Zaiwalla & Co proudly hosts an event for the new Chairman of the Bar Council of England & Wales at The Law Society

March 30 2023

Zaiwalla & Co proudly hosts an event for the new Chairman of the Bar Council of England & Wales at The Law Society

Leading boutique litigation firm Zaiwalla & Co recently hosted the new Chairman of the Bar Council Nicholas Vineall KC to discuss pertinent issues impacting the Bar and wider legal profession, as well as the recent launch of Zaiwalla’s “Solicitors of Tomorrow” internship scheme that is open to law students and graduates from under-represented groups who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession.

Sarosh Zaiwalla, Senior Partner at Zaiwalla & Co, opened the event welcoming guests and congratulating Nicholas Vineall KC on his new role. Nicholas Vineall KC also shared his career experience and journey, as well as opened the floor for guests to ask questions. Mr Zaiwalla paid tribute to Mr Vineall’s crucial role as part of the counsel team in Bank Mellat’s case, where Zaiwalla & Co successfully obtained a multi-million-dollar settlement with the UK Government for their client to resolve Bank Mellat’s claim before the English Court, which the UK Government paid to Bank Mellat. The publication of this news could well have led the UK Government to recognise that it could no longer withhold payment to the Iranian Government of the outstanding debt of £350 million in respect of the undelivered Chieftain tanks purchased from the UK Government. This debt settlement in turn played an important part in  the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The private lunch was held on Wednesday, 29 March at The Law Society, discussing the imperative of securing access to justice in the legal profession, together with the significance of Nicholas’ appointment to enhancing and securing the Rule of Law, particularly in light of the new Chair’s recent pronouncements regarding the role of the law in holding the Government to account over its migration policies. In his remarks, Mr Vineall KC spoke of the crucial role played by an independent bar in maintaining the rule of law. The independence and objectivity of barristers in representing clients, despite the barrister’s own personal views about a case, is one of the great attributes of the English legal profession which, together with the universality of English common law, continues to make London a highly attractive centre for global dispute resolution.

Sarosh Zaiwalla commented: “We would like to congratulate Nicholas Vineall KC on his new role and we are delighted to have honoured him at the lunch that we recently hosted at The Law Society. Nicholas Vineall KC’s new role is crucial in upholding the law, as well as ensuring the fair and effective operation of the courts across England and Wales.”

The event focused on the importance of the Rule of Law, which is a fundamental principle underpinning the UK constitution that citizens are obliged to adhere to, and how it provides a steady ground for international business in London to succeed. Zaiwalla & Co recognises this framework as essential and at the heart of the British justice system, in which citizens and businesses can prosper.

Sarosh and Nicholas were joined by 30 distinguished guests including, The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry, Dr Ravi Mehrotra (Executive Chairman, Foresight Group), Professor Ajit Lalvani, Her Excellency Ms Karen-Mae Hill (High Commissioner of Antigua & Barbuda), Sir Richard Aikens (rtd Court of Appeal Judge), Shreeranjani Kavagavel (The Indian High Commission), Raghav Singhal (Deputy Managing Director, ICICI Bank UK), Sharukh Wadia (Senior Vice President, IndusInd Bank), Sir Nadhmi Auchi, and Mayur Patel (CEO of Sangam, Hinduja Group).

This news was featured in The Legal Diary, 31 March 2023, and can be found here

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