Sikhs in Law, the largest legal network of Sikh professionals in the UK, officially launched on April 21, 2023, at the Supreme Court. The event was sponsored and supported by Verify 365, a leading identity verification and AML compliance software for the legal sector. The event aimed to promote, encourage, empower, and develop the legal profession and judiciary within the UK Sikh community.
“We are excited to launch Sikhs in Law and bring together a community of legal professionals dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” said Baldip Singh Aulak, founder of Sikhs in Law and Director of the Scholarship and Honours & Awards Committee. “Our goal is to create a supportive network that empowers Sikh professionals and ensures that our community’s voice is heard in the legal sector.”
The launch event featured several prominent speakers and attendees, including Lord Leggatt, Justice of the Supreme Court, Stephanie Boyce past-president of the Law Society, Mr Justice Saini High Court Judge, and Baldip Singh, Chairperson and Founder of Sikhs in Law, and other distinguished members of the legal profession.
Sikhs in Law also held its first Council meeting last weekend, marking another milestone in the association’s growth. The Executive Council, which includes Harjap Bhangal, Ravi Kaur Mahey, Jaswant Narwal, Baldip Singh Aulak, and Paul Millan, ratified the Articles of Association and appointed key members to its leadership team.
Raminder Singh Uberoi was appointed as Treasurer, Manvir Kaur Grewal as Secretary, and Jatinder Kaur Kalsi as Assistant Secretary. These appointments represent a significant step forward for Sikhs in Law, as the association looks to expand its network of legal professionals and promote diversity and inclusion in the legal sector.
The Executive Council discussed various initiatives and plans for the coming year, including educational and training programs, networking events, and community outreach activities. The association aims to build on its success and continue to grow its membership, becoming an even more significant voice for the UK Sikh community in the legal profession.
“We are proud to sponsor and support Sikhs in Law and their mission to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” said Mev Dzihic, Director at Verify 365.
“As the legal landscape in the UK continues to evolve, organisations like Sikhs in Law will play a crucial role in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” added Baldip. The legal sector in London employs over 70,000 people and contributes £25.7 billion to the UK economy. Despite this, there is still a lack of diversity within the sector, with only 7% of partners in the largest law firms coming from a black, Asian, or minority ethnic (BAME) background.
“Technology is transforming the legal sector, and organisations like Sikhs in Law have an important role to play in ensuring that the benefits of these innovations are accessible to all legal professionals, regardless of their background,” added Baldip.
“Joining Sikhs in Law is an excellent opportunity for legal professionals to be part of a supportive community that promotes inclusivity and diversity,” said Raminder Uberoi, newly-appointed Treasurer of Sikhs in Law and Partner at Starck Uberoi Solicitors.
Sikhs in Law’s first Council meeting represents a significant step forward for the association as it continues to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The appointment of key members to the leadership team and ratification of the Articles of Association demonstrate the association’s commitment to its mission and values. With various initiatives and plans in the works, Sikhs in Law is poised to make an even greater impact in the legal sector and the wider community.
Sikhs in Law invites all legal professionals, including lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and law enforcement officers, to join their network and become part of the vibrant community. For more information about Sikhs in Law and the launch event, visit their website at https://sikhsinlaw.co.uk.