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 Leena Savjani.

Hanisha Patel

AAWL Executive Chair
Barrister, 7 Bedford Row

hpatel@7br.co.uk
www.7br.co.uk

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.

Leena Savjani

AAWL Vice Chair
Senior Associate, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

leena.savjani@irwinmitchell.com
www.irwinmitchell.com

Leena Savjani is a Senior Associate solicitor 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’ in London’, 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.

Rina Sond

AAWL Marketing Director
Partner, Longmores Solicitors

rks@longmores-solicitors.co.uk
www.longmores-solicitors.co.uk

Rina is a Company Commercial Partner at Longmores Solicitors and has over 16 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 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 Marketing Director. She is passionate about diversity and equal opportunities for all.

When not working, Rina enjoys socialising with friends and family, travelling, skiing, reading, catching up on US dramas and indulging in good food.

Philippa Seal

AAWL General Director
Barrister, Malins Chambers

www.malinschambers.com

Philippa is property barrister who was called to the Bar in 2008 and is a member of Malins Chambers. She has particular expertise in the field of landlord and tenant. Philippa is passionate about increasing diversity in the law.

Philippa’s other interests include skiing and yoga.

Amandeep Obhi

AAWL Treasurer
Trainee Solicitor, George Green LLP

aobhi@georgegreen.co.uk
www.georgegreen.co.uk

Amandeep is a Trainee Solicitor at George Green LLP, currently sitting in Corporate Finance. Amandeep studied Law at the University of Leicester, graduating with a 2:1 in 2013. She then completed the Legal Practice Course obtaining a commendation at the University of Law in Moorgate. Amandeep joined George Green LLP in 2016 as a trainee solicitor with the Dispute Resolution team for her first seat in Commercial Litigation. Amandeep then completed her second seat in Commercial Property before starting her third seat in Corporate Finance.

Prior to starting at George Green LLP and pursuing her legal career, Amandeep travelled around South Asia and North and Central America. Before this Amandeep worked in the Client Implementation team at a global investment bank. In her spare time, Amandeep enjoys travelling, socialising with her friends and family, going to the gym and eating desserts.

Amrit Sagoo

AAWL Secretary
General Pharmaceutical Council

mjsagoo@gmail.com
www.pharmacyregulation.org

Amrit Sagoo began her career in Law only a few years ago. She has worked for Falcon Legal, Irwin Mitchell and is currently working at the General Pharmaceutical Council. She has a real passion for clinical negligence and healthcare regulation.

Amrit has been a committee member for almost 3 years and is currently AAWL’s student representative.

When not working (or studying), Amrit enjoys travelling, fine dining, reading like a nerd and going to the gym.

Asha Vekaria

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

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

Commercial In-house Lawyer

shruti702@hotmail.com

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
Solicitor, Clear Law

aawl.northwest@gmail.com

Rakhi is a leading Personal Injury Solicitor with in-depth experience in dealing with claims, including road traffic and motorcycle accidents, fatal accidents, chronic pain and brain injuries all ranging from Fast Track to Multi Track.

In her spare time, Rakhi runs a corporate netball league, enjoys cooking and looking after her baby.

Angeli Vadera

Member of the North West Committee
Solicitor

avadera@keoghs.co.uk
www.keoghs.co.uk

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.