In particular, Chambers wishes to congratulate Samina Iqbal, who was awarded ‘Champion of the Year’. Samina is Joint-Head of Chambers’ immigration and public law team and was recognised for her efforts and commitment in championing women barristers and aspiring lawyers, both in the UK and overseas.
Samina is acutely aware of the gender gap in the profession – in the UK and also more widely in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Demonstrating this dedication, this year, Samina co-founded WiGS – Women Internationally Gaining Skills. The organisation delivers training in advocacy and legal skills to female law students and advocates internationally and assists in the development of a more diverse pool. WiGS focusses on countries, where despite the pressing need of legal representation for large numbers of women, there is a marked absence of female advocates.
Chambers was also very pleased to have two other members in contention for last night’s awards: Sarah Pinder for ‘Barrister of the Year’ and Sangeetha Iengar for ‘Under-35 Lawyer of the Year’ and wishes to congratulate them both for being finalists.