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Garden Party and Eid on the Wharf

Garden Party

Following our relocation from Emm Lane to City Campus, the School of Law has been a busy place with both staff and students.

On the 11th of September, we returned to Emm Lane for an evening Garden Party for local and regional law firms and third sector advice agencies with over 14 organisations being represented. The aim of the gathering was to build upon existing relationships and forge new links with the legal sectors, raise awareness of the School and to develop strategies to work in partnership with the legal community to enhance the earing experiences of our student body.

Ian Miller, Deputy Head of the School said “It was great not only to see so many in attendance at the event but that we had the pleasure of the company of lawyers from small local firms as well as some of the regions leader commercial law firms as well as representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service and a charity partner of ours CHAS@StVincents. All our guests were enthusiastic about working with both academics at the School and our student body to ensure that our student’s get the very best of legal educations”.  One attendee, Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE, owner of Shire Solicitors attended the event and tweeted “Wonderful event at the #Bradford #University #schooloflaw this evening. Great company and conversations leading to exciting times for new partnerships to support our wonderful Law School’

We are grateful to all of those who attended the evening and we look forward to working with them all in the future.

Eid on the Wharf

Pictured are (l-r) students Zohra Majeed, Muhammad Mohi-Ud-Din, Fatima Ismail and James Linhart, together with Koser Shaheen (General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Lawyers)

Friday the 28th of September saw four of our students visiting London to take part in a special ‘Eid on the Wharf’ event which was run in conjunction with Clifford Chance solicitors and the Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML).

The event itself was very interesting. It began with a long list of speakers, including lawyers and other public figures, such as Lauren Booth and Mohammed Kozbar, chair of the Finsbury Park Mosque. A range of themes were explored during the speeches, with some fascinating discussions on how lawyers can best assist their communities. Representatives of the Penny Appeal and Islamic Relief spoke about their charitable work. We were also treated to two singers, singing acapella in a style known as Nasheed, featuring an excellent version of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluiah, translated into Arabic. The speeches were rounded off by comedian Yumna, who managed to raise a number of laughs (as well as some eyebrows).

After the speeches we were introduced to Koser Shaheen, the AML General Secretary, who had very kindly provided us with the tickets to the event. We resolved to continue our partnership and we look forward to working closely with the AML for future events, hopefully in Bradford in the not-too-distant future. The evening was then turned over to networking and canapes in the impressively grand foyer of the Clifford Chance offices in Canary Wharf, and a memorable evening was enjoyed by all.

Our students, who attended the event after successfully winning tickets in a short-essay competition, gained much from the evening. All four students were keen to stress the value of having the opportunity to network at this prestigious event. Fatima said, “I thoroughly enjoyed conversing with professionals in the legal world. I gained invaluable advice about the LPC and training contracts”. Zohra was grateful for the “opportunity to meet with professionals and to build my confidence”. Muhammad said that “Eid on the Wharf” provided a perfect opportunity to expand my network”.

Many thanks once again to all at AML and Clifford Chance, and we hope to have to chance to visit again soon.

Networking at the Clifford Chance offices