Why Manchester City pressed the Pannick button

How often does a member of the House of Lords receive applause from the football stands?

The answer is not often. But that is what happened this weekend when Manchester City fans unfurled a banner reading: “Pannick on the Streets of London”.

That play on a Smiths song title was a nod to Lord David Pannick, the high-profile lawyer who is now representing the club in its battle with the Premier League.

Their battle is just the latest in a long line of high-profile cases that the lawyer has taken on.

Over the course of his career, he has represented clients including Topshop owner Sir Philip Green; Shamima Begum, the teenager who ran away to join Islamic State; and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


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