UK Supreme Court Hosts Diwali Fest


Hindu Lawyers Association, Britain, hosts first Diwali celebrations at the UK Supreme Court….reports Asian Lite News

Shailesh Vara MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary – Ministry of Justice), guest speakers and spiritual leaders lighting the candle

Prominent solicitors, barristers and judges from across the legal sector gathered for the first ever Diwali celebrations at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom being hosted by national law firm Bevan Brittan LLP and the Hindu Lawyers Association.

The theme for the evening was ‘The Laws of Leadership and The Winning Mindset’ with speeches from Shailesh Vara MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary – Ministry of Justice), Alpesh Patel (barrister and Principal of Praefinium Partners Ltd) and Robert Bourns (Vice President of the Law Society).

Judge Sharma, Shruti, Sushma, Shefali and Ritu
Judge Sharma, Shruti, Sushma, Shefali and Ritu

Robert Bourns encouraged lawyers to think more innovatively and to engage more readily with the Law Society. While Alpesh Patel stressed the need for every lawyer to find his true purpose in life and went on to draw parallels between the story of Diwali and leadership. Guests were welcomed by Angeli Vadera (Vice Chair, Hindu Lawyers Association) and were treated to live classical Indian music and authentic Indian canapés throughout the evening.

Bethan Evans, Senior Partner at Bevan Brittan LLP, said: “Bevan Brittan was delighted to support the Diwali celebrations at the Supreme Court. This was an excellent opportunity to recognise the contribution of all lawyers to the diversity of the legal profession and the contribution the profession itself makes to communities and society. The setting of the Supreme Court could not have been more fitting for this event and we congratulate the Hindu Lawyers Association on organising it.”

IMG-20151030-WA0007Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State,  Ministry of Justice, said: “Britain has the finest legal system in the world and I commend the leadership of the legal sector in all that they do to ensure that Britain maintains its pre-eminent role. At this time of Diwali, when Hindus celebrate the triumph of good over evil, it is important to acknowledge that it is leadership that will steer our communities to ensure that light prevails over darkness. I wish everyone a very happy Diwali.”

Pranav Bhanot Event Coordinator, Diwali at the Supreme Court 2015, said:  “The reception not only acknowledges the triumph of light over darkness but also celebrates diversity within the legal profession. It is hoped that all attendees are inspired to strive to be leaders within their firms, chambers as well as within their communities. The skills possessed by lawyers are valuable and readily transferable to benefit society and it is hoped lawyers step up to contribute to creating a more prosperous United Kingdom”

Jayesh Jotangia Chair, Hindu Lawyers Association, said:  “It is important to recognise the contribution that British Hindu, Sikh and Jain lawyers make to the legal profession and this event will certainly act as another catalyst to encourage us to further excel, achieve and lead the profession in years to come.”