Legal dinner set to raise thousands for local charity

Lawyers, politicians and business people from across Britain will converge on Leicester in October to attend the annual gala dinner of the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association.

The prestigious black tie event, now in its eighth successive year, will see as many as 600 professionals come together for dinner, networking and charitable fundraising.

A number of special guests will attend the event at the Athena in Leicester on Friday 18 October, including: the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Mustafa Kamal; Lord William Bach of Lutterworth; Sir Edward Garnier QC MP; Anna Soubry MP; Nicky Morgan MP; and Andrew Caplen, Vice President of The Law Society.

The dinner will also be attended by prominent members of the judiciary. The keynote speaker will be Imran Khan, the solicitor who acted for the family of the late Stephen Lawrence. This year the Association, which works to represent and advance the interests of Asian lawyers, has chosen to raise funds for Beaumont Leys based charity Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands.

The charity helps to build bridges between victims and offenders by fostering reconciliation and working to repair the damage done by offenders in communities.

Nirmal Shant QC, Chair of the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association, said:

“We are proud to run an inclusive Association and our annual ball is a celebration of diversity in the legal profession. This event is now a regular fixture in the social calendar of our city and the region”.

Sundip Meghani, committee member and Leicester City Councillor for Beaumont Leys, said:

“We are thrilled to be supporting Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands this year; a charity that does excellent work not only in Beaumont Leys and other parts of Leicester, but right across the Midlands.”

Last year the Association raised several thousand pounds for Rainbows children’s hospice. Rainbows campaigner Susan Taylor, who sadly died whilst on a charity swim across the English Channel earlier in the year, was among those who helped raise funds at last year’s event.

Leicestershire Law Society President Ranjit Thaliwal, also a committee member, will announce at this year’s event that the Association is to also make a special donation to Rainbows in memory of Susan.

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