Personal injury and clinical negligence associate Nimmisha Aslam was Highly Commended for the Future Leader award within the Diversity & Inclusion category of the Chambers Europe Awards 2021 on 22 April 2021.
This award celebrates the outstanding achievements in diversity and inclusion and pro bono work from lawyers across Europe.
Nimmisha was shortlisted for the award in January based on Chambers Diversity & Inclusion team's research. The ceremony was held virtually and was co-judged by the team and the Chambers Europe Editor. Vaibhav Adlakha of Reed Smith was voted winner.
Nimmisha is a member of Russell-Cooke's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network and was a member of the Law Society LGBT+ committee until spring 2020. She took an alternative route to practice, qualifying into the personal injury team after working at Russell-Cooke as a paralegal, applying for the SRA's equivalent means exemption scheme. Her personal injury practice includes working for victims and families of the Grenfell Tower fire. Outside of her practice she has written and spoken on issues surrounding intersectionality.
Chambers said: “Personal injury and clinical negligence associate Nimmisha Aslam is a ground-breaking future leader who advocates for an intersectional approach to D&I. Nimmisha is an exemplary role model who widely speaks on ethnic diversity and LGBT+ issues in law.”
Nimmisha commented: “Diversity and inclusion is very close to my heart. It is incredibly rewarding and satisfying to see that my efforts in this space are recognised as valuable not just within Russell-Cooke but also by the legal community at large.”
ED&I partner Gareth Ledsham said: “Nimmisha has done sterling work in this space for some time. She is not one to seek publicity for herself so it is fantastic to see her receive recognition from Chambers and being celebrated in such a public forum, particularly in this instance where she has been identified by the researchers and not through any kind of promotion.”
Nimmisha's blog on her experience working with victims of the Grenfell fire is free to read on the Russell-Cooke website.