Congratulations to Imene Hamdi-Cherif of Ashurst who was awarded the Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award 2019 at the annual LawWorks Pro Bono awards and lecture held on 3 December at the Law Society.
“[This] project…required excellent and critical thinking as well as creativity in presenting detailed legal information…Imene was more than up to the task.”
Over the past year, Imene has undertaken a wide range of pro bono activities for NGOs and individuals. She is dedicated to advancing laws and policies that promote gender equality and has undertaken a substantive amount of research for Women’s Aid, in particular in connection with a response to a government consultation on safe accommodation and also with the draft Domestic Abuse Bill.
Imene also played a key role in establishing a research project in partnership with Equality Now relating to the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence in Georgia.
Imene is committed to the protection of human rights and ensuring access to justice for refugees and stateless individuals which led to her undertaking substantive research on states’ use of emergency powers to deprive citizens of their nationality for the Institute for Statelessness and Inclusion. She also worked on the Greece Refugee Collaborative Plan, spending two weeks in Lesvos providing legal assistance to asylum seekers, using her French and Arabic skills.
Finally, Imene has worked alongside other lawyers to assist clients at an evening clinic at Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre, reflecting her commitment to ensuring everyone has access to justice, regardless of their means or vulnerabilities.
Congratulations also to those junior lawyers who were shortlisted for the award:
- Emily Henderson (Milbank)
- Maryam Oghanna (Herbert Smith Freehills)
- Aoife O’Reilly (Allen & Overy)
- Laura Pattison (Baker McKenzie)
- Jacob James Turner (Baker McKenzie)
Find out more about the awards and the winners of the other categories.