Hanisha Patel

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Hanisha Patel is a barrister at 7 Bedford Row Chambers and is Chair of the Association of Asian Women Lawyers (AAWL). The AAWL provides mentoring for its members as well as educational seminars, pro bono and networking opportunities. Hanisha is a Family Law practitioner, with a particular interest in forced marriage cases and has been instructed on behalf of the police, local authorities and applicants themselves in respect of Forced Marriage Protection Orders and appears regularly in the High Court. Her ongoing multi-party forced marriage caseload includes complex issues involving mental capacity of vulnerable adults and criminal allegations on behalf of child victims of forced marriage. She has delivered seminars and presentations, and has published articles on forced marriage. In addition, through her role as Chair of the AAWL, she has been instrumental in organising “awareness-raising” events nationally on forced marriages. Hanisha has won three scholarships – the Sir Thomas More Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn), the Droop Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn) and the Pegasus Scholarship (Inner Temple).  Hanisha, who was called to the Bar in 2002, is a member of many associations and has also served on the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess, the Lincoln’s Inn Bar Representation Committee and the Lincoln’s Inn Discipline Committee. She is fluent in Gujarati.


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