The night was dedicated to promoting and celebrating the achievements of Asian lawyers in the legal profession and they were also celebrating their 25th Anniversary.
The event is supported by the SRA, CPS, various law firms and other official bodies and it was a roaring success.
There were an number of categories which included Lifetime Achievement Award, Criminal Lawyer Award, Company and Commercial Lawyer Award, Civil Lawyer Award and the Rising Star Award
The Judging panel consisted of a renowned Judges such as HHJ Jeffery Pedgen QC, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE and HHJ Anuja Dhir.
The proceeds of the night were also donated to a specific charity and this year the chosen charity was Barnados.
There was a special award dedicated to celebrating 100 years of Women in Law and deservedly this was won by Vidisha Joshi, who had a very successful career in PI and was the former managing Partner of Hodge Jones & Allen.
Further, the DPP, Max Hill QC was supporting the event and gave a speech about the benefits of having a Diverse and reflective workplace and the benefits that firms can reap from encouraging Diversity in their firms.
I also had an opportunity to network with various other lawyers and discuss their journeys into law as well as meet representatives from the SRA with whom I will be meeting with at the end of the month to consider how we can increase awareness of Diversity and Inclusion in our own firm.
The evening was hosted by Nihal from BBC radio and was complete with a lavish 3 course meal and some great entertainment from various entertainers of South Asian origin, including Comedienne, Sukh Oujla, Raxstar, Juggy D and Dhol players.
The event was organised by the Society of Asian Lawyers and was very well put together and was enjoyed by all. For me personally, it was great to sit with all the amazing people in the room who work tirelessly for their clients in a number of different areas of law, but all with the common interest of their clients first. It was great to see all the lawyers, who are fighting a daily to assist so many people and was great for them to be recognised and appreciated.
For me however the highlight was the number of non-Asian people at the event, those that work behind the scenes to encourage and support people from all diverse backgrounds, who acknowledge and promote the need to have a reflective and diverse team of people, at all levels, to truly maximise the achievements of legal practioners.