NLS & MALA present a networking evening to promote equality and diversity within the legal community with District Judge Afzal OBE & District Judge Sunita Mason CBE

NLS & MALA present a networking evening to promote equality and diversity within the legal community with District Judge Afzal OBE & District Judge Sunita Mason CBE


Location: Lace Market Hotel, 29-31 High Pavement, The Lace Market, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HE
Start: 6th Feb 2020 5:45 pm
End: 6th Feb 2020 8:00 pm

*** EVENT FULLY BOOKED ***

This event is now fully booked - to be placed on a waiting list to attend, please emailmichelle.taylor@nottslawsoc.org 

As part of our work with the newly formed Nottinghamshire Law Society Equality & Diversity Committee, we would like to extend a warm welcome to MALA and guest District Judge Fayyaz Afzal OBE and District Judge Sunita Mason CBE.

The social networking event will begin with a welcome speech from Nottinghamshire Law Society President, Jason Waghorne, followed by presentations from District Judge Afzal and District Judge Sunita Mason.  The evening brings the opportunity of the two associations working together.

About MALA

MALA, Midlands Asian Lawyers Association is a non profit organisation based in Leicester and Birmingham, organising events throught the Midlands.  MALA is widely supported by hundreds of lawyers of all backgrounds and focuses on running networking and career development events across the region as well social and fundraising for local charities.

MALA is a community organisation and aims to:

Promote diversity & equality in the legal profession.

Promote Asian & BME Lawyers in the profession and organise networking and professional development events for their specific needs.

Build relationships with the wider profession and the judiciary, to promote diversity and inclusivity in the profession.

Promote the legal profession to BME children and schools with largely BME or inner-city areas as well as providing a platform for education, community and professional development.

Arrival is from 5:45pm, with a glass of prosecco served on arrival, canapes will be served during the course of the networking event, followed by welcome speeches commencing at 6:15pm.

The event is free to attend however, you will need to register your attendance by booking online - NLS & MALA Event - Thursday 6th February 2020.

In brief the guest speakers details are as follows:

District Judge Fayyaz Afzal OBE

District Judge Fayyaz Afzal OBE DUniv is the President of the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association.

He sits at Leicester County and Family Court and is a Recorder on the Midland Circuit. He deals with both civil and family cases. He is also a Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection. He is a Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University and an advocacy tutor with Lincoln’s Inn.

He is also a Diversity and Community Relations Judge. 

District Judge Sunita Mason CBE

Sunita qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and became a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel in 1998, specialising in acting for children in Public Law cases working in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

In 2005 she was appointed a Deputy District Judge on the North Eastern Circuit and changed jobs in 2007 to become the Legal Director of NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) – a children’s charity that specialised in acting for children in intractable court cases.

Sunita was also appointed Chair of the Law Society’s Family Law Committee in 2008 and started doing lots of policy work in this role.

In 2009 Sunita made a career change and, while sitting as a Deputy District Judge, she was appointed as the Independent Adviser to the Home Secretary for Criminality Information. This entailed advising the Home Secretary and writing five reports for Government which were published in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and entailed changes in law under the Protection of Freedom Act. She was awarded a CBE for this work in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014.

Sunita became a full-time District Judge in October 2012 working in the specialist Family Court in London. In 2015 she was asked to join the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on a 2-year secondment to help set up and run the Truth Project. In 2017 Sunita was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from De Montfort University in Leicester.

In 2018 Sunita came to work at the law courts in Nottingham.

The event is kindly sponsored by Ropewalk Chambers