I am proud to have been shortlisted again in the nation-wide Law Excellence Awards. However, it is vital that public platforms like this award are used to fight against the ongoing cuts in legal aid. Excellence in legal services can only be achieved with a functioning public funding system. The crisis in Legal Aid is so great that this may be on the last occasion that someone like me could be recognised. The fight against the destruction of the welfare state – including legal aid – needs to carry on, or else the poorest and most vulnerable in our society will suffer the most. I vow to continue that fight in every arena that I can
I have been recognised for my cutting edge advocacy, including in taking a private prosecution against two multi national arms companies for promoting torture equipment when the CPS failed to take any action – as well as for “going the extra mile for clients”. I was responsible for bringing the charity Just for Kids to Camden to deal with young people as well as countless pro bono hours for my clients.
Several clients and leading lawyers and charities wrote in support of me :
“He has the trust and devotion of his clients in high profile political cases because he listens to them and understands that what looks like success to them may not be limited to a courtroom win but also an opportunity to highlight particular injustices. The considerable amount of pro bono work he conducts is illustrative of his passion for freedom of protest and access to justice.”
Client – named withheld
“Raj’s technical abilities in this area mark him out as a leader in his field, but he combines this with an outstanding commitment to his clients.”
Simon Natas – ITN soliciors