Our Committee

The AAWL committee consists of legal professionals and those interested in pursuing a career in the law. If you are interested in joining our dynamic and thriving committee, please contact Hanisha Patel or Rina Sond.

Hanisha Patel

AAWL Executive Chair
Barrister, 7 Bedford Row


Hanisha is a Child and Family Law Barrister at 7 Bedford Row. She undertakes both private and public law children cases and represents local authorities, parents, guardians and children. Her caseload includes cases involving serious physical and sexual abuse against children. Hanisha has also represented local authorities, the police, respondents and applicants in forced marriage and FGM cases. Hanisha is public access qualified.

When not working, Hanisha enjoys travelling, reading, going to the theatre and fine dining.

Rina Sond

AAWL Vice Chair
Partner, Longmores Solicitors


Rina is a Company Commercial Partner at Longmores Solicitors and has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of company matters, commercial contracts and intellectual property issues. She has previously worked for firms in the City, the West End and the regions.

Rina is an Allied Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and is passionate about brands and brand protection. Rina has been an AAWL Committee member since 2012 and is currently Vice Chair. She is passionate about diversity and equal opportunities for all.

When not working, Rina enjoys socialising with friends and family, travelling, skiing and reading. 

Amrit Sagoo

AAWL Treasurer
Trainee Solicitor


Amrit Sagoo began her career in Law a few years ago. She has a real passion for all aspects of healthcare regulation and is currently a Trainee Solicitor at the General Dental Council. She has previously worked at national firm Irwin Mitchell and at the General Pharmaceutical Council. 

Amrit joined AAWL‘s Committee in 2014 and has been appointed the role of Treasurer. 

When not working, Amrit enjoys traveling, reading like a nerd, running and listening to her favourite podcast. 

Leena Savjani

Partner, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors


Leena Savjani is a Partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell. She practices medical negligence law and is a renowned expert in that field, representing patients and families that have been affected by medical errors that have caused severe injury or death. Leena also leads Irwin Mitchell’s internal diversity group ‘IM Respect’, a listening group for BME staff members at her firm. The group promotes and champions diversity both internally and externally.
Leena also sits on the EMLD (Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division) of the Law Society, supporting and promoting BME lawyers and aspiring lawyers.

Leena is passionate about law, diversity and inclusion and has been a member of the AAWL since 2010. She speaks regularly at educational events for law students and is keen to play a key part in improving diversity in the legal profession.

Philippa Seal

AAWL Policy & Consultation Co-ordinator
Barrister, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square


Philippa is property barrister who was called to the Bar in 2008 and is a member of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. She specialises in landlord and tenant law. 

Philippa is passionate about increasing diversity in the law.

Philippa’s other interests include skiing and yoga.

Asha Vekaria

AAWL Social Media Co-ordinator
Senior Clinical Case Manager (Solicitor), NHS Resolution


Asha qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and was the first in her family to go to University. Asha comes from a State School background and decided to do a 4 year thin sandwich course degree in Law as she felt this would give her practical legal experience in a competitive world. She was offered a work placement at a North London Firm who offered her a Training Contract, on completion of the LPC. The rest, as they say is history.

Asha spent the majority of her career representing Claimants making Personal Injury claims and whilst spending over 9 years at Irwin Mitchell, helped many amputees and brain-injured clients. In 2015, Asha decided to take a career break and spend time with her young children. Asha had no idea what the future held career-wise thereafter.

Asha now works at NHS Resolution. As a full time working Mum of 2, this role provides her with a great deal of flexibility, which she realised she was missing whilst in private practice. Asha is especially passionate about diversity and Women’s rights and likes to provide a voice anyone who needs it. At home, Asha loves watching sports and reading. She tries to go to as many Football, Cricket and Tennis matches as she can fit in around work and family life.

Sital Bhojani

AAWL Events Co-ordinator
Higher Rights Advocate


Sital Bhojani is a Higher Rights Advocate at the UK’s leading Criminal law firm that has offices around the country. She has a wealth of experience in crime in particular working with youths. Sital attends the Youth, Magistrates and Crown Court on a daily basis.

Sital has previously been a member of the EMLD (Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division) and currently assists in talks to students through the AAWL and Tuckers Solicitors. Sital has assisted the Law Society for the last two years at their Law Fair in talks as well as advising in The CV clinics. Sital also mentors students in order to guide them into their career in law.

Shruti Goel

AAWL Policy & Consultation Co-ordinator
Commercial In-house Lawyer


Shruti is an in-house commercial lawyer at a FTSE 100 Global Tech Company. Shruti trained and qualified at Simmons & Simmons LLP in 2013, with a focus on technology, IP and data protection law, prior to which, she completed an MBA in legal services.

Shruti has spent time working abroad in Washington DC and Delhi as a lawyer, and in her spare time enjoys travelling and public speaking.

Rakhi Chowhan

Leader of North West Region/Committee
Senior Solicitor specialising in serious injury claims


Rakhi is a leading Personal Injury Solicitor with in-depth experience in dealing with claims including road traffic, motorcycle and fatal collision claims, chronic pain, and public and employer liability claims.

Her main specialism is in disputed motorcycle collision claims.

She specialises in mild to moderate brain injuries involving neurological rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, poly-trauma, shoulder/clavicle fractures and complex knee injuries.

Angeli Vadera

Member of the North West Committee


Angeli is a Solicitor in the Property and Coverage Team at Keoghs Solicitors in Bolton. She represents a variety of insurers in claims involving various property damage claims including white goods fires and escapes of water. Angeli is a strong advocate of womens’ rights in the South Asian community supporting many charities.

In her spare time, Angeli enjoys going to the gym, cooking and catching up with friends and family.

Rubina Khanom

Member of the North West Committee
Chartered Legal Executive


Rubina is a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer specialising in clinical negligence. She has over 5 years’ experience in dealing with clinical negligence claims and is well practised in litigating high value cases. She deals with a broad range of clinical negligence claims with varied value including cases involving catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.

Rubina is a keen supporter of diversity and inclusion with the legal profession and regularly mentors aspiring lawyers and law students, particularly from a minority ethic background. She has presented at universities and has written articles upon this issue. Her work has led to a shortlist for the CILEx Advancing the Legal Profession Award 2018.

In her spare time, Rubina enjoys blogging about her travels at www.withloverubina.com and keeping active by going to the gym.