Usha R. Sood

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Usha R. Sood is Head of Trent Chambers in Nottingham and was a former Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Trent University. Usha was called to the Bar in 1974 and has been a practising barrister since 1990. Her specialist areas include work on child abduction cases, dowry recovery, human rights, child and human trafficking, Public Law cases and international Family and Civil Law litigation.

In 1999, she was invited by the then Home Secretary, Jack Straw, to join the Stephen Lawrence Steering Group to tackle the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, including to institute detailed changes to police processes, monitoring and recruitment and other measure to combat racism. She has also held a judicial appointment as Chair of the East Midlands Rent Assessment Panel. In addition, Usha has been an expert witness in domestic and international courts and been involved in the judicial training within the Equal Treatment Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and previously held national appointments within the Home Office. She was a regular presenter for the Centre for Parliamentary Studies on its Honour-Based Violence Programme at Whitehall between 2009 and 2010. She is currently a member of CARE, a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty and in 2011 was nominated for Oxfam's 100 Most Inspiring Women in the Midlands.

Usha graduated in Law and obtained her Master's in Philosophy from Nottingham University. As non-executive director of the Nottingham Healthcare Trust she was Chair of Managers Panels for the detention of patients under the Mental Health Act.

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