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AwardsSolicitor shortlisted for prestigious award on International Women's Day

Solicitor shortlisted for prestigious award on International Women’s Day

A top Manchester solicitor has been named among the finalists for a highly coveted legal award which celebrates women in the industry.

Amina Ali, partner at Veritas Solicitors (pictured) has been nominated “Mentor of The Year” in The Women, Influence & Power in Law UK Awards which honours top female lawyers who have made a difference in the profession.

The award celebrates female lawyers across the country who shape the law and achieve excellent results for their clients – and the shortlisting comes perfectly timed for International Women’s Day. (March 8)

Mrs Ali, who heads up the clinical negligence department at Veritas Solicitors, said she was surprised but very proud to be shortlisted having started mentoring early on in her career.

“It’s nice to be considered because I was always given that responsibility of training new starters, helping them progress at their own pace,” she said.

“It gives me a sense of pride seeing somebody that I have mentored progress over the years, and I’m humbled to be recognised among such great company.”

The worldwide celebration recognises the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women while also raising awareness about the ongoing challenges they face worldwide.

Pushing barriers

Mrs Ali said it was a massive achievement getting such praise and exposure, particularly being from an ethnic minority background.

“It’s really inspiring to see ethnic minority women doing so well in these top positions and being recognized for their skills, knowledge, and expertise.

Women are pushing barriers and I’m somebody that has always given a lot of importance to my career.

“I’ve managed to hold down a high responsibility job and balance a family life which hasn’t been easy, but worthwhile in the end. And I have no doubt there are many others with similar circumstances to mine. If my nomination inspires other women, that’s a very positive thing.”

The mum of one said she is very grateful to be in the position she’s and glad to see awards specifically for women in what she says is a very male dominated industry.

“I think managing and mentoring isn’t an easy job, and it requires a lot of patience and fortitude. If done well, it can really help someone advance and has a lasting impact,” she added.

“When I get messages from people who I’ve mentored over the years, it’s a nice feeling knowing they’re still thinking of me and how I have helped them.

“The best feeling for me is when I see a person whom I’ve mentored go from a paralegal to a qualified solicitor, independently running a caseload and winning trials because I know that I’ve had some part to play in that.

“To all the mentors everywhere, your actions have the power to profoundly impact lives for the better.”

Helen Greaney
Helen Greaney
I'm a journalist with more than 18 years' experience on local, regional and national newspapers, as well as PR and digital marketing. Crime and the courts is my specialist area but I'm also keen to hear your stories concerning Manchester and the greater North West region.
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