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Civil servant ‘who could win Nobel prize’ honoured at Asian women awards

11th May 2017 - Evening Standard

A woman who turns girls away from extremism, a lawyer, a para-climber and a schoolteacher poet have been named as Britain’s most inspiring female Asian role models.

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards were dominated by extraordinary young Londoners who showcase diversity, entrepreneurship and determination to succeed.

The chairman’s award, for the most outstanding candidate across all categories, went to Fatima Zaman, a civil servant who works with the Kofi Annan Foundation to prevent London girls from becoming radicalised and joining extremist groups.

Managing Partner Vidisha Joshi wins Asian Women of Achievement Awards #AWA2017

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Legal aid: equality before the law no longer exists in the UK in 2017 and you should be angry about it

25th April 2017 - Law Careers

Legal aid is financial assistance given by the government to people who need legal representation, but who cannot afford to hire a lawyer themselves. A few examples of the kinds of cases which have traditionally qualified for legal aid include: when someone with dementia is facing eviction and cannot fight the case against their local authority by themselves; when a victim of domestic violence needs to ensure safety for themselves (and in many cases also their children); and when someone has been accused of a crime.

Senior Partner Patrick Allen comments…

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Prisons and Courts Bill abandoned

21st April 2017 - Solicitors Journal

Government policies kicked into the long grass ahead of UK election.

The prime minister’s calling of a snap general election has led to the government scrapping controversial legislation that would reform the personal injury sector and overhaul the courts.

Following Theresa May’s shock announcement that an election will be held on 8 June, the leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, confirmed that the Prisons and Courts Bill has ‘fallen’ due to a tight parliamentary timetable.

Senior Partner Patrick Allen comments.

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One third of law firms now owned by women

8th March 2017 - Lawyer 2B

More than a third of law firms in England and Wales are now majority-owned by women, the Law Society has said.

Law Society president Robert Bourns said: “The proportion of law firms majority owned by women far outstrips the national estimate of women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs), reflecting the changing culture in the legal sector.”

The organisation estimates that 34 per cent of the 9,403 law firms in England and Wales in 2015 have a majority of women in the partnership. This compares to an estimate that 21 per cent of SMEs nationwide are female-owned.

The Lawyer’s own research shows that just nine firms in the UK top 200 are majority-female at partnership level. Of those, Hodge Jones & Allen is the most female-heavy – 71 per cent of partners are women. #IWD2017

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