INSPIRE YOUNG FUTURE LEADERS
with Elays Network in hosting the Lawyers Networking event at No.
3 Fleet Street Chambers on Tuesday 1 November 2011. The aim was
to advance their communities in creating the next generation leaders.
Hodan Hussein, President of Elays Network a Non-profit
organisation run entirely by the Somalian youth said, "By working
together with BritBangla, with our shared goals we are building
the potential of the younger members of the community."
In light of the ever-increasing competition to secure
Pupillage and training contracts, it was important for the students
to network with lawyers to hear their experiences, receive advice
and opportunities on pursuing a career in law. Since the recession,
the difficulty of graduates finding employment has increased especially
for the Asian, Black and minority ethnic groups.
Bangladeshi lawyer Khaled Abdul Moyeed, at Herbert
Smith, advised "A good Law degree and good academics is not
enough these days as the market is awash with strong candidates.
Law is very competitive so students need to set themselves apart
from the crowd. This is where practicing lawyers can help aspiring
Young aspiring students were given the unique opportunity
to connect with lawyers who dedicated their time to support this
project. Guest speaker Al Mustakim, founding Barrister of No. 3
Fleet Street Chambers, talked about his personal account of entering
the legal profession and recent high-profile case on the landmark
ruling on forced marriages at the Supreme Court.
Maysa Ibrahim, a leading International Lawyer, provided
further inspiration by sharing her experience of supporting the
United Nations in drafting the new constitution of Iraq in 2005
including her work at global law firms White & Case and Latham
& Watkins that is ranked among the best transactional and finance
practices in the world.
Members of the legal profession showed their continuing
support to the students by offering coveted work placements, mentoring
and support with CV and job applications, which further echoed the
success of this event. Haleema Abdullahi, Westminster University
student, said "Everyone benefited massively from this initiative
and it especially helped me to secure a mentor to develop my future
On the students that participated, Abbas Nawrozzadeh,
Johns & Saggar Solicitors said, "I was really impressed
by the drive and aspiration of the students and happy to offer work
The diverse members of the legal profession supporting
this project are (Barrister) Al Mustakim from No. 3 Fleet Street
Chambers, International Lawyers Maysa Ibrahim and Taris Ahmad (SJ
Berwin), (Barristers) Shahadoth Karim, Mohammed Bashir and Erum
Waheed from 12 Old Square, (Barrister) Yimi Yangye from Nexus Chambers,
Debashish Dey and Katrina Rennalls from (Goldkorns Solicitors),
Jenin Khanam (Charles Russell), Samir Das, (SD Solicitors), Abbas
Nawrozzadeh (Johns and Saggar), Suhail Mirza (Pinsent Masons) ),
(Barrister) Nabila Rafique and Khaled Abdul Moyeed, (Herbert Smith).
Taryn Khanam, BritBangla said, "If professionals
devote a small amount of their personal time it can really make
a difference to change the lives of the young talents to become
future leaders". She also added that "There's a dearth
of Bangladeshis at senior positions in the top law firms and at
the Bar, so a project like this is very important."
For more information please contact Hodan Hussein at
Notes to Editors
1. BritBangla is a
network of professional Bengalis who collectively celebrate the
achievements of British Bengalis from all over the country and their
contribution to British society.
2. Elays Network is
a Non-profit organisation run entirely by the youth that aims to
inspire the youth through skill enhancing projects and encourages
the young to become role models, volunteers and productive members
of society. Elays builds a platform for kids and young adult to
interact with the professional world. Although Elays welcomes every
ethnic background, Elays predominantly Somali, and aims to eradicating
the negative somali image in the media. Website: www.Elaysnetwork.com
3. No. 3 Fleet Street
Chambers, set up in May 2010 by established barristers and the senior
clerk as a new, forward-looking civil and public law set. Website:
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