tribunal support volunteer with IPSEA.
In a joint message, Duncan Matthews QC and Stephen Atherton QC, co-Heads of Twenty Essex, commented:
“In short, we are lucky to have them and we extend an extremely warm welcome to each of Manuel, Courtney and Talia as new tenants at Twenty Essex. This has been a particularly challenging year for all pupils. Manuel, Courtney and Talia have all shown not only real talent but also remarkable resilience and perseverance in this time of pandemic. We have no doubt that they will be a success at the Bar, a huge credit to Chambers and we wish them the very best of luck.”
Twenty Essex continues to grow across all areas of practice. The three new tenants are amongst the eight new practitioners that have joined Chambers in 2021 so far.
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